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 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!
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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.
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.
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.
“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.
“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.”
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.
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.
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!
LAKEWOOD, Colo. (Saturday, May 25, 2013)
Broc Tickle overcame a chaotic start in the first moto Saturday afternoon to score a respectable 15th-place finish overall at the Thunder Valley National, the second event of the 2013 Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship season.
Tickle started 10th in the timed 20-minute plus two-lap Moto1. The RCH Racing rider made contact with another competitor shortly after the start of the race. By the time he recovered, Tickle had fallen back to 30th in the running order. The Michigan native rebounded nicely, working his way through traffic to finish 14th at the checkered flag,
“Chad Reed washed out in front of me,” said Tickle. “I ran over his bike, lost control and fell over. That was a bit of a bummer but you know when you crash in the first corner, it gives you that extra little bump to push it that much further. I think that’s what helped me to get up to 14th
Tickle scored a 15th-place finish in Moto 2 and was credited with 15th in the overall finish order. He never found his rhythm in the second race. With the finish, he’s 14th in the series championship standings, five points behind 10th-place Andrew Short.
“The second moto, we never really got going, Tickle said. “It took me too long to actually get going. The first couple of laps, I just didn’t make stuff happen whenever everybody was close. After five or six laps, everybody spread out and that’s how long I waited until I actually got on it. With that being said, it’s a bit of a bummer. We’ll keep doing what we’re doing. I know I’m working hard and I know the team is working hard. It’s frustrating but it’s bitter-sweet once you turn things around.”
Riders were greeted with Chamber of Commerce weather with temperatures in the low 80s. But according to Tickle, track conditions were another matter entirely.
“It was pretty rough out there today,” he said. “They laid sand on top of the corners and in a bunch of places. It was kind of difficult because it was sandy in some spots and rutted in others. It was kind of tough to get your bike set up exactly for what we were racing on. You had to kind of pick and choose and decide which way you wanted to go.”
The 2013 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship heads to Bristol, Tenn., for Round 3 tomorrow afternoon.