MT. MORRIS, Pa. (June 18, 2016) – The 2016 AMA Pro Motocross Championship made its first trip east with the 40th running of the Red Bull High Point National, and that promises softer dirt, deeper ruts and bigger bumps. And rain. A heavy downpour on Thursday before the race made the track especially treacherous, but that didn’t stop Justin Bogle from posting his best ride of the year with 6-7 moto finishes for 7th overall in the 450MX class.
“Getting better every weekend,” said Bogle, who has been fighting back from injuries for part of the season. “This weekend was another good step in the right direction. Went 6-7 for 7th overall; obviously, [my] best race of the year. I was finally able to ride during the week for the first time this outdoor season. I think you’re supposed to do that? So that was good. Track was gnarly, but we’re getting things worked out. Felt good – bike is good.”
His first-moto 6th was especially hard-earned as Bogle was locked in a fight nearly the entire race. “Me and [Justin] Barcia were locked together for 30 minutes. It was good. I had that pressure for the whole moto and was just hanging tough. I was practically into the top five at one point, so that was really good. Same deal – just keep pushing for more from here.”
It looked like it might be a great day for Jordon Smith, also, as the 250MX rider started the first moto inside the top five. “I got off to a good start and was up there, but I went down in that turning roller section. It was tricky and I tried to change up my line from what I was doing in practice,” said Smith, who ended up going 14-13 for 15th overall. “I just messed up. Once I got back going I was struggling a bit just trying to come through. Ended up 14th.
“Second moto, it was so weird. The gate kinda bounced a bit after it dropped and my foot got caught in it. I was stuck back there in mid-pack range, and some guy took me out. It was an accident – he cross-rutted and went down and I had nowhere to go. But, no excuses. I have to put myself in better positions. I’m glad to be out of here healthy and ready to go to the next one.
“The track so was gnarly – by far the gnarliest track I’ve ever ridden,” added Smith. “Last year Thunder Valley after the rain, I thought those ruts were bad, but this was like the ruts of Thunder Valley combined with the bumpiest track I’ve ever ridden. In the second moto with that start, I was like dead last, and there were some sections that felt like a GNCC. It was just single track, all the way off to the side, just trying to find some sort of smooth line. It was definitely tough out there today.”
That tough track slowed RJ Hampshire’s 250MX progress, too. “Was a tough day,” said Hampshire. “First moto got a decent start and was running inside the top five for most of the moto. But I struggled with the bike and arm pump bad! I ended up going down with [Aaron] Plessinger late in the race and it was just a mess after that. Second moto we made bike changes, got a bad start, but was charging hard. Ended up getting all the way up to 6th, then got cross-rutted and went down pretty hard. Hit another flagger! Bummed on the results, but the speed was decent. On to next weekend!” Hampshire finished 11th overall.
Next weekend’s race takes place at Muddy Creek Raceway outside of Bristol, Tenn. Injured riders Tristan Charboneau [collarbone] and Christian Craig [leg] remain on the mend, but Bogle, Smith and Hampshire will be looking for strong rides on Saturday.