Buchanan, MI (July 2, 2016) – The GEICO Honda team is now over the hump as the second half of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship begins—but over the weekend that hump looked more like a mountain. Overall it was a tough day for the squad, but Justin Bogle was able to grind out a top ten in the 450MX division with 10-9 moto scores for ninth overall.
Bogle’s highlights came from the starts. He ripped the holeshot in both motos on his Honda CRF450R. From there he hung tough to preserve a top ten on a day when he didn’t feel at his best. “Practice went pretty good, qualified best I had this season,” said Bogle, who qualified sixth. “Holeshot both Motos and ended up 10-9 for 9th on the day. Disappointing day for the most part, as soon as I start riding the race like I’ve been starting I’ll be set!”
Team 250MX riders RJ Hampshire and Jordon Smith had days they would rather forget. Hampshire went 20-12 for 15th overall.
“Practice I felt well, but first lap of the first moto I got hit with a rock and busted my lip pretty bad, so I was spitting blood everywhere,” said Hampshire. “Then three laps later I crashed bad, hit my head and tweaked my back. Pulled into the pits and came back out around 30th, ended up 20th. Second moto got a terrible start and my back and neck were bothering me. It was killing me! Salvaged some points but pretty bummed on the weekend. I hope things start going my way soon!”
Things really didn’t go Jordon Smith’s way. After nearly grabbing a podium with a fourth overall last weekend at Muddy Creek, RedBud wasn’t even close to the same. Smith went 31-36 for 36th overall.
“RedBud this year didn’t quite go how I had it all planned or expected,” said Smith. “After the weekend I had last weekend at Muddy Creek I had a lot of confidence and high expectations for the race. First moto I didn’t get off to a good start and ended up falling on lap two. I also got together with someone and bent my gear shifter. It was really a struggle after that for the rest of the day. I had a couple more falls in that moto and ended up way in the back of the pack. Second moto I got off to a little bit better of a start, somewhere inside of the top ten I think. I made a few passes and then ended up falling on the first lap and went way back. I got up and tried to put a charge together but after another fall my day was pretty much over. It was definitely just the worst weekend I think I’ve had as a pro. I’m going to have to regroup this week and come back swinging for Southwick. I think it’s a track that will suit my style so I think I should get a much better finish.”
Southwick, the popular sand track in Massachusetts, looms this weekend, and the team will host a guest star in home track specialist Jimmy Decotis. Decotis, of Peabody, Massachusetts, rode for the team in the 250SX West Region of Monster Energy Supercross and rejoins the program in time for his local race. In addition, rookie pro Tristan Charbonneau continues to rehab from his broken collarbone suffered at the second motocross round in May, and hopes to return at Southwick as well.
GEICO Honda Results
9. Justin Bogle
15. RJ Hampshire
36. Jordon Smith