TOOELE, Utah (Aug. 15) – The learning curve for GEICO/AMSOIL/Honda racer Justin Bogle on the CRF450R continued at the Utah National Pro Motocross race on Saturday at Miller Motorsports Park.

Bogle, who was making his second career start on the 450, raced toward the front in both motos Saturday but ended up finishing out of the top 10. He was 14th in the first moto and 12th in the second for a 14th-place overall finish.

“Today’s finishes were not the finishes I was hoping for,” Bogle said. “I know that I have the speed after having two good starts today.”

Bogle made his debut on a 450 last weekend, racing for the first time since returning from injuries suffered in the Pro Motocross opener in May.Justin Bogle, Motocross, GEICO/AMSOIL/Honda

In the first moto Saturday, Bogle ran in the top six for the opening six laps before moving to fifth. He stayed there for three laps before colliding with another racer and fading back.

“Both motos I got really good starts, especially moto one,” Bogle said. “I ran up front for a while in fifth, but then I came together with another rider. I ended up going down, but did my best trying to finish out the moto.”

That was the modus operandi for the second moto, especially since Bogle is still building his race-day fitness level. The heat in Utah – temperatures approached 90 degrees – didn’t do him any favors, either.

“The second moto, I got another great start, but I was feeling the effects of last weekend and the heat today,” Bogle said. “No excuses, but I just wasn’t ready this weekend.

“The second moto I just had to pretty much survive the whole time. I think I came in 12th, so it was a disappointing day and not what I wanted at all.”

Bogle gets one more race on the GEICO/AMSOIL/Honda 450 as the AMA Pro Motocross series brings the curtain down on the 2015 season with the Ironman National next Saturday at Ironman Raceway in Crawfordsville, Ind.

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