RCH Soaring Eagle Has Homefield Advantage In Daytona

Daytona Beach, FL (March 11, 2014) – The Daytona Supercross round was held on a home field for the RCH Soaring Eagle Supercross Team, literally. Team principal Ricky Carmichael built the track and hosted his Amateur SX Championship on the track held in the infield of the “World Center Of Racing” Daytona International Speedway. Broc Tickle #20 and Josh Hill #75 headed south immediately following their season-best showing at the Indy SX last weekend looking forward to building on the momentum in Florida.

Rainy weather during the week saw the team testing mud tires and wet weather set-ups at Carmichael’s compound on Monday and Tuesday just in case Daytona turned out to be a mudder. However race day dawned warm and dry, perfect conditions. The personal instruction from the Greatest Of All Time (as RC is known in racing circles) really paid off for Josh Hill as he qualified 7th overall, just a hairsbreadth off the fastest qualifier of the day, Dean Wilson. Teammate Tickle also posted a top-20 time in afternoon qualifying (top 40 fastest make it into the evening racing program, the rest park their bikes and head to the grandstands).
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Heat #1 on the hybrid outdoor national/indoor Supercross track that is uniquely Daytona saw Tickle take a terrible start, but by lap #2, he had moved into 7th and even drew some TV time from Fox Sports live broadcast as he battled with Justin Brayton. speaking of TV time, the evening broadcast began with Carmichael taking his RCH Soaring Eagle Suzuki on a lap around the tough track… how often do you get a tour of the race track from the saddle of the guy who built it? “Things started out really rough for me and I struggled with qualifying and the Heat,” Tickle. Brayton never “let Broc bye” so Tickle was headed to the Semis.

Heat #2 was Hill’s turn to finish in 7th and move to the Semis as well. Hill grabbed a great start in 5th, just one position out of qualifying and battling with James Stewart’s younger brother, Malcolm most of the race as they chased Andrew Short for the final qualifying position. This was the first time the Stewart brother’s ever raced 450s together, so the human interest angle was there when “Mookie” qualified, but that meant Hill had to head to the Semi.
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Consisting of 16 riders battling for 5 laps to see the top 5 advance to the main, 450 Semi #2 saw both Soaring Eagle Suzuki’s squaring off against each other as Tickle had the #3 gate pick and Hill had the #4 slot. “We had a chance to test and prepare for this and I thought we had a couple of great days,” Carmichael told the TV viewing audience from the Fox broadcast booth. “Josh is riding good but Broc is off the mark today… which is weird to me since Broc has had a great couple of weeks the last couple of Supercross rounds.” Both RCH riders had the TV cameras focused on them at the line for the start of Semi #2 as RC was talking and then during the course of the Semi… great plugs for sponsors Shift and Fox as well as Soaring Eagle and Sycuan. Speaking of sponsors, Soaring Eagle even featured the team in a TV ad that aired just before the start of the 250cc Main event.

Both riders got a good jump on the start as Hill was 6th and Tickle 7th, however Hill went on an immediate charge, slashing his way to 3rd with the first few turns. By the start of the second lap, Tickle starts riding more fluidly and moves into 4th. “He was mad at himself after qualifying… I tried to help him and give him as much advice as I good,” said Carmichael of Tickle. Some of what RC had to say must have sunk in as Tickle ripped off some of the fastest laps of the heat races. Although he couldn’t quite catch his hard-charging teammate Hill, Tickle finished 4th and Hill had 3rd to easily transfer to the Main event. “Great turn-around for RCH Racing’s Broc Tickle… nice, bud,” offered an elated Carmichael.
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The 450 Main was a mixed bag for the RCH Soaring Eagle Suzuki Team as Tickle took one step closer to SX glory and Hill took a tumble. Tickle finished a career best fourth place on the 450, while Hill had a Main event he would rather not talk about. “Crashes and run ins with tuff blocks hampered my night,” said Hill. “I rode great, but the black cloud just seemed to follow me to Daytona. Looking forward to Detroit were I want to put the Soaring Eagle Suzuki on the box in front of our great sponsors.”

