EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (April 21) – For the first time in his young professional career, Monster Energy Supercross rider Justin Bogle of the high-profile GEICO/AMSOIL/Honda team will arrive at a race as the defending event champion. Bogle won Supercross’ inaugural stop at MetLife Stadium, a victory that helped vault him to the 250SX East championship. He also won in Toronto, but that venue wasn’t revisited this year.
“Winning the first SX race in New York was one of the highlights of my life,” Bogle said. “That city is just so cool. It has a different vibe from anywhere else in the world. I had a great day and I remember it very well. I hope I can repeat that this time through. That would be awesome.”
Bogle currently trails Marvin Musquin by 20 points for the championship lead. With just two races left, he knows it’s a large deficit to overcome, but it wouldn’t be unprecedented for things to change.
“It’s Supercross; anything can happen,” said Bogle, who has raced to the podium at every race this year except for one fourth-place result. “All I can do is stick to my plan and try to win these last two races. I’m not the kind of person to wish bad on anyone. I just stay within what I can do and that ‘s try to win. I’m ready.”
After scoring his first podium finish in Indianapolis a little more than a month ago, Bogle’s teammate R.J. Hampshire knows that top finishes at the last two races on the 250SX East schedule could yield the results he’s looking for in his first year as a professional.
“My goal is to finish off this season in the top five and, right now, I’m tied with two other guys (Anthony Rodriguez and Jimmy Decotis) in fifth place, so it will be pretty important to put in a good ride this weekend and in Las Vegas,” Hampshire said. “I need to keep doing what I’ve done all year: practice hard, get into the main event in my heat and put together 15 solid laps.
“I’m pumped to ride in NYC. I went up there and watched last year, so to go back just a year later and be racing is really exciting. I also have some family and friends in that part of the country who are coming out to support me, so it will be cool to see them again. Hopefully, we can get back on the podium.”
The GEICO/AMSOIL/Honda team’s other rookie sensation, Jordon Smith, already has his eyes on the outdoors season, which starts May 16, but he knows he has some work to do to close out the Supercross schedule in style. Smith isn’t chasing points after missing the first three races of the year due to injury.
“My health right now is the best it has been all year and that’s more exciting than anything,” said Smith, who was a season-best fourth in Indy. “I’m feeling really strong and confident coming into this weekend, plus I’m really excited to race in New York City. I’ve actually never been there, but I’m sure the fans will be awesome and the track should be good.
“Not being in the championship hunt in SX, I’ve definitely started to focus on outdoors more and more. It’ll be a fresh start for all of us and I’m excited about that. Most of the riding I’ve been doing during our break has been outdoors-style. But this week I have switched my focus back to Supercross for these last two races so I can try and finish strong for the GEICO/AMSOIL/Honda team.”
This race will be shown live on FOX beginning at 3 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 25.