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

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

RCH RACING SOARING EAGLE HITS HOUSTON SUPERCROSS

A season best 7th at St. Louis for Josh Hill and the great news that Broc Tickle was out of the hospital and on the mend at home had the entire RCH Racing Soaring Eagle Team flying high and ready to hit Houston for round 14 of the Monster Energy Supercross series. Hill was on fire all day, setting a blistering top five qualifying time and then winning his Heat race to transfer straight to the Main… and that was just the beginning!
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As they say, everything is bigger in Texas, especially the whoop sections. “I wish I was racing tonight,” said team principal Ricky Carmichael. “Those are my style of whoops. Remember 2002 Houston? Like riding on tough blocks!” Because the whoops were so challenging, riders had to find another way to win. The secret to success on the tough Texas track was going big… literally! Hitting the big quad jump going into the final turn was Josh Hill’s secret line (only he and the days fastest qualifier Ryan Villopoto jumped that quad). The quad not only helped Hill qualify less than fraction of a second behind defending champ Villopoto, but also worked in his Heat race.

Starts have been an Achilles’ heel for Hill this season — he has the speed to race with the best, but has found himself having to fight his way through the entire pack more often than not. However a phenomenal top 5 qualifying time that was just .016 of a second off Villopoto’s top time, gave Josh a great gate pick in Heat race #2. He lined up next defending champ RV and red hot rookie Ken Roczen. Andrew Short took the surprise holeshot, but Hill was right behind him third off the start. By the end of the first lap, Josh got by Short, even without being able to use his hot line through the quad.
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Meanwhile Villopoto used the hot line to catch up to Hill and managed to get by, briefly. An uncharacteristic mistake by the current points leader had RV crashing out and Hill taking a commanding Heat race win and a transfer spot straight to the Main event. Along the way, he captured plenty of TV time for the RCH Soaring Eagle team this week. Josh was the focal point for leading the race and then the podium interview for winning… his first Heat race win since the Indianapolis SX back in 2013. Fox Sport trackside reporter Jenny Taft also interviewed Josh Hill right after Heat Race #1 where he fessed up that the quad jump was the key. “I could hit that all night!” he told Taft on national TV. “I waited until the end of qualifying to do it.”
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It isn’t just a secret line that has Hill doing well, though.

“I’m finally feeling good, I came into the season with a back problem and then broke my collarbone at the Oakland Supercross,” said Josh from the podium after leading a Suzuki sweep of the Heat races (an ailing James Stewart held it together to win the first Heat). With only a week off after getting the collarbone plated, Hill had been fighting through the pain all season long. However a Heat race win and three consecutive Top 10 Main event finishes in a row, had Josh feeling no pain at Reliant Stadium in Houston… at least until the first turn of the Main event.
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Josh lined up next to Ryan Dungey for the start of the 450 Main putting the KTM rider in a Suzuki sandwich with James Stewart. Unfortunately in the drag race to the first turn Stewart’s Suzuki clipped Josh, grounding the Soaring Eagle rider instantly! Although there was some additional carnage in the second turn, Hill was dead last. By lap 10 of the 20 lap Main, Hill had battled his way up to 15th. Despite being a lap down from leader Villopoto, Josh continued to charge, up to 13th with 8 laps to go, and then into 12th with two laps to go, where he eventually finished.

“The heat race went well,” said a disappointed Hill. “I felt really confident in practice… I was jumping some section that not many people were doing and just felt great. It is unfortunate to have a fall in the first turn! I really wanted to get the holeshot, but ended up running out of real estate — me and James kind of bumped and I hit the deck.”

Unfortunately Heat race wins don’t count in the points standings, but his gritty 12th place finish in Houston has Hill up into 10th overall in the points standings with three races left. While he is healing up and unable to race, Broc Tickle still holds onto 8th place in the standings. This is a true testament to the talent of the RCH Soaring Eagle teammates since they are both in the top ten in points despite missing several races (5 total for Tickle and 3 for Hill).