“The track was brutal,” added Tickle. “It was really demanding and I knew the Main was going to be about being consistent and hitting your marks. I started around 10th on the first lap, but I rode my lines and passed a couple of people early to get into 7th. When Malcolm Stewart and Justin Barcia came together and went down, I went up into 5th”!

Fast qualifier Dean Wilson was struggling toward the end, so Tickle took another spot with three laps to go to finish in 4th overall for the night. “I’m super pumped! The team worked awesome together today and I got more comfortable for the Main,” he explained. “I’m looking forward to this week and next weekend in Detroit.”
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Co-owner Carey Hart was stoked to see Tickle turn it around. “Awesome work tonight by Broc Tickle and the whole RCH Racing crew! Thanks everyone!” RC added, “I’m really impressed with the turn-around Broc had and how he rebounded from what had not been a very good day. I’m happy for him and the team… everyone’s hard work has paid off the past three weeks.”

The RCH Racing Soaring Eagle Team pits were also featured in the TV broadcast from Daytona this week. A huge Bike Week crowd saw the action at the Suzuki Holeshot Experience proving to be very popular. The team probably signed more autographs in Daytona than they have at the last three races combined! Vacationeers also appreciated the opportunity to win an all-expense paid trip to the Soaring Eagle Luxury Resort. Sierra Merchant was swamped with people signing up for the Soaring Eagle trip. From the beach to the Motor City, next week the RCH Racing Soaring Eagle team heads back indoors to Ford Field in Detroit for Round 11 on March 15.
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Photo Cred: Simon Cudby

About RCH Racing Soaring Eagle:
RCH Racing is in its second season of the partnership between Ricky Carmichael and Carey Hart to campaign the Feld Motor Sports® 2014 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship season. 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.

RCH Soaring Eagle Team Throws Down In The ATL

­ It was the best of times and potentially
some of the worst of times for the RCH Soaring Eagle Supercross Team in
Atlanta. In a twisted version of literary classic “A Tale Of Two Cities” both
Josh Hill #75 and Broc Tickle #20 went from their best times of the SX season
in Dallas last weekend only to have what could have been the worst of times in
Atlanta this weekend. However in a demonstration of maturity and
professionalism, the entire RCH Soaring Eagle Supercross Team showed their
true colors and turned in a performance that books are written about.

Actually their afternoon qualifying sessions were literally among the best of
times as Tickle was one of only four riders to turn a 52-second lap time. This
netted Tickle third overall and a great gate pick for his heat race. But a
bobble by Hill in the first heat and a cheap shot in the second heat that took
out Tickle after he had charged into a qualifying position resulted in both
RCH Soaring Eagle riders having to ride the semis.
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Heat #1 saw Hill get a top 5 start, but a miscue dropped him to 8th. He
regrouped and tried to make a run for one of the four transfer spots, but only
made it up to 7th at the finish, resulting in a trip to the semi. However the
real drama was in Heat #2 as Broc Tickle arguably rode the race of his life.
“I felt awesome today,” said Tickle. “I had great practice times and rode
great in the heat. I started third and tried to make a pass on Wil Hahn for
second when I stalled my bike.” From stalling out of contention, Tickle then
put on an epic charge!

“Broc has been on point all day,” said team principal Ricky Carmichael from
the broadcast booth. “He has been great in the whoops. I told him if he had
any problems getting by someone, just to wait for the whoops.” It looked like
everything was going exactly to plan as Broc charged from 8th to 4th on the
last lap (remember, only four riders transfer in the new semi format for this
season). Tickle’s charge earned him a transfer spot when he passed Mike
Alessi then all Hell broke loose!
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Knowing that Carmichael couldn’t say too much about the incident, Jeff Emig
jumped in on the TV telecast and said “That was a straight T-Bone move” as
Alessi appeared to deliberately launch his bike right into the #20 machine. If
you haven’t seen it enough times yet, check this out:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jaw2GM7IqmM&feature=youtu.be
<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jaw2GM7IqmM&feature=youtu.be>

