Courtesy of Team Suzuki Press Office
Team Suzuki Press Office – May 9.
Justin Bogle - 13th.
After a frustrating night in Las Vegas to close-out the 2017 Monster Energy AMA/ FIM World Supercross Championship, plus a challenging season overall, Justin Bogle and RCH/ Yoshimura/ Suzuki Factory Racing finished 13th on Saturday night at Sam Boyd Stadium and finished the season 18th in the final standings.
In all, the 2014 Eastern Regional 250SX Class Champion earned a pair of top-10 finishes and notched his first 450SX Class heat race win. While his season certainly had its share of bright spots, Bogle is eager to move on.
The rider of the # 19 Suzuki RM-Z450 finished sixth in his heat and raced his way into Saturday’s Main Event with a fourth-place effort in the first 450SX Class semi-final of the night.
When the starting gate dropped on the 17th and final Main Event of 2017, Bogle was swallowed by the pack heading into the first turn, forcing him to play catch-up for the rest of the night. As the 20-minute-plus-one-lap feature wore on, the 24-year-old rider negotiated the challenging Las Vegas course with a workman’s effort but came up short in his bid for another top-10 result.
“Honestly, we had a tough night,” said Bogle. “I didn’t get a good start and got stuck in the back. I made up as much ground as I could but that was only good enough for 13th. As much as I hate to say it, I’m glad Supercross is over. This has been the most difficult season of my life so I’m thankful to close the book and look ahead to outdoors.”
Bogle’s RCH stablemate Broc Tickle remained sidelined for the final race of the year after sustaining a fracture in his right wrist in a practice crash two weeks ago at the team’s practice facility in Corona, California.
Tickle earned seven top-10s this season, including his first career 450SX Class podium finish, and after sitting-out last the last two races of the season, slipped to 11th in the season-ending Monster Energy Supercross points.
With only two weeks separating the end of the Monster Energy Supercross season from the beginning of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, there won’t be much downtime for RCH. The team will once again campaign two Suzuki RM-Z450s outdoors with Bogle and Tickle at the controls.
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