As always, the team sponsors were at the epicenter of the action in the pits as the Suzuki Holeshot experience proves to be popular with the fans. Also attracting a crowd is the sign up for a chance to win an all-expenses-paid four-day/three-night get away to Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort. A new addition to the RCH Racing Soaring Eagle vibe is the new RCH Racing Fanwear collection from team riding gear sponsor Fox Racing. Show your support for both Broc Tickle and Josh Hill by flying the Soaring Eagle colors: http://bit.ly/RCHxFox

So how does a Soaring Eagle fare in Seahawk territory? Yoncalla, Oregon, native Josh Hill is looking forward to a homecoming as the RCH Racing Soaring Eagle team flies to Seattle for the April 12th race at CenturyLink Field. “It’s on to next weekend… again,” he says. “I really think I can get up on the podium, so that’s what I’m going to keep working toward.”
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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 season. 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

Making A Statement At The St. Louis Supercross.

After a tough weekend in Toronto that saw team leader Broc Tickle suffer a season-ending injury, the RCH Racing Soaring Eagle team headed to the “Show Me” state of Missouri determined to show the world what they are made of. Lone eagle Josh Hill was ready to fly the team colors in St. Louis at round 13 of the Monster Energy Supercross series. Mission accomplished as Hill had his best finish of the SX season!

Little known fact, the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis was the site of RCH Racing Soaring Eagle team principal Ricky Carmichael’s last Supercross victory back in 2007. “It is a very technical track and there will be some great racing in St. Louis tonight,” predicted the Greatest Of All Time after qualifying. “First through 10th were separated by just over half a second!” With four wins, Carmichael is also the all-time winner in the Edward Jones Dome, so he knows a thing or two about this event.  He was able to transfer some of his insight to the team’s rider Josh Hill.

A week of practicing starts and yet another solid top 10 qualifying session had Hill positioned where he wanted to be in Heat race #1, lined up next to second fastest qualifier of the afternoon, Ryan Dungey. As expected Dungey took the holeshot and Hill was fifth off the start (top four transfer straight to the Main from the 6-lap Heat races, the rest have to ride the Semis). By the halfway point, Hill had moved up into 4th for a qualifying position when an unfortunate crash caused the race to be red-flagged and re-started. On the restart, and slower riders conspired to have Hill back in 11th. Despite a valiant charge that had Hill all the way up to 7th on the last lap, he was still three positions out of a direct transfer to the Main.

Another tough start for Hill in Semi #2 allowed him to demonstrate just how fast he is. Suzuki-mounted holeshot artist Mike Alessi snagged the lead on the start and never looked back, while Josh made the Main the hard way. In the short 5-lap semi, he charged from 7th up to 2nd . Shades of last week as Alessi and Hill outpaced the field and easily made the Main event. “I have the speed to run with the leaders and proved it again in the Semi, but like we said last week, gotta get a start!”
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Teammate Tickle Tweeted from home where he is recovering from his crash in Canada: “Good luck today @soaringeagleresort @Rchracing and @joshill75 you got this! Keep that momentum up!”  Broc was referencing the fact that Hill earned back-to-back top-10 finishes for the first time since last year. Proving that he might be down, but definitely not out, Broc was just released from the hospital yesterday. “Everything is getting better day-by-day and I really appreciate all the support and fans that I have behind me.”

Tickle added, “I still have a lot ahead of me to get healed up. I’m blessed and really can’t thank everyone who is behind me enough. I will make a 100% recovery and be back when the time is right. I’m motivated to get through this and get back where I left off. I was building great momentum and getting more confidence each weekend this Supercross season.” First things first, though.”First off I want to thank my wife Jessica for taking care of everything,” says Broc. “I also want to thank my family for the awesome love and support, everyone at RCH Racing and all my sponsors — you guys are awesome and I consider you my family, too.

For the multitude of fan requests, Get Well cards can be sent to Broc Tickle at P.O. Box 100, Holly, MI 48442.
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The 450 Main saw RCH Soaring Eagle ready to fly… until he had his wings clipped at the start. Josh was back in 14th place and having to fight traffic for the first three laps of the 20-lap main event. Then he began another of his patented charges through the pack. He was up to 11th by lap 5, and into the top 10 by lap 8. Despite a collision with privateer Weston Peick, he continued to charge all the way to the end. Hill was 9th with 6 laps to go and then on the last lap picked up two more positions!

“I’m not that happy with 7th,” said Hill. “Coming from the back of the pack is getting really old. If I get my starts where they need to be, I really feel like I can be a contender.” However the team is happy with the progress Hill has made and three consecutive Top 10 finishes in a row.

