RCH FACTORY RACING

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Healed and Hungry, Tickle Set Sights On Top of the Box

 

LAS VEGAS (December 16, 2014) – RCH Factory Racing has re-signed Broc Tickle to ride a second Suzuki RM-Z450 alongside Ken Roczen’s No. 94 for the team’s 2015 Monster Energy Supercross and Lucas Oil Pro Motocross campaign. Tickle, 25, showed great promise aboard the team’s No. 20 machine in 2013 and last season until being sidelined in March following a pratice crash at the Toronto Supercross where he sustained fractures of the T-6 and T-7 vertebra, two broken ribs and a collapsed lung.

 

Since then, the Michigan rider has fully recovered from his injuries, making it an easy decision for team owners Carey Hart and Ricky Carmichael to include Tickle as part of the organization’s 2015 rider lineup, giving RCH a potent one-two punch heading into next month’s season-opener in Anaheim (Calif.).

 

“I’m really excited to be back with RCH for 2015,” said Tickle, the 2011 AMA Supercross Lites West Champion. “We’ve had an awesome two years together and for Carey and Ricky to bring me back after my injury really shows what kind of guys those two are. They stuck with me and kept a spot for me. We were heading in the right direction until I got hurt in Toronto. I’m glad all that’s behind us and I feel great. I’ve been riding and getting ready for the Supercross season for the last month and I’m really pumped with the progress we’re making. All of the work the team has done building and testing with Ivan Tedesco over the summer and fall has definitely paid off. The bike is amazing.

 

“I’m also really excited that Thor, Bell, X Brand and Sidi will be my personal sponsors for 2015,” continued Tickle. “Some of the brands I’ve worked with in the past with great success and some are new to me. I’m looking forward to building strong relationships with all of them and having a breakout year with RCH Factory Racing.”

 

After winning the 2011 Supercross Lites West title for Monster Energy Pro Circuit, Tickle made the jump from the 250 to the team’s big bike the following season. A fifth-place finish in the final 2012 Supercross point standings and a ninth-place end result outdoors netted him a new opportunity for 2013 with RCH.

 

The new combination proved to be a consistent mix for Tickle and RCH, with a solid first season paying off in the form of eighth-place finishes in both Supercross and Motocross season-end points.

 

Last season, Tickle kick started the 2014 campaign with back-to-back eighth-place finishes at Anaheim One and Phoenix before a pair of incidents in heat races at A2 and Oakland kept him from competing in each race’s 450 SX Main Event. From there, the Holly, Mich., rider only finshed outside the top eight once over the next six stops, including a career-best fourth-place showing at Daytona International Speedway before the injury in Toronto.

 

“I’m very excited to be bringing Broc back for a third year with the team,” explained Hart. “He was showing major gains each week last year, leading up to the Toronto Supercross. We’re all looking forward to picking up where we left off, and having a very successful year of Supercross and Motocross.”

 

RCH Factory Racing has seen steady progress since Hart and Carmichael formed a joint venture in 2013 and achieved the pairing’s first podium finish in April of this year at Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Always trendsetters in the paddock, RCH continues to show the way with unique marketing initiatives and partnership activations, consistently influencing the feel and dynamic of the pit area. Tickle’s No. 20 RM-Z450 will showcase sponsorship from Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort, Jimmy Johns, Dodge, Sycuan Casino, Bel Ray, Suzuki and Rockford Fosgate.

 

“We’re glad to have Broc back with RCH for 2015,” said Carmichael. “We were really happy with the progress he was making last year. You could see his confidence building as he got better every week. We all know he got hurt in Toronto but, up until then, he put together some solid races and had the finishes to show for it. We’re looking forward to having him around this year so he can finsh what he started last season. I know that’s at the forefront of Broc’s mind, as well.”

 

The 2015 Monster Energy Supercross season kicks off Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif. The first of 17 races on the 2015 Supercross schedule will be televised live on Fox Sports 1 beginning at 10 p.m. Eastern Time.

 

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About RCH Racing …

RCH Racing is a professional Supercross and Motocross team co-owned by 15-time AMA Champion Ricky Carmichael and Freestyle Motocross visionary and entrepreneur Carey Hart.

RCH enjoys factory support from Suzuki and Yoshimura research and development as well as marketing partnerships with Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort, Sycuan Casino, Jimmy Johns, Dodge, Fox, Bel-Ray and Hart and Huntington.

