TORONTO – Justin Bogle sure knows how to seize the moment.
On the day before he turned 21 years old and on a night when points leader Adam Cianciarulo dropped out early, Bogle scored the first victory of his young career in the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series 250cc East race on Saturday at the Rogers Centre.
He did it in dominant style, securing his first Supercross holeshot and running away to a 10-second lead before taking the checkered flag. And as an added bonus, parents Ron and Stacy Bogle were on hand to celebrate.
“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.”
Cianciarulo suffered an apparent shoulder injury during practice, and though he started the 20-lap main event, he pulled off the track only four laps into the race. Bogle’s victory propelled him to within five points of new leader Martin Davalos and one point behind Cianciarulo with three races remaining in the East Series season.
“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.”
The season has gone well for Bogle, who has finished fifth or better in all six races this season. A fifth-place finish at Daytona two weeks ago was a disappointment for him, but he has come on strong since, finishing second last week in Detroit and backing that up with his first win in Canada’s largest city.
“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.”
Bogle’s dominance wasn’t exactly evident in practice and his heat race, though he was near the top in each session. He finished second in his heat to advance to the main, but he learned some valuable lessons during that six-lap event.
“I had a decent heat race, not the best,” Bogle said. “It was all right and I ended up with second, but I figured out some lines for the main, which was pretty key for me. I got myself a good gate pick for the main, which was key for the holeshot.”
Now, all that’s left for Bogle is to celebrate – well, sort of.
“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.”