Wheely big deal as Hill jumps on board

DARWIN’S historic first round of the Australian Supercross Championship has changed its name to the Josh Hill Show.

The US Supercross champion will today be announced as the star attraction at the September 14-15 combined supercross-superbikes round at Hidden Valley.

Sports Minister Matt Conlan said the Darwin motor- bike spectacular would mark 24-year-old Hill’s first appearance in Australia.

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US Supercross champion Josh Hill will be making his Australian debut at the combined supercross-superbikes round at Hidden Valley.

“When it comes to superross riders around the world, Josh Hill is about as big as they come,” Mr Conlan said. “So we’re absolutely thrilled he’ll be making his Australian debut right here in Darwin.

“Josh is signed to Carey Hart’s team – the husband of pop megastar Pink – who happen to be one of the biggest teams in America.”

Event promoter and International Entertainment Group director Yarrive Konsky said that Hill’s inclusion in the Darwin supercross round was “incredibly huge”.
“We’re delighted to be able to bring Josh to Darwin and Hidden Valley,” Mr Konsky told the NT News.

“Josh had a bad crash two years ago which made global headlines and there were fears he would never race again. But he’s back better than ever and excited to be coming to Australia for the first time, where Darwin will be his very first stop.

“This guy is a huge name in supercross and his appearance will make the championships at Hidden Valley a world-class event.”

Hidden Valley is hosting a QBE Australian Superbike Championships (ASBK) and Australian Supercross Championship round.

“The double program in Darwin will be a great opportunity for Territorians, visitors and rev heads to get down to Hidden Valley and see not one but two different types of motorcycle sports at the one venue,” Mr Conlan said.

“It will be a double dose of speed, agility and athleticism and it’s going to be Hidden Valley like Territorians have never seen it before.”

The NT Government and Mr Konsky’s organisation have sourced 10,000 tonnes of dirt to build the supercross track with jumps and obstacles in the middle of the Hidden Valley circuit

Dodge/RCH Racing’s Josh Hill Earns X Games Silver Medal

RCH RACING’S JOSH HILL EARNS A SILVER MEDAL IN MEN’S MOTO X AT SUMMER X GAMES IN LOS ANGELES

LOS ANGELES – (Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013) – RCH Racing’s Josh Hill (No. 75 Dodge/RCH Racing/Suzuki Z450) earned Dodge its first-ever X Games podium finish with a silver medal performance Saturday in Men’s Moto X at Summer X Games 2013 Los Angeles. Hill led the first 19 of 20 laps in the Main Event before a last-lap pass on the final turn by event winner Justin Brayton.

“What a race,” said a jubilant Hill. “Justin was on my rear tire for the entire race. We were 1-2 almost the entire race and he got me on the lap that counted.”

Men’s Moto X Racing returned to the X Games for the first time since 2010 in grand style as the top riders from multiple moto cross genres took to the purpose-built, all-dirt course that featured huge jumps, rollers and whoops sections inside the famed Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles.

Hill was fast all day, seeding third during afternoon practice aboard the No. 75 Suzuki. In the evening program, Hill broke clear of the 12-rider field early in Heat 1 and never looked back to secure the automatic transfer into the Main Event with a wire-to-wire win.

Josh Hill X Games

“It was gnarly,” said Hill after his Heat 1 performance. “The track is so tight that you have to ride totally defensive when you’re leading. I was looking over my shoulder the last two laps to protect my position. You couldn’t run the fast line and lead the race.”

The mini Supercross-style event inside the home of the Los Angeles Lakers featured a 12-rider Main Event. Race starts were critical as early track position trumped any passing opportunities.

“The race start (60-feet long) was really everything,” said Hill. “It was such a tight course that if you didn’t break clean off the gate it was going to be tough to score well.”

In the Main Event, Hill broke first and avoided a multi-rider mishap in Turn 1 that allowed the RCH Racing rider to pull ahead early in the moto. Hill’s consistent pace and semi-defensive racing lines allowed the Oregon native to hold off the hard-charging Brayton who nipped at Hill’s rear tire all 20 laps. Hill was quick to point out how his “wide” riding style played a factor.

“He (Brayton) rode awesome,” Hill said. “He would have been faster if I wasn’t holding him up the entire time (laughs). It was an awesome race for me.”

Hill was flawless all day aboard the Suzuki, crediting his RCH team for preparing a fantastic race bike.

“Our team had a game plan to make my bike good on race starts and get me in position to break away and it worked tonight,” he added.

Tight racing had fans on their feet in the feature event with the Hill-Brayton battle taking center stage. Hill’s defensive racing lines late in the race forced Brayton to be aggressive in the final corner. He stuffed his front tire underneath Hill, pushing him up the track to gain the position.

“I needed to install a rear-view mirror on my bike (laughs),” Hill added. “It was a game of inches all day. If I railed the berm I could have carried a lot of speed, but there were times where I had to hold my line and race slower to protect the lead. It was great racing. We just come up short tonight. Justin made a great move on the last lap to get us.”

H&H FMX Visits The MDP Block Part: Uno

The Hart and Huntington FMX team is at the MDP Block on Larry Linkogle’s property for a nice shred session. Bobby Lee, Lance Coury, Mike Mason, Garrett Ahlf, Jeff Griffin and Cassidy Loser were all having some fun hanging out and getting some sick shots with the beautiful winery landscape. Interviews and more to come from these guys in Part 2! Stay tuned!

RedBud Motocross Championship With RCH

Hang with Ricky Carmichael, Carey Hart, Broc Tickle and the RCH Racing team at round 8 of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championships at RedBud! Seven rounds into their first outdoor season, team RCH and rider Broc Tickle are pleased with their position in the points and are excited to continue improving throughout the year. Get an inside look at Ricky’s “Ricky Carmichael University (RCU)” event offering advice and coaching from motocross heavies including Grant Langston, Ivan Tedesco, Jeff Emig, and Jeff Stanton and check out some of the rad happenings at the RCH Racing rig in the pits!

CAREY HART Exclusive Australian TV interview

Carey Hart is in Australia today Tues. July 16,2013 and is on Australian television. The former Freestyle Motocross Champ Exclusive tonight with us getting to see Carey Hart Pull off the FIRST back flip on a dirtbike! A Born Racer and current off road Truck Racer. Carey Hart is currently married to Pink and we hear from Carey how exactly SHE proposed to HIM!
We see their new little baby girl and hear about the latest to be seen from both Carey Hart and Pink!

Pit Pass: Redbud With RCH

RCH Racing had a huge presence in the pits at the Redbud National this past weekend, and team co-owners Ricky Carmichael and Carey Hart were hanging out to meet with fans, sign autographs, and even jump into a little of the amateur racing action. We had a chance to stop by and talk with Hart, team rider Broc Tickle, and even team manager Kenny Watson, and ask them about the weekend and their Redbud experience.

BROC TICKLE EARNS FIFTH CONSECUTIVE TOP-10 FINISH

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.”

Broc Tickle Red Bud

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.

RAM TRUCK RACER BROC TICKLE NINTH OVERALL AT SOUTHWICK

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.

TICKLE FINISHES SEVENTH OVERALL AT BUDDS CREEK

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.”

Broc Tickle Budds Creek

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.