 

 

450 Words: Ken Roczen

It wouldn’t seem possible that a rider would be looking for a new bike with a different feeling on the heels of winning the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship 450 title, but Ken Roczen has apparently been looking to try something different for awhile. Roczen—who was raised racing Suzukis—is indeed leaving his old employer, Red Bull KTM, to ride for Soaring Eagle Casino/Jimmy John’s RCH Suzuki for 2015-2016. Roczen explained all in a press conference at Red Bull Straight Rhythm.

Racer X: How much can you say about the beginnings of this? When was the first time you started thinking about riding Suzukis?
Ken Roczen: I was thinking about it for a very long time just because I was at a point where I struggled a bit with the bike in 2013 and before. I’ve done my duty together with KTM. I love them, love the team, and everything, but KTM has their very own characteristic, the bike. At one point I was just like, you know what? I don’t believe in my bike anymore as much and I just felt like it was time for a change. We’ve been together for like four years or something. Luckily we have done a fantastic job this year and got the outdoor title. It was good to finish it off like that, but for me it was just time in my head for a change. I chose Suzuki because I like the RCH image, and I think together me and RCH we can do something big. I have 100 percent faith in the bike because you take them out of the box already and they’re just so good. I have a lot of good memories on Suzuki. My decision when I went with RCH, people were like, “It’s not factory.” Yes, we are factory. It doesn’t even matter; I have so much faith in the bike I’m like whatever. Just give me the bike and I’ll make it work.

Isn’t it about finding a bike and settings that work for you specifically, not necessarily about having factory parts or whatever? You can make it worth it if you’re comfortable on it?
For sure. It’s important. We have done some amazing changes to the engine and stuff. We got that way, way better, which helps out a lot. But I think in my eyes you can buy a Suzuki, I don’t even know if you need engine work really…more is not always good. It’s about putting it on the ground. I think if you have the right suspension guy, the guy you can trust, and I even have one in Germany. A guy that I’ve been with him since I was little, and he’s absolutely amazing. If I would have to I would buy a bike, get my suspension done with him, and I will be good to race.

Is that who we saw at Salt Lake a year ago? I think there was a guy that came out, no team uniform…
Possible. I think he was at a few races.

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I knew you when you were on Suzuki before and it was 250, smaller bike. How much of a change is it to jump to the 450?
It is. Obviously it’s been a very long time since I’ve ridden a 250 Suzuki, but that bike was trick. We had so many cool parts. KTM was always the fastest engine over there, but I had such a good chassis and such a good suspension, I didn’t need that engine. It would have been better if you would have more, but I just made it work. I’ve always loved my bike.

How much of a difference is it on this one now? I know nobody’s going to sign up for a new team and say, “Man, this is terrible,” but how do you like the bike, and how are you settling in on it?
It’s amazing, the characteristics that are different. It’s crazy how much you notice it and we have only had a few days of testing and we already have the bike where I’m like just leave it like this right now and I’ll ride it and ride it and ride it and get confident on it. I think we just have to do some little changes, meaning once I’m good and confident. I’ve been taking five-six weeks off completely. I just want to get my fitness back. I think at one point when I start riding the bike a little harder I think I can go a bit stiffer on the suspension, but for right now I’m already really comfortable.

Where are they going mount the electric start for you?
We’ll see by A1 what happens.

How long does it take you to get that feeling back and get comfortable and settled in on it?
It depends. If you’re riding an outdoor track not long, it’ll take a day or two. But for supercross you have to be so precise. In general if you come back from an outdoor season and do supercross everything kind of feels weird, it feels super stiff. It’s just so much different. Right now, especially we started testing really early, so now with the bike I have I really just have to put in time. Like I said, in supercross it’s a little bit more difficult. You have gnarly tracks plus a totally different bike, so it’s difficult. But it’ll just take a little bit of time. I’m not even worried because I have three months right now and you don’t need three months to get ready. I think we’re on a good schedule.

A lot of racers over the years, anybody who’s raced for a period of time and stick with one particular brand for a few years, when they switch things seem just amazingly better a lot of the times just because it’s different. It brings something new. How much of that are you dealing with too? Like, first time you threw your leg over it, it feels different. Maybe it’s wider in a spot or narrower?
That’s the thing, the Suzuki is a really good bike. It’s very narrow. I think I prefer the characteristic of an aluminum frame just because the frame is stiffer. Where the KTM, it’s a wider bike, it has a lot of power, and it just bends weird. It flexes very weird. Plus the suspension, it’s more of a dead feeling. For some supercross tracks it seems good, but if you take a Suzuki off the stand, it’s so free and it’s so plush, and that’s comfort. That’s a pretty big thing that I was looking for because that’s the stuff I’ve been telling KTM the whole time; I need more comfort. So the change is done now and I’m super happy about it. Like you said, it’s a lot mentally so it’ll be just fine. I’m 100 percent sure.

