RCH/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing turned in a pair of solid performances for the Suzuki RM Army Saturday night in St. Louis when Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, returned to the Dome at America’s Center.
Broc Tickle, rider of the No. 20 Suzuki RM-Z450, turned in a strong eighth-place finish in Round 13 while his RCH teammate Justin Bogle barley missed a top 10 and came home 11th.
At the same, the heady effort powered Tickle into sole possession of eighth in points where he now paces two-time Supercross Champion Chad Reed and veteran Dean Wilson by seven. With four races left on the 2017 calendar, Tickle trails seventh-place Davi Millsaps by 17 points and sixth-place Blake Baggett by 20.
The 27-year-old Lake Elsinore, Calif., resident finished eighth in his heat and had to race his way into the 13th main event of the season via a third-place finish in the first 450SX Class semifinal of the night.
Tickle was left with the 14th gate pick for the main event but despite that disadvantage, he came around the first corner eighth in the running order. A few corners later, Tickle gave up a handful of positions as a gaggle of riders scrapped for real estate early on. Over the course of the 20-minute-plus-one-lap feature, the 2011 Western Regional 250 SX Class Champion made his way forward to crack the top 10 and notch his sixth top-eight finish of the season.
“I always look forward to going to St. Louis,” commented Tickle following the race. “The dirt there is always awesome and that’s what makes it stand out for me. All in all, the weekend was solid. I felt a little off all day, to be honest. I just couldn’t get comfortable. It wasn’t the bike, it was just me. I wasn’t 100 percent in tune but I still came away with a top 10 and ended up eighth in the main event. Even with a not-so-stellar start, I worked my way up, made a couple passes and put in some good, consistent laps. I still need to dial in those starts and be more consistent.”
After finishing seventh in his heat, Bogle went on to win his second semifinal of the year. The 24-year-old Cushing, Okla., rider was among the top five when the gate dropped on the main event and raced with the front-runners for much of the early goings. As the night wore on, Bogle raced hard, took care of his machine and ultimately brought his Suzuki home 11th at the checkered flag.
He moved up one spot in the standings, to 17th, after securing his fifth top-12 finish of the season. With only eight points separating Bogle from 15th-place Malcolm Stewart and 14 between him and Jake Weimer for 14th, four races leaves “the Captain” plenty of time to climb the standings.
“St Louis wasn’t really that good of a night, to be honest,” offered Bogle. “Practice went a little better than last week (Detroit), but ultimately I still didn’t qualify that well. I made a couple mistakes in the heat race and didn’t end up qualifying out of that. I went out and drilled my start and won the semi. We made some changes to the bike that actually helped quite a bit. Got into the main, got a decent start. I ran decent for a few laps and then kind of hit a wall. I’ve been struggling with that all season. I’ve got a lot of things to work on with all of that. I’ve had a bit of a tough time figuring out what I need to change. We’re working on it. The team is behind me 100 percent. I’m very thankful for that because it’s been a rough season. I ended up 11th on the night, which is way off from what I expect of myself. I’ve got a lot of work to do but I’ll keep pushing. Whatever we have to do to get better. We’ll keep working.”
Monster Energy AMA Supercross returns to Seattle’s CenturyLink Field this weekend following a two year absence from the Pacific Northwest. Round 14 of the 17-race, 16-city supercross championship will be televised on the live on FS1 Saturday, April 8, beginning at 10 p.m. Eastern Daylight 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 …
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