The AutoTrader/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing team have announced that Justin Bogle will miss the 2018 Anaheim One Supercross, the opening round of the 2018 Monster Energy Supercross Series. We assumed something was amiss a few weeks ago when no action shots of Bogle were included in the team’s photo gallery, so we contacted Bogle for an update and were told that “there were issues but I’ll be okay.”
Bogle was landed on during the 2017 Monster Energy Cup and was out for the evening with a concussion. Per the press release from the team, Bogle then suffered a practice crash during the offseason and it’s kept him off of the bike for an extended period of time. Although the details are scarce, the PR says the two crashes were similar. Bogle will soon undergo a checkup, but there is no set timetable for his return.
The press release from the team is posted in full below…
Autotrader/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing Team's Justin Bogle will be sidelined for the 2018 Monster Energy AMA Supercross series opener at Anaheim, Calif. on Saturday. The Cushing, Okla. native is recovering from a practice crash that has kept him off the bike for an extended period of time.
"The off-season was rough on me. I had a crash at the Monster Energy Cup in October, and then had a similar issue while practicing in Florida. The second crash set me back. It's tough, because both crashes were freak accidents. That's how it goes in this sport sometimes," stated Justin Bogle. "I had high expectations coming into the 2018 Supercross series. Unfortunately, I won't be able to reach some of those goals now. I need to get my body figured out before I can get back to racing. I should be able to line up to the gate soon."
Autotrader/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing team manager, Jeremy Albrecht, echoed Bogle's thoughts on the situation. "We are bummed that Justin is going to miss Anaheim 1. It's the beginning of a new series, and Bogle wants to start things off on the right foot. However, injuries happen in this sport. He will be evaluated after Anaheim. At that time we'll have a better idea when Justin will line up."
Regardless, Justin Bogle will be in attendance this weekend. "I'll be at Anaheim 1 to meet with fans and help out the Autotrader/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing Team in any way that I can. The goal is to also learn and work with the team. That way I will be fully prepared when I come back to racing."
The opening round of the 2018 Monster Energy AMA Supercross series will kick off at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif. on January 6th. The event will be broadcast live on FS1 at 10:00 p.m. EST. Please be sure to visit the Autotrader/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing Team rigs should you be attending the event.