H&H Off Road Turns Up The Heat in AZ, “No Sweat” / Page 2

March 15th, 2013 – Chandler, Arizona

The Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series has arrived to Chandler, Arizona for the opening rounds of the 2013 season and brought record setting temperatures and an early spring to the region. It is blazing hot for this time of year but soaring temperatures is regularly dealt with for veteran LOORRS Racers like the Hart and Huntington Off Road Team. Watch the video to see how they prepare.

“We are very excited to be here,” declared Ryan Busnardo, Premiere Motorsports Group Team Leader. “We put in a lot of work during the off season and are looking forward to what can be accomplished this year. We always have many irons in the fire, so we have made special preparations and pre-planned considerations that are already making our lives easier during this first race weekend. Our drivers, Josh Merrell, Rob Naughton and Ryan Beat participated in all the practice sessions to take down as much data as we could get. Our master engineer, “Buzz” is observing, analyzing and discussing with crew and drivers. [No Sweat, We Got This! We are fast and are going to get faster.] Are his words.”

“From this point, we are looking for podiums. Our successful race program depends on capturing exposure for the team sponsors,” Ryan continued. ”Winning races and podiums produces the most exposure and branding impressions. Hart and Huntington Off Road is marching down that path and we owe it to our loyal partners like MAVTV, Lucas Oil, General Tire, and Lunarpages. We work very hard for these companies on and off the track and are always making a point to participate with and promote their functions.”

Lunarpages has garnered great success stemming from their involvement with Hart and Huntington Off Road. So much that Lunarpages has signed on as a sponsor partner for the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series and is developing a stream of promotions that will benefit the fans. Read more here about the partnership and/or Enter To Win a #54 Lunarpages replica RC-10.

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Ryan Beat, Driver of the #51 Lunarpages V8 ProLite has quickly made a name for himself finishing 2nd overall as a rookie in his division. Ryan worked non stop through the off season to better his program. His efforts paid off and Ryan was picked up by Loanmart as part of the Loanmart Racing Team and has also been officially labeled as a Rockstar Energy supported athlete. Beat showed up to the track with a freshly prepped truck wearing a great looking Dodge Fiberglass body by FiberwerX and nailed the practice sessions despite very wet and sloppy track conditions. Look for Ryan to hammer down for the top of the podium.

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Saturday starts with morning qualifying and than moves into Round 1 Competition. Get here early and bring the family and friends because it will be a full day of great wheel-to-wheel action, huge air jumps and seriously fast fun. Gates open to the public at 9:00am and it is rumored that nearby gas stations have discount coupons. Lucas Oil Off Road Racing is finally here!

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Hill Regains Form, Earns Season-Best Finish of 12th

INDIANAPOLIS – (Saturday, March 16, 2013) – The Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series
returned to the Midwest this weekend as Lucas Oil Stadium in downtown Indianapolis played
host to Round 11 of the 17-race series Saturday night.
Broc Tickle finished 11th while teammate Josh Hill was right behind in 12th on a track where
passing was near impossible. Tickle’s ride was more impressive after it was discovered in a
post-race exam he had sustained a broken right pinky finger in the Main Event.
Wicked obstacle sections and a very short whoops section proved to be a major challenge for
the riders. Add a treacherous sand section and wall jump to the mix and riders faced one of the
toughest circuits of the season. With so many riders in such a small amount of space, the
advantage belonged to the race track.

Only one premier series rider dipped into the 50-second lap range (James Stewart, 50.565) in
the afternoon timed practice sessions. Broc Tickle, who posted a lap of 52.929-seconds in the
first timed session, led Dodge/RCH Racing.

Both RCH riders were seeded in Heat 2. Tickle (No. 20 Dodge/Sycuan Casino/RCH Racing/Bel-
Ray/ Suzuki Z450) finished seventh in the eight-lap heat, earning a berth in his 11th consecutive
Main Event this season. Hill (No. 75 Dodge/Sycuan Casino/RCH Racing/Bel-Ray/ Suzuki Z450)
finished ninth to grab the final transfer spot.

