RCH Has Mixed Results At Anaheim 2

On a night celebrating 40 years of Supercross history, RCH Racing Soaring Eagle came away with a mixed bag of results from Anaheim 2. Seeing team principal Ricky Carmichael take to the track for a nostalgic hot lap with arch rival Jeremy McGrath had to be the highlight of the season, while a bounce-back heat race win and top 10 finish in the main for #75 Josh Hill were offset by #20 Broc Tickle getting taken out in a crash and possibly suffering a concussion.

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After a performance in Phoenix last week where Josh Hill couldn’t catch a break missing the transfer from his heat race, semi and LCQ by one position each time he bounced back in a big way at Anaheim 2. Even before the racing started, Ms. Supercross Dianna Dahlgren, brought the personable rider from Oregon up on stage to get a progress report. “I did well in the afternoon qualifying sessions today, finishing 12th and 10th fastest in the two sessions.”

Hill looks to have worked through some of the issues with his injured back and is feeling positive about where things go from here. “I’m looking forward to the rest of the season and finishing on top of the podium before it is all said and done,” Josh told the pre-race crowd.

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Further enhancing team visibility, Broc Tickle was the second rider announced in the opening ceremonies by virtue of his place inside the top 10 in standings after the first two rounds. Both RCH Soaring Eagle Riders were gated in Heat Race #1 and both were in contention to transfer straight to the main, running 4th and 5th respectively much of the heat. With two laps to go, Tickle charged past his teammate for the qualifying spot, only to have his front end wash out a couple of turns later. That left it to Hill to carry team colors and he looked on track to take the final transfer spot until Ryan Dungey made an extremely aggressive move and stuffed Josh in the final turn to steal the transfer position.

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However, Hill was undeterred by the last turn racing incident. After a patented Mike Alessi holeshot, Josh blew past Alessi with three laps to go, and went on to win his semi in convincing fashion. “I wasn’t sure I was even going to be able to race this weekend because I was in so much pain from back issues,” said Josh from the podium. “I’ve got to give it up to the team for making it possible. I spent much of the week at Dr. G’s office and he tuned me up.” Feeling no pain in the main, Hill started within the top 10 for the final race of retro night. Appropriately enough the 40th Anniversary celebration was made complete when veteran rider Chad Reed channeled his hero Jeremy McGrath and won a surprising victory over “the kids” while Josh, in the words of legendary former SX announcer Larry Huffman, was all over Weston Peick “like a hare krishna on an airport traveller!” Despite dicing the entire race, Hill just could not make pass on Peick stick and had to settle for 8th place. “I’m not overly happy with tonight, but it’s a step in the right direction after this back injury. I am happy to win the semi and most importantly, I put a smile on my grandpa’s face,” said Hill. Of course when you race for “The Greatest Of All Time” as Ricky Carmichael is known, the bar is set pretty high to start with. “Getting up into the top 10 is a good place to build from… I’ll take an 8th and keep moving forward. “

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Speaking of moving forward, despite the crash and consequent concussion-like symptoms, Broc is still in the top 10 in points. As a precaution, he went directly to the hospital for evaluation, but the team hopes he will be medically cleared to ride this week. “Broc had a hard crash,” tweeted team principal Carey Hart. “He will be okay, get ‘em next week, bud.” “The semi started well, but on the first lap I landed on the tuff blocks and it highsided me to the right and slammed me hard.” Hard isn’t the word, you could hear the entire crowd groan when Broc bouncing on the arid track was replayed on the Jumbotron. “It’s all good, I’m okay and just gonna need a couple days to rest.” In addition to winning a semi, the entire RCH Racing team were winners in the pits. A sick little boy and his family enjoyed a day at Anaheim Supercross as the special guests of Ricky Carmichael, Carey Hart and the RCH Racing team. Three-year-old Valentino Ricciotti from nearby Dana Point suffers from OMS, a rare auto-immune disorder that makes it tough for him to enjoy life. RCH Racing with the help of Sycuan Casino, Strider, Feld and others was able to put a smile on little Valen’s face by making him the third RCH Team Rider for the day!
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Looking to build on the mixed results of A2 and win one for Valen, the RCH team heads to the infamous Oakland Coliseum for Round 4 on January 25. Come race day in the East Bay, the RCH Racing Soaring Eagle pit will be the place to be! In addition to the Suzuki Hole Shot Experience, the team will be signing autographs at 3pm. Fans can also win a 3 night/4 day all-expenses paid getaway to Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort on the spot!
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Photo Credit: Simon Cudby

