DETROIT (March 18) – The GEICO/AMSOIL/Honda 250cc team is on a roll heading into this Saturday’s Monster Energy Supercross race at Ford Field, but racers Justin Bogle, R.J. Hampshire and Jordon Smith want more.
The trio finished second, third and fourth, respectively, in last weekend’s race in Indianapolis, but each wants to be atop the podium.
Bogle, the defending 250 East Series champion, has finished on the podium in all five races of 2015, including three runner-up efforts (two in the last two events).
“It’s motivating and frustrating because, obviously, I work way too hard to be frustrated at the end of the day,” Bogle said. “It never feels good to be losing. But all in all, the way the night went in Indy, I’ll take a second. We’ll keep pushing, keep working.
“I feel like the win is coming. I’m capable of it; there’s no doubt in my mind that I’m capable of winning. My trainer Ryan (Fedorow) and I will go back and look at what we can do, and I’ll hopefully come back better, faster, stronger.”
Rookie Hampshire has finished fifth and third in his last two races, with Indy being the site of his first Supercross podium. He, too, believes he can win.
“Those guys are fast, that’s for sure,” Hampshire said. “I just need to keep doing what I’m doing, put in 15 solid laps and, hopefully, I’m up there with them.
“I’m feeling healthier than I did the first few rounds. I get some training in during the week now, so it’s building my confidence up for the weekends. I had some injuries I was trying to get through, and I wasn’t able to really ride much during the week. Being able to ride and train has helped out a lot.”
Smith’s fourth-place finish in Indy came in his second career start, and he hopes to keep the momentum going, but he knows he’ll need to make cleaner starts.
“My starts have been pretty good,” Smith said. “I’ve just been making rookie mistakes in the first turn. I need to learn from those and be more solid in the first couple of laps.
“Both races, I was dead last coming out of the first turn. I just need to get a good start and get through the first lap clean. Hopefully I can run up there, see their speed and see what I can do.
“For sure, I’m feeling really good. Fourth is awesome, but we want better, and I think we should be able to do it if I can get up there.”
Live coverage of the event starts at 7 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1.