By: Geiger Media
CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. (Aug. 22) – GEICO/AMSOIL/Honda rider Justin Bogle proved he belongs in the conversation about the best motocross racers in the world with a fifth-place finish in the first 450cc moto of the Bud Light Ironman National on Saturday at Ironman Raceway.
Bogle finished 13th overall in his third career race aboard the Honda CRF450R, but the highlight was his top-five in the first moto.
“There is a silver lining to this day,” Bogle said. “I got one solid moto in before the season was over, so it’s all good.”
Bogle, the 2014 250 East Supercross Series champion, returned from injury to take over the reins of the Factory Connection 450 from Eli Tomac. Bogle has run up front with the 450 in every moto, though the results weren’t what he wanted – until Saturday.
He was fourth after lap one and posted some of the fastest lap times around Ironman Raceway to maintain that spot until the closing segment. Ken Roczen nipped him for fourth with two laps to go.
“The day was halfway good,” Bogle said. “I had a really good first moto and ran fourth most of the moto. The last lap and a half, I ended up dropping a spot to Roczen and finished fifth. Top-five and got through a moto without crashing, so that was a bonus.”
Bogle didn’t get quite the start he wanted in the second moto, but he held seventh place for several laps before fading slightly to 10th. Bogle worked hard, moving back to eighth and holding a top-10 spot until he went down with two laps remaining.
“The second moto, I had some bike issues,” Bogle said. “I tried to nurse it in, and that proved to be a bad decision on my part. I ended up going down pretty hard because of it.”
The Ironman National was the final race of the 2015 AMA Pro Motocross Series.