EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (April 25) – The GEICO/AMSOIL/Honda 250cc team had a successful day Saturday at MetLife Stadium, bringing home a pair of top-five finishes in the Monster Energy Supercross East Series finale that resulted in top-five finishes in the season points standings.
Defending East Series champion Justin Bogle followed up that title by finishing second in the standings in 2015, capped by a second-place finish in the season finale. Rookie teammate R.J. Hampshire finished fifth in the race and fifth in the championship standings.
Bogle got the holeshot and led the most laps in the 15-lap main event, but he ended up finishing second to series champion Marvin Musquin, which didn’t sit well with Bogle.
“It was a good race,” Bogle said. “It tightened up there at the end. I’m very frustrated with myself, with how the end of that race went. I felt like I was good enough to get that win, but congratulations to Marvin and his team. They were better this year.
“Nothing I can do but keep working. It’s going to fuel the fire because that hurts.”
Bogle had a terrific season, winning once and finishing in the top four in all eight East races, but it wasn’t enough to overcome Musquin.
“It’s been a good season,” Bogle said. “The whole GEICO/AMSOIL/Honda team has been incredible, but that race hurts bad. I’m capable of winning, and it doesn’t feel good when I don’t. We’ll keep working and keep it moving.”
That’s Hampshire’s goal, too, after completing a rookie season in which he had one podium, three top-five efforts and six top-10 finishes.
“Wrapping up the season on a high note,” Hampshire said.
Hampshire wasn’t pleased with his qualifying, but he finished third in his heat to advance to the main and then put in a solid race. He finished two spots ahead of Anthony Rodriguez, the rider with whom he was tied in the points coming into the race.
“We pulled it together with 15 solid laps,” Hampshire said. “That’s all we needed. I was battling Rodriguez, and he was tied with me in the points, so to come away with fifth overall in my rookie season, I’m pumped about that. It was a solid, consistent season.”
Fellow rookie Jordon Smith had a crash in qualifying that aggravated his shoulder and he was forced to skip the rest of the night’s racing.