After seeing the replay, RC admitted it looked like a cheap shot to him, too.
“I try not to pump my own team too much on TV, but Broc has been riding well
all day and that was a cheap shot that took him out. You just don’t do
something like Alessi did. Poor decisions like this are what have kept Mike
from realizing his potential.”
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On the positive side RCH Soaring Eagle received more TV time than the race
winner Ken Roczen. During the afternoon qualifying, RC shared the view from
the announcers box to his social media followers:
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then before the first 450 Heat, Broc Tickle did a quick trackside interview.
However this was just the beginning of the media furor that unfortunately
overshadowed just how well Tickle had been riding. Broc was interviewed by Fox
Sports’ Jenny Taft again after the incident. Showing true poise and composure
fresh from the heat of battle in the heat race, Broc said, “My perspective?” I
thought I had made a clean pass and I wasn’t expecting it.” Tickle was
remarkably calm trackside before having to ride in the semi. “I got taken out
and ejected off the bike, it caught me off guard.”
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Tickle shook off the crash and put in a strong ride to finish a solid second
just behind Andrew Short in the semi. Rather than letting the incident with
Alessi upset him, Broc was totally focused in the semi, nearly taking the
holeshot and riding smart the whole race. “Short rides a really wide bike at
times,” noted RC. “I’m happy to see Broc able to put the crash behind him and
ride so smart.” It wasn’t as easy as Tickle made it look, though. “My ribs and
breathing were bothering me,” said Broc. “Dr. G did what he could before the
main, but I wasn’t feeling it like I had earlier in the day.”

Like Tickle, Heat #2 saw teammate Josh HIll ride well and transfer into the
main. Hill had a top five start and held back waiting for any mistakes by the
leaders. However with one lap to go, Hill wicked it up and blew past a couple
of riders (one on the last turn) to take 3rd and get a better gate pick in the
main.
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When the gate dropped for the 450 main event, both the RCH Racing Soaring
Eagle Suzuki’s were 9th and 18th. By the fifth circuit of the 20 lap main
event, Broc was up to 8th and Hill was in 16th finding himself in an
unexpected battle with another Suzuki rider, James Stewart who had crashed
while contesting the lead. In the ultimate bit of irony, Broc found himself
catching Alessi as the laps wound down.

When the checkers finally fell, Tickle had tied his best result of the season
with 7th to match Dallas last week. By showing composure and professionalism, Broc maintains top 10 of the rider standings despite missing two rounds. “I’m
looking forward to this week and riding the rest of the series. I’m pumped
with the way I rode all night.” he added of his speed.

Teammate Hill hung on to finish 13th and stays top 15th in the standings. “Bad
starts just hampered my night,” said Hill. “It was hectic with people going
down everywhere. By the time I got going, everyone was gone.”

Whether it is on the track or in the pits, the RCH Racing Soaring Eagle team
is always in the thick of it! Join us in the pits before each Supercross race
where we have everything from the Suzuki Holeshot Experience to the team
autograph signing. Some lucky winner every week gets an all-expense paid trip
to the Soaring Eagle Luxury Resort! Next week the RCH Racing Soaring Eagle
Team heads to the Lucas Oil Dome in Indianapolis for Round 9 on March 1.

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
<http://www.facebook.com/hartandhuntington> .

RCH Soaring Eagle Team Goes Big At Dallas Supercross

Everything is bigger in Texas! The home of the Dallas Cowboys, AT&T Stadium had a bigger crowd (80,000 seats), bigger JumboTron and bigger expectations than any race in the first half of the 2014 series. The RCH Soaring Eagle Supercross Team definitely was looking to go big in Big D… and they delivered! Both Josh Hill #75 and Broc Tickle #20 qualified well and both made it into the main. And with all the big expectations on the line, the RCH Soaring Eagle Suzuki’s both finished inside the top 10.