In the Main Event, Tickle and Hill both had poor gate selections for the 20-lap feature, making
the race start even more critical. When the gate dropped, the charge to Turn 1 ended in a multirider
mishap which collected Tickle. Hill managed to weave his way through.

“I’m pretty pumped,” said Hill of his season-best finish. “I had a great start and thought that I had
a holeshot when the gate dropped. I went for it; I went for broke. I tried to cut off the top side or
go down trying. I’m tired of riding around16th and just pinned it going into Turn 1.”
Tickle’s ride turned out to be equally impressive considering the Michigan native gave up 17
spots to the leaders on the opening lap. He methodically carved through the field, working his
way to 11th at the checkered flag.

“I had a good jump (start) in the Main and tried to stick the Suzuki in there, got hit and crashed in
the first corner,” Tickle said. “From there, it was like starting last. I had to fight my way all the
way back through the field. I felt like I rode pretty well tonight. I liked the track. I had a lot of
confidence all day.”

Tickle’s finish keeps the first-year RCH rider 10th in rider points, three shy of ninth-place.
Ryan Villopoto won his sixth Main Event of the season, edging Ryan Dungey by 6.537-seconds
with James Stewart finishing third. The SX Series heads north of the border next weekend for
Round 12 at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ont., Canada.

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A3 RCH Recap: BROC TICKLE MANAGES TOP-10

BROC TICKLE MANAGES TOP-10 FINISH ON SLICK ANAHEIM TRACK

Teammate Kyle Partridge Caught in Mishap, Misses Main Event

ANAHEIM, Calif. – (Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013) – Slick track conditions couldn’t keep Broc Tickle from scoring a top-10 finish in Saturday night’s Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series event at Angel Stadium. Tickle finished ninth, his second consecutive top 10.

Tickle transferred to his fifth straight 450SX Main Event with an eighth-place finish in his Heat Race. He had a good start in the 20-lap Main Event and raced in the top 10 the entire distance. He ran as high as sixth and gave up eighth to Ryan Villopoto, the defending series champion, on the final lap.

“A solid run for the No. 20 Dodge/Sycuan Casino/RCH Racing/Bel-Ray/Suzuki Z450,” said Tickle. “I felt strong. The track was really tricky. The design was pretty basic but it was hard to get a flow going. We’ll take the ninth-place finish. I want more. We’re gaining in rider points and we want to keep moving inside the top 10. We’re going to get better.

“You had to be patient and not push too hard because the track really got slick. Rolling the center of the corners was key. You had to find a good rhythm while still finding speed on the bike to run fast tonight.

“It was all about cleaning your corners up and carrying all your momentum through the corners. That’s what I struggled with a bit and that’s what caused me to pump up a bit in the Main. Around Lap 14 I got a little (arm) pumped up and tried to make it go away and just got tight. I just didn’t get loose late in the race. We’ll keep plugging away. I want more. I don’t want ninth or 10th. I want top fives and podiums.”

One of the areas Tickle and his team have targeted for improvement this season has been starts.

“It was better,” said Tickle. “We’ve been working really hard at it and tonight we saw some results. My Heat Race start wasn’t too good, but I broke great in the Main. On a track like we had tonight, breaking from the gate was really big.

“Everybody was fast tonight. We kept plugging away at it. We just need to keep working on the little things during the week and try to apply it on Saturday.”

For Kyle Partridge, filling in for injured Josh Hill on the second Suzuki RM-Z450 from RCH Racing, the night was an exercise in frustration. He finished 18th in his Heat Race which tossed him into the Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ) in quest of one of the final two transfer spots.

Transferring to the feature wasn’t meant to be. Partridge was sidelined by an accident on the first lap of the six-lap LCQ dash. He was running third when a rider braked in front of him after the first whoop section.

