DESPITE ADVERSITY, PLENTY OF POSITIVES FOR RCH SOARING EAGLE/JIMMY JOHNS/SUZUKI FACTORY RACING AT DAYTONA SUPERCROSS

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 8, 2015) – While there may have been a little hitch in their collective giddy-up heading into the main event, there was plenty of pep in the RCH Soaring Eagle/Jimmy Johns/Suzuki Factory Racing team’s step when the checkered flag flew in Saturday night’s Daytona Supercross by Honda at Daytona International Speedway.

With his RCH stablemate Ken Roczen sidelined for the night after re-injuring his ankle in the day’s first practice session, it was up to Broc Tickle to carry the torch for RCH in Daytona and he did exactly that.

Despite getting together with Trey Canard in the first corner and essentially starting dead last, Tickle rallied for an admirable 10th-place finish.

“I had a good feeling,” commented Tickle following the race. “I got a decent jump on the gate but I tangled with (Trey) Canard in the first corner and we both went down. So I pretty much started dead last and worked my way all the way up to 10th. On lap two or three, I had the fastest lap of the race so I’m stoked about that. I haven’t been the fastest guy on the track in a while so that’s a great thing to build off of. On top of that, I felt like my fitness level was really good. I’m pumped with all of the positives but bummed with the negatives. I had a great race but unfortunately, the end result doesn’t really reflect that.”

Rewind to earlier in the day, where Roczen had just posted the fastest time of the of weekend’s opening 450SX practice. A lap later, the 20-year-old German caught his left foot on a tuff block and re-injured the same ankle he hurt two races ago in Atlanta. Following the incident, the team made the difficult decision to sit Roczen for the night.

“It was a rough night across the board for RCH,” explained RCH co-owner Ricky Carmichael. “Obviously, we’re all concerned about Ken and hope his ankle heals quickly so he can be back on the bike soon. Everyone is behind him 100 percent. He’s going to get it looked at first thing this week, and we’ll make a decision, as a team, about what’s next when we know exactly where he’s at. Broc had a great night. Even though the results say he finished 10th, he put together a great race. If he hadn’t had the issue with Canard, I think he could have finished on the podium. He showed what a gritty racer he is. I think this is the proudest I’ve been to see one of our guys finish 10th.”

The top-10 effort allowed Tickle to close the points deficit between him and ninth-place Andrew Short to just two points. Roczen slipped from third to fourth in the standings.

Monster Energy Supercross, an FIM World Championship, kicks off three consecutive stops in the heart of the Midwest beginning next weekend when the series visits Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Round 11 of the 2015 Supercross Championship will be televised live on Fox Sports 2 Saturday, March 14 beginning at 7 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, 4 p.m. Pacific.

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PLENTY OF FIGHT LEFT IN RCH SOARING EAGLE/JIMMY JOHNS/SUZUKI FACTORY RACING FOLLOWING ATLANTA

ATLANTA (March 2, 2015) – In the ultra-competitive world of Monster Energy Supercross, there’s one sure bet. The pendulum swings both ways and stays in perpetual motion. On the surface, the fourth- and eighth-place finishes may not represent a tremendous shift, but for RCH Soaring Eagle/Jimmy Johns/Suzuki Factory Racing, the way those two finishes played out speaks volumes.

For Broc Tickle, rider of RCH’s No. 20 Suzuki RM-Z450, Saturday night’s fourth-place effort in the Georgia Dome matches his career-best 450SX finish and represents continued forward progress since being sidelined for one race following an ugly crash in Oakland, just over a month ago.

Tickle finished fifth in his heat Saturday night but went on to pick up his second semifinal win of the year. His solid showing in the main proved the semi was no fluke. The Holly, Mich., rider remains 10th in the 450SX Championship standings and now trials ninth-place Andrew Short by a slim four-point margin.

“Like I said after last weekend, Atlanta just has good vibes for me,” explained Tickle following Round 9. “It felt like I was almost riding effortlessly. The track was coming to me really easily. I knew I just needed to have a good flow and ride smart. That’s what my mechanic Ritchie (Matchett) and I worked on all week. We focused on not clipping things and riding clean. I think that helped me on Saturday. That’s why I was good in practice and in the main event. Towards the end, I tightened up a little bit because the track started getting blown out so I just tried to clean everything up and push through the last five or six laps. We’ve built some great momentum over the last two weeks. We’re in a good place. It feels good.”

On the flip side, Ken Roczen fought his way through an ankle injury to finish eighth, but continued concern about his ankle sent the 2014 outdoor champion for an MRI Monday morning. Roczen suffered a pair of incidents two weeks ago at the Georgia Dome, and he aggravated the same ankle during Saturday’s final qualifying session. Still, the 20-year-old German powered through the pain to notch a respectable eighth-place finish.