The day in Big D began well when RCH Racing duo of Hill and Tickle qualified 7th and 8th just behind 2010 champ Ryan Dungey. “The guys have been putting in the work,” said RCH principal Ricky Carmichael, back in the broadcast booth for the first time in a couple of weeks. “They just need to get better starts,” said the GOAT (Greatest Of All Time) in the broadcast booth somewhat prophetically.
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Heat #1saw Broc Tickle with the fourth gate pick. When the race started, two Suzuki’s were running in the top three… unfortunately for RCH, it was James Stewart and privateer Weston Peick. Tickle was mired in a mid-pack start. He moved up quickly, but despite dicing with Dungey and Eli Tomac all race long, both Tickle and Tomac were relegated to riding the semi. “The day started off good with decent practice times and a relaxed vibe. The heat went well and I rode great, but with only four riders transferring, I still had to go to the semi,” said Tickle simply.

Like Tickle, Heat #2 saw teammate Josh Hill with the fourth gate pick. However Hill had a great start, just getting nipped by defending SX series champ Ryan Villopoto for the holeshot. When RV bobbled on the third lap, Josh jumped into the lead. Mike Alessi attempted a pass which let Ken Roczen get by both of them for first, then lappers slowed Hill up enabling RV to get back by for second. (RV set the fastest lap of the heat races when he went by Josh). Hill then settled in for a solid third ahead of Alessi and went straight to the main. “We made some improvements on the bike and on my starts,” said Hill. “It was nice to get up into the mix and lead the heat race, not to mention qualifying straight to the main from it.”
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Learning from his heat race, Tickle took 5th at start of 450 Semi #1… and immediately went on a charge. He moved up to third with two laps to go and then into second at the checkers just behind Wil Hahn. Definitely demonstrating his speed from qualifying and the first heat race (BT #20 set the 6th fastest lap time out of both the heats), both Tickle and Hill were ready for the main. “ I didn’t get the best start in the semi,” Broc admits. “But I had the speed to work my way into 2nd to transfer to the main.”
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When the gate dropped for the 450 main event, both RCH Racing Soaring Eagle Suzuki’s were inside the top 10 with decent starts. Within the first couple laps, Tickle and Hill were running in 7th and 8th respectively. At the half-way point in the 20 lap event, Hill began suffering the effects of his surgically repaired collarbone and not enough time on the bike as Wil Hahn got between the two RCH Soaring Eagle teamsters. When the checkered flag fell, it was Tickle taking 7th and Hill finishing in 9th.

After a crash in practice, Hill was riding in some pain in the main. “I need to stay off the ground,” claims Josh. “I was riding in a lot of pain and couldn’t push as hard as I wanted to when Wil went by. I’ll rest up and get back after it in Atlanta!”
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“The main was tough,” said Tickle, echoing his teammate’s earlier comments. “The track was chewed up, slippery and bumpy… very technical. I came around first lap in 8th and rode to a 7th. Best finish for me this year and I can keep building from here. I am looking forward to Atlanta and all the East Coast races.”

East Coast or West Coast, the RCH Racing Soaring Eagle pit is the place to be before each Supercross race. From the Suzuki Holeshot Experience to the team autograph signing and the Soaring Eagle all expenses paid trips to the Luxury Resort, there is something for everyone! RC even jumped in and signed some autographs along with the guys during the Dallas SX stop, while co-principal Cary Hart was on hand with his musically inclined wife, Pink. Who knows what will happen at the party in the pits next week when the RCH Racing Soaring Eagle team heads to Georgia Dome in Atlanta for Round 8 on February 22.

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.

