Michigan Native Now Eighth in 450MX Rider Standings

SOUTHWICK, Mass. (Saturday, June 29, 2013) – Historic Southwick Motocross 338 in New England was the site of Round 6 of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship where warm temperatures and the unique sandy track surface presented a stern challenge for riders at Saturday’s Moto-X 338 National. RCH Racing’s Broc Tickle finished 11th in Moto 1 and 10th in Moto 2 for an overall finish of ninth. He moved up one spot to eighth in the 2013 450MX rider point standings.

Commonly known as ‘The World’s Fastest Sandbox’, success at Southwick is all about stamina and carrying momentum in the pure sand. Finding the right racing line is imperative. Ride too aggressive and Southwick’s notorious big holes and long ruts will devour a bike.

Tickle (No. 20 Ram/Sycuan Casino/RCH Racing/Suzuki RM-Z450) posted the ninth best time overall during timed qualifying practice. James Stewart was quickest in the first practice session while Ryan Villopoto was tops in the second.

Tickle scored 11th in Moto 1 after fighting back from a log-jammed first turn that dropped him to 18th after Lap 1. Tickle used patience to gain five positions by mid-race and collect another two the back-half of the moto, just missing a top 10.

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“I was18th on the first lap after a bunch of guys went down in front of me,” Tickle said. “I worked my way up to 12th, then 11th but couldn’t crack the top-10. We just lost too much time on the first lap and let the guys pull too much ground on us. I felt good. I felt strong. We made some changes on the bike for the second moto and that seemed to work.”

Ryan Dungey was the Moto 1 winner, edging Andrew Short by 0.634 seconds with Justin Barcia third.

In Moto 2, the Tony Berluti-tuned Suzuki started 11th and Tickle again found himself in a torrid battle for track position heading into Turn 1. He was 12th after Lap 1 and broke inside the top 10 on Lap 3. The Michigan native used the next 23 minutes – plus two laps – to race as high as eighth before falling two spots with under 10 minutes remaining in the moto. Tickle took the checkered flag 10th.

“I gave it everything I could today,” Tickle added. “This place is tough on bikes and tougher on riders. We were up there battling for eighth place but just lost it a little bit on one lap. That cost us a couple of positions. I raced as hard as I could today. I gave it everything.

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“I thought that I settled into a really good rhythm in the second moto. My lap times felt consistent on the Suzuki; I almost cracked the two-minute range. We made some adjustments to the bike after the first moto and they helped. Overall, we were able to get ninth overall today and move up to eighth in the rider standings. We’ll just keep getting after it and trying to improve every week.”

Villopoto won Moto 2 with Dungey second while Dungey claimed overall honors.

The 2013 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship heads to the RedBud National in Buchanan, Mich. next Saturday afternoon for Round 7.


Fifth in Moto 2 Best Performance of Season for Michigan Native

MECHANICSVILLE, Md. (Saturday, June 22, 2013) – The on-track performance met expectations for RCH Racing’s Broc Tickle Saturday afternoon at Budds Creek Motocross Park, the fifth stop in the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship.

Tickle (No. 20 Ram/Sycuan Casino/RCH Racing/Suzuki RM-Z450) was 10th in Moto 1 but came back with his strongest performance of the outdoor season with a solid fifth in Moto 2. That gave him an overall finish of seventh, also a season high. The top-10 overall finishes was his third straight.

In Moto 1, a slow start left the RCH Racing/Ram rider outside the top 15 after the first lap. Tickle battled back with an aggressive ride over the second half of the event to earn the top-10 finish.

“The start of the first moto was actually pretty good. I let off a little too early and got ping-ponged around a little bit,” said Tickle. “I really don’t know exactly what place I came around on the first lap but I’d say somewhere between 15 and 20. I slowly started picking guys off and thought I rode decent in the first moto. I felt like I could have had a couple more guys because everybody was pretty close there towards the end of the race. So the first moto was pretty good.”

Tickle tried a more aggressive strategy at the gate in Moto 2 but it turned out his conditioning proved to be the key factor in securing a top-five finish.

“The second moto I decided to go further inside on the start because that’s where it seemed like the holeshot was coming from,” he said. “I didn’t get too good of a jump; I think I came out about the same as I did in the first Moto, maybe a little bit better. I just started picking guys off. I think the heat got to some guys. I felt like I was flowing really good and riding like I should.

“Today was awesome. The whole team was pumped. I was happy. It was really good to finally ride like I know how to ride.”

Tickle knows with a good start, better results are within grasp. “If I had good starts today, I probably could have been around fourth overall,” he said. “With that being said, I mean, that’s a lot better than seventh. Those starts are going to help throughout the rest of the season.”

