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3/9/2015 - Plenty of Positives for RCH Soaring Eagle/Jimmy Johns/Suzuki Factory Racing in Daytona

 

INDIANAPOLIS (March 9) -- GEICO Honda racer Justin Bogle has done everything but win this year during the Monster Energy Supercross 250cc East season. He'd like to change that when the 250 class heads back indoors this weekend at Lucas Oil Stadium.

 

The defending East Series champion has finished second twice, including last weekend at Daytona International Speedway, and third twice in the four East races so far. That's great, of course, but Bogle wants more.

 

"We'd love to get a win this weekend," Bogle said. "Going back into the stadiums is kind of more my thing. I like it a lot better, so I'm looking forward to that."

 

Bogle had a podium finish at Indy in 2015, negotiating a difficult track.

 

"I did well there last year and the track was tough," Bogle said. "Hopefully, it's tough again this year. I'm going to go in there and try to get a win."

 

His teammates are heading to Indy with some momentum, too. Rookie R.J. Hampshire is coming off his best career finish, fifth at Daytona, after winning a 250 heat race for the first time. He has gotten better each week, finishing ninth, seventh, and seventh before the Daytona breakthrough.

 

"It's not even about momentum, it's that I'm getting healthier," Hampshire said. "I kinda killed my confidence going into Dallas, but I'm getting it back each and every moto. I had a great week before Daytona, and I have a great trainer in Timmy Ferry behind me who does a lot for me. We never lost sight with what we wanted.

 

"For a rookie, I'm definitely happy with a top-five. Let's build from here, and hopefully I'll find myself on the podium before the end of the season."

 

Fellow rookie Jordon Smith is building, too, after making his first professional main event in Daytona. He ended up 12th in the race, learning on every lap.

 

"I'm ready to build on that," Smith said. "I learned a lot in Daytona. I'm really excited to get to Indy and try to put the things I learned in Daytona and Atlanta into practice. I'd like to keep building and learning as the season goes along and keep progressing.

 

"It's been a long time since I raced before this season. I just have to get in the swing of things again and feel smooth and confident out there. I think it's coming back and should be a good weekend in Indy. I'm excited."

 

Live coverage of the event starts at 7 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1. 

 

 

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