RCH Soaring Eagle Salutes Military In San Diego

In honor of military appreciation night at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, this week’s Supercross broadcast went out live through the American Forces Network. Team RCH Soaring Eagle’s racer Josh Hill’s heroic comeback was witnessed by nearly 1 million American military personnel in 16 military installations in Afghanistan, 175 territories worldwide, 287 U.S. embassies and consulates  and  140 ships… not to mention a sold-out stadium. Not to be outdone, teammate Broc Tickle finished inside the top 10 on a night when both riders rode through the pain to make the main.
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Tickle was a man on a mission in qualifying. In the first session, he finished 8th, ahead of last week’s winner, Chad Reed. Proving his consistency and speed, Tickle was 9th in the second qualifier, just a couple tenths of seconds off the pace of polesitter James Stewart. Getting taken out at the start of the first heat race meant Tickle had to race the semi, where he showed his afternoon qualifying speed was no fluke. Mid-pack starts saw Hill and Tickle running 6th and 7th, respectively at the mid-way point and then going on a charge to finish 3rd and 4th to ensure both RCR Soaring Eagle racers were in the main event!

Hill’s triumphant return to racing after broken collarbone suffered just three weeks ago in Oakland was the stuff of legend. “I’m pumped to see Josh out there racing this weekend,” says team principal Ricky Carmichael.  “Big heart! adds the Greatest Of All Time in reference to #75 coming back so quickly from the surgery and doing so well despite the medically enforced layoff. Hill also earned plenty of fans by sporting the camo team uniform from Shift in the semi.
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Actually as great a night as Josh Hill had personally, it was his younger brother Justin stealing the limelight when he won the 250 main event on his lime green Kawasaki. “People didn’t believe me when I said I would be back to racing in time for San Diego,” said an elated Josh. “Of course they are the same people who didn’t believe me when I told them Justin was going to win!”
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A slick multi-line track called for controlled aggression in the main event. Mid-pack starts saw  Tickle in 12th and Hill 13th after two laps. Consistent charges put them up to 10th and 11th at the halfway point. Tickle then took advantage of the battle of attrition to finish 8th, while Hill dropped off the pace a little and finished 11th.
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“Tonight was great,” said Tickle of his well-earned top 10 finish. “It felt really good to get that momentum rolling again. In the main event I pushed and felt like I rode to my potential.” Headed deep into the heart of Texas for the next race, Broc has his marching orders: “The start in the main is what hurt me and we know what to work on this week to keep the ball rolling.”
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“It was a tough day,” added Hill. “I crashed in the first practice and landed right on my broken collarbone!” This was only having two weeks after surgery to repair the damage done at the Oakland SX. “I debated not racing tonight, but I’m glad it made the decision to do it. I can’t be too bummed with 11th… I gained more experience and hopefully will be stronger next week,” said a spent, but happy Hill.

After saluting San Diego, the RCH Soaring Eagle team heads to AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas for Round 7 on February 15. As always, 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… big shout out to Sean Owens, winner of the Soaring Eagle package in San Diego.
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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.

Bliss N Eso announce Circus Under the Stars Australian tour

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HIP-HOP heroes Bliss N Eso have locked down a series of huge outdoor shows across Australia, including Fogarty Park.

The ARIA Award-winning, chart-topping Sydney-based trio have decided to ditch the arenas and concert halls for their exclusively outdoor Circus Under the Stars tour.

Fellow hip-hop acts Horrowshow and Seth Sentry will join the My Life performers for the 15-date tour, which kicks off in April.

The tour lands in Cairns at Fogarty Park on the Esplanade on April 26.

It’ll be the first time fans will get to hear many tracks off their new Circus in the Sky album, as well as older favourites.

BLISS N ESO CIRCUS UNDER THE STARS TOUR DATES:

April 5 – Bathurst Showground, NSW

April 12 – Nobbys Beach Reserve, Newcastle

April 17 – The Domain, Sydney

April 19 – Coffs Harbour Showground

April 24 – Riverstage, Brisbane

April 25 – The Stadium, Mackay

April 26 – Fogarty Park, Cairns

May 2 – Signal Park, Busselton, WA

May 3 – Wellington Square, Perth

May 9 – Wagga Wagga Showgrounds, NSW

May 10 – Ballarat Showgrounds

May 15 – Bendigo Showgrounds

May 16 – Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne

May 23 – Mount Gambier Showgrounds, SA

May 31 – Macquarie Wharf 2, Hobart

 Get tickets to the show here!