Roczen is still third in the standings but now trails second-place Trey Canard by 13 points and leader Ryan Dungey by 43.

“Obviously, our night didn’t go as planned,” commented Roczen. “There are some things that I have to figure out. I have to get an MRI on my ankle this week so we know what we have to do, pushing forward. We need to figure out if I can keep riding and keep training or if its better to take some time off and let it heal. It wasn’t that great of a night. We’ll figure it out and be back as strong as ever.”

While both of his riders finished in the top 10, RCH co-owner Carey Hart knows plenty of work remains to be done. Hart was obviously pleased with Tickle’s performance but, at the same time, perplexed with Roczen’s last two outings.

“It couldn’t have been a much better night for Broc,” said Hart. “He rode really strong all day long. He’s been putting in the work and it’s showing. I couldn’t be happier for him. At the same time, it’s been a tough couple of weeks for Ken. We spent a lot of time together after the race, trying to figure out how to get that program back on track. I think we know what we need to do to get him back in the same frame of mind that he had at the beginning of the season. We’re going to hit the reset button this week and go from there but first things first. He needs to get his ankle checked out. After that, we’ll have a better idea where we’re at.”

Monster Energy Supercross travels to the World Center of Racing this weekend for the Daytona Supercross by Honda. Round 10 of the 2015 Supercross Championship will be televised live on Fox Sports 1 Saturday, March 7 beginning at 4:30 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, 7:30 p.m. Eastern.

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TALE OF TWO RACES FOR RCH SOARING EAGLE/JIMMY JOHNS/SUZUKI FACTORY RACING IN ATLANTA

ATLANTA (February 23, 2015) – It was a tale of two races for RCH Soaring Eagle/Jimmy Johns/Suzuki Factory Racing when the Monster Energy Supercross, an FIM World Championship, mixed it up Saturday night at the Georgia Dome.

Broc Tickle, rider of RCH’s No. 20 Suzuki RM-Z450 turned in a solid overall performance by winning his semi-final race and following it up with an impressive sixth-place finish in the main event. Ken Roczen, rider of the team’s No. 94 machine, endured a pair of cringe-worthy incidents over the course of the day to finish 18th in the main.

“I’m always stoked to race in Atlanta,” commented Tickle, who jumped from 11th to 10th in points. “Last year I set a good tone for myself and I always seem to have a good vibe when we race in the Georgia Dome. I just wanted to have a good weekend. We went through practice and it was OK and my semi, I just kind of pulled it together. I got my flow down and put some good, solid laps together. That gave me some confidence.

“I worked on my starts last week but I didn’t have it for the main. My start ruined me. I think I could have been a little better, results-wise, with a better start. Overall though, I’m pretty pumped with my finish. I think I was 11th or 12th after the start and passed my way all the way up to sixth. I think that’s the best I rode all year so I’m stoked about that. My bike was working really, really good. I’m going to go down to Kenny’s farm this week and plan to work on my starts some more. I’ll work on more of what I practiced last week and see if I can improve.”

Roczen was bucked off his bike on two separate occasions, once in qualifying and then again later in the night during the main. Fortunately, the 20-year-old rider escaped serious injury but the disappointing result cost him one spot in the championship standings. Roczen slipped from second to third in points and now trails second place Trey Canard by six with nine races remaining on the 2015 Supercross calendar.

“The whole night, actually the whole day was kind of gnarly,” said Roczen. “I felt like we had the bike figured out pretty good. In the main, my bike worked really good and I feel like I could have made up a lot of ground. I went in the whoops and caught one of the tough blocks somehow. It wasn’t a problem with the bike or anything like that. Obviously, I just made a mistake. It just happened.

“The automatic thing, when you tuck the front end or have a problem like I did, you end up holding it wide open because you’re almost crashing. I just whiskey-throttled and crashed really hard. I got lucky that I didn’t get hurt. After that, the handlebars on the bike were bent really bad so it was hard to really do much after that. There’s no give up in this team. I’m really lucky that I didn’t get hurt and still picked up three points. It could have been a lot worse.”

RCH co-owner Carey Hart was on hand in Atlanta and kept things in perspective. A veteran of not only Supercross but Freestyle Motocross as well, Hart knows sometimes you have to take the good with the bad that comes with competing at a high level.

“Our night was good and bad,” explained Hart. “Broc had a great night and rode really, really solid. He fought all the way to the end and ended up sixth. Ken just had a rough day. Things just kind of started to crumble when he had that nasty get off in the second timed practice. Maybe he just didn’t rebound. Still plenty of season in front of us so we’ll get back after it next weekend.”

