Defending East champion Justin Bogle posted another podium finish in second place, Florida native R.J. Hampshire won a heat race and finished fifth in the main and Jordon Smith raced to a 12th-place finish in his first main.
Bogle posted his fourth podium finish in as many races in 2015.
“It definitely is a pretty good habit,” Bogle said. “I’m never going to complain about a podium. Obviously, I’d love to be winning. There’s no better feeling and we’re working every week to get that. We’re making progress every week and I’m getting closer, so I’m happy.”
Bogle improved throughout the day, finishing second in his heat as the GEICO team worked on the setup of his bike.
“We made pretty big changes with my bike and got it working really awesome,” Bogle said. “The whole GEICO/AMSOIL/Honda team worked incredible, and they were on top of things. We made some improvements there and it helped tremendously.”
Bogle has two seconds and two thirds in the four East races this season and sits third in the 250 points standings.
“Marvin (Musquin) had speed tonight that I could not match,” Bogle said. “I’m feeling good about getting back into the stadiums and back into more of a Supercross kind of element.”Hampshire-DaytonaSX20_3124F
Hampshire had a stellar night in his hometown event. He grew up in Hudson, Fla., and attended Daytona Supercross races as a youngster. Making a strong start in his heat race, Hampshire pulled away to the victory and was able to stand in Daytona’s victory lane.
“It’s huge,” Hampshire said. “I’ve always dreamed of doing this. I’ve got so many fans out there and so many supporters, so to do it in front of them – I would’ve liked it to be a main event, but I’ll get there. I’m happy with my results and happy with where we’re going.”
“I knew I was better than the positions I was finishing,” Hampshire said. “I got some days of riding in this week and it showed. I felt way better on the bike. I feel like I’m still lacking a little bit of speed that I can definitely find, but it’s a step in the right direction. My whole team works so hard for me, so it’s great to be up there.”
It was great for fellow rookie Smith to be in the main event. His debut race in Atlanta last weekend didn’t go as planned, but he was solid in his heat race in Daytona, finishing fourth to advance to his first pro main event.
“It was really cool to make the main event,” Smith said. “That’s what you dream of as a kid, and to be able to do that was pretty awesome. I was super pumped to be out there racing with all the guys. It was a really cool thing for me.”
A first-turn stumble in the main cost him several positions, but Smith persevered to a decent finish.
“It was a good night,” Smith said. “Practice went pretty well today, and I got through the heat race good. I got a good start in the main event, but ended up going down in the first turn. That was a bummer, but I made a good charge back.”
The GEICO/AMSOIL/Honda team now travels to Indianapolis March 14 for the next round of Monster Energy Supercross action.