For many racers, the season that GEICO Honda’s Justin Bogle experienced during this year’s outdoors would be something to be proud of. For Bogle, though, after a string of off-season injuries last year, he considered his outdoor run a building year. Two wrist injuries and one broken hand forced the Honda rider to miss the entire Supercross season, and right before Hangtown he got back on the bike. As the season progressed, though, Bogle’s speed and results began to improve, and by the final round at Lake Elsinore, he was back at the front on a regular basis. We spoke with him about his season, injuries, and what he has planned for next year.
You had a full outdoor season, but you struggled with injuries at the beginning of the year, right?
Yeah, I actually had three different injuries during the off-season, and I missed the whole Supercross series. I came back at Hangtown, though, and raced the entire outdoor series.
Did you have to rebuild for most of the outdoor season, or did you come into it prepared and ready to go?
I look at this outdoor season as a building year and I’m looking forward to next year where I can be a title contender. Rather than getting on the podium at races, I want to come in and be battling for the title. I think I found a good set up for next year. It was a bit bumpy at the start of the outdoor season. A bunch of freak stuff happened with crashing or missing a start where I had to come from last quite a few times. It is was it is, though, and a lot of that stuff was because of my mistakes. I was building all year long, and towards the end of the year, I had made a lot of progression. All in all, I think it really was a building year. I didn’t do as good as I would have liked, but I can’t complain.
Did your wrist injuries ever bother you at the beginning of the season? Was it something that you had to deal with at first?
Injuries always play a part in racing; especially what I broke [scaphoid bone in wrist]. It’s obviously something that is a bit of a pain, as anyone who has ever broken it would know. I broke my hand at the TransWorld SLAM late last year, and then I came back and broke my Scaphoid and dislocated my left wrist as well. I then got hooked up with Allsport Dynamics and Jeff Brewer for some wrist braces. Obviously that helped me out a lot, but my wrists did bother me a little bit. At the end of the day, though, everyone has issues with other stuff too.
Are you going to continue wearing those braces now that you’re back up to speed?
I plan on wearing them, and I’m still wearing them now when I ride. I have a good relationship with Jeff and everyone over at Allsport Dynamics, and I really like the product. It’s one of those things where in hindsight if I was wearing them my injury might not have been as bad. I’d rather be wearing them than take the risk. I have some pretty cool paint jobs on them too, so I can’t complain.
What have you been up to since the season ended a few weeks ago? Did you take some time off at all?
I took a few weeks off. I hung out at Wil’s [Hahn] house for about a week after Elsinore, and then came back and got to hang out with some friends that I don’t get to see that often. I just got to enjoy some off time. I didn’t really do anything, but it was nice after being on the road all year. Now I’m back at it with riding and training. It was fun, but at the end of the day, it gets pretty boring not having stuff to do. I rode Supercross today, and I’m just trying to get ready for the Supercross season.
What are your plans for the off-season? Are you going to be doing any off-season races?
As of right now, I don’t really have any plans to do any off-season races. I’m putting 100 percent focus into coming into the Supercross season ready to win the championship.