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Ryan Dungey scored the overall win after dominating Moto 2, his second win of the season. He held off Ryan Villopoto for the victory. In Moto 1, Villopoto collected his eighth moto win of the season with Dungey finishing second.

The 2013 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship heads to Southwick, Mass., for Round 6 next Saturday afternoon, the Moto-X 338 National.

Hart and Huntington FMX Visits The MDP Block (teaser)

The 2013 Hart and Huntington freestyle team was lucky enough to get invited to the place where FMX originated, The MDP Block, or better yet the OG section on Larry Linkogle’s property in the wine country of Temecula CA. It was a Day filled with photos video and hot girls spread all over the compound. Have a look at the first of the 3 part series with the likes of Bobby Lee, Mike Mason, Lance Coury, Garrett Ahlf and Jeff Griffin.

Factory Power: Broc Tickle’s RCH/Sycuan/RAM Suzuki RM-Z450

Aside from a few cosmetic differences, Broc Tickle’s RCH/Sycuan/RAM Suzuki RM-Z450 is identical to James Stewart’s factory Suzuki that resides under the Yoshimura tent. Thanks to the relationship his team owner, Ricky Carmichael, and the Japanese OEM share, Tickle and the rest of the RCH team have access to the full catalog of factory parts, as well as the private test track. Spinning the wrenches for Tickle is Tony Berluti, arguably one of the most skilled and respected mechanics in the paddock today, and Tony B. recently gave us the rundown of the RCH/Sycuan/RAM machine.

Breaking Through: Lance Coury

Breaking Through: Lance Coury – More Motocross Videos

Lance Coury could very well be considered one of Freestyle Motocross’ top riders who, until 2013, has yet to receive an invite for the sport’s biggest competition… X Games. After spending quite a few years riding for the likes of some very big companies (Red Bull, Nike, and Swatch), Coury decided to move on with his career and join Cary Hart’s Hart & Huntington team. A new bike and a new look was what perhaps Coury needed as he finally earned himself a spot in the 2013 Brazil X Games Moto X Speed & Style event. In his first X Games appearance ever, Lance Coury did exactly what he knew he could do… Win. Taking home a gold medal in his first X Games appearance, it’s evident that Coury is finally breaking through and showing his ability to the world.

Ricky Carmichael Competition Tuning Broc Tickle’s Suzuki

In this episode, Ricky spends the day with Broc Tickle at Southern California’s Glen Helen Raceway identifying improvements and the overall performance of Broc’s Suzuki RM-Z450 bike. The RCH Racing team fine tunes the bike with the goal of shaving time and making the riders faster!

Jime Litwalk on Season 3 Of Ink Master

Spike returns with more skin in the game going into season three of its hit original series “Ink Master,” which returns Tuesday, July 16 at 10 PM, ET/PT and will culminate with a LIVE finale in October. Sixteen of top tattoo artists will battle it out in permanent ink for a $100,000 grand prize, an editorial feature in Inked and, of course, the bragging rights title of ‘Ink Master.’ For the first time this season, the show’s Human Canvases will have a vote in the Elimination Tattoo, helping to determine which artist is ultimately sent home.

Each episode puts the artist through their paces, competing in various tattoo challenges that are not only designed to test the artists’ technical skills, but also their on-the-spot creativity, where they must create and execute an original tattoo by command on a ‘Human Canvas.’ Artists will be asked to tattoo in a number of distinct styles including black and gray, realism, pin-up, cover-up and Asian, among others. The masterpieces these artists create will last forever, but so will their mistakes.

After every challenge the contestants face a tough panel made up of Dave Navarro (Jane’s Addiction), renowned tattoo artists Chris Nunez (“Miami Ink”) and Oliver Peck (Elm Street Tattoo) and a roster of guest judges. Also this season, the Human Canvases will have their say in who gets sent home. The Canvases will form their own jury, deliberate as a group and pick one artist per episode who will be up for elimination. In the jury room, expect to witness heated arguments and wicked emotions as the Canvases defend their new ink and protect their artist.

In the season opener the artists are literally put behind bars the moment they arrive when they must create a prison-style, single-needle fine line tattoo on actual convict Canvases in a prison cell. The artists are further challenged during the Elimination Tattoo to perform a cover-up tattoo on their Human Canvases, ex-cons looking for redemption and a new life “on the outside,” got while serving time.