 

RCH Soaring Eagle Takes Flight At A3 Supercross

With injuries sustained at the last round in
Oakland grounding half the RCH Soaring Eagle Supercross Team, things were
looking sketchy going into round 5 of the 2014 season. However Broc Tickle
fought through his injuries and made the main event at “the home of
Supercross” ‹ Angels Stadium in Anaheim for A3.

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It was going to be a “game time decision”  to see if Tickle could come back
from concussion-like symptoms and sore ribs at A2 two weeks ago and a jammed
wrist that kept him out of the main in Oakland last week. Despite having the
weight of the of the world on his shoulders, Tickle turned in a gritty
performance after not being able to practice all week. “I sprained my left
wrist and my pointer finger last week,” says the #20 rider.

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After riding a little tentatively in the first qualifying session, Tickle
manned up and qualified in 8th ahead of eight-time Anaheim winner Chad Reed.
The speed he found in afternoon qualifying carried over into the evening
racing. Tickle started second just behind Ken Roczen in heat #1. He ran
surprisingly strong the throughout the heat race, but got nipped at the line
after an epic battle with Eli Tomac. This meant Tickle had to ride the semi
instead of transferring straight to the main. “My heat started out well with a
2nd place start, but I was struggling in the whoops and it cost me,” said
Broc.

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Tickle grabbed another great start in the semi. He was third off the line
behind holeshot artist Mike Alessi and then quickly moved into second. Justin
Barcia came out of nowhere to first, but Broc hung tough, passed Alessi for
second, and put in a charge after Barcia in a truly gritty exhibition of
toughness. Although he couldn’t catch Barcia, Broc showed he has the speed to
run with the best in the business even when he is riding hurt. “I was confident in my start from the heat and did the same in the semi. I felt I rode well to qualify for the main out of the semi.”

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In the main event, Broc was unlucky 13th at the start after getting squeezed out in the short starting straight. He moved up to 12th by third lap, then slipped back to 13th six laps in. Then back up into 12th with nine laps to go and with seven laps let, he moved up to 11th. Unfortunately not being able to ride for nearly two weeks took its toll and Broc didn’t have enough left in the tank to get past ageless Ivan Tedesco to crack the top 10. “I knew today was going be tough because I wasn’t 100%,” said Broc after his valiant effort. “My shoulder, ribs and finger were getting weaker all night… I was definitely feeling it in the main.”

“I’m not happy with it, but glad I’m getting healthier so I can regain the confidence I had the first two rounds, added Tickle. “I wanted to get back out racing and start building momentum to be where I was the first two rounds.”

Teammate Josh Hill says he is hoping to be cleared to ride by the next round in San Diego, despite getting his wings clipped with a broken collarbone in Oakland. “I’ll be back before you even notice I’m gone,” joked the affable Oregonian. “I was bummed I had to sit out the third Anaheim,” Hill added more seriously. “I had a surgery to repair my broken collarbone this week, and I’m amazed with the pace of my recovery. I’m going to take it day by day, but I expect to be back on the gate much sooner than we all anticipated. This is what we all love… It hurts not being out there. Nothing to do but keep making strides.”

With all the action on the track, it can be easy to overlook what RCH Soaring Eagle has going leading up to the races. First the team went out to legendary motorcycle dealer Malcolm Smith’s store for and autograph signing session on Friday night. Starting on Saturday morning, things hopping in the RCH Soaring Eagle pits. How about Soaring Eagle trip to the casino winners? Each week someone checking in at the RCH Soariing Eagle pit will find themselves winging their way to Minnesota for a 3 night/4 day all-expenses paid getaway to Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort. Last week’s winner went one better when the winner gave the trip to his sister and new brother-in-law for their honeymoon.

