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2/26/2015 - Opportunities Plentiful for RCH Soaring Eagle/Jimmy Johns/Suzuki Factory Racing in Atlanta Sequel

 

CHINO HILLS, Calif. (February 26, 2015) – Carpe diem. Seize the day. The often-quoted Latin expression can mean a lot of things to a lot of people.
 
For Ken Roczen, Broc Tickle and everyone at RCH Soaring Eagle/Jimmy Johns/Suzuki Factory Racing, that phrase means making the most out of this weekend’s Monster Energy Supercross, an FIM World Championship, at the Georgia Dome.
 
After a solid sixth-place effort in last Saturday’s prequel in downtown Atlanta, Tickle has an opportunity this Saturday night to break into the top five and put together another solid outing.  
 