Is it two years?
Yes.

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What was it about RCH versus Yoshimura or some other team? What was it that attracted you here?
I don’t think Yosh was ever an option. One of the biggest things was Red Bull. All the teams they come with options. Obviously if you go to Factory Kawi you have to be Monster; there’s no way around it. I could have had my own gear deal, but here I have my own gear deal, energy drink, plus the image of the team with Carey and Ricky.

Free concert tickets…
Free concert tickets, free singing songs on the phone, I’ll just call in and start singing…plus I know Suzuki, and I think for me that was just the right direction to go and Red Bull was a big, big part of it. The last thing I wanted to do is drop Red Bull. I’ve been with them for so long, and they’re so solid that there was no way for me to leave them out.

You’re a very big guy on social media. How hard was it to stay off there during that time from the end of the season to now?
Super hard. Especially once I started riding. That was the worst part. I’m like, “Man, I want to post something so bad!” The first couple of days I posted so much because I already had pictures and stuff. It was hard. At one point I enjoyed not being on social media too much because it takes up way too much time of my day, but that’s what makes you happy, so you should do it.

Hart and Huntington team up with Suzuki

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We’ve teamed up with Suzuki to bring you and exclusive line of clothing. You love H&H and Suzuki well now you can buy a shirt with both brands on it..

We also gave away a free trip to Monster Cup. With the dealers having a Build Out Contest, and us giving away great Prizes. Check out some of the dealer displays!

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To check out all the latest gear and specials click here!

Monster Energy Cup Ticket Giveaway

Monster Energy Cup comes to Las Vegas on Saturday Oct 18 Sam Boyd Stadium, & we’ve teamed up with RCH Racing to give away 2 FREE tickets, and some swag to wear to the event!
Airfare and hotel not included

It’s a caption contest! So head over to our Facebook page and caption this photo for a chance to win. photo.PNG-7

 

RCH Racing Weston Peick has another solid performance!

Weston went 10-5 for 7th overall at Unadilla this past weekend, and maintains 7th in the points standings. Gotta love his effort week in and week out. Looking for another big weekend coming up.
Here are a few photos from behind the lens of Simon Cudby.

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THE EVOLUTION OF CAREY HART

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Depending on who you are, the name Carey Hart can mean many different things. Privateer Supercross racer, freestyle innovator, tattoo shop owner, reality TV star, Pink’s husband, race team owner…the list goes on and on. We’ve been friends with Carey since the near beginning, when he was a struggling privateer riding a Kawasaki KX250 and wearing Fleshgear baggies. Seeing him evolve into one of the most important men in the sport has been a pleasure, and we jumped at the chance to catch up with Hart Luck and reminisce at the 2015 Suzuki RM-Z450 intro held earlier in the week. Enjoy!

http://motocross.transworld.net/1000164806/news/evolution-carey-hart/

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Hart may be “retired,” but his name still carries plenty of weight in motocross. As such, he is featured heavily in Fox Racing’s new MX15 media packet.
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RCH H&H & Suzuki bring you Soaring Eagle MX Event

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1) August 30, Saturday night racing with three classes: Pro, Vet Pro and SuperMini.
2) August 30, Saturday amateur racing with classes for ages 18 & Up only. Bikes only. Plus an optional practice on Friday the 29th.

eScore transponder scoring for all classes. Racers can use their own, or rent from eScore for $15.
These are the same transponders used for the Loretta Lynn’s MX program.

Valid AMA or GLMX membership needed to race.
Need to join? You can do that at registration.
AMA full membership = $49; weekend membership = $20.
GLMX full membership = $20; weekend membership = $5.

NO PIT VEHICLES. You won’t need them; pits are located right next to the track.
1) Saturday Night Program:

Each class will have heat races and a final. Payback and awards for the final race in each class only. Racers will need to bring social security card and complete a W9 form at registration.

Pro Class. Riders age 18 & up. Open to Pro, ProAm and A riders. *PROOF OF CLASSIFICATION REQUIRED! We can look up AMA classification online. If you are not classified with AMA, bring a district card that shows your classification, or give us results to look up online for verification. Entry fee $100.