“Good ride for Josh tonight,” said team principal Carey Hart who was  on hand with his wife singer Pink to support Hill. “He made big gains throughout the day and rode to a solid  7th place finish.

By virtue of his 7th place finish at the Edward Jones Dome, Josh Hill jumps up into 11th overall in the points standings with four races left in the season.  Injuries suffered earlier in the season have had Hill trying to play catch-up all season long. Despite not being able to race, Broc Tickle still holds onto 8th place in the standings.

Between having Pink and the Suzuki Holeshot experience going on, the RCH Racing Soaring Eagle Team pits were rocking. Fans were drinking in the energy of a real rock star in addition to having a chance to win an all-expenses-paid four-day/three-night get away to Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort. The party in the pits at any Monster Energy Supercross makes the RCH Racing Soaring Eagle
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With St. Louis in the rearview mirror, it is time for the RCH Racing Soaring Eagle team to head to Houston. Everything is bigger in Texas, including the expectations for the RCH Racing Soaring Eagle Team on April 5th at Reliant Stadium.

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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 season. 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

RCH Soaring Eagle Team Hops The Border 

Like the legendary Jason and his crew of Argonauts from Greek mythology, Team RCH Racing Soaring Eagle set sail for parts unknown… well, at least venturing outside the continental United States as the AMA Supercross went to Toronto, Canada this week. The Rogers Centre, home to the Canadian Football League Argonauts, proved to be quite an adventure for the team. On a night that James Stewart passed RCH team principal Ricky Carmichael for 2nd on the all-time SX win list with 49 victories, the deceptively tough track played havoc with every racer attempting to chart a course for the podium, including a detour for team leader Broc Tickle.

Things quickly went south north of the border for RCH Soaring Eagle Supercross team rider Tickle. A crash in practice had Tickle taking a trip to explore a Canadian hospital instead of attempting to make the podium. Josh Hill was left as the lone rider to fly the colors in Canada. Actually, things were looking good for the RCH Soaring Eagle rider leading up to the race, literally. In a harbinger of things to come for #75 Hill, he was picked as the lead wallpaper image from leading moto lifestyle magazine Racer X as the Simon Cudby photo was e-blasted around the world for free downloads. If you missed it, check out this shot of the Team RCH Soaring Eagle rider at the Detroit SX (coincidentally sponsored by Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort):
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“Stop looking like a turkey. Grab a Suzuki and some Shift MX gear and be a #soaringeagle,” the likable kid from Oregon Tweeted before the heat races. However, things got serious for Hill when Tickle went down. Another solid top 10 qualifying session saw Hill positioned where he wanted to be in Heat race #2, however he was squaring off against the fastest qualifiers, headed by fellow Suzuki rider James Stewart (who set a blazingly fast 49 second lap time). A 7th place start had Hill battling with five other riders for the 4th place transfer position (top four transfer straight to the Main, the rest have to ride the Semis). Despite getting past Andrew Short for 6th on the last lap, Hill was sent to the Semi.

Garnering some more media attention, Josh lined up on the inside line for the first Semi race, right in front of the Fox Sports TV camera. A great start had Hill second just behind Suzuki-mounted holeshot artist Mike Alessi. The two quickly outpaced the field and easily made the Main event as 5 riders made the main from the 5-lap Semi. “It’s all about the starts,” said Hill. “I have the speed to run with the leaders and proved it in the Semi.”
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The 450 Main saw the lone RCH Soaring Eagle Suzuki Team rider ready to fly the team colors in Canada. A tough start left Hill well outside the top 10, but he kept his head in the game. With five laps left of the 20 lap main event, Josh cracked 10th place and then quickly reeled in 9th, however there just wasn’t enough time as James Stewart snagged the Golden Fleece… um, Supercross win in Toronto. “I know what I need to do… I guarantee we will be working on starts all this week headed into St. Louis,” said Hill after the Main.

