RCH/YOSHIMURA/SUZUKI FACTORY RACING BACK TO WINNING WAYS AT BUDDS CREEK
August 21, 2017
MECHANICSVILLE, Md. (August 21, 2017) – As the old saying goes, there’s no substitute for hard work. Oh yeah, and winning fixes everything.
Justin Bogle made those statements with authority by scratching out a remarkably consistent 1-3 finish to collect his first career Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship overall win in Saturday’s Geico Motorcycle Budds Creek National at Budds Creek Motocross Park.
The rider of the No. 19 RCH/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing RM-Z450 led the way for the RM Army by dominating the first moto, leading 14 laps, and stiff-arming the competition in the closing stages to collect his second Pro Motocross moto victory of the season. Bogle left no question marks in the second moto, by backing up his performance in the first with a sturdy top-three effort to become the fourth different overall winner this season.
“It’s an incredible feeling to get a win,” explained Bogle following Round 11. “This was my first podium on a 450 and to make it a win is awesome. I drilled my starts in both motos and came out top three each time. The pressure was there with lappers. Lappers were so tough. They did an incredible job with the track after the conditions we had on Friday with all the rain. It was one line so that made it kind of tough. I have to give a shout out to the whole RCH/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory team. It’s an incredible group of guys. I love those guys. It feels like my rookie year. I’m learning so much. It was a beautiful day to get out there and lead some laps. I’m so thankful for everyone who has been helping me out. Jeannie (Carmichael), RC (RCH team co-owner Ricky Carmichael), everybody back at the Farm. My trainer, my management team, everyone who has helped me reach this point.”
Bogle, who moved to Tallahassee, Fla., earlier this year to re-tool his training and riding programs, was a staple at the front of the field in both motos and never raced deeper than third in the running order. His win also marked the first checkered flag for the defending 450 Class champions this season and first since Ken Roczen closed out last year with a 1-1 finish at the Ironman National.
Bogle’s RCH teammate Matt Bisceglia had a career day of his own by collecting both premier 450 Class Holeshot Awards and logging a 6-10 finish to bring his No. 43 machine home eighth in the final rundown.
“I had a very good day at Budds Creek,” commented Bisceglia. “Practice and qualifying were both very smooth and I ripped both holeshots. I was really happy with how everything went. My Suzuki RM-Z450 was absolutely putting the power to the ground. I didn’t loop out at all this weekend and I went 6-10 to finish eighth overall. It was a big step in the right direction and I’m really happy with my progress. I’m excited about the last round at Ironman this weekend. I’ll come in strong and be ready to go.”
Despite the circumstances surrounding the team’s looming closure, Bogle was quick to heap praise on the group RCH team owners Carey Hart and Ricky Carmichael have assembled and kept together as the team winds down operations.
“Everyone is still focused on getting results and ending this thing strong,” added Bogle. “It’s an incredible group of guys. I’ve grown to really, really love those dudes. It’s no secret how much I’ve struggled this season – Supercross and here in outdoors. The guys on the team never, ever, wavered. We’ve put in the work and I’ve gotten closer with them. It’s sad to see it end but I know those guys are so incredibly talented and capable that they’ll end up in a good spot, as well. It’s on me to go out and do my end of the deal to get myself in a (good) spot, too. It’s sad to see it end but that group is a bunch of good dudes and we all want to go out, kinda end this thing, with a bang.”
The curtain rings down on 2017 Saturday afternoon when the teams and riders of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship visit Crawfordsville, Ind., for the 12th and final race of the year.
The first moto of the Christi Hubler Chevrolet Ironman National from Ironman Raceway will be televised live on MAVTV Sat., August 26 beginning at 1 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, 10 a.m. Pacific. Coverage for the second and final moto of the 2017 season finale will be televised on a tape-delayed basis on NBCSN at 5 p.m. EDT, 2 p.m. Pacific.
All motos can be streamed live on the NBC Sports Gold app. NBC, NBCSN and MAVTV will combine to provide extensive television coverage over the course of the 12-round season. Capping off each round of the championship will be exclusive one-hour highlight shows on NBCSN, each airing within a handful of days of every National.
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