Payback (check paid directly to racer):
1. $10,000
2. $8,000
3. $6,000
4. $4,000
5. $3,000
6. $2,250
7. $1,500
8. $1,000
9. $750
10. $500
Vet Pro Class. Riders age 30 & up. Open to Pro, ProAm and A riders. *PROOF OF CLASSIFICATION REQUIRED! See above. If you race Vet B or B/C classes, you are not eligible. Entry fee $50.

Payback (check paid directly to racer):
1. $800
2. $650
3. $550
4. $450
5. $350
6. $250
7. $175
8. $150
9. $125
10. $100

SuperMini. Riders age 12-16. 79-112cc 2-stroke, 75-150cc 4-stroke; max. front wheel 19″, max. rear wheel 16″; max. wheelbase 51″. Entry fee $40.

Payback (check paid to motorcycle dealer of racer’s choice):
1. $500
2. $375
3. $250
4. $200
5. $175
6. $150
7. $125
8. $100
9. $75
10. $50
2) Amateur Program:

The race is part of the five-race Racer X Vet Series, which counts the best four out of five rounds. More series info can be found at mxvets.com. Traditional 2-moto race format. If qualifiers are needed in a class, they counts as the first moto finish.

Friday practice (optional); $25/group. Friday practice groups:

GROUP CLASSES
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25+ C, 35+ C, 45+ C, 30+ B, 45+ B
2
18+ A, 30+ A, 40+ A, 18+ B
3
35+ B, 50+ B, 30+ C, 40+ C
4
25+ A, 35+ A, 45+ A, 25+ B
5
40+ B, 50+ A, 55+, 60+, Women
Saturday practice and racing for the following classes:

18+ A 18+ B/C 18+ Women*
25+ A 25+ B/C 25+ Novice*
30+ A 30+ B/C 30+ Novice*
35+ A 35+ B/C 35+ Novice*
40+ A 40+ B/C 40+ Novice*
45+ A 45+ B/C 45+ Novice*
50+ A 50+ B/C
55+ 60+
* Not a series points-paying clas

Awards for the top ten in all non-A classes. Cash (check) payback in the A classes.
*Top 15 in each class also get $25 casino cash!
Gate and Sign up Info

Camping is available Friday and Saturday nights in the pits at no charge for racers only.
Gate will be closed after the races Saturday night. Racers are welcome to stay; gates will be closed for entry.

Friday gate hours: 9am until midnight. Friday gate fee is $20 (ages 12 & up). Friday night gate fee $15 (price changes at 6pm).

Saturday gate hours: 6am – 8pm. Saturday gate fee $10.

eScore transponder scoring for all classes. Racers can use their own, or rent from eScore for $15. (Same transponders used for the Loretta Lynn’s MX program.)

Thursday night early registration at the casino, 7-9pm.
Friday signup at the track at 10am, practice from 1:00-5:00pm.
You can sign up for Friday practice and Saturday race at the same time.

Saturday sign up re-opens at 7am, practice at 8am and racing by 9:30 or 10:00 am.
Race fee is $30 for B and C classes; $35 for A classes. A class racers: bring social security card; you’ll need to complete a W9 form at registration.

We recognize your classification with AMA, GLMX, District 14 and/or your home district or racing organization.
(If you ride A at home, you can’t drop down to B or C at the VetFest!)

Valid/current AMA or GLMX membership needed to race.
Need to join? You can do that at registration.
AMA full membership = $49; weekend membership = $20.
GLMX full membership = $20; weekend membership = $5.

RCH Racing takes on Washougal MX

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That’s a wrap Washougal MX! Weston rode a solid 7-6 for 6th overall today. The track was rough and he rode like a beast. Many thanks to our sponsors Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort Suzuki Fox Racing Sycuan Casino Dodge Bel-Ray Company, Inc. for all the support

Ivan Tedesco Retires From Racing On His Terms

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San Diego, CA (July 25, 2014) – “It has been a roller coaster since I started racing pro at the end of 1999 at Millville,” says veteran racer Ivan “Hot Sauce” Tedesco in announcing his retirement from RCH Soaring Eagle Suzuki this weekend. “I have had a lot of success… and a lot of failure. However, the one thing I can do is to walk away from this deal knowing I gave it my all every time I got on my motorcycle. In the end that’s all you can ask of a person — give it your all.”

Give it his all he most certainly did. Despite a plague of injuries, he was the 2004 125cc West Coast Supercross Champion (winning seven of eight races that year). He repeated as 2005 125cc West Coast SX champ and was also the 125cc Outdoor National Champion in 2005. However it is his role on the Motocross of Nations winning teams that are perhaps the high water mark of is illustrious career as Team USA beat the best in the world in 2005, 2006 and again in 2009!

