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2/10/2015 - Tickle Finishes 9th in His First Ride Back From Injury

 

SAN DIEGO (February 9, 2015) – RCH Soaring Eagle/Jimmy Johns/Suzuki Factory Racing turned in a solid performance at Petco Park Saturday night.

  
Tickle was back on his Suzuki RM-Z450 for the first time in two weeks after aggravating his back in Oakland and came home with a solid ninth-place performance in the series first-ever visit to the home of the San Diego Padres.
  
After taking last weekend off to rest the back injury he sustained in Oakland, Tickle performed notably at Petco Park. The Holly, Mich., rider had to race his way into the main event via the first 450SX semifinal where he finished second in an exciting, down-to-the-wire finish with Killian Rusk.    
 
Tickle got out of the starting gate in the main event 13th and methodically worked his way into the top 10, to finish ninth. Admittedly, the 2011 Supercross West Coast Lites Champion couldn’t ride as hard as he’d hoped but at the end of the night, he took it in stride.
 
“I’m sore but pretty stoked with the way everything turned out,” said Tickle. “I really wasn’t feeling it from the get go. I kind of struggled with the track all day. I felt like I was riding fast but I really wasn’t. That’s not normally a good thing. So I just needed to try and get the best start I could in the main and weasel my way around to get in a good position to finish in the top 10. That was my goal after having missed last weekend.
 
“I’m pretty pumped with my night. Obviously, I wish I could have ridden a lot better and been better than what I was, but we made progress. We kind of took a shot in the dark for the main to get me a little more comfortable in the corners and through the whoops. The guys did a good job when they made that choice. I’m looking forward to this week and getting some more time on my RM-Z450 and hopefully head into Dallas this weekend 100 percent.”
 
Team co-owner Carey Hart liked what he saw from his team in San Diego and pointed out that resiliency was a key factor in his assessment.
 
“It was a great night,” commented Hart. “It was a good rebound from two pretty rough weekends. I feel like we had a really solid weekend. Ken was really responsive with the bike. We were able to make some changes over the course of the day. The only real downfall of the night were those five, kind of key laps, after Canard got around Ken. He put some really good laps together and then Ken had to play catch up for the rest of the race. Broc had a good night. He looked awesome in his semi and did what he needed to in the main. We can learn from those little mistakes but at the end of the day, a second and a ninth is solid. It was a good building weekend. We’ll keep rolling with this momentum into Dallas.” 
 
Roczen, Tickle and the rest of the Monster Energy Supercross contingent dial up a trip to AT&T Stadium this weekend when the series visits Arlington, Texas and the home of the Dallas Cowboys. Round 7 of the 2015 Supercross Championship will be televised live on Fox Sports 1 Saturday, Jan. 17 beginning at 5 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, 8 p.m. Eastern.  

 

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