Despite his crash and having to sit out the Canadian round, Tickle hangs onto 8th for the rider point standings. By virtue of his 9th place finish at the Rogers Centre, Josh Hill moves up into 12th overall with five races left in the season as he continues to make up for time lost due to injuries earlier in the season.
Of course the RCH Racing Soaring Eagle Team pits were still the center of attention during the pre-race festivities, even in Canada. “Fans can always check out the RCH Racing pit activation at any race for a chance to win an all-expenses-paid four-day/three-night get away to Soaring Eagle Resort,” stated Raul Venegas, director marketing entertainment for Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort. “Partnering with Monster Energy Supercross gives us an exciting platform for fans to learn more about our luxury resort.”
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Charting a course out of Canada, the RCH Racing Soaring Eagle team heads south to the “Show Me” State. See the RCH Racing Soaring Eagle Team flying high at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis for Round 13 on March 29.
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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 season. 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

RCH Soaring Eagle Team In The Driver’s Seat At Ford Field 

Not only is RCH Soaring Eagle Supercross team rider Broc Tickle from nearby Holly, Michigan, the Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort is located in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, so the Soaring Eagle folks decided to really make a statement and partnered with Feld Motor Sports® to host Supercross racing’s return to the Motor City. After last week’s round on the Ricky Carmichael-built track in Daytona where Tickle and his teammate Hill felt like they had a home field advantage, they were really in the driver’s seat for the race at Ford Field in downtown Detroit!

The RCH Soaring Eagle team certainly made a statement in the opening ceremonies as Tickle swapped his traditional Fox MX jersey for a #20 Barry Sanders Detroit Lions jersey. Hill made an impression by riding down through the stands on his #75 RCH Suzuki. Not to be outdone, Miss Soaring Eagle Sierra Merchant rode in on a Side-by-Side during opening ceremonies, shooting T-shirts out to the fans.  Presenting sponsor Soaring Eagle also showed up in force with more than 100 Tribal members, family and VIPs to attend the race.
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Riding as if they owned the place, afternoon qualifying saw Josh Hill just edge hometown boy Broc Tickle by 12/100s of a second as both of the teammates made the evening racing program with lap times well inside the top 10 (only the top 40 fastest qualify for the evening racing program). The evening started off with a little more TV time for Tickle as Fox Sports reporter Jenny Taft interviewed him. With more than 85 friends and family members in the stands, not to mention the event’s title sponsor watching, Tickle wanted to do even better than last week’s career best 4th place finish. Photos_SCudby_03
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“I’m really looking forward to tonight,” Tickle told Taft and the TV audience. “All my family is here, and on top of that we have our title sponsor Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort, so I’m looking to keep building that momentum like I have the past couple of weeks and hopefully get some holeshots tonight.”

Although Hill did’t have his entire family in the grandstands, he still wanted to do well for the team’s sponsors. Heat #1 had Hill squaring off against fastest qualifier of the day, James Stewart and holeshot artist Mike Alessi, also mounted on Suzukis. Despite getting boxed out at the start, Hill quickly moved into 4th by the end of the first lap. By the second lap, he slashed past Justin Brayton for 3rd spot. The TV cameras then concentrated on Hill’s attempts to chase down Alessi and captured a Suzuki sweep of the top three qualifiers (only the first 4 transfer straight from the heat race, the rest have to race the Semi, or worse, the infamous LCQ “Last Chance Qualifier’).
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Tickle didn’t quite take the holeshot he wanted in Heat #2, instead he ended up the first lap a distant 7th. Although he did get up into 5th by the last lap, remember that only the top 4 go straight to the Main. That meant a trip to the Semis. Tickle went into Semi #2 lined up on the far inside hoping to sneak through, although he didn’t get the holeshot, his strategy paid off as he gated top five and quickly moved into second. After chasing Andrew Short for much of the race, Tickle set up a dramatic pass attempt in the final turn, but came up just short of Short to finish second and make the Main.

The 450 Main saw both RCH Soaring Eagle Suzuki Team riders finish inside the top 10 of the fiercely competitive field. Hill had a better start than Tickle, finishing the first lap in 7th, dicing with Short, while Tickle was back in 9th after getting squeezed off at the start. However on lap #3, Tickle passed privateer Suzuki rider Weston Peick for 10th position. “I was 9th on the start and rode really cautiously for the first five laps,” explained Tickle. “I finally got into the flow and started picking guys off.”Photos_SCudby_02
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By lap #7, both teammates were battling each other for 7th. “I got into into 6th and then was closing the gap on 5th. Then I started losing my flow,” said Tickle. “I tried to run it in on Barcia on the last lap, but couldn’t make it stick. Still, I’m pumped with 6th and how I rode through the pack.”
At the finish, Barcia just beat Tickle to the line. Following Tickle’s career best 4th last week, he backed that up with a hard-fought 6th place in Detroit.