“I started all the way on the outside in the LCQ but came out of the gate with just a gnarly start,” said Partridge. “I got a great start considering where I started and just got put down right after the whoop section. Two guys got together in front of me and just smashed right into my face and arm and hand, which took me off the bike. There wasn’t really anything that I could do.

“I feel like the stuff that we worked on this week really showed today. I was relaxed at the gate and made sure that when the board goes sideways at the gate that I give myself a few seconds to relax and just get my composure. I did that and I felt that my starts were better. We just didn’t have that great of a starting spot at the gate and got caught up into some guys trying to power through Turn 1. We certainly made progress.”

Ryan Dungey won the Main Event, his first victory of the 2013 season. Rounding out the podium finishers were David Millsaps (second-place) and Justin Barcia (third-place). Millsaps has a 14-point advantage over Dungey in the 450SX season standings. Tickle is 12th, one point out of 10th.

The next stop on the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series schedule is Saturday, Feb. 9 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego.

5 MINUTES WITH CHUCKY NORRIS

Mate, right now you’re in the car on the way to the airport to grab a flight to New Zealand for the remaining Nitro Circus stops. Was that planned or are you filling in for the injured Cam Sinclair?

Yeah, I was first reserve for the tour. I spoke to the athlete manager after Cam hurt himself and originally they were just going to roll without him there, but I got a call last week saying they wanted to add another person into their trains and syncro sections, so I was fortunate enough to get the call to head over.

We just scored some pics of you riding at Cam’s demo at the Melbourne Casino and also riding with the Hart and Huntington boys down there, so it looks like you’ve been busy… Have you been doing a lot of riding though?

Yeah, lately I’ve found the fun in riding again. So I’ve been riding more than I usually would and having a ball doing it. That gig at the Casino was awesome and getting to ride with the other hart boys is always good fun.

Are you still working mate or are you making a crust out of riding at the moment?

At the moment it’s pretty much just riding. My boss is kinda funny… He’s usually down with me going away on tour or something, but when I get back he’s over it and usually lays me off. (laughs) So right now, yeah, it’s just the riding. It’s all good though, the money’s there at the moment and we just bought a house so I can’t complain.

Is the plan to jump on the regional Nitro Tour as well?

Yep, I’ve had a contract for that tour for a while now. I’ll be doing every stop of the Australian regional tour, which is awesome. I love being on tour with those guys.

Have all these tours and shows motivated you to learn some new tricks or revive some old ones again?

For sure. For the regional tour I’ll have my Cordova flips back and I want to be throwing KOD flips again. I started doing them just before Christmas again, but one went crooked on me and I went down and broke my finger. A broken finger has to be one of the most annoying injuries ever and it’s still all jacked up now. It’s stuck in the one position, but luckily they set it with a bend so I can still hang onto the grip fine.

You seem to have pretty good longevity in your career mate. What do you put that down to?

I think having the kids made me focus a lot more. That was the motivation for me to get fit, which helps me enjoy riding the bike more. I love the travelling around and I get to bring the family with me a lot of the time, which makes it even better. It’s almost like a work/holiday sometimes, so if I can keep doing it and stay fit and injury free I’ll keep doing it as long as I can.

Still got a few more years left in ya?

(laughs) Yeah, the old dog still has a few more in him.

BIZ in England

Biz scored a few pics in the new Ride UK. He recently made the trip over the pond with the DC Shoes team. This was a cool project where the DC team designed ramps and obstacles in an empty where house.

Carey Hart and the Suzuki Holeshot Experience

Since Carey Hart launched the Hart and Huntington race team, the squad has always caused quite a stir in the Supercross pits. Though dancing go go girls don’t quite fit the bill for the newest evolution of the team, RCH Racing, that hasn’t stopped Hart from concocting yet another spectacle in the pits. The Suzuki Holeshot Experience allows fans to don a helmet, mount a real Suzuki RM-Z450, and bust out a simulated start on top of a real Dynojet dynamometer. How’s that for fan interaction? In the edition of Pit Pass Video, hear from Hart himself how he came up with the idea…