On Saturday morning at Monster Energy Cup, RCH Racing announced the joining forces of Carey Hart’s Dodge/Sycuan Casino Racing team with Ricky Carmichael and factory support from Suzuki and Yoshimura research and development, as well as the signing of Broc Tickle to ride the 2013 RM-Z450.
Team Owner, Carey Hart, knows the partnership with Ricky Carmichael and Suzuki was the next step in growing his race program that started out as an idea on a napkin in 2007. “This is a really exciting time to be teaming up with Ricky. His resume speaks volumes and his ability to work with riders and build champions is priceless. Ricky was the pivotal piece to bringing Suzuki to our team and now that we have a long term relationship with them on a factory level I feel that we have all of the pieces to go out and win a championship. I think with Ricky working close with Broc during pre-season and throughout the course of the season will help boost Broc’s confidence and bring him up to the next level. Broc already has a ton of talent and he knows how to win championships. We are ready to be on the podium and winning races.”
Ricky, who will be leading the team’s rider development and motorcycle testing, research, and development, is looking forward to sharing lessons learned in his professional career now with RCH Racing. “I’m really excited about this partnership. Carey being successful as an athlete and as a business person has built a great foundation here in the sport and with myself being able to bring the Suzuki program over to the team really solidifies the deal and makes the team complete. We are looking forward to many good years. 2013 will be a building year and in 2014 I think we will be in contention for wins and a championship. Broc finished on the podium several times at the end of this past season and is a former Lites Champion so he knows what it takes to win races and championships. I think he is a diamond in the rough and with a little bit of guidance from myself and support from Suzuki I think we will be able to run top 5 each weekend and score some podium finishes.”
For Broc Tickle, the switch to RCH Racing was a great move for him. “Having Ricky part of the program and his knowledge from being the champion he is and his history with Suzuki made making the switch an easy decision for me. The factory support from Suzuki and Ricky knowing all there is to know about the bike and working with him at the track and in training makes this a step in the right direction for me. I’m looking forward to being part of RCH Racing and helping the team grow.”
“The sponsors of RCH Racing who have continued their support for the coming year and years to come are the key to continuing to help make this team grow and develop into a championship winning team. The people involved from Carey and Kenny to the mechanics and the behind the scenes crew really make this team what it is and a great team to ride for.”
The support from Yoshimura and Suzuki brings RCH Racing to a new level of competition and gives them the tools they need to build a championship contending team. Don Sakakura, President of Yoshimura Racing, LLC states, “Yoshimura is very excited to be involved as a sponsor of the RCH program. The rich history of industry Icons; Ricky Carmichael and Carey Hart are legendary; Yoshimura is thrilled with this opportunity! We look forward to great success this coming racing season!”
Larry Vandiver from American’ Suzuki Motor Corporation couldn’t be happier on the announcement of the partnership. “We are pleased to partner our champion approved RM-Z motorcycles with RCH Racing. We look forward to a long partnership that will raise the bar on racing and bring new fans to the sport.”
Look for the Dodge/Sycuan Casino/Suzuki RCH Racing team to make the debut at Round 1 of Monster Energy Supercross in Anaheim, CA on January 5, 2013.