Bogle dominated the Monster Energy Supercross race last weekend in Detroit, and he looks to repeat that success when the series stops this Saturday at Edward Jones Dome.
“I’ve been confident the whole time,” Bogle said. “I know I can win. Obviously, I have a No. 1 on my bike for a reason. It’s all good. We’ll try to keep this momentum rolling. It’s going to be difficult, no matter how you slice it, so I’m going to keep working.”
Bogle has finished on the podium in all six East Series races this season and is second in the standings, 13 points behind Marvin Musquin, but he was unable to break through with a win until Detroit. Now, of course, he wants more.
“I felt good all the way to the end – nice and strong,” Bogle said. “I’ve been doing a lot of work during the week with my trainer, Ryan (Fedorow).”
Rookie teammate R.J. Hampshire feels the same way despite a tough night in Detroit. Hampshire won his heat race at Ford Field before being taken down by another rider in the main. He fought back to finish 11th, but knows he has the potential to match Bogle.
“I’m stoked with the bike, stoked with the team, and I’m happy with how I’m riding and the progress I’m making,” Hampshire said. “My confidence is really high now. I’ve got great teammates in Justin and Jordon (Smith). Watching Justin win, that was good for him, but I want to be up there with him.
“I’ll get back to work this week, come back to St. Louis before the break and try to put my bike back up on the podium.”
Hampshire was on the podium in Indianapolis, a race where GEICO/AMSOIL/Honda finished second (Bogle), third (Hampshire) and fourth (Smith). It was Smith’s best finish in his young, three-race career, though Detroit proved more difficult.
Smith ran well in his heat before a late fall dropped him back, and a poor gate pick contributed to a mistake early in the main, but he knows he has the speed to run up front.
“Detroit wasn’t really my night,” Smith said. “I was struggling, but to still be up front in the heat race, I take a lot of positives out of a bad night. I’ll keep that going into St. Louis and try to get some positive momentum into the break.”
Coverage of the event starts at 8 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1.