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.