The “Ink Master” Season Three tattoo artists are (listed in alphabetical order):

E.S. – Artist at Forever Custom Tattoos in Bridgeport, CT
Mystical Mike – Artist at Physical Graffiti in Bronx, NY
James Danger – Owner and artists at Skin Gallery Tattoo in Sacramento, CA
Kyle Dunbar – Owner and artist at Almighty Tattoo in Flint, MI
Jason Clay Dunn – Owner and artist at Tattoo Alchemy in Montclair, CA
Katherine “Tatu Baby” Flores – Self-employed tattoo artist in Miami, FL
Craig Foster – Owner and artist at Skinwerks in Carolton, GA
Joey “Hollywood” Hamilton – Artist at Club Tattoo Las Vegas in Las Vegas, NV
Joshua Hibbard – Artist at No Hope, No Fear Tattoo in Portland, OR
Jackie Jennings – Artist at Tru Blu in Philadelphia, PA
Ally Lee – Owner and artist at Hot Rod Alley Tattoo in Santa Cruz, CA
Jime Litwalk – Artist at Hart & Huntington Co. and Steadfast Brand in Orlando, FL
Madison “Maddie la Bellie” Loftis – Artist at Corrupted Arts Studio in Greensboro, NC Chris May – Owner and artist at Proton Tattoo in Creston, IL
Frank McManus – Artist at Bryan Campbell Tattoo Studio in New Cumberland, PA
Richard “Made Rich” Parker – Owner and artist at Think Before You Ink in Corona, NY

Fans are encouraged to ‘like’ the official “Ink Master” Facebook page and join in the “Ink Master” conversation by following @SPIKETV on Twitter and using #InkMaster. Biographies, photo gallery portfolios videos introducing the contestants can be found on Spike’s dedicated “Ink Master” destination online, inkmaster.spike.com. There users can also find full episodes, video clips and blog posts, which will be updated throughout the season. Viewers can also take part in weekly voting for their favorite artist and tattoo design which will help to determine the winner of this season’s competition. The latest in tattoo culture and show news can be found on the “Ink Master” Tumblr, Pinterest and on Instagram @spiketv.

“Ink Master” was Spike’s highest rated original series in 2012. Season two averaged 2 million viewers and dramatically broadened the audience in its timeslot, posting a +113% increase with Men 18-49 and +161% with Persons 18-49 compared to the prior year. In it’s Tuesday 10-11 PM, ET/PT “Ink Master” ranked among the top 5 in all key demos and the LIVE finale was the #1 original program on all cable that day among P 18-49 and in it’s time slot won its time period on cable among M 18-49, M 18-34 and P 18-34.

“Ink Master” is produced for Spike by Original Media, with Charlie Corwin, Jay Peterson, and Andrea Richter as Executive Producers of the series. Original Media currently has seventeen television series on air including the hit shows “NY Ink,” “Comic Book Men,” “The Rachel Zoe Project,” “Swamp People,” “BBQ Pitmasters,” “Dual Survival” and “Mudcats.” Headquartered in New York, Original Media is a subsidiary of Endemol USA.

Sharon Levy is Spike’s Executive Vice President, Original Series and Chris Rantamaki and is Vice President of Original Programming for Spike and oversees production of “Ink Master.”


BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. (Saturday, June 1, 2013)

Broc Tickle scored his first top-10 finish of the 2013 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship with a 10th-place finish Saturday afternoon in the Tennessee National at Muddy Creek Raceway.

Tickle finished 13th in Moto 1 and was 11th in the second. Consistency paid dividends, giving him a finish of 10th overall.

“In the first moto, I got off to a better start than I did at the first two races this year,” Tickle said. “Getting up there with that group of guys was good but we’re all really close, so it’s hard to make moves to get around them. The track was kind of tight today. It was a decent finish, but I feel like I should have been in the top 10.

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“I got tangled up in the first corner in the second moto, but I came out alright as some guys went down next to me. From there, I tried to be smooth and smart with my lines. I used the entire track trying to stay out of the ruts and away from the bumps. I thought I was going to get (Andrew) Short there at the end for a top 10.

Tickle climbed two positions in the rider standings, moving up to 11th place, two points behind 10th-place Ryan Sipes and two ahead of 12th-place Kevin Strijbos.

The day got off to a good start for Tickle with two solid practice sessions on Saturday morning. The results of those two sessions gave him the ninth-place starting position for Moto 1.

“The first practice went really well,” Tickle said. “I was sixth and felt I left some on the table. The second practice, we made some changes to the bike and I think I was trying a little too hard to go fast. I had about the same times in the first and second practice. We transferred in ninth, the best weekend I’ve had so far.”

