Justin Bogle has been gradually gaining momentum all year long in the Monster Energy Supercross Series 250cc East series. The GEICO Honda rider kicked off the season by making a come-from-behind ride in Arlington to claim a well-deserved fifth place finish. Since then, the Oklahoma rider has steadily climbed the leader board until there was only one place left to go, and that was at the top. Bogle accomplished that goal this past weekend in Canada, by taking his first career win in Toronto’s Rogers Centre.
With the win, Bogle moved to within five points of first place in the 250 SX East standings with the help of a DNF by points leader Adam Cianciarulo. It was definitely an exciting day for Bogle, who also celebrated his 21st birthday on Sunday, the day after the race.
"I'm definitely happy," Bogle said. "Both of my parents are here, my birthday is tomorrow, I got my first win, pulled a holeshot -- finally, first time in my professional career in Supercross. It feels good, definitely."
With three races remaining on the East series schedule, Bogle now sits third in the standings, five points behind new leader Martin Davalos and just one point behind Cianciarulo. The Toronto race definitely changed the landscape of the series, and a championship is now within Bogle’s grasp.
"I'm in the hunt for the championship, but I don't want to think about that," Bogle said. "What got me back in the hunt was trying to win races and going out and doing my thing. I'm going to keep doing that, and it'll play out how it plays out. Hopefully, it plays out in my favor."
Bogle proved last week in Detroit that he had the speed to compete with the Monster Energy Pro Circuit squad; who up until this point in the series have been dominate. Other than a fifth-place finish at Daytona two weeks ago, Bogle seems to be happy with his steady rise in the standings.
"I didn't have the best Daytona, but it has been going well since then," Bogle said. "It's just starts. I have to keep putting myself in a good position on the start and good things will come."
As for his 21st birthday, Bogle wouldn’t exactly be celebrating in the traditional way.
"I'm going to sit on an airplane and fly back to California and get ready to get back to work on Monday," Bogle said. "I'm sure I'll hang out with some friends and enjoy my day. It's definitely not a traditional 21st, but I'll take this over that any day."