ATLANTA (Feb. 28) – GEICO/AMSOIL/Honda rider Justin Bogle stayed hot in the Monster Energy Supercross 250cc class, finishing on the podium for the third consecutive race in the East Series. Bogle rallied to a third-place finish Saturday night at the Georgia Dome.
“Today was good,” Bogle said. “I felt good all day long, practice went well and I won the heat race. The main even was not the result I wanted, but I feel really good. I feel better going forward and we’re making progress.”
Bogle sits third in the East Series points standings, finishing second, third and third in the three events in 2015. He won his heat race Saturday night, but after a good start, another rider made a banzai move that caused Bogle to lose a few places before he began his rally.
“In the main I got a good start again, but got shuffled back a few spots there on the first lap,” Bogle said. “I dropped four or five spots and it was tough back there battling with those guys. It was a little more hectic mid-pack, but I worked my way back up to third. By then we were pretty spaced out and stayed the same the rest of the race.”
Bogle, the defending East Series champion, will gun for his first victory of the year this weekend at Daytona International Speedway.
“We’re getting close,” Bogle said. “I know I’m fully capable of winning.”
Hampshire had another top-10 finish, coming home ninth, as he looks to move up the 250 ladder.
“I wouldn’t say the result was what I would like, but I feel like I rode way better,” Hampshire said. “I felt like I was definitely better on the bike tonight.”
Hampshire had to make the main event through the Last Chance Qualifier, and starting deep in the field is a bit of a handicap. Still, he showed good speed and moved up the standings in the 15-lap main event.
“You can’t do much when you start last from the LCQ,” Hampshire said. “I was happy to get in the main from there and put in 15 solid laps. That’s all I can really do.”
Smith made his professional debut Saturday, but it didn’t go as well as he had hoped. He finished 12th in his heat race and also had to race the LCQ, where he ended up 11th, missing the main. Still, it was a good learning experience for the up-and-coming rider.
“It was a really rough night,” Smith said. “I made some mistakes, but I learned a lot. I’ll take the things I learned here and take them into Daytona.”