RCH/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing soldiered through a tough night under demanding conditions in Saturday’s Daytona Supercross by Honda at Daytona International Speedway.
Broc Tickle, rider of the No. 20 Suzuki RM-Z450, finished 14th, while his RCH stablemate Justin Bogle endured a heart breaker by not qualifying the main event.
Tickle finished seventh in his heat and raced his way into the main event via a third-place finish in his semifinal.
After earning a career-best third-place finish in Round 9 at Toronto, Tickle was looking to back up that performance with another podium effort at the “World Center of Racing.” Unfortunately, it wasn’t meant to be. The Holly, Mich., rider didn’t get the jump out of the starting gate he was looking for and had to race deep in the pack for much of the night.
“I've always enjoyed racing in Daytona,” explained Tickle who sits 10th in points. “The night came down to the start, more so than any race I've ever competed in. I got a good start in my heat race and came into the first corner second, but I got pushed wide. I got shuffled back to seventh and that's where I finished. I had a good semi and ended up third. Headed to the main, I knew I needed a good start to back up my finish from last weekend but it didn’t happen. I struggled in the first three corners and came around in 16th. I wasn't riding well in the beginning of the race and didn't make passes quickly enough. I'm happy with my effort on the track but not with my start.”
Bogle missed transferring directly from his heat into the main event by one spot where he finished fifth. Things didn’t get much better for the Cushing, Okla., rider in his semifinal when he had misfortune while leading the race, leaving him sixth when the checkered flag waved. Trouble came in threes for the 2014 Eastern Regional 250SX Class Champion when he got tangled up with another rider in the first corner of the last-chance qualifier (LCQ). With only four laps to make up for lost ground and only four riders transferring to the main from the LCQ, Bogle’s sixth-place finish wasn’t enough to lock in a spot at the starting gate for Round 10.
“It’s definitely a tough pill to swallow,” commented Bogle. “I missed transferring from my heat by one spot, fell in the semi and then got together with someone in the LCQ. I don’t want to say I was a victim of circumstance or bad luck because I truly believe that you make your own luck. We had a lot of things working against us but it was still up to me to get it done. We’ll go to Indy this weekend, pick ourselves up and not look back.”
Monster Energy AMA Supercross rolls on this weekend when the series visits the “Racing Capital of the World” for its annual tilt at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The 11th of 17 races on the 2017 supercross championship campaign will be televised live on Fox Saturday, March 18 beginning at 7 p.m. Eastern, 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 …
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