Las Vegas SX
LAS VEGAS (May 4) — Justin Bogle used a runner-up finish Saturday night at Sam Boyd Stadium to secure the 250SX East title. The feat extended the streak of championship-winning seasons for the GEICO Honda race team to five straight years.
It was the first professional championship for Bogle, who hails from Cushing, Okla. This is his third season with the GEICO Honda team.
“This is really special,” Bogle said. “Everyone on Team 32, all the people that have been with me from the start, this is for them. We did this together. It’s awesome to have my mom and dad here, my trainer Ryan Federow, and all the guys on the GEICO Honda team. We did this together.”
Bogle had effectively clinched the title before the day started as the only other rider with a mathematical chance of catching him, Martin Davalos, remained sidelined with a leg injury. Even so, Bogle wanted to finish strong and he rode out front for the first five laps of the 15-lap main event before his rear tire started to deflate. He was eventually passed but stayed aggressive enough to finish second, just ahead of teammate Matt Bisceglia.
“I had thought about just going for it and trying to win but I didn’t want to do anything that might cause me to crash, so I just remembered the bigger goal and stayed happy with second place,” said Bogle, who recorded six podium finishes in eight races this season. “This No. 1 plate was the goal and now it’s going home with us.”
Bisceglia was thrilled to share the final podium with Bogle as his third-place result was his best of his rookie SX campaign.
“I feel great,” Bisceglia said. “I’m really pleased with the way I rode tonight. It all started coming together for me towards the end of the season. It’s incredible how much talent there is at this level, and to see what Justin did to win it all is really cool.
“I can’t wait to carry this momentum we’re gaining into the outdoor season. We all have a few weeks to rest up and then it’ll come fast and furious. As hot as it was today, that’s probably what we can expect at most of the Motocross events, so we got a good preview of what we’ll be dealing with.”
Closing out his 250SX West campaign, Zach Osborne logged a respectable seventh-place finish in Vegas. Osborne completed the year in eighth place overall, impressive considering he missed a pair of races due to injury.
“I’m pretty pleased with everything,” Osborne said. “I’m glad to close out Supercross and I’m definitely looking forward to outdoors. There are a bunch of tracks I enjoy riding at and I like the Motocross format. We’ll be ready to get after it for sure.”
Osborne and Bogle both crashed out of the East-West Shootout later in the evening. Bisceglia finished 12th. The event carries no weight in the points standings.