About RCH Racing Soaring Eagle:
RCH Racing is in its second season of the partnership between Ricky Carmichael and Carey Hart. Ricky Carmichael merged his Suzuki relationship and technical development with the established five year marketing giant of Hart & Huntington Racing in 2013. The RCH Racing Soaring Eagle Team continues its partnerships with Suzuki, Fox, Dodge, Sycuan Casino, Yoshimura and Bel Ray. stay up to date on all RCH Racing Soaring Eagle news, follow us on Instagram and Twitter @RCHRacing and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/hartandhuntington.

TICKLE LEADS RCH RACING CLAIMS 8TH PLACE IN PHOENIX

Broc Tickle gets his 2nd consecutive top 10 finish and moves up to 7th in overall points

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Carlsbad, CA (January 12, 2014) – RCH Racing Soaring Eagle rider, Broc Tickle, earns his second consecutive top 10 finish of the Monster Energy Supercross season, finishing eighth at Chase Field in Phoenix on Saturday, and moving up to seventh in overall points.

Tickle had a strong night from the start. After dialing in the track and finishing 6th in timed qualifiers, he went on to nab one of the top four spots in his heat, giving him a direct transfer to the main event. Tickle overcame a slow start in the main – which had him buried as far back as 13th – and was able to move his way up into the top 10, finishing eighth ahead of Chad Reed and Will Hahn.

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Photo Credit – Simon Cudby

“Today was great. Practice went really well and I felt aggressive and solid. I qualified to the Main directly out of my heat race which was also good. The Main event was great other than my first couple laps,” said Tickle. “I’m looking forward to working on my starts this week because that’s the main thing keeping from a better result.”

Teammate Josh Hill did not have the night he was hoping for on the track.

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“I’m obviously disappointed and embarrassed at the outcome of tonight’s race,” said Hill.

Things looked promising for Hill in the LCQ. He moved his way up to fifth and was head to head with Chris Blose in the final lap, battling it out for the final qualifying spot. Unfortunately, Blose edged out Hill for the 4th place finish, preventing Hill from advancing to the main event.

Hill and the team are working diligently to get him back to 100% of where he needs to be on the track. He looks forward to racing this coming weekend at A2.

The Monster Energy Supercross Series heads back to the Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA for Round 3 on January 18th.

To stay up to date on all RCH Racing Soaring Eagle news, follow us on Instagram and Twitter @RCHRacing and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/hartandhuntington.

About RCH Racing Soaring Eagle:
RCH Racing is in its second season of the partnership between Ricky Carmichael and Carey Hart. Ricky Carmichael merged his Suzuki relationship and technical development with the established five year marketing giant of Hart & Huntington Racing in 2013. The RCH Racing Soaring Eagle Team continues its partnerships with Suzuki, Fox, Dodge, Sycuan Casino, Yoshimura, and Bel Ray. For additional information contact Justyn Amstutz at Justyn@NFC-Mgmt.com.

Brett Cue ALL IN – Sycuan Big Whip Invitational

We went down to the Sycuan Casino recently to check out Team RCH’s Big Whip Invitational where some of the top guys in the sport showed up to throw down. When you see a rider list with names like Lance Coury, Brett Cue, Destin Cantrell, Todd Potter and Billy Laninovich, you are definitely in for a show. Over $10,000 was up for grabs with crowd noise being the deciding factor when it came down to who went the biggest.