After that, it was the move to the 450cc class. “I made the decision to go over to Suzuki to be teammates with Ricky Carmichael. I learned so much from RC. I am thankful for his friendship, the opportunity to train with him and the help his parents have always given me. They treated me like family and did everything they could to help. I had a successful rookie Supercross season finishing fourth behind Carmichael, Stewart and Reed.”

However a lot of heartache came after that initial success in the 450 class, primarily due to injury. While Ivan enjoyed proving the pundits wrong, the time has finally come to call it a career almost 14 years to the day.

“It’s never easy to quit something you’ve done for so long, but the time has come where racing just isn’t the same as it used to be,” says Tedesco. “I always told myself when the day comes that I’m not competitive anymore; I need to walk away; that time is now.” However he won’t be going too far away from the RCH Soaring Eagle pits as he will continue to test the Suzuki’s and help get the bikes ready for the team’s future riders.

“From RCH’s perspective, we are honored that he finished out his illustrious career with RCH Soaring Eagle and on a Suzuki,” says co-principal Carey Hart. “We are grateful to have Ivan’s testing expertise for RCH moving forward… It just wouldn’t be the same not having Hot Sauce to spice things up around here!”

“I have nothing to be bummed about,” says Tedesco. “I can say I have never given less than 100% and have enjoyed proving people wrong. I’m grateful for the opportunities I have been given and the friendships I have made. I love dirt bikes and racing and look forward to finding my new career within the sport because this is what I love to do.”

“Thank you to my fans, who have always had my back and motivated me to keep going! I hope to see you all at the races soon,” concludes Tedesco.

RCH RACING SOARING EAGLE SIGNS WESTON PEICK

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The RCH Racing Soaring Eagle has signed top privateer Weston Peick to race the Lucas Oil Pro Motorcross Championship for 2014. Peick will continue to contest the remainder of the Feld Motor Sports® 2014 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship series as a privateer, before joining the RCH Racing Soaring Eagle effort.

Answering the question posed in Racer X Magazine and all over the Internet, “Why Not Weston?” RCH team principal Ricky Carmicheal says why not, indeed. “I’m glad to have Weston a part of the team.” Peick earned seven amateur titles without support from factories and raced a privateer since turning pro in 2009… until now. “We are excited to give him the opportunity and look forward to working with him to help him achieve his goals,” claims Carmichael.

“He has a great work ethic that will mesh well with our team personnel to get the best result possible,” adds Carmichael. “It should be a lot of fun!”

Despite being a self-professed “goon” at Supercross early in his career, the former high school football player has shown marked improvement in the stadiums this season, including Top 5 at Anaheim 3 and the San Diego rounds. However he is really looking forward to returning to the outdoor nationals. “This is a great opportunity to be surrounded by one of the best riders of all time and one of the best factory teams to help me get to the next level,” said an elated Peick.

Loyalty is important to Peick and his father, and they requested to finish the Supercross season as a privateer in order to honor their sponsor commitments. This is a request that RCH Racing Soaring Eagle certainly respects and is one of the reasons why Peick was offered the opportunity. “I want to Thank all my current sponsors for their outstanding support for the Supercross series… without them, this opportunity wouldn’t be possible,” says Weston.

“We are so happy to have the opportunity for Weston to work with RCH Racing,” says his father Louie who has been working on Weston’s bikes throughout his career. “Thanks to all our sponsors that helped us get to this level.”

Look for Weston Peick to make his debut on the RCH Racing Soaring Eagle Suzuki RM-Z450 at Glen Helen on May 24th when the 2014 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship kicks off.

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About RCH Racing Soaring Eagle:

RCH Racing is in its second season of the partnership between Ricky Carmichael and Carey Hart to campaign the Feld Motor Sports® 2014 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship series as well as the 2014 Lucas Oil Pro Motorcross Championship. Ricky Carmichael merged his Suzuki relationship and technical development with the established five year marketing giant of Hart & Huntington Racing in 2013. The RCH Racing Soaring Eagle Team continues its partnerships with Suzuki, Fox, Dodge, Sycuan Casino, Yoshimura and Bel-Ray. Stay up to date on all RCH Racing Soaring Eagle news, follow us on Instagram and Twitter @RCHRacing and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/hartandhuntington.

For additional information contact Justyn Amstutz at Justyn@NFC-Mgmt.com