CHINO, CA – A wise racer said many years ago, “In order to finish first, one must first finish.”
In that same vein, and following a nasty practice spill earlier in the day, Broc Tickle, rider of the No. 20 Suzuki RM-Z450 for RCH/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing, powered through adversity to finish 13th in Saturday night’s Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, at University of Phoenix Stadium.
The Holly, Mich., rider came up short on a jump in the rhythm section during practice but despite what appeared to be a nasty spill, bounced back to be on the starting gate for the second 450SX heat race of the program.
With many of the physical after-effects still lingering from the incident, the veteran rider pieced together a 12th-place showing in his heat and raced his way into the main event via a sporty third-place effort in one of the two 450SX semi finals of the card.
While the extra laps weren’t exactly what the doctor ordered, they paid off in the form of a trip to the feature.
When the gate dropped on the fourth main event of the season, Tickle settled in and established a moderate comfort level on the challenging Glendale, Ariz., course. With the 15th gate pick, the 2011 Western Regional 250 SX Class Champion picked up a modest amount of positions over the course of the 21-lap race to earn an admirable 13th-place finish, his third top 15 in four events this season.
“I was really looking forward to Phoenix,” offered Tickle. “My practice mechanic and I drove out early and had a couple really good days of practice. I hadn’t raced in the new stadium so I was really stoked about the weekend. I was 10th in the first practice but I had some issues in the second. I came up short on a jump in the rhythm section and took a little tumble. It was frustrating because I had such a good week leading up to the race. I’ll just keep working away and stay focused so we can have a better night in Oakland.”
Tickle’s RCH stablemate Justin Bogle was sidelined in Phoenix as he recovered from injuries sustained at Round 3 and is expected to return to competition this weekend.
Monster Energy AMA Supercross returns to California this weekend for the final event of the season in the Golden State. Oakland Alameda County Coliseum will play host for Round 5 of the 2017 supercross championship where the race will be televised on FS2 Saturday, Feb 4 beginning at 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, 4 p.m. Pacific.
About RCH Racing …
RCH/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing is a professional Monster Energy Supercross and Lucas Oil Pro Motocross team co-owned by 15-time AMA Champion Ricky Carmichael and Freestyle Motocross visionary and entrepreneur Carey Hart. RCH was founded in 2012 and earned its first premier class championship in 2016. Stay up to date on all the latest RCH Racing news on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @RCHRacing.
About Suzuki …
Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. (SMAI) distributes Motorcycles, ATVs, Scooters, Outboard Motors and Automotive Parts and Accessories via an extensive dealer network throughout 49 states. Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC), based in Hamamatsu, Japan, is a diversified worldwide manufacturer of Motorcycles, ATVs, Scooters, Automobiles, Outboard Motors and related products. Founded in 1909 and incorporated in 1920, SMC has business relations with 201 countries/regions. For more information, visit www.suzuki.com.
About Yoshimura R&D of America …
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