Songs (order played)
Pigeon John – Weight Of The World
Ronald Jenkees – Disorganized Fun

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RCH Racing Soaring Eagle kicks off the 2014 Monster Energy Supercross Series

Carlsbad, CA (January 6, 2014) – RCH Racing Soaring Eagle kicked off the 2014 Supercross season in front of an excited crowd at Angel Stadium in Anaheim. The team sported new yellow and blue Fox Racing gear for the 2014 series, and the new Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort logos made their official debut as the team’s new title sponsor.
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Both riders qualified to the Main Event through the Semis – Hill found his flow and finished 4th in Semi One while Broc Tickle took 2nd in Semi Two behind Ken Roczen to advance.
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In the Main event both Hill and Tickle battled it out against the stacked competition. It was a solid start to the season for Tickle, who opened the year with a top 10 finish, taking 8th overall.
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“The race went good and all in all it was a good night,” said Tickle. “I have more to prove to myself and the team. I got arm pump midway through the race and instead of pushing too hard, I rode through it. I’m looking forward to improving on my results in Phoenix.”

Josh also started the main but pulled off halfway through due to a sore back and finished 18th.

“I’m not too happy with the way everything went this weekend,” Hill said. “The team and I have worked way too hard in the off season for these results. I tweaked my back a little four days before the race which threw a wrench into Saturday. But there are no excuses; I’m going to keep my head down and work hard to get the results we deserve. I’m looking forward to this weekend in Phoenix.”

The team heads to Phoenix for Round 2 on January 11th at Chase Field in Phoenix, AZ.

As always, the RCH Racing Soaring Eagle pit will be active with plenty of entertainment attractions for the fans to engage with including the Suzuki Hole Shot Experience, autograph signings by the team at 3pm local time and the chance to enter and win a 3 night/4 day all-expenses paid getaway to Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort in Mt. Pleasant, MI. We hope to see you there!

To stay up to date on all RCH Racing Soaring Eagle news, follow us on Instagram and Twitter @RCHRacing and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/hartandhuntington

About RCH Racing Soaring Eagle:
RCH Racing is in its second season of the partnership between Ricky Carmichael and Carey Hart. Ricky Carmichael merged his Suzuki relationship and technical development with the established five year marketing giant of Hart & Huntington Racing in 2013. The RCH Racing Soaring Eagle Team continues its partnerships with Suzuki, Fox, Dodge, Sycuan Casino, Yoshimura, and Bel Ray. For additional information contact Justyn Amstutz at Justyn@NFC-Mgmt.com.

FMX-Mas Big Whip Invitational

The Sycuan Casino in El Cajon, California played host once again to the FMX-Mas Big Whip Invitational with RCH Racing, and some of the gnarliest whip throwers in the game made the trip down to San Diego County to battle it out for the huge cash prize in this year’s competition. Lance Coury, Todd Potter, Brett Cue, Billy Laninovich, and Destin Cantrell took to the ramps in the mid-afternoon sun, but at the end of the day it was San Diego’s own Laninovich that walked away with the win and the hefty stack of Benjamins. To top the show off, fans were also treated to a Harley Davidson wheelie demo by UNKNOWN Industries and the UNKNOWN Riders, and following the show the competitors and the entire RCH Racing crew, including Carey Hart, Ricky Carmichael, Broc Tickle, and Josh Hill, greeted fans inside the casino to sign autographs and raffle off prizes.

H&H teams up with the Monster X Tour

Central Point, OR (December 13, 2013) – Monster X Tour and HART & HUNTINGTON would like to announce a power house move to bring together two of the most iconic names in the Motorsport’s Industry with the unveiling of the all new HART & HUNTINGTON CA Kid Monster Truck.

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Monster X Entertainment Danny Torgerson CEO

“Over the past few years, the Monster X Tour has been one of the most aggressive in the monster truck industry and is looking to make 2014 the BIGGEST-BADDEST year yet. We feel adding the partnership with HART & HUNTINGTON we will bring you the ultimate fan experience!”

