Roczen Earns Sixth Win of the Season, Tickle Finishes Third
BUCHANAN, Mich. (July 4, 2016) – Ken Roczen and Broc Tickle continued RCH Soaring Eagle/Jimmy John’s/Suzuki Factory Racing’s assault on the competition in Saturday’s Lucas Oil Pro Motocross RedBud National in Buchanan, Mich.
Roczen posted another perfect 1-1 finish during the series’ annual Independence Day Weekend tilt to earn his sixth overall victory in as many races while Tickle logged a 4-3 finish to come home third overall for the second week in a row.
Roczen’s fourth straight 1-1 finish and fifth in six races allowed the 22-year-old German rider to extend his championship lead to 53 points over Eli Tomac.
The 2014 Pro Motocross champion is off to the best start of his career and the best for any rider since James Stewart’s undefeated outdoor campaign in 2008.
“I think the second moto might have been the best I’ve ridden all year,” offered Roczen in his post-race interview. “I’m having a blast riding my bike and the team is having a lot of fun, too. We’re just having a good time and doing our thing. I felt really good today. I felt like I was riding really good so I just kept it consistent the whole time.
“I changed a couple of little things in practice and I wasn’t happy at all in the first moto. Obviously, I had a good lead and I won but I told my mechanic I wasn’t happy with the bike. In my eyes it went from the worst bike I’ve ridden all year to literally in the second moto, to the best bike. We just made a tiny little change and it was crazy. I guess I’m just really sensitive to it and it just made that big of a difference. We actually had to do a quick little motor swap in between (motos). My gut told me we should put a new motor in and the guys did a motor swap and everything worked out good.”
Meanwhile Tickle picked up two more spots in the title chase where he now sits fifth in points. The veteran rider is off to his best start since 2012 when he was also fifth in points following Round 6.
“It’s awesome to get another podium,” explained Tickle. “Last weekend really hit it off for me. I had a good week. The goal was another podium, no matter what happened. In the first moto, I wanted to get third but I knew I could do it in the second moto. I got a decent start in the second moto … fifth and moved into third and pretty much just charged on. (Justin) Barcia was coming there for a little bit. I saw him coming, I responded and that’s pretty much how it ended. I’m just stoked. I can’t thank the Soaring Eagle/Jimmy John’s/Suzuki Factory Racing team enough. Everyone has been working hard. I’m stoked with where I’m at. It’s a good atmosphere and I feel really good right now.”
The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship returns to Southwick, Mass., this weekend following a two-year absence and officially kicks off the second half of the 2016 season.
The first moto from the Red Bull Southwick National will be televised live on MAVTV Sat., July 9 beginning at 1 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, 10 a.m. Pacific. Television coverage for the second moto will shift to NBC at 3:30 p.m. EDT, 12:30 Pacific. All motos can also be streamed live online through ProMotocross.com or the NBC Sports Live Extra app. More than 60 hours of coverage will be featured on NBC, NBCSN, and MAVTV throughout the 12-round championship, highlighted by nearly 40 hours of LIVE coverage and three hour-long showcases on network television via NBC.
About RCH Racing …
RCH Soaring Eagle/Jimmy John’s/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 enjoys factory support from Suzuki as well as marketing partnerships with Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort, Jimmy John’s and Bel-Ray. Stay up to date on all the latest RCH Racing news on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @RCHRacing.