Autotrader/Yoshimura Suzuki’s Justin Bogle underwent successful submuscular ulnar nerve transposition surgery on Monday to repair a damaged ulnar nerve in his upper right arm and will miss the remainder of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, the team announced. Bogle has been dealing with fatigue and loss of strength in his hand since returning to racing at Southwick after missing much of the season with a broken upper arm sustained in San Diego.
Bogle announced last week that he would delay surgery until after the season, but after consulting with doctors, he decided to have the surgery immediately.
“I came into 2018 with high hopes, but I was hit with a number of uncontrollable circumstances,” Bogle stated. “The year went sideways and never straightened out. Originally I wanted to finish the last three rounds of the nationals, but after further consulting with my doctors, we decided to get surgery in order to fix my arm and start with a clean slate moving forward. Unfortunately, I will miss the remaining nationals. Thanks to the team for backing my decision after what has been a really difficult season.”
It's been a trying first season for Bogle with the team. In his first race with the team at the Monster Energy Cup in 2017, Bogle sustained a concussion. He sustained a second concussion while preparing for Monster Energy Supercross and missed the opening three rounds of the championship.
Bogle sustained a broken upper arm at round six in San Diego and missed the remainder of the series.
“Justin has had a tough year with injuries,” team manager Jeremy Albrecht said. “He couldn’t seem to catch a break. I commend him on coming back and trying his hardest, despite the fact that he wasn’t 100 percent. Justin put the Suzuki RM-Z450 up front in six of the past eight motos and showed good speed. I hope he makes a full recovery and can get back on track.”