The 2019 Monster Energy Supercross season has been full of surprises. Who provided a shock to fans across the globe at the most recent round, San Diego? Justin Bogle almost won his heat race and should have finished on the box in the main event. The guy was fifteenth in the points going into Saturday night! Bogle was understandably pleased following the race, as he explains in this exclusive MX Vice interview.
MX Vice: Positive. The whole thing… Positive! You did miss out on a podium though, so are you disappointed? Are you buzzing? What's the crack?
Justin Bogle: I was definitely bummed right when I came off the track, just because I was so close. That would have been my first 450SX podium. I get it's muddy, but… Definitely progress, man. I felt really good in my heat race up until I crashed. I think I pulled out like a ten-second lead, so I was feeling just good all day. I'm just having fun. I'm enjoying this whole thing. It's been such a blessing with this team and everyone that's a part of my crew. We are just enjoying it.
I went out there and had a lot of fun. I was running up front, super close to a podium. Lappers are what they are. It is what it is. We all had to pass the same people. Just one of them things. I missed out on it, but we got a fourth. If you had told me this week I was going to get a fourth, I would have been very happy with that. We'll take it for what it is and just keep moving and keep trying to get better, keep progressing.
How do you feel compared to, say, A2? In yourself, do you feel completely different? Do you feel like you should now be running top five or top ten each week?
I always believe in myself but, being realistic about this whole process, it's going to take time. Nights like tonight when I get a good start and it's there, by all means I'll go for it. I'm not going to go out and try to rush this whole thing, because we have seventeen rounds… Thirteen more or whatever it is. I just know that by the end of it I'll be where I want to be if we just keep building and not get ahead of ourselves and try to do too much too soon. Like I said, nights when it's there we'll try to make a run at it and take it. I always believe in myself though. That's not even a question. I always believe that eventually I'm going to be back up there.
I feel like starts in themselves are kind of a sign that you are starting to feel it a little bit. When you are feeling terrible, obviously you do not really want to get a holeshot and drop back. Is this a little hint that maybe you are ready to start pushing the pace a little bit?
Yeah, it is. Whether I want to admit it or not, you go out there and you get a good start. You have to believe in yourself to do that. That's 80% of a start. There is 20% of doing it and 80% of believing you are going to do it. I don't know, man. I'll just keep getting starts and just keep seeing what I can do. Last week was good. I got a start. I ran up front for a while. This week was better. We'll just keep trying to get better every weekend. I'll keep trying to get starts and if I do that eventually this thing will come around.
You mentioned backmarkers. Dean [Wilson] was kind of the one who cost you in the end. He is your mate. Do you need to have words?
Not yet. I'm going to talk to him later though. It was definitely a bummer, because me and Dean are boys. I know he didn't purposely do that but, still, that was a podium! I was extremely frustrated. It is what it is. Coulda, shoulda, woulda got a third. We cannot deal in hypotheticals. It is what it is. If I hadn't stalled it that lap before, I wouldn't have been in that situation. Definitely bummed, but what are you going to do about it now? I'll take that fourth and we'll just keep moving and try to get better.
Conditions obviously played into your hands tonight. Once the rain stopped, did it get worse for you? Did it start to become more claggy and sticky? Would you have preferred it to just hammer down all night so you could just basically power through puddles the whole time?
Maybe. If it would have rained closer to the main event I think it would have been better. It got really sticky. It got pretty nasty in that main event. In the heat race, it was honestly pretty fun. Practice was fun. It just got steadily worse as the night went on. The track got so muddy they could not get out there to work it, really. Maybe more rain would have been better. But, again, it didn’t, so it is what it is.
I kept watching you and waiting for you to tighten up or get arm pump. You mentioned that was a problem obviously after so long off the bike and all of that. Did that actually happen? It didn't really seem like your times dropped at all or anything.
No. In the mud like that I really enjoy it so I just kind of ride, have fun, stay loose and whatever. It's easy to tighten up in the mud, but I was feeling good and I wasn't getting much pressure. I was just kind of doing my laps. When I could hit a double I'd hit a double and when I couldn't, I'd roll it. I didn't tighten up or anything and that's a sign of progress as well. All good stuff, man. I'll just keep taking it for what it is and keep trying to get better and keep having fun with it, because that's when I do good… When I'm having fun.
Finally, is it going to be kind of tough to manage expectations now? Say you go to Minneapolis and you get eleventh., which is still progress from Anaheim 2 and Oakland. Are you going to be like, "I was fourth last week?"
No, definitely not. Like I said before, I've done this so many times, I've been on this comeback thing before and I've got ahead of myself with things like that happening. You really just shoot yourself in the foot when you do that. So, like I said, I'm going to try to get starts and try to see what I can do when I get there. I have no expectations for myself, ever, with this. Right now, it is what it is. I'm going to obviously do as good as I can, so what's the point of putting a number on it or a ceiling on what I can do? You never know. I didn't come here saying I'm going to get third or fourth or whatever, but you get a start and you just end up where you end up. I'm just going to try and do as good as I can. That is what it is. If that's tenth that night, so be it.
Interview: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: ConwayMX