Meanwhile, Josh Hill had a much better Main event than he had in Daytona, finishing a season high 8th. “I rounded the first turn in 6th or 7th,” said Hill. “Then the night just kind of turned into a full on battle! It went back and forth and I made my way up pretty far at one point, but made a couple of mistakes.”
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Tickle moves up to 8th in the rider point standings and Josh Hill now holds 13th overall with six races left in the season to continue to make up for time lost due to injuries earlier in the season.

The RCH Racing Soaring Eagle Team pits are always the center of attention at a Supercross race, but they really pulled out all the stops for the Detroit round, including stepping up as the title sponsor for the race. “We’re happy to support RCH Racing and the Monster Energy Supercross community,” said Raul Venegas, director marketing entertainment, Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort. “Fans can check out the RCH Racing pit activation at any race for a chance to win an all-expenses-paid four-day/three-night get away to Soaring Eagle Resort.  Partnering with Monster Energy Supercoss gives us an exciting platform for fans to learn more about our luxury resort.” Photos_SCudby_01
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After rolling out of the Motor City, the RCH Racing Soaring Eagle team heads north of the border to the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Canada for Round 12 on March 22. Although the pits are closed in Toronto, come and visit RCH Soaring Eagle’s Activation at the Main Entrance of the Rogers Centre this weekend.

Miss Soaring Eagle at Opening Ceremonies & Soaring Eagle Tribal Members with Carey, Broc, Josh, and Miss Soaring Eagle from Detroit SX
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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 season. 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.

RCH Soaring Eagle Has Homefield Advantage In Daytona

Daytona Beach, FL (March 11, 2014) – The Daytona Supercross round was held on a home field for the RCH Soaring Eagle Supercross Team, literally. Team principal Ricky Carmichael built the track and hosted his Amateur SX Championship on the track held in the infield of the “World Center Of Racing” Daytona International Speedway. Broc Tickle #20 and Josh Hill #75 headed south immediately following their season-best showing at the Indy SX last weekend looking forward to building on the momentum in Florida.

Rainy weather during the week saw the team testing mud tires and wet weather set-ups at Carmichael’s compound on Monday and Tuesday just in case Daytona turned out to be a mudder. However race day dawned warm and dry, perfect conditions. The personal instruction from the Greatest Of All Time (as RC is known in racing circles) really paid off for Josh Hill as he qualified 7th overall, just a hairsbreadth off the fastest qualifier of the day, Dean Wilson. Teammate Tickle also posted a top-20 time in afternoon qualifying (top 40 fastest make it into the evening racing program, the rest park their bikes and head to the grandstands).
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Heat #1 on the hybrid outdoor national/indoor Supercross track that is uniquely Daytona saw Tickle take a terrible start, but by lap #2, he had moved into 7th and even drew some TV time from Fox Sports live broadcast as he battled with Justin Brayton. speaking of TV time, the evening broadcast began with Carmichael taking his RCH Soaring Eagle Suzuki on a lap around the tough track… how often do you get a tour of the race track from the saddle of the guy who built it? “Things started out really rough for me and I struggled with qualifying and the Heat,” Tickle. Brayton never “let Broc bye” so Tickle was headed to the Semis.

Heat #2 was Hill’s turn to finish in 7th and move to the Semis as well. Hill grabbed a great start in 5th, just one position out of qualifying and battling with James Stewart’s younger brother, Malcolm most of the race as they chased Andrew Short for the final qualifying position. This was the first time the Stewart brother’s ever raced 450s together, so the human interest angle was there when “Mookie” qualified, but that meant Hill had to head to the Semi.
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Consisting of 16 riders battling for 5 laps to see the top 5 advance to the main, 450 Semi #2 saw both Soaring Eagle Suzuki’s squaring off against each other as Tickle had the #3 gate pick and Hill had the #4 slot. “We had a chance to test and prepare for this and I thought we had a couple of great days,” Carmichael told the TV viewing audience from the Fox broadcast booth. “Josh is riding good but Broc is off the mark today… which is weird to me since Broc has had a great couple of weeks the last couple of Supercross rounds.” Both RCH riders had the TV cameras focused on them at the line for the start of Semi #2 as RC was talking and then during the course of the Semi… great plugs for sponsors Shift and Fox as well as Soaring Eagle and Sycuan. Speaking of sponsors, Soaring Eagle even featured the team in a TV ad that aired just before the start of the 250cc Main event.

