DELMONT, Pa. (Aug. 29) - With two professional 250cc races in the Lucas Oil AMA Motocross Championship under his belt, GEICO Honda's Justin Bogle is gaining confidence with each lap.
After a solid fourth-place ride in the sloppy conditions of the second moto at Southwick last week, Bogle can't wait for what the last two races of the season, including this Saturday's Steel City National, will bring.
"I'm stoked for this weekend," Bogle said. "I think the Steel City track fits my style a little better."
Bogle said his learning curve has been getting easier from race to race.
"Last week was so much easier than the first week," Bogle said. "There wasn't as much information to process and learn in a short time. Knowing how things work and what to expect helps a ton. I'm feeling more comfortable with everything."
Another GEICO Honda rider quickly adapting to new circumstances is Justin Barcia, who won his first outdoor moto of the season last week aboard an American Honda CRF450R.
"After that moto win I've got a lot of confidence now," Barcia said. "I know I can go fast. It's not going to be an easy track. It's probably going to be pretty hard-packed. I just have to race as smart as I have been."
Eli Tomac will try to bounce back from a rough weekend in the Southwick quagmire and work his way up the 250cc standings with just four motos left in the season.
"I should do pretty decent there this weekend," Tomac said. "I got fourth overall at Steel City last year so I'm looking forward to getting back there. It's all about getting a good start and making it happen."
Tomac is 18 points behind Kyle Cunningham for fourth place in the season standings.
Jimmy DeCotis will also be racing for GEICO Honda this weekend in this third race back from an elbow injury that shelved him for much of the outdoor season. Wil Hahn will not be racing while he recovers from a shoulder injury.
Practice for the Steel City National gets under way 8:30 a.m. EDT on Saturday with opening ceremonies starting at 12:40 p.m. FUEL TV will air the first motos of the 450 and 250 classes starting at 1 p.m. EDT. SPEED TV will show the second 450 moto at 7 p.m. and the 250 moto at 8 p.m.