The 2014 250SX East Champion Justin Bogle returns in 2015 aboard the GEICO Honda CRF25R. The Oklahoma native Bogle – teammates with Malcolm Stewart – begins racing when the East Championship begins in Arlington, Texas, for round seven of the 2015 Monster Energy Supercross Championship.
Ultimate MotorCycling’s Andrew Oldar: 2014 was a breakthrough year for you winning the 250 East Supercross championship and finishing 5th overall in the nationals. Do you attribute that success to any one thing in particular or was it a combination of many different things?
GEICO Honda’s Justin Bogle: I’d say a lot of it was getting my program dialed in. My trainer, Ryan Fedorow, and I put in a lot of work and got my program figured out. I’d say that was the biggest thing. I’ve been with the GEICO Honda team for a few years now, and that’s a big part of it as well.
UMC: Being the defending 250SX East Region champion, have you put any additional pressure on yourself to repeat that?
JB: Not too much pressure. There’s always pressure with anything when you’re expected to do well. But I welcome that. It helps you perform better. There is obviously some pressure with it, and having the number 1 is a bigger target, but I welcome that.
UMC: Who do you feel is going to be your most serious competitor this season?
JB: I can’t name one guy. Like every year, there are going to be a few guys.
UMC: You and your mechanic, Grant Hutcheson, have been paired up since your amateur days on the Factory Connection/Amsoil/Honda team. What do you feel it is about you two that allow you to work so well together?
JB: We’re really good friends. We both got on the team about the same time and that helps out a lot. We lived together for a little bit too, and we’re good friends. He knows what I like and what I don’t like. He knows what not to do on race day, which helps out a lot. Some people don’t really get it because they don’t know you well. Plus, he puts in the work as well. You expect a lot of the people around you when you’re putting in the work, so it’s good when they do too.
UMC: Have you been able to spend any time at home in Oklahoma and ride with Trey Canard during the off-season?
JB: I tried to spend some time back home in Oklahoma riding with Trey and guys like Robbie Reynard. We have been back out in California a lot more just to be closer to the team and to test whenever there’s available time. I haven’t been back home too much, but I try to get back every now and then.
UMC: What is it like having Mike LaRocco as a team manager?
JB: Having Rock as team manager is awesome. I think we have a bit of a hidden weapon there because he can still ride and go pretty fast. He helps out with testing a lot. He’s been there, done that, and is a multi-time champion in this sport. He has a lot of good advice and he helps out a ton.