Team Suzuki Press Office – August 22.
Justin Bogle (RCH Yoshimura Suzuki) – 1st
Matt Bisceglia (RCH Yoshimura Suzuki) – 8th
Weston Peick (JGR Autotrader Suzuki) – 6th
Phil Nicoletti (JGR Autotrader Suzuki) – 13th
RCH Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s Justin Bogle collected his first career AMA Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship victory riding the team’s RM-Z450 at the weekend’s Budds Creek National in America.
Bogle was consistent with a 1-3 finish at the 11th round and led the way and dominated the first moto. He said: “It’s an incredible feeling to get a win. 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, Florida 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 chequered 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 RM-Z450 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.”
The curtain rings down on 2017 Saturday afternoon when the teams and riders of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship visit Crawfordsville, for the 12th and final race of the year.
JGR AUTOTRADER SUZUKI:
Weston Peick took his Suzuki RM-Z450 to eighth place in the first moto, then switched-up his lines for the second moto and for sixth. His 8-6 moto scores netted him sixth overall and he sits eighth in the standings with one round to go.
Phil Nicoletti continued to get used to the race pace after being out for the better part of a year. Nicoletti’s 14-12 scores resulted in a 13th place overall finish.