CHINO, CA | Sometimes in sports, everything goes right until it goes wrong. Fourth quarter leads vanish. Games are lost in extra innings. Teams dominate until overtime. Promising opportunities swing the other way.
Such was the story for RCH/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing Saturday night in Round 8 of Monster Energy Supercross, an FIM World Championship, at the Georgia Dome.
While RCH riders Broc Tickle and Justin Bogle both had solid practice sessions and qualified for the main event straight out of their heat races, both were dealt a bad hand in the main event leaving Tickle 14th and Bogle 17th in the final rundown.
“Atlanta was a rough one,” commented Tickle, who slipped to 10th in points. “I qualified for the main event right out of my heat, which was awesome. I got the holeshot and finished third so that was a great way to start out the night but I got a terrible start in the main. The track was tough and it was really hard to pass. There were a lot of guys going the same speed so that makes it hard to reel anyone in. It was tough in the back of the pack to make passes and make them stick. It was frustrating but we need to stay focused on our program, keep doing the same things and not get down. We’ll keep working hard and making progress.”
For his part, Bogle got his usual strong start in his heat race and raced with the frontrunners for the entirety of the second five-minute-plus-one-lap qualifier, where he finished fourth.
When the gate dropped on the main event, the rider of the No. 19 Suzuki RM-Z450 crossed the holeshot stripe fourth and maintained his footing in the top five for a good portion of the first half of the feature. Unfortunately with just over 10 minutes remaining as he was racing for sixth, Bogle was collected when another rider crossed over a set of ruts, making contact with his machine and leaving him nowhere to go.
With the clock continuing to roll and the laps rapidly clicking off, all Bogle could do was dust himself off and finish the race.
“That was a bad deal,” explained Bogle. “We really had a good night going. Had a great run in the heat race and got a great start in the main. I was up front, taking care of the bike and making laps. It stinks when another guy crosses a set of ruts and takes you out. We had a really solid night going, right up until that point. We’ll keep working at it.”
Monster Energy Supercross heads north of the border this weekend when the series returns to Toronto. Round 9 of the 2017 Supercross Championship from the Rogers Centre will be televised on a tape-delayed basis on Fox Sports 1 Saturday, March 4 beginning at 10 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, 7 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 …
Yoshimura is “The Leader in Performance” and has been for more than 55 years. With unmatched skills, knowledge, and passion for racing, Yoshimura is on the forefront of the aftermarket exhaust industry. Yoshimura pipes are race bred and feature the same legendary performance, fit and quality that has been their trademark for more than five decades. To learn more about Yoshimura and view their wide variety of performance products, visit
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