Hart and Huntington Director Of Marketing Jay Mangold

“Hart and Huntington is super excited to be apart of the Monster X Tour for 2014! With our ever evolving Supercross team and Off-Road programs this relationship gives our FMX athletes a platform to showcase their talents year round. In addition, having our very own Monster Tuck has been something our company has always been interested in and it was awesome to see that category finally added to the H&H family by teaming up with the California Kid. We cant wait for all the exciting action and marketing benefits this relationship possesses and look forward to its growth for years to come”.

Go to www.monsterxtour.com for city and locations to see H&H CA Kid Monster Truck!

Supercross LIVE! 2014 Dianna Dahlgren with Broc Tickle

Tickets to Monster Energy Supercross in East Rutherford now available here: http://www.supercrossonline.com/Event

Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, is the world’s premier indoor motocross circuit, comprised of 17 races of heart-stopping action in some of the largest venues in North America. Every week, the best riders from across the globe, like former champions Ryan Villopoto, James Stewart, Chad Reed and Ryan Dungey seek to outrace each other on the sport’s most challenging courses. Featuring tight corners, fast straightaways, challenging rhythm sections, and vertigo-inducing jumps, these tracks pack excitement into every inch of dirt. Get your 2014 Monster Energy Supercross tickets today! More info: http://www.SupercrossOnline.com

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Freestyle Specific: Inside Lance Coury’s FMX RM-Z450

No longer do the riders just cut their side panels and shave their seats; today’s Freestyle motocross bikes are built specifically for FMX. Now, trick specific flip levers are installed, steering stabilizers, and exact gearing and suspension settings make up a modern FMX machine. We recently got to take a closer look at Lance Coury’s Hart & Huntington/Dodge/RCH/Suzuki RM-Z450. Not only does it have numerous modifications for FMX, but it also shares quite a few similarities with the Supercross machines of Broc Tickle and Josh Hill. It’s also featured in the January issue of TransWorld Motocross, so don’t forget to pick up a copy for even more info on the bike.

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Coury’s bike is customized for his needs right down to the gearing. Coury gears his shorter than stock so he can leave it in second for jumps and not worry about over-jumping. The engine is also massaged by the engine gurus at Yoshimura to provide more low to midrange punch.

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Phil Perry is in charge of assembling Lance’s bikes and keeping them in tip-top shape.

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This is one example of a trick-specific modification. The extra shifter tip that is attached to the counter shaft sprocket guard is used during no-handed flips and Nac-Nac flips. Lance uses it to lock his foot under so he stays attached to the bike.

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Just about every single FMX rider runs a steering stabilizer. Lance equips his with a quick-adjust knob so he can change the setting on the fly depending on his tricks.

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Sharp footpegs are extremely important for FMX riders. A sharp footpeg helps to keep the rider locked to his bike when performing tricks. Lance clearly likes his to be razor sharp.

Hometown Boys Garrett Ahlf and Jeff Griffin Throw down in Bako

The Monster Energy FreestyleMX.com tour invades Bakersfield California at Kern County Raceway! Bakersfields own Garrett Ahlf and Jeff Griffin had a great time performing in their home town. Garrett Ahlf was the crowd favorite and took home the 1st place in our competition! We had a few incidents but everyone ended up ok.
Song – Love Song by RAINA-FIRE

Riders – Garrett Ahlf, Jeff Griffin, John Distler, James Carter, Brian McCarty, Dustin Miller, Lance Coury, Jimmy Hill, Bryce Hudson

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Professional motorcross riders took over the Kern County Raceway Saturday.

Freestyle motorcross riders competed in the Monster Engery Freestyle Motocross Worldwide Tour.

Garrett Ahlf Bakersfield native won the race and said it was great to come out on top.

“This is a dream come true like I said being from Bakersfield not a lot of freestyle events come through town so it’s just a good feeling that I got to come out here and win,” said Ahlf.

Ahlf is glad no riders were seriously hurt performing their tricks.