Top AMSOIL Amateur Claims Two Titles at World Mini GP
April 18, 2011
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Justin Barcia, the overall points leader in the East Coast Lites class of Monster Energy Supercross did it. So did top supercross rider Eli Tomac. Please don’t forget about their GEICO/Honda teammate Blake Wharton. Heck, reigning outdoor motocross champion Trey Canard started the process.
These four accomplished professional riders all started the same. They were all top riders for the AMSOIL/Factory Connection team during some distinguished amateur careers. They all won championships at the top levels of amateur motocross, including Loretta Lynn’s Amateur Nationals presented by AMSOIL, World Mini Grand Prix and Ponca City National Championships. They were all part of the high-profile Factory Connection program put into place by team owner Rick "Ziggy" Ziefelder. The idea was to sign one top rider each year from the amateur ranks and begin grooming him for a spot on the team’s 250-program in the pro supercross and motocross series.
That commitment continues in 2011 with the heart-stopping Justin Bogle. The Cushing, Okla. resident will be piloting the AMSOIL/Factory Connection #891 this summer, and has already been busy picking up wins this spring.
Bogle spent all of last week in Mesquite, Nev. racing in four classes at the 40th World Mini Grand Prix. Bogle won two championships in Nevada, including the 250 Stock and Modified Pro championships. He also finished second overall in the 450Stock Pro class and registered a second in the first heat of the 450 Mod. Pro class but did not race in the second heat, finishing 19th overall.
It looks like another success story in a fantastic amateur program.