2013 AMA Motocross Injury Updates
There is no rider in the GEICO Honda stable more eager for the AMA Pro Motocross Championships season than 250cc rider Justin Bogle.
Bogle missed the entire Supercross season with a broken wrist suffered during training. Now 100 percent healthy, Bogle said he is ready to start racing again at the Hangtown Motocross Classic.
Justin Bogle (GEICO Honda CRF250R Motocross) says: “I’m excited and feel really prepared. Testing and training for outdoors has gone really well. I’m feeling really good on my bike.”
Bogle said he felt a breakthrough was coming in what was supposed to be his second full season of Supercross, but now he is ready to make a splash in motocross.
Justin Bogle says: “Missing Supercross was a bummer. But I think in the end it added fuel to the fire to make me want to come out during outdoors and ride out front. It’s never good when you have to take time away because of injury because it keeps you away from what you love to do.
“It’s all just a few days away now, and I can’t wait to get back out there.”
Bogle’s teammate, Eli Tomac, will be making his last go-around on a 250cc at the Hangtown track where he got his first pro win.
Eli Tomac (GEICO Honda CRF250R Motocross) says: “It would be cool to get another win there. That’s what we’ll be shooting for. The track has a lot of hills and good dirt. All these West Coast tracks seem to suit me pretty well.
“It seems like the transition from Supercross to motocross has gone pretty smooth. This is my fourth year, so I know what to expect. I think we’ve got a pretty good bike setup, so we’ll see what happens.”
Zach Osborne makes the trip to Hangtown for the first time in several years.
Zach Osbourne (GEICO Honda CRF250R Motocross) says: “It’s been since 2007 that I’ve been to Hangtown, so it’s been a little while. It’s where I had my first pro race, and I had a pretty good result there. I’m going in with a positive attitude and want to put myself in a position to finish on the box.
“I raced in Europe for five years and I think it really helped my outdoor riding. I’m looking forward to going outdoor racing here in the states.”
GEICO Honda rookie Zach Bell, who missed a big chunk of the 250SX East Supercross season because of an injury, is back healthy and ready to get back to racing as well.
Zach Bell says: “I’m feeling good right now and just taking it step by step. I want to start the season strong and race the whole season. I’m happy to be back racing.
“I came out to California last week to test and get the bikes ready. I’m comfortable with outdoors. It should be a decent race.”
GEICO Honda’s Wil Hahn will miss the opener while recovering from a broken hand suffered in the Las Vegas Supercross finale. He is shooting for a return at Budds Creek.
Practice for the Hangtown Motocross Classic gets under way at 8:30 a.m. PDT Saturday from Prairie City ORV Park. Opening ceremonies start at 12:40 p.m. FUEL TV will air Moto 1 starting at 4 p.m. EDT. The second motos will air on the NBC Sports Network on Monday at 12:30 a.m.