Monster Energy Supercross returns to the Georgia Dome this weekend for an encore performance in The Big Peach. Round 9 of the 2015 Supercross Championship will be televised live on Fox Sports 2 Saturday, Feb. 28 beginning at 4 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, 7 p.m. Eastern.

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CONSISTENCY KEEPS RCH SOARING EAGLE/JIMMY JOHNS/ SUZUKI FACTORY RACING IN THE HUNT IN ARLINGTON

ARLINGTON, Texas (February 16, 2015) – Preparation. Consistency. Results. Those three words summarize any championship caliber race team’s mission statement. When the plan is properly executed, success comes naturally.

While success may not always be defined as victory, a good night can take on the form of a quiet second-place finish. And, a top 10.

Such was the case for Ken Roczen, Broc Tickle and the RCH Soaring Eagle/Jimmy Johns/Suzuki Factory Racing Team in Saturday night’s Monster Energy Supercross, an FIM World Championship, at AT&T Stadium. Roczen finished second to championship leader Ryan Dungey. Tickle finished ninth.

While the top-two effort left him one step below the top of the box, Roczen felt good with the result but was quick to point out that second won’t be enough to close the deal at season’s end.

“I need to work on my starts,” explained Roczen following the race. “I’ve been working hard on trying to be better, I just have to get out front. Ryan (Dungey) was pretty much gone after two laps and I made one big mistake after the finish line but overall, it was a decent race. We got second again and we’ll definitely take the podium.

“It’s still a long season but I have to work on my starts so I can be out front. Ryan is a really good starter. I just need to get holeshots. Third and fourth out of the gate isn’t going to be good enough. We need to win races and can’t make mistakes. Obviously, there are enough guys who can win. You just have to go in the main, get that holeshot and ride smart. You have to win.”

Roczen finished second for the third time this season but still lost three points to Dungey in the championship standings. In the first seven races of 2015, the 20-year-old German rider has won twice, finished second three times and has only one finish (Oakland) worse than fourth.

Tickle’s evening wasn’t quite as straightforward. A red flag halted his heat race, forcing the AMA to restart the night’s first 450SX qualifier. Shortly after the ensuing restart, the Holly, Mich., rider tangled with Jimmy Albertson and Jason Anderson, forcing him to race his way through the semi where a gritty last-lap performance secured him a starting spot in the main event.

Despite starting deep in the field and the constant nag that comes with the lingering effects from a back injury, Tickle rode a smart, consistent race during the main to come away with a respectable ninth-place showing.

“We had a red flag during the heat race,” recalled Tickle. “I think someone went down in the rhythm section so they red-flagged the race about halfway through and we had to restart. I got a decent start, that time. I think I was fourth or fifth. Then (Jimmy) Albertson lost control and (Jason) Anderson ran into him and I ran into Anderson, so that caused a big pile up. Pretty much finished almost last in the heat race.

“Went to the semi and had a bad gate pick. Thought I had the holeshot for a second but I got pushed a little wide. The last lap of the semi was pretty hectic. I made a couple of mistakes at the end but it turned out for the best because it got my intensity level up. I’m not stoked with my riding, 100 percent. I kind of felt like I did last weekend where I wasn’t totally comfortable. I need to work on some stuff this week so I can get better. Working on the little things is going to help me a lot.”

RCH co-owner Carey Hart was at AT&T Stadium for the race and in the team’s post-race debrief after the checkers waved. Hart pointed out consistency will make or break his team’s pursuit of the ultimate goal, the Monster Energy Supercross title.

“It was a great night,” offered Hart. “Ken had a good day in practice and qualifying. He was solid through the night. We have to keep banging out first- and second-place finishes to stay in this championship hunt. It was just one of those nights. (Ryan) Dungey got a clear start and had a clean track. Ken had to work through three or four guys to get to second and by then, Dungey had already set the pace and pretty much checked out. Broc’s still feeling it in his back but he finished ninth so it was a solid night all around. The only unfortunate part is that Ryan won and we lost a few points. There are 10 races left so we have to keep grinding.”

Roczen, Tickle and the rest of the Monster Energy Supercross crew continue east this weekend when the series visits Atlanta for the first of back-to-back weekends at the Georgia Dome. Round 8 of the 2015 Supercross Championship will be televised live on Fox Sports 1 Saturday, Feb. 21 beginning at 4 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, 7 p.m. Eastern.
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RCH SOARING EAGLE/JIMMY JOHNS/SUZUKI FACTORY RACING BACK ON TRACK IN SAN DIEGO

SAN DIEGO (February 9, 2015) – RCH Soaring Eagle/Jimmy Johns/Suzuki Factory Racing turned in a solid performance at Petco Park Saturday night with impressive showings from riders Ken Roczen and Broc Tickle.

