STRONG OUTING FOR RCH/YOSHIMURA/SUZUKI FACTORY RACING AT PRO MOTOCROSS SEASON OPENER

RCH/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing kicked off the 2017 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship with a pair of solid outings as the 2017 outdoor season got underway Saturday afternoon at the 49th Hangtown Motocross Classic at Prairie City State Vehicle Recreation Area (SVRA).
 
RCH riders Broc Tickle and Justin Bogle showed the way for the Suzuki RM Army with each turning in solid performances. Tickle, in his first race back since injuring his wrist late last month, finished seventh in both premier 450 class motos to earn him a fifth-place overall finish. Bogle came home 10th overall on the strength of an 8-10 effort on the day.
 
“Hangtown went pretty well, explained Tickle. “Obviously, for being off the bike for two weeks and not training, to come out of Hangtown with a fifth overall and a 7-7 finish, is a great day. I’m really happy with the bike. The track was gnarly and tough so I’m stoked with our finish. It’s a great finish to build off of. I think we’ve got a ton of potential. Podiums are totally attainable each and every weekend as long as I get good starts. “
 
Tickle qualified sixth for first race of the 12 round championship and rounded the first corner of the first 30-minute-plus-two-laps moto eighth in the running order. The Lake Elsinore, Calif., resident spent the first 12 minutes tracking down seventh place and ultimately made the pass for position with 18 minutes left in the first moto. After the pass, Tickle settled in and held his ground for the remainder of the opening 450 Class moto of the season.
 
Bogle was 13th immediately following the first Pro Motocross gate drop of the season but the Cushing, Okla., rider had his sites set on the top 10. He worked his way up near the halfway mark of the first moto and would grab two more spots inside the top 10 before the checkers waved.
 
Back at the gate for the second moto of the day, Tickle was determined to get a better start and so was his teammate. Both riders bettered their opening gate drop of the season and exited the first corner in prime position to have a competitive second race of the day.
 
With temperatures topping out near 100 degrees and the rough, choppy track providing more challenges than just their fellow riders, Tickle and Bogle rose to the occasion. Much like the first moto, both riders rode smart races, stayed out of trouble and were rewarded with respectable finishes. Tickle matched his first finish of the day with a second seventh-place effort while Bogle was credited with 10th.
 
“It’s a solid way to start the season with a top 10,” said Bogle. “My goal coming into the race was a top 10 and I ended up 10th overall. It’s something to build off of and something to work with. I’ve made some changes to my program recently. I know it’s not going to happen overnight but this is something to get started with. We got out of Hangtown, where I’ve never really had good luck, with decent points. We’ll go from here. We’ll keep building and hopefully keep progressing. As far as Hangtown went, first moto, I charged through, passed some guys and ended up eighth. Second moto was a little tougher. It was hot, so it was tough and the track was super gnarly and I ended up 10th. We’ll take it and keep building.”
 
The first moto from Round 2 of the 2017 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship from the FMF Glen Helen National in San Bernardino, Calif., will be televised live on MAVTV Sat., May 27 beginning at 4 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, 1 p.m. Pacific. Television coverage for the second moto will shift to NBCSN at 6 p.m. EDT, 3 p.m. Pacific.
 
All motos can be streamed live on the NBC Sports Gold app. NBC, NBCSN and MAVTV will combine to provide extensive television coverage over the course of the 12-round season. Capping off each round of the championship will be exclusive one-hour highlight shows on NBCSN, each airing within a handful of days of every National.

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
www.yoshimura-rd.com.
 
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