Blountville, TN (June 25, 2016) – Consistency is what the GEICO/AMSOIL/Honda team has been looking for in the AMA Pro Motocross Championship, and that’s what it got during a hot and humid day at round five of the season at Muddy Creek. Jordon Smith’s strong 4-6 moto finishes led to fourth overall in 250MX, and included some laps led in moto one.
“Oh man it feels so good, especially after the last few races; they’ve been tough,” said Smith. “We’ve been doing some testing to try to figure things out. It feels good to have two good motos and to run up front both times. I led four or five laps there in the first moto. The only time I’d ever been in the lead outdoors was at Utah last year, and that time I was a little freaked out. This time I felt really comfortable up there and it was fun. I ended up getting a little bit of arm pump, so I kind of had to salvage a fourth there. [I had] arm pump in both of the motos so that kind of hurt, but it feels good to run up front. I feel like that’s where I belong.”
Teammate RJ Hampshire wasn’t too far back with 9-9 finishes for eighth overall. “Consistent weekend. That’s something we haven’t had,” said Hampshire. “Speed wasn’t that great, but we weren’t worried about that this weekend. [Team Manager Mike] LaRocco and I talked a lot this week and came into the weekend with new goals. We were close to reaching them, but overall happy with the weekend. Both motos inside the top 10 and eighth overall. We will start building now.”
On the other end, 450 rider Justin Bogle was hoping to build on momentum after solid 6-7 finishes in the motos last weekend at High Point. An early first-moto crash held him back, and he ended up with 13-10 finishes for 10th overall.
“I really didn’t have a good day, struggled with bike setup and with the track honestly,” said Bogle. “I kept having little falls all day and it was just super frustrating. So ended the day with a 10th. It’s back to the drawing board because I’m better than what I did today.”
Hampshire is eighth in the 250MX season standings, while Smith is ninth. Bogle is 11th in the 450MX class.
The team heads to the popular Red Bud National for Independence Day Weekend, July 2 in Buchanan, Mich.