Both riders got a good jump on the start as Hill was 6th and Tickle 7th, however Hill went on an immediate charge, slashing his way to 3rd with the first few turns. By the start of the second lap, Tickle starts riding more fluidly and moves into 4th. “He was mad at himself after qualifying… I tried to help him and give him as much advice as I good,” said Carmichael of Tickle. Some of what RC had to say must have sunk in as Tickle ripped off some of the fastest laps of the heat races. Although he couldn’t quite catch his hard-charging teammate Hill, Tickle finished 4th and Hill had 3rd to easily transfer to the Main event. “Great turn-around for RCH Racing’s Broc Tickle… nice, bud,” offered an elated Carmichael.
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The 450 Main was a mixed bag for the RCH Soaring Eagle Suzuki Team as Tickle took one step closer to SX glory and Hill took a tumble. Tickle finished a career best fourth place on the 450, while Hill had a Main event he would rather not talk about. “Crashes and run ins with tuff blocks hampered my night,” said Hill. “I rode great, but the black cloud just seemed to follow me to Daytona. Looking forward to Detroit were I want to put the Soaring Eagle Suzuki on the box in front of our great sponsors.”

“The track was brutal,” added Tickle. “It was really demanding and I knew the Main was going to be about being consistent and hitting your marks. I started around 10th on the first lap, but I rode my lines and passed a couple of people early to get into 7th. When Malcolm Stewart and Justin Barcia came together and went down, I went up into 5th”!

Fast qualifier Dean Wilson was struggling toward the end, so Tickle took another spot with three laps to go to finish in 4th overall for the night. “I’m super pumped! The team worked awesome together today and I got more comfortable for the Main,” he explained. “I’m looking forward to this week and next weekend in Detroit.”
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Co-owner Carey Hart was stoked to see Tickle turn it around. “Awesome work tonight by Broc Tickle and the whole RCH Racing crew! Thanks everyone!” RC added, “I’m really impressed with the turn-around Broc had and how he rebounded from what had not been a very good day. I’m happy for him and the team… everyone’s hard work has paid off the past three weeks.”

The RCH Racing Soaring Eagle Team pits were also featured in the TV broadcast from Daytona this week. A huge Bike Week crowd saw the action at the Suzuki Holeshot Experience proving to be very popular. The team probably signed more autographs in Daytona than they have at the last three races combined! Vacationeers also appreciated the opportunity to win an all-expense paid trip to the Soaring Eagle Luxury Resort. Sierra Merchant was swamped with people signing up for the Soaring Eagle trip. From the beach to the Motor City, next week the RCH Racing Soaring Eagle team heads back indoors to Ford Field in Detroit for Round 11 on March 15.
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Photo Cred: Simon Cudby

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 season. 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.

RCH Soaring Eagle Team Throws Down In The ATL

­ It was the best of times and potentially
some of the worst of times for the RCH Soaring Eagle Supercross Team in
Atlanta. In a twisted version of literary classic “A Tale Of Two Cities” both
Josh Hill #75 and Broc Tickle #20 went from their best times of the SX season
in Dallas last weekend only to have what could have been the worst of times in
Atlanta this weekend. However in a demonstration of maturity and
professionalism, the entire RCH Soaring Eagle Supercross Team showed their
true colors and turned in a performance that books are written about.

Actually their afternoon qualifying sessions were literally among the best of
times as Tickle was one of only four riders to turn a 52-second lap time. This
netted Tickle third overall and a great gate pick for his heat race. But a
bobble by Hill in the first heat and a cheap shot in the second heat that took
out Tickle after he had charged into a qualifying position resulted in both
RCH Soaring Eagle riders having to ride the semis.
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Heat #1 saw Hill get a top 5 start, but a miscue dropped him to 8th. He
regrouped and tried to make a run for one of the four transfer spots, but only
made it up to 7th at the finish, resulting in a trip to the semi. However the
real drama was in Heat #2 as Broc Tickle arguably rode the race of his life.
“I felt awesome today,” said Tickle. “I had great practice times and rode
great in the heat. I started third and tried to make a pass on Wil Hahn for
second when I stalled my bike.” From stalling out of contention, Tickle then
put on an epic charge!