Following a spirited battle with eventual winner Trey Canard, Roczen came away from Round 6 of the 2015 Monster Energy Supercross campaign with a runner-up finish but more importantly, he gained two points on current 450SX championship leader Ryan Dungey.

Tickle was back on his Suzuki RM-Z450 for the first time in two weeks after aggravating his back in Oakland and came home with a solid ninth-place performance in the series first-ever visit to the home of the San Diego Padres.

Roczen was the fastest rider in both of his qualifying sessions but came just short of winning his heat race.

When the gate dropped on the main event, the 20-year-old German snatched his first holeshot of the year, pacing the 22-rider field for the first three trips around Petco Park. Roczen and Canard traded the top spot early on before Canard finally made it stick on Lap 4. The separation between the leaders stayed about the same until lapped traffic became part of the storyline on Lap 10, allowing Roczen to narrow the gap. On Lap 14, Roczen used the traffic to his advantage to close in on Canard’s rear fender. Three laps later, Roczen pressured Canard again but to no avail. Ultimately, lapped traffic played a role during the closing laps, keeping Roczen at bay just long enough for Canard to take the win.

“It was good to get my first holeshot of the year,” said Roczen who now trails point leader Ryan Dungey by nine with 11 races left. “That felt really good. Trey (Canard) just got me there. It was nice, fair racing. It was actually super fun. Some things that I noticed, over and over, are that I clipped jumps and made mistakes. It bummed me out a lot. I don’t know. Maybe it was a lack of focus a little bit. Fitness-wise, I felt good over the whole moto so that was good. I just needed that race to get back on the podium. Overall, it was really good. I’m really happy with a second-place. We gained a couple of points, which is good.”

While Roczen was pleased with the overall effort, he was also a bit critical of his own performance.

“At one point I was making so many mistakes I just said ‘Whoa. Just stay there and try to regroup.’” Roczen continued. “Overall, I felt good. Trey was a little faster than me in the beginning and I could still stay right there but towards the end, I was probably a little bit faster. All through the lappers, every time he’d gap me a little bit, I closed it right back up. He rode a solid race. Now, we can look forward to going back east.”

After taking last weekend off to rest the back injury he sustained in Oakland, Tickle performed notably at Petco Park. The Holly, Mich., rider had to race his way into the main event via the first 450SX semifinal where he finished second in an exciting, down-to-the-wire finish with Killian Rusk.

Tickle got out of the starting gate in the main event 13th and methodically worked his way into the top 10, to finish ninth. Admittedly, the 2011 Supercross West Coast Lites Champion couldn’t ride as hard as he’d hoped but at the end of the night, he took it in stride.

“I’m sore but pretty stoked with the way everything turned out,” said Tickle. “I really wasn’t feeling it from the get go. I kind of struggled with the track all day. I felt like I was riding fast but I really wasn’t. That’s not normally a good thing. So I just needed to try and get the best start I could in the main and weasel my way around to get in a good position to finish in the top 10. That was my goal after having missed last weekend.

“I’m pretty pumped with my night. Obviously, I wish I could have ridden a lot better and been better than what I was, but we made progress. We kind of took a shot in the dark for the main to get me a little more comfortable in the corners and through the whoops. The guys did a good job when they made that choice. I’m looking forward to this week and getting some more time on my RM-Z450 and hopefully head into Dallas this weekend 100 percent.”

Team co-owner Carey Hart liked what he saw from his team in San Diego and pointed out that resiliency was a key factor in his assessment.

“It was a great night,” commented Hart. “It was a good rebound from two pretty rough weekends. I feel like we had a really solid weekend. Ken was really responsive with the bike. We were able to make some changes over the course of the day. The only real downfall of the night were those five, kind of key laps, after Canard got around Ken. He put some really good laps together and then Ken had to play catch up for the rest of the race. Broc had a good night. He looked awesome in his semi and did what he needed to in the main. We can learn from those little mistakes but at the end of the day, a second and a ninth is solid. It was a good building weekend. We’ll keep rolling with this momentum into Dallas.”

Roczen, Tickle and the rest of the Monster Energy Supercross contingent dial up a trip to AT&T Stadium this weekend when the series visits Arlington, Texas and the home of the Dallas Cowboys. Round 7 of the 2015 Supercross Championship will be televised live on Fox Sports 1 Saturday, Jan. 17 beginning at 5 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, 8 p.m. Eastern.

