Autotrader/Yoshimura Suzuki’s Justin Bogle will miss the 2018 Monster Energy Supercross opener this weekend in Anaheim, the team announced today. According to the team, Bogle is recovering from a practice crash suffered this off-season that has kept him off the bike for an “extended period of time.”
After joining the team this past off-season following a year with RCH Suzuki, Bogle sustained a concussion in a scary crash in his team debut at the 2017 Monster Energy Cup. In the announcement today, the team did not specify the exact injury that will keep Bogle sidelined this weekend.
“The off-season was rough on me,” Bogle said in a statement. “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. 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.”
No timetable on his return to racing has been released, but team manager Jeremy Albrecht said he will be evaluated again after Anaheim.
“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.”
The 2014 250SX East Region Champion struggled in his second 450SX season, finishing 17th overall in 2017. He turned his year around in Lucas Oil Pro Motocross, winning the Budds Creek National in August—his first career 450 win. He signed with Autotrader/Yoshimura Suzuki this off-season after RCH Suzuki announced it was closing the team.