“Broc has been on point all day,” said team principal Ricky Carmichael from
the broadcast booth. “He has been great in the whoops. I told him if he had
any problems getting by someone, just to wait for the whoops.” It looked like
everything was going exactly to plan as Broc charged from 8th to 4th on the
last lap (remember, only four riders transfer in the new semi format for this
season). Tickle’s charge earned him a transfer spot when he passed Mike
Alessi then all Hell broke loose!
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Knowing that Carmichael couldn’t say too much about the incident, Jeff Emig
jumped in on the TV telecast and said “That was a straight T-Bone move” as
Alessi appeared to deliberately launch his bike right into the #20 machine. If
you haven’t seen it enough times yet, check this out:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jaw2GM7IqmM&feature=youtu.be
<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jaw2GM7IqmM&feature=youtu.be>

After seeing the replay, RC admitted it looked like a cheap shot to him, too.
“I try not to pump my own team too much on TV, but Broc has been riding well
all day and that was a cheap shot that took him out. You just don’t do
something like Alessi did. Poor decisions like this are what have kept Mike
from realizing his potential.”
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On the positive side RCH Soaring Eagle received more TV time than the race
winner Ken Roczen. During the afternoon qualifying, RC shared the view from
the announcers box to his social media followers:
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then before the first 450 Heat, Broc Tickle did a quick trackside interview.
However this was just the beginning of the media furor that unfortunately
overshadowed just how well Tickle had been riding. Broc was interviewed by Fox
Sports’ Jenny Taft again after the incident. Showing true poise and composure
fresh from the heat of battle in the heat race, Broc said, “My perspective?” I
thought I had made a clean pass and I wasn’t expecting it.” Tickle was
remarkably calm trackside before having to ride in the semi. “I got taken out
and ejected off the bike, it caught me off guard.”
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Tickle shook off the crash and put in a strong ride to finish a solid second
just behind Andrew Short in the semi. Rather than letting the incident with
Alessi upset him, Broc was totally focused in the semi, nearly taking the
holeshot and riding smart the whole race. “Short rides a really wide bike at
times,” noted RC. “I’m happy to see Broc able to put the crash behind him and
ride so smart.” It wasn’t as easy as Tickle made it look, though. “My ribs and
breathing were bothering me,” said Broc. “Dr. G did what he could before the
main, but I wasn’t feeling it like I had earlier in the day.”

Like Tickle, Heat #2 saw teammate Josh HIll ride well and transfer into the
main. Hill had a top five start and held back waiting for any mistakes by the
leaders. However with one lap to go, Hill wicked it up and blew past a couple
of riders (one on the last turn) to take 3rd and get a better gate pick in the
main.
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When the gate dropped for the 450 main event, both the RCH Racing Soaring
Eagle Suzuki’s were 9th and 18th. By the fifth circuit of the 20 lap main
event, Broc was up to 8th and Hill was in 16th finding himself in an
unexpected battle with another Suzuki rider, James Stewart who had crashed
while contesting the lead. In the ultimate bit of irony, Broc found himself
catching Alessi as the laps wound down.

When the checkers finally fell, Tickle had tied his best result of the season
with 7th to match Dallas last week. By showing composure and professionalism, Broc maintains top 10 of the rider standings despite missing two rounds. “I’m
looking forward to this week and riding the rest of the series. I’m pumped
with the way I rode all night.” he added of his speed.

Teammate Hill hung on to finish 13th and stays top 15th in the standings. “Bad
starts just hampered my night,” said Hill. “It was hectic with people going
down everywhere. By the time I got going, everyone was gone.”

Whether it is on the track or in the pits, the RCH Racing Soaring Eagle team
is always in the thick of it! Join us in the pits before each Supercross race
where we have everything from the Suzuki Holeshot Experience to the team
autograph signing. Some lucky winner every week gets an all-expense paid trip
to the Soaring Eagle Luxury Resort! Next week the RCH Racing Soaring Eagle
Team heads to the Lucas Oil Dome in Indianapolis for Round 9 on March 1.

