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2/16/2015 - 9th at Arlington for Tickle

 

ARLINGTON, Texas (February 16, 2015) – Preparation. Consistency. Results. Those three words summarize any championship caliber race team’s mission statement. When the plan is properly executed, success comes naturally.
 
While success may not always be defined as victory, a good night can take on the form of a top 10.
  
Tickle’s evening wasn’t quite straightforward. A red flag halted his heat race, forcing the AMA to restart the night’s first 450SX qualifier. Shortly after the ensuing restart, the Holly, Mich., rider tangled with Jimmy Albertson and Jason Anderson, forcing him to race his way through the semi where a gritty last-lap performance secured him a starting spot in the main event.
 
Despite starting deep in the field and the constant nag that comes with the lingering effects from a back injury, Tickle rode a smart, consistent race during the main to come away with a respectable ninth-place showing.
 
“We had a red flag during the heat race,” recalled Tickle. “I think someone went down in the rhythm section so they red-flagged the race about halfway through and we had to restart. I got a decent start, that time. I think I was fourth or fifth. Then (Jimmy) Albertson lost control and (Jason) Anderson ran into him and I ran into Anderson, so that caused a big pile up. Pretty much finished almost last in the heat race.  
 
“Went to the semi and had a bad gate pick. Thought I had the holeshot for a second but I got pushed a little wide. The last lap of the semi was pretty hectic. I made a couple of mistakes at the end but it turned out for the best because it got my intensity level up. I’m not stoked with my riding, 100 percent. I kind of felt like I did last weekend where I wasn’t totally comfortable. I need to work on some stuff this week so I can get better. Working on the little things is going to help me a lot.”
 
RCH co-owner Carey Hart was at AT&T Stadium for the race and in the team’s post-race debrief after the checkers waved. Hart pointed out consistency will make or break his team’s pursuit of the ultimate goal, the Monster Energy Supercross title.
 
“It was a great night,” offered Hart. “Ken had a good day in practice and qualifying. He was solid through the night. We have to keep banging out first- and second-place finishes to stay in this championship hunt. It was just one of those nights. (Ryan) Dungey got a clear start and had a clean track. Ken had to work through three or four guys to get to second and by then, Dungey had already set the pace and pretty much checked out. Broc’s still feeling it in his back but he finished ninth so it was a solid night all around. The only unfortunate part is that Ryan won and we lost a few points. There are 10 races left so we have to keep grinding.”
 
Roczen, Tickle and the rest of the Monster Energy Supercross crew continue east this weekend when the series visits Atlanta for the first of back-to-back weekends at the Georgia Dome. Round 8 of the 2015 Supercross Championship will be televised live on Fox Sports 1 Saturday, Feb. 21 beginning at 4 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, 7 p.m. Eastern.  

 

 

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