You never know what is going to be happening in the RCH Soaring Eagle pits, but you better swing by the pit when SX is in town, because it is always big! Even Ron Burgundy was lingering in the RCH pit reminding people to “keep it classy in San Diego next week,” (okay so he was a cardboard cut-out rather than Will Farrell himself).

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RCH Racing Soaring Eagle team heads to America’s Finest City, San Diego for Round 6 on February 8. From the Suzuki Holeshot Experience to the team autograph signing at 3pm, the RCH Racing Soaring Eagle pit is the place to be at Qualcomm Stadium for Military Appreciation Night.

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
<http://www.facebook.com/hartandhuntington> .

RCH Soaring Eagle Gets Grounded At Oakland Supercross

The RCH Racing Soaring Eagle team was ready for the Oakland Supercross, more than ready. His Anaheim 2 heat race win and top 10 finish in the main had #75 Josh Hill raring to go. After getting taken out in a crash last week, #20 Broc Tickle was coming off a night in Anaheim that he would rather forget actually given how hard he hit the ground, it is a wonder he could remember anything from the race.
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Qualifying in Oakland’s infamous “black hole” (as Raider Nation refers to the stadium) went well as Hill was 10th and 11th in the two sessions and within tenths of a second of top qualifier Ryan Villopoto. Tickle was able to bounce back, literally, from last week’s crash finishing 13th in session #1 and just behind his teammate in 12th in the second session. But bad luck in both heat races bit the RCH Soaring Eagle teamsters. In the first heat race Justin Barcia sent Broc on the long walk back to the pits by going “Bam Bam” on him.

In the second heat race, a top 10 start in heat race was wasted when Hill hit the ground hard. He tried to switch up his lanes at the last minute and it didn’t go well for him, as Jenny Taft told the Fox Sports TV viewing audience. When he could shake the cobwebs off, Josh realized he had broken his collarbone. As Josh’s Dad Monte Hill said, “The highs are extremely high and lows are very low.”
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Frustration was Josh’s immediate reaction. “I felt great all day, and had the speed I needed. I just made a mistake in the heat coming through the pack,” says Josh. “I’m not in too much pain. More than anything, I’m just frustrated that I’m going to have to miss a couple races.”

Just when it looked like things couldn’t get any worse, Tickle couldn’t make the starting line for the semi and was listed as a “DNS” (Did Not Start) like his teammate Hill. The lingering effects of the hard crash in Anaheim were aggravated by the incident with Barcia, but it was a jammed wrist that had the doctors concerned and Tickle was scratched.

“I got off to a decent start in my heat and felt the best I have all night,” explains Broc. “Barcia knocked Weimer down in a berm in front of me and I got on the gas to try and miss his bike, but clipped it and crashed. I sprained my left wrist and my pointer finger. It swelled up really quickly, so we made a decision as a team to pull out on racing tonight.”
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Broc was bummed by the bad luck, but will do what it takes to be ready for Anaheim 3. “The last two weeks have been tough. Last week’s crash set me back this week. I did therapy every day and rode a little Thursday,” he says. “I was sore, but I knew I could come to Oakland and get through it. Practice was tough today and it showed… My ribs are really sore but with each practice session I started feeling better and I knew adrenaline would help me push through it in the races. I’m really bummed and I want to be out there battling. I want to be at 100% and be where I was before my crash last week physically. Going to get therapy this week and do anything I can to get back to 100%.”

Looking to overcome the bad breaks in Oakland, the RCH Racing Soaring Eagle team returns to Southern California for Round 5 on “Superbowl Saturday” February 1. From the Suzuki Hole Shot Experience to the team autograph signing at 3pm, the RCH Racing Soaring Eagle pit is the place to be at Anaheim 3. Fans can even win a 3 night/4 day all-expenses paid getaway to Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort on the spot! If you are in the Southern California area, don’t miss the team riders signing autographs at Malcolm Smith Motorsports in Riverside from 5-7 p.m. on January 31st.

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.

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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