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Tough Night For RCH Racing

TOUGH NIGHT FOR RCH SOARING EAGLE/JIMMY JOHNS/
SUZUKI FACTORY RACING IN OAKLAND
Tickle Sidelined Early, Roczen Battles Back to Finish 16th

OAKLAND, Calif. (January 26, 2015) – If adversity builds character, then RCH Soaring Eagle/Jimmy Johns/Suzuki Factory Racing left Oakland steeped in fortitude.

RCH Suzuki RM-Z450 riders Ken Roczen and Broc Tickle had hard-hitting nights and left the fourth race of the 2015 Monster Energy Supercross, an FIM World Championship, bruised and battered but ultimately, none too worse for the wear.

Both Roczen and Tickle fell victim to the challenging Oakland race course at O.co Coliseum, taking a hit in the final race rundown as well as the 450SX points. Roczen, who came into the event with a 12-point lead in the championship, now trails new leader Ryan Dungey by four, while Tickle slipped from seventh to 12th in the standings.

Much to everyone’s chagrin, the RCH duo’s collective night started out on the polar end of the spectrum from where it finished. Roczen picked up his first heat-race win of the year and Tickle finished third in the same heat, guaranteeing both riders choice spots at the starting gate for the main event.

Unfortunately, Tickle was caught up in a multi-bike melee heading into the first corner. Although the Holly, Mich., rider was able to recover quickly from the initial incident, he came up short on a triple later during the opening lap, forcing him back to the paddock and an early exit.

“I’m super-bummed on the way the night ended up,” said Tickle. “I had an awesome second practice qualifier and a great heat. The racing was awesome and the track felt great. Unfortunately, I crashed on the start in the main and was in the back of the pack. I got back going but I came up short on that triple and jammed my back. I was hoping to tough it out and salvage as many points as I could but my body was telling me something different. We’ll regroup this week so I can be at Anaheim next weekend ready to rock.”

As a precautionary measure, Tickle made a voluntary trip to nearby Sutter Eden Medical Center following the incident where he was examined, released and cleared to travel home with the team.

For his part, Roczen got a great jump out of the gate to start the main event and was solidly inside the top three for the opening circuits. But after setting up and making the pass for second on two-time 450SX champion Chad Reed, the 20-year-old German rider misjudged the same triple as Tickle, landing on the face of the jump and taking himself out of any chance for the win. Shaken but not broken, Roczen picked up his Suzuki, finished the race and earned a respectable 16th-place finish.

“My heat race was really good,” explained Roczen. “I got off to a great start in the main. Battled with (Chad) Reed and Shorty (Andrew Short) … Made the pass on Reed. And I just totally brain farted. I’m so mad at myself. I tried to triple and came up short. I hit my face and my goggles on my handlebar so I had to stop and just check myself for a minute. Luckily, I got back up and kept going. Those are important points.”

“We had a rough night,” commented team manager Kyle Bentley following the race. “Things aren’t always going to be perfect. Broc came up short on the same triple Kenny did. That’s racing. We’re just glad they’re both healthy. We’ll move on and regroup and be ready for Anaheim next weekend.”

Monster Energy Supercross, an FIM World Championship, returns to Anaheim next weekend for the series’ third and final visit of the year to Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Race five of the 17-race Supercross schedule will be televised live on Fox Sports 1 Saturday, Jan. 31 beginning at 7 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, 10 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

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Roczen Earns Second Win of the Season, Tickle Fifth at Angel Stadium

ANAHEIM, Calif. (January 18, 2015) – RCH Soaring Eagle/Jimmy Johns/Suzuki Factory Racing kept the momentum rolling Saturday night when Ken Roczen picked up the win and Broc Tickle finished fifth in the Monster Energy Supercross event at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.

The win was Roczen’s second of the season and third career at Angel Stadium. Tickle’s fifth-place finish was his best effort of 2015, less than a year removed from a potentially career-ending injury he suffered last March in Toronto.

Despite Roczen’s first- and second-place finishes, respectively, in the first two races, the 20-year-old 450SX sophomore standout was cautiously optimistic before the gate dropped on the third main event of the year.

“My day started out a little bit rusty,” commented Roczen, who is undefeated at Anaheim this season. “The track was really special and not easy to ride. I knew, going into the track walk, not to get stressed about the first or second practice. The track really came around in the main. It was pretty tricky. We had some ruts out there and it was a big track with long lap times. That definitely made it interesting. We got good starts when we needed them, and I think everyone can see that my Suzuki RM-Z450 works awesome. We had a great heat race so I was very confident going into the main. I didn’t get the holeshot but I was still near the front after the start and that was all I really needed.”

