This weekend’s Toyota Thunder Valley National in Denver, CO, saw GEICO Honda rider Justin Bogle set his own personal bar a little bit higher. The 250-class rider picked up his career-best Motocross result at round three of the Lucas Oil Pro 250 Motocross Championships on Saturday with second-place overall. Bogle was runner-up to overall winner, Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Blake Baggett.
Bogle raced to the podium in both 30-minute 250 motos, finishing third in the first and second in the second. In moto one, he ran in second place for several laps before a mistake saw him drop back to fourth. But he bounced back in the final laps to bring home third. In the second moto, Bogle was fifth after two laps but battled his way into second after getting around Valli Motorsports Yamaha’s Christophe Pourcel. Combined, these moto results gave Bogle second overall for the day.
"I pulled through and made that happen," said Bogle. "It was a successful day and it felt like a win… This second-place finish was the best finish so far of my career, so it was a great day."
Meanwhile, Baggett’s Denver victory stopped the early-season streak of Yamalube Star Racing Yamaha’s Jeremy Martin. Baggett finished fourth in the first moto and then won the second to get the overall for the day. Martin rounded out the Thunder Valley podium after winning the first moto and finishing sixth in the second.
"I wasn't prepared coming into the season due to an injury right before the opening round,” said Baggett on Cycle News. “But we've been testing and getting to where we want to be.
“When you haven't won in a while it starts eating at you and I wanted to stop Martin's dominance,” continued Baggett. “So I just went for it. We're headed in the right direction and there's still 18 motos left, so anything can happen."
Currently, Martin still leads the 250 overall points standings, with his Yamalube Star Racing Yamaha teammate Cooper Webb in second and Pourcel in third.Tags: Blake Baggett, Christophe Pourcel, Cooper Webb, Cycle News, GEICO, Jeremy Martin, Justin Bogle, Lucas Oil Pro, Motocross, Motorsports, Toyota Thunder Valley National, Valli Motorsports Yamaha