Photo Credit: Simon Cudby

About RCH Racing Soaring Eagle:
RCH Racing is in its second season of the partnership between Ricky Carmichael
and Carey Hart. 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
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RCH Soaring Eagle Team Goes Big At Dallas Supercross

Everything is bigger in Texas! The home of the Dallas Cowboys, AT&T Stadium had a bigger crowd (80,000 seats), bigger JumboTron and bigger expectations than any race in the first half of the 2014 series. The RCH Soaring Eagle Supercross Team definitely was looking to go big in Big D… and they delivered! Both Josh Hill #75 and Broc Tickle #20 qualified well and both made it into the main. And with all the big expectations on the line, the RCH Soaring Eagle Suzuki’s both finished inside the top 10.

The day in Big D began well when RCH Racing duo of Hill and Tickle qualified 7th and 8th just behind 2010 champ Ryan Dungey. “The guys have been putting in the work,” said RCH principal Ricky Carmichael, back in the broadcast booth for the first time in a couple of weeks. “They just need to get better starts,” said the GOAT (Greatest Of All Time) in the broadcast booth somewhat prophetically.
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Heat #1saw Broc Tickle with the fourth gate pick. When the race started, two Suzuki’s were running in the top three… unfortunately for RCH, it was James Stewart and privateer Weston Peick. Tickle was mired in a mid-pack start. He moved up quickly, but despite dicing with Dungey and Eli Tomac all race long, both Tickle and Tomac were relegated to riding the semi. “The day started off good with decent practice times and a relaxed vibe. The heat went well and I rode great, but with only four riders transferring, I still had to go to the semi,” said Tickle simply.

Like Tickle, Heat #2 saw teammate Josh Hill with the fourth gate pick. However Hill had a great start, just getting nipped by defending SX series champ Ryan Villopoto for the holeshot. When RV bobbled on the third lap, Josh jumped into the lead. Mike Alessi attempted a pass which let Ken Roczen get by both of them for first, then lappers slowed Hill up enabling RV to get back by for second. (RV set the fastest lap of the heat races when he went by Josh). Hill then settled in for a solid third ahead of Alessi and went straight to the main. “We made some improvements on the bike and on my starts,” said Hill. “It was nice to get up into the mix and lead the heat race, not to mention qualifying straight to the main from it.”
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Learning from his heat race, Tickle took 5th at start of 450 Semi #1… and immediately went on a charge. He moved up to third with two laps to go and then into second at the checkers just behind Wil Hahn. Definitely demonstrating his speed from qualifying and the first heat race (BT #20 set the 6th fastest lap time out of both the heats), both Tickle and Hill were ready for the main. “ I didn’t get the best start in the semi,” Broc admits. “But I had the speed to work my way into 2nd to transfer to the main.”
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When the gate dropped for the 450 main event, both RCH Racing Soaring Eagle Suzuki’s were inside the top 10 with decent starts. Within the first couple laps, Tickle and Hill were running in 7th and 8th respectively. At the half-way point in the 20 lap event, Hill began suffering the effects of his surgically repaired collarbone and not enough time on the bike as Wil Hahn got between the two RCH Soaring Eagle teamsters. When the checkered flag fell, it was Tickle taking 7th and Hill finishing in 9th.

After a crash in practice, Hill was riding in some pain in the main. “I need to stay off the ground,” claims Josh. “I was riding in a lot of pain and couldn’t push as hard as I wanted to when Wil went by. I’ll rest up and get back after it in Atlanta!”
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“The main was tough,” said Tickle, echoing his teammate’s earlier comments. “The track was chewed up, slippery and bumpy… very technical. I came around first lap in 8th and rode to a 7th. Best finish for me this year and I can keep building from here. I am looking forward to Atlanta and all the East Coast races.”

East Coast or West Coast, the RCH Racing Soaring Eagle pit is the place to be before each Supercross race. From the Suzuki Holeshot Experience to the team autograph signing and the Soaring Eagle all expenses paid trips to the Luxury Resort, there is something for everyone! RC even jumped in and signed some autographs along with the guys during the Dallas SX stop, while co-principal Cary Hart was on hand with his musically inclined wife, Pink. Who knows what will happen at the party in the pits next week when the RCH Racing Soaring Eagle team heads to Georgia Dome in Atlanta for Round 8 on February 22.

Photo Credit: Simon Cudby

About RCH Racing Soaring Eagle
RCH Racing is in its second season of the partnership between Ricky Carmichael and Carey Hart. 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.