Roczen was second fastest in both of Saturday’s qualifying sessions and, coincidentally, finished second to Ryan Dungey in the first 450SX heat race of the program. The solid effort in his heat guaranteed the German rider a spot at the starting gate for the main event. While he settled for second in the preliminaries, that wouldn’t be the case when the money was on the line. Jimmy Albertson won the holeshot but it took Roczen less than a lap to pass Albertston, Davi Millsaps and, ultimately, Andrew Short for the top spot. From there it was all Roczen, all night, where he led all 20 laps en route to the fourth big-bike win of his young career.

“Shorty (Andrew Short) is a hard guy to pass,” said Roczen, who extended his point lead to 12. “I didn’t really want to get tangled up behind him so I had to make the move. After that, I needed to ride smart but stay focused on intensity because everyone was really fast. My bike worked awesome. It felt great and that’s all that matters. We put in a few strong laps but I couldn’t rest because Ryan (Dungey) got a bit closer sometimes during the race. Overall, it was a really good night. It was good to fight back after last weekend. We’ll keep going and hopefully, just inch away with the points lead. As long as we’re winning, we’re good.”

Tickle had a solid weekend overall. The Holly, Mich., rider was solid in both of the weekend’s qualifying sessions but a sixth-place finish in his heat race forced Tickle to race his way through the first 450SX semifinal of the night.

If confidence breeds confidence, then Tickle’s path to the main event was just what the doctor ordered. After winning the holeshot in the semi, the 2011 Supercross West Coast Lites Champion led every lap and cruised to an easy victory. That performance catapulted Tickle to his best finish of the year and offered the 25-year-old a welcome sigh of relief after a tough outing last weekend in Phoenix.

“Everything went pretty good,” explained Tickle after Round 3. “The semi set the tone for the night. Honestly, I haven’t gotten a holeshot in a couple of years. And winning the semi was important. All that confidence carried over into the main. All I did was go out there, try to ride 20 solid laps and it paid off. There was a lot of carnage midway through the race so I just tried to keep my pace going and look forward. (Justin) Barcia was close to me and I knew if I stayed close to him that I would leave a gap behind me. That was my goal and that’s kind of what happened. (Cole) Seely started catching me at the end but I still had some left in the tank, so I opened it up a little bit and gapped him just enough where I could cruise the last couple of laps. It was an awesome main event. It gives me goose bumps getting off the bike after a finish like that. I really appreciate everyone who stuck with me after the injury last year.”

RCH co-owner Carey Hart was on hand in Anaheim when the dust settled and was obviously proud of both his riders.

“The whole night is really bittersweet,” said Hart. “With Ken getting the win and to see Broc come back and finish fifth after the year he had last year is just awesome. I’m not sure who I’m happier for.

“I’m excited about next week,” continued Hart. “We’ve got a lot of momentum. Broc did great. He’s really getting his starts down. The win was a good boost for Ken to keep his confidence up. We’ll get back on the test track this week, put in the work and come into Oakland next weekend, rolling.”

Team manager Kyle Bentley was also pleased following the event but he was quick to credit the ongoing team effort that provides Tickle and Roczen with Suzuki RM-Z450s that perform at the highest level.

“I’m super excited,” said Bentley. “I couldn’t be more proud of Ken. He puts in the work during the week but I’m even happier for Broc. I’m super stoked for the whole team. We’ve put in a lot of work and a lot of effort. It’s a team deal. I also need to give credit to Ivan Tedesco for helping us during the week and getting our bike setups dialed in. I’m almost speechless. It’s a long season so we just need to keep rolling.”

The 2015 Monster Energy AMA Supercross heads up the Pacific Coast to Oakland next weekend when Roczen, Tickle and the rest of the RCH contingent trek to northern California for the first of two annual visits to the San Francisco Bay Area. The fourth of 17 races on the 2015 Supercross schedule will be televised live on Fox Sports 1 Saturday, Jan. 24, beginning at 7 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, 10 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
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Roczen, RCH Soaring Eagle/Jimmy Johns/Suzuki Factory Racing Kick Off New Season in Style

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DOMINANT, EMOTIONAL WIN AT ANAHEIM OPENER FOR KEN ROCZEN, RCH SOARING EAGLE/JIMMY JOHNS/SUZUKI FACTORY RACING
Broc Tickle Turns in Top-10 Performance in Supercross Return

ANAHEIM, Calif. – (January 4, 2015) – Ken Roczen and RCH Soaring Eagle/Jimmy Johns/Suzuki Factory Racing turned in a dominant performance in Saturday night’s opening round of the 2015 Monster Energy Supercross season. Roczen parlayed his sizzling performance into a breakthrough, first-time 450SX win for the team co-owned by Freestyle Motocross pioneer Carey Hart and 15-time AMA National Champion Ricky Carmichael.

