SACRAMENTO, Calif. (May 13) – The GEICO/AMSOIL/Honda 250cc team is making a four-pronged attack on the Hangtown MX Classic this weekend that kicks off the AMA Pro Motocross season.
And all four riders are ready for the season to get going.
“I’m very excited for outdoors,” Bogle said. “We get a clean slate and get another shot at a championship. I’ve been working really hard. I know that sounds cliché, but I’ve been putting in a lot more time getting my bike ready and working with the whole team for this year.”
Bogle finished second in the 250 East Series points standings for the Monster Energy Supercross season that just ended, and he was fifth in motocross last year. But he hopes to step up his game.
“Things are starting to gel, and I feel good about it,” Bogle said. “I’ve had seasons in the past where I haven’t been super successful outdoors, and I made it a big point in my program to try to improve so I can be a contender for the championship. Ultimately, I want to win the thing.”
There may not be another racer more ready than Bisceglia, who is coming off a podium finish in the Supercross finale in Las Vegas two weeks ago.
“I’m super excited,” Bisceglia said. “We just wrapped up a couple days of good riding and testing with the team. The guys at Factory Connection have done an awesome job getting our bike working great. I have a lot of confidence in the bike, and it feels really good. I feel good on the bike as well, especially coming off that podium in Vegas, earning it the way I did.
“I have a lot of confidence, and I’m excited to get going for outdoors. I’m feeling good right now.”
Hampshire raced three motocross events last year, getting some valuable experience with the world’s best racers. Now, he’s ready to step up for the full season.
“My confidence is pretty high, but I know those 250 guys are good,” Hampshire said. “It’s going to take a lot to do well. It’s a long season, too, but I’m in it for the long haul, and I want to stay consistent all season long.
“I’m pumped. This is what we grew up racing, and we get to open the bikes back up now. Supercross is new, but we’re more used to motocross now. I’m excited. We had a weekend or two off, but I’m ready to get back at it.”
Smith, too, is ready to get going after skipping the Vegas race. He also missed the Supercross race in New Jersey after a fall in practice banged up his shoulder. But he’s healthy now and is “really pumped for the season coming up.”
“I’m really ready,” Smith said. “It’s the most healthy I’ve been all year, and I’m ready to get started, for sure. It makes me a lot more comfortable lining up, knowing I get to run the whole season and I’ll be there for round one. I’m really excited to do that and see what I can do with a whole season.”
Action begins Saturday, May 16 at 5:00 p.m. ET from the Hangtown Classic, in Sacramento. Catch the second motos live on NBCSN at 7:00 p.m. ET.