BUCHANAN, Mich. (Saturday, July 6, 2013) – Since 1974 the national events at RedBud MX have produced some of the most ferocious motos on the 12-race Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship schedule. The rough and tough design with its deep-rutted corners and elevation obstacles make it a rider and fan favorite.
Ram/RCH Racing’s Broc Tickle (No. 20 Ram/Sycuan Casino/RCH Racing Suzuki RM-Z450) rode to a 10th-place overall finish Saturday afternoon after 11th-place efforts in each moto. Tickle’s solid day earned him his fifth consecutive top-10 overall finish. He remains eighth in the 450MX rider standings.
“It was a decent day,” said Tickle. “The first moto didn’t go that well. I kind of got pumped up (arm pump) and rode tight. The race didn’t flow too well. I may have just pressed too hard and got tight.”
The event on the rich farmland in southern Michigan launched the second half of the 2013 MX series schedule. Once again the event drew a huge crowd to see riders sky over enormous jumps, including the infamous LaRocco’s Leap – a 100-foot long triple jump that sends riders and machines 30-feet into the air. Deep, rutted-up corners and a gnarly sand section also challenged riders. Stab the corners too hard and RedBud showed its fangs, punishing riders physically as they searched to find a consistent racing line.
In Moto 1, Tickle started ninth but never raced inside the top 10, falling five spots on Lap 1 after a poor start. The Michigan native pushed hard, gaining three spots to 11th before suffering arm pump. He managed to hold the position the remainder of the moto.
“I have to get better starts,” Tickle added. “I need to get off the gate better. I can see the guys riding fifth, sixth…the whole lead pack when the gate drops, I’m right there. These motos are so close – I would say from fifth back to 12th the lap times were really close. I need to keep working on my speed and hanging it out there. I kind of struggled with that today. I’m doing it down at Ricky’s (Carmichael) farm during practice sessions. I can feel it. I’m starting to transfer it over to the race.”
Tickle started ninth in Moto 2 and again struggled at the gate, falling to 15th on Lap 1. He spent the next 15 laps regaining lost ground picking up four positions, his last on the final lap to finish 11th.
“The second moto I felt a lot better on the bike,” he said. “I didn’t ride tight and the race flowed well but still got the same result. It’s frustrating but you can’t beat taking 20 points home and being consistent.”
Series point’s leader Ryan Villopoto was dominant again, sweeping both motos including a 27-second win over James Stewart in Moto 1. Stewart was runner-up in both motos with Josh Grant rounding out the overall podium finishers.
The 2013 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship will take a week off before returning to action for Round 8 on July 20 in Washougal, Wash.