Thunder Valley MX
DENVER (June 7) – GEICO Honda 250cc rider Justin Bogle posted the best finish of his motocross career by finishing a strong second in the Toyota Thunder Valley National on Saturday at Thunder Valley Motocross Park.
Bogle raced to the podium in both motos, finishing third in the first and second in the second to claim the overall second place.
GEICO Honda teammates Matt Bisceglia and Zach Bell just missed top-10 finishes, as Bisceglia was 11th overall, with Bell 13th.
“I pulled through and made that happen,” Bogle said. “It was a successful day and it felt like a win.”
Bogle ran in second place for several laps in the first moto before a bobble dropped him to fourth. But he rallied in the closing laps to claim third place. In the second moto, Bogle was fifth after two laps but battled his way into second around Christophe Pourcel with five laps remaining.
“First moto I got a really good start,” Bogle said. “I was out front but went down, so I went back to fourth and finished the first moto in third. Second moto I felt great, took another great start out of the gate and finished in second behind Blake Baggett.
“This second-place finish was the best finish so far of my career, so it was a great day.”
The Denver elevation made bike setup crucial, but Bogle was right there with the best in the 250 class.
“The elevation was a little bit of a curve ball with the bike,” Bogle said. “It was a cool place, a very enjoyable track. The track had a lot of cool jumps, which always makes the race more enjoyable.
“It was tough battling Christophe Pourcel. He was definitely holding me back and making it a challenge to get around him. I eventually got into a good position and made the pass around him and into second. It was the best moto for sure.”
Biscgelia had finished in the top 10 in each of the first two motocross races this season but slipped a bit in Denver. He was 13th in the first moto and 11th in the second as he struggled to find consistency.
“I had a decent start in the first moto, and then I lost a couple positions but overall it was a decent day,” Biscgelia said. “I need to work on my intensity this week and get past the pace I am currently in. I need to push it to the next level and work harder on my speed and intensity. All in all I felt like I could have had better speed.
“In the second moto I felt like my stamina could have been better. My main challenge today was finding a flow. The track was gnarly. I didn’t have any main troubles out there. This track today at Thunder Valley has been my favorite track so far.”
“I’m gonna go back to work this week and just push myself really hard to get ready for High Point.”
Bell had a terrific first moto, coming in sixth place despite a stomach cramp midway through. But after getting the holeshot in the second moto, Bell slipped back before crashing and dropping to 34th at the checkered flag.
“The first moto was great,” Bell said. “I got a decent start. I had a stomach cramp halfway through the race so I rode in sixth position. I felt great and sixth was really good for me.
“In the second moto, I took the holeshot, but after a few laps my hands started hurting. I was trying to have fun out there. The track was really rutted and muddy. We had about two laps to go, and I manage to find every hole on every track and end up in it. When I went into this hole on the track it took me awhile to get my bike out but that’s all apart of racing.”
The sixth-place finish in Moto 1 was his best of the season, and it follows an eight-place overall finish for Bell last weekend at Hangtown.
“I’ll come back next weekend strong,” Bell said. “I’m just so glad I am healthy again. I’m really looking forward to next weekend. My speed and fitness are definitely getting much better. I need to work on those things more though. Not being on the bike for six months really hurt my stamina and fitness so it’s hard to run up front with the top guys. I’m working slowly, but I’m getting better and better.”
The GEICO Honda team returns for the High Point National next Saturday at High Point Raceway in Mount Morris, Pa.