“It’s been a long time coming,” commented an emotional Hart following the event. “We’ve been at this eight or nine years and honestly, it’s very bittersweet. I have to give it all up to Mark Johnson, Kyle (Bentley) and the whole technical team. Ivan Tedesco did a ton of pre-season testing for us and that paid off in a big way. Ken put his head down and rode solid from the time the gate dropped. At the same time, Broc Tickle rode an amazing race. That was his first time back after breaking his back last year in Toronto and to get out of here with an eighth-place finish is an important accomplishment for him. I just could not be happier for my crew and all my guys.”

Not surprisingly, Roczen, last year’s opening round winner, was first- and second-fastest respectively, in both of Saturday afternoon’s qualifiyng sessions. After the gate dropped on the 450SX Main Event, he dispatched of holeshot winner Mike Alessi and took over the lead from Andrew Short before completing the first of 20 laps, never looking back. Over the remaining 19 trips around Angel Stadium of Anaheim, the 20-year-old, German-born rider would strech his lead to just over four seconds.

“Great weekend,” explained Roczen. “It was our first race together so it was cool to actually get going. The night couldn’t have gone any better. To come out with the win and obviously, the first for the team, I take a lot of pride in that. That makes me really happy and proud. It just shows how hard we have worked. We’re going to keep going from here. There’s more to come. It’s just good to get this first one out of the way. Now, we’ll go home and keep working.”

Tickle was consistently inside the top 10 during 450SX qualifying and maintained that consistency thoughout the night’s program. After finishing ninth in his heat race, the Holly, Mich., rider had to race his way through the semi final. True to form, Tickle finished third in the evening’s second 450SX semi, locking down a spot at the gate for the 450 Main. After getting a decent jump off the starting line, Tickle settled in and picked off spots one at a time, ultimately recording an impressive eighth-place showing.

“I’m somewhat frustrated, but as I sit back and think about it, the fact that I haven’t raced in eight months helps keep it in perspective,” said Tickle. “I’m actually pretty pumped about it. We’re starting a lot like we did last season. We built on it every week and once we got out to the east coast and back to Dallas, we started stringing together some good finishes. I got a little tight toward the end of the race so I need to ride more and get some intensity during the week. I think that will help.”

For his part, Carmichael was all smiles after the race. After spending the night in the television booth calling the race for FOX Sports 1, the five-time Monster Energy Supercross titlest was eager to get back to the pits and congratulate both of the team’s riders.

“I’m really happy for the team, Ken, Broc and all the people who have made the sacrifices that it took to put RCH in this position,” said Carmichael. “We’re like the Bad News Bears sometimes but we’ve got great personnel, great riders and a great technical staff. It’s really cool to see all the work and the plan come to fruition. Carey and I sat down three years ago and mapped out our plan but we weren’t exactly sure it would all be possible. We set our goals very high. I’m really proud of the guys in the shop who bust their tails every week. That’s who I’m most proud of.”

“I’m really happy for Broc,” Carmichael went on. “We all know he had a horrific crash last year and injuries that were almost career-ending. For him to bounce back from that and to come to Anaheim and finish eighth, I’m pretty darn happy for him.”

Roczen’s win proved to be a collective sigh of relief for the entire organization, especially Hart, the team’s founder.

“It was the longest 18 minutes and change of my life,” continued Hart. “I was watching the laps click off and every lap felt like hours. After about lap 12, I had a big grin on my face and was doing my happy dance. We came into A1 like it was just another race or another day at the test track. Everyone did their homework, stayed cool, calm and postive. This is a 17 race battle. This win wasn’t a one shot pony, by any means. We’ve got 16 races to go. We’re taking them one by one. We’ll keep picking away and take the good with the bad.”

The 2015 Monster Energy AMA Supercross tour rolls on next weekend when Roczen, Tickle and the rest of the RCH contingent visit Chase Field in Phoenix, Ariz. The second of 17 races on the 2015 Supercross schedule will be televised live on Fox Sports 1 Saturday, Jan. 10 beginning at 6 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, 9 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

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Healed and Hungry, Tickle Set Sights On Top of the Box

 

LAS VEGAS (December 16, 2014) – RCH Factory Racing has re-signed Broc Tickle to ride a second Suzuki RM-Z450 alongside Ken Roczen’s No. 94 for the team’s 2015 Monster Energy Supercross and Lucas Oil Pro Motocross campaign. Tickle, 25, showed great promise aboard the team’s No. 20 machine in 2013 and last season until being sidelined in March following a pratice crash at the Toronto Supercross where he sustained fractures of the T-6 and T-7 vertebra, two broken ribs and a collapsed lung.

