Author: Brent Stallo
As if winning the a 450 A national title, placing a very, very close second in 250 A, and taking home the Horizon Award wasn't enough, Justin Bogle capped off his week at Loretta's with the Vurb Cup as well, making him the most successful amateur rider in America in 2011. Bogle's accomplishments throughout the season speak for themselves, and with Loretta's being his last amateur race of his career we took the rare opportunity to highlight him as this week's Up and Coming rider.
For those who may not know you, give us a basic rundown.
I'm Justin Bogle. I ride for GEICO Powersports Honda. I'm 18 years old. I'm from Oklahoma, and this is my last time here at The Ranch.
Give us a little highlight of your history here at Loretta's and fill us in on how the week went for you?
I've been coming here since 2000, so that's quite a long time, about a decade of Loretta Lynn's. With this being my last year, it's kind of sad. I'm sad this is my last time here. But yeah, it was good I got one title, so I'm happy.
Again, for those who may not know, why is this your last time here?I'm racing Unadilla next weekend. So I'm moving on from this wonderful place, with some great memories through.
You not only won the Horizon Award, but you also took home the Vurb Cup. How did that feel?
Winning the Vurb Cup was a huge honor. I'm really happy that I beat my boy Cooper Webb. Coming into this race we were really close. We might have been tied, I don't know. Unfortunately for Coop, I ended up winning it. I think I ended up with a 1.65 average or something like that. So that's pretty cool.
What do you think about your pro debut at Unadilla?
I'm going in with no expectations and no pressure. I just want to see how it goes. I'll be racing the last four outdoor nationals, so I'm just going in to get some experience and see where I'm at for next year.
Have you gotten to ride the bike yet?
I've gotten to ride my pro bike and it's extremely fast. It took me a while to get used to it and not loop out coming off every corner (laughs), but yeah, the Honda's are running great.
Will you miss the amateur ranks at all?
I will definitely miss the amateur ranks, I'm not going to lie. There will always be a soft spot in my heart for this stuff. I'm happy to be moving on, don't get me wrong, I'm happy that I'm done with amateurs, but it's kind of like a chapter in my life closing. So I'm pretty bummed out, but at the same time I'm happy.
Good luck this weekend and with the rest of your career. Thanks for the sit down.
Thank you guys. It was an honor.