The event was the first AMA Motocross event held in the southeastern United States since 1997 and the first motocross in the Volunteer state since the series visited Nashville in 1977. Muddy Creek Raceway was chosen in large part because of its natural-terrain motocross course with great dirt and a long history of hosting quality events.

Ricky Carmichael, RCH Racing co-owner, raced at Muddy Creek early in his career and was impressed by the event, especially the attendance.

“To see this facility get an outdoor national says a lot for Sam Gammon, the promoter,” Carmichael said. “He’s done a fantastic job. This is a really good market for the sport. It’s going to be a good event for the fans, the sponsors and the sport. At the end of the day, that’s what it is about. We have beautiful weather and look at the crowd, this place is packed. It’s great to come back to this place and see all the people.”

Ryan Villopoto was the easy winner in Moto 1 to remain unbeaten in the outdoor season but the streak ended at five when Ryan Dungey claimed Moto 2 to emerge as the overall winner of the event. Justin Barcia finished second in both motos.

Villopoto remains the leader in the season standings with a 10-point advantage over Dungey.
The 2013 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship heads to High Point Raceway in Mt. Morris, Pa., for Round 4 next Saturday afternoon.

Motocross Champions Crowned at 8th Annual Extremity Games

Rochester Hills, MI (May 29, 2013)

Celebrating its 8th year of joining together adaptive athletes on a national stage, Extremity Games 8 went off without a hitch last weekend on May 25th, 2013. Competing on what is arguably one of the toughest tracks in the Midwest, Baja Acres Motocross Park of Millington, Michigan hosted the event as part of their Memorial Day Weekend where 3 champions were crowned, taking home top honors in their respective classes.

Organized by Athletes with Disabilities Network, Extremity Games provides athletes living with limb loss (i.e. amputees) or limb difference (i.e. paraplegics) a venue where they can compete on an equal playing field with other adaptive athletes.

Alongside returning Extremity Games Champion, and professional motocross legend Doug Henry, two new Champions earned their place on the top step of the podium in 2013. Max Gomez from New Rochelle, New York and Steve Howe from Menifee, California both went 1-1 in the Stand-up-Lower and Stand-up-Upper classes, respectively. Both racers were first-time Extremity Games competitors, adding even further depth to the ever-growing field of adaptive racers.

“I was a little nervous, but the race went well”, said Stand-up-Upper 1st place finisher Steve Howe. “I ended up getting the holeshot in the first and second moto… kinda put my head down, charged away, and didn’t look back.”

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Supported by RCH Racing (a professional motocross team lead by 15-time National Champion Ricky Carmichael and freestyle motocross pioneer Carey Hart), Steve Howe credits a long list of RCH partner companies who reached out to provide various resources, and especially its Team Manager Kenny Watson and mechanic Shawn Bell for his success and the new-found experiences that Extremity Games has provided him.

Racers Mike Schultz, Harold Glissen, and Doug Henry echoed this statement, thanking their respective sponsors and speaking to the significance of Extremity Games and its importance for disabled athletes across the country.

“It gives people with a disability the ability to go back to doing something they love”, said Henry when asked about the Extremity Games. “When I was in the hospital and I got to see someone that was paralyzed—riding a motorcycle—I knew that there was hope”.

Podium Results for all three classes are as follows:

Stand-up (Lower Extremity)
1st Max Gomez
2nd Mike Schultz
3rd Jason Jackson

Stand-up (Upper Extremity)
1st Steve Howe
2nd Drake Smeltz
3rd Harold Glissen

Sit-down (Paraplegic)
1st Doug Henry
2nd John Harris
3rd Tyler Frye

To find out more on the Extremity Games and how you can help spread awareness for this great event, please visit extremitygames.com or visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/extremitygames.

About Extremity Games
Extremity Games, organized by Athletes with Disabilities Network, is an extreme sports event including competitions, instructional clinics and exhibitions for individuals amputations or spinal cord injuries. Organized to raise awareness of the abilities of athletes with limb loss or limb difference to compete in extreme sports, Extremity Games allows participants to demonstrate skill, persistence and passion while competing for cash and other prizes. You can brace a limb, replace a limb, but There is No Replacement for the Competitive Spirit™. For more information, visit www.extremitygames.com

About Athletes with Disabilities Network
Extremity Games is organized by Athletes with Disabilities Network (ADN), whose mission is to promote a better quality of life by creating opportunities for people with physical disabilities. In addition to Extremity Games, ADN operates and organizes the Athletes with Disabilities Hall of Fame, the only Hall of Fame completely dedicated to honoring individuals with disabilities for sport and recreation achievement. Other programs include Mentoring and Outreach, and the Adaptive Sports Coalition. For more information, visit www.adnpage.org.

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