 

Since then, the Michigan rider has fully recovered from his injuries, making it an easy decision for team owners Carey Hart and Ricky Carmichael to include Tickle as part of the organization’s 2015 rider lineup, giving RCH a potent one-two punch heading into next month’s season-opener in Anaheim (Calif.).

 

“I’m really excited to be back with RCH for 2015,” said Tickle, the 2011 AMA Supercross Lites West Champion. “We’ve had an awesome two years together and for Carey and Ricky to bring me back after my injury really shows what kind of guys those two are. They stuck with me and kept a spot for me. We were heading in the right direction until I got hurt in Toronto. I’m glad all that’s behind us and I feel great. I’ve been riding and getting ready for the Supercross season for the last month and I’m really pumped with the progress we’re making. All of the work the team has done building and testing with Ivan Tedesco over the summer and fall has definitely paid off. The bike is amazing.

 

“I’m also really excited that Thor, Bell, X Brand and Sidi will be my personal sponsors for 2015,” continued Tickle. “Some of the brands I’ve worked with in the past with great success and some are new to me. I’m looking forward to building strong relationships with all of them and having a breakout year with RCH Factory Racing.”

 

After winning the 2011 Supercross Lites West title for Monster Energy Pro Circuit, Tickle made the jump from the 250 to the team’s big bike the following season. A fifth-place finish in the final 2012 Supercross point standings and a ninth-place end result outdoors netted him a new opportunity for 2013 with RCH.

 

The new combination proved to be a consistent mix for Tickle and RCH, with a solid first season paying off in the form of eighth-place finishes in both Supercross and Motocross season-end points.

 

Last season, Tickle kick started the 2014 campaign with back-to-back eighth-place finishes at Anaheim One and Phoenix before a pair of incidents in heat races at A2 and Oakland kept him from competing in each race’s 450 SX Main Event. From there, the Holly, Mich., rider only finshed outside the top eight once over the next six stops, including a career-best fourth-place showing at Daytona International Speedway before the injury in Toronto.

 

“I’m very excited to be bringing Broc back for a third year with the team,” explained Hart. “He was showing major gains each week last year, leading up to the Toronto Supercross. We’re all looking forward to picking up where we left off, and having a very successful year of Supercross and Motocross.”

 

RCH Factory Racing has seen steady progress since Hart and Carmichael formed a joint venture in 2013 and achieved the pairing’s first podium finish in April of this year at Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Always trendsetters in the paddock, RCH continues to show the way with unique marketing initiatives and partnership activations, consistently influencing the feel and dynamic of the pit area. Tickle’s No. 20 RM-Z450 will showcase sponsorship from Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort, Jimmy Johns, Dodge, Sycuan Casino, Bel Ray, Suzuki and Rockford Fosgate.

 

“We’re glad to have Broc back with RCH for 2015,” said Carmichael. “We were really happy with the progress he was making last year. You could see his confidence building as he got better every week. We all know he got hurt in Toronto but, up until then, he put together some solid races and had the finishes to show for it. We’re looking forward to having him around this year so he can finsh what he started last season. I know that’s at the forefront of Broc’s mind, as well.”

 

The 2015 Monster Energy Supercross season kicks off Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif. The first of 17 races on the 2015 Supercross schedule will be televised live on Fox Sports 1 beginning at 10 p.m. Eastern Time.

 

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About RCH Racing …

RCH Racing is a professional Supercross and 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 and Yoshimura research and development as well as marketing partnerships with Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort, Sycuan Casino, Jimmy Johns, Dodge, Fox, Bel-Ray and Hart and Huntington.

 

 

Carey Hart’s Giveaway Bike hits the Fox Head Store

Carey Hart Suzuki 2015 RM-Z 450 Motorcycle Giveaway Bike is now on display over at the Fox Irvine Headquarters. Be sure to stop by the Fox Head store and check it out.fox head store

As you know we’re giveaway Carey Hart Suzuki  2015 Rm-z 450. The bike will be making it way across So Cal. So be sure to be on the lookout, cause it looks sick in person. Contest runs through April 10. With the winner announced in Vegas May 3 SuperCross Weekend at the Hard Rock Hotel & CasinoCAREY-BIKE-GIVEAWAY-ONLINE

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