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4/30/2012 - Tickle Finishing Season Out Strong with a 6th at Salt Lake City

 

Irvine, Calif. – After a few years of rain and snow, the weather finally cooperated for Monster Energy AMA Supercross in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Saturday night at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Broc Tickle rode to his best finish of the season in sixth

 

Finishing Out Strong

Tickle has been finding speed and gaining confidence as the season winds down and in Salt Lake City he put together his best finish of the season in Salt Lake City. He was impressive in qualifying practice, posting the fourth fastest time and finished third in his heat race. In the main event, Tickle didn’t get the jump out of the gate but quickly made up for it. Battling back and forth, he crawled his way into the sixth position, just outside the top-five. Tickle currently sits 10th in the points standings.

“All day I felt I rode really well,” said Tickle. “My times were good in practice and in the main event I started around 10th and started pushing towards the front. I had a good battle at the beginning and towards the end of the main my lap times continued to drop. I need to get the start though. I think if I start at the front with those guys, I’ll be able to get close to the podium; I just need to be there in the beginning. I’ve got one more chance to get up there next weekend.”

 

Racing at Elevation

At over 4,300 feet above sea level, the elevation can play a part on race day. The higher the elevation, the lower the oxygen level in the air, which can affect both the motorcycle and the riders. The motorcycles can lose a small percentage of power and riders can show signs of fatigue quicker compared to at sea level. Neither of these were issues for Weimer, Tickle, or Wilson, as they were consistently among the fastest riders on the track in both classes and felt no effects of the climate.

 

Viva Las Vegas

Next weekend, Monster Energy AMA Supercross heads to Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nev., for the season finale. What’s unique about Las Vegas is that it is host to the final round of both the Supercross Lites East and West. Instead of heat races, each region will have a 15-lap main event, followed by a 10-lap East-West shootout where the top 10 from both regions will race against each other. With this being the final supercross round, everyone is sure to be going for broke.

 

Results

Monster Energy AMA Supercross – Round 16
Rice-Eccles Stadium – Salt Lake City, Utah
April 28, 2012

Supercross Class Results
1. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM
2.
Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha
3.
JAKE WEIMER, RUPERT, IDAHO, MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI
4.
Justin Brayton, Murrieta, Calif., Honda
5.
Mike Alessi, Hilliard, Calif., Suzuki
6.
BROC TICKLE, HOLLY, MICH., MONSTER ENERGY/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI
7.
Andrew Short, Smithville, Tex., Honda
8.
JOSH GRANT, CORONA, CALIF., JWR KAWASAKI
9.
Bobby Kiniry, Holland Patent, N.Y., Yamaha
10. TYLER BOWERS, DANVILLE, KY., HART & HUNTINGTON KAWASAKI

Supercross Class Championship Standings

1.
RYAN VILLOPOTO, POULSBO, WASH., MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI, 323
2.
Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha, 244
3.
Justin Brayton, Murrieta, Calif., Honda, 237
4.
Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM, 232
5.
JAKE WEIMER, RUPERT, IDAHO, MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI, 211
6.
Mike Alessi, Hilliard, Calif., Suzuki, 192
7.
James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Yamaha, 178
8.
Brett Metcalfe, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Suzuki, 174
9.
Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda, 166
10.
BROC TICKLE, HOLLY, MICH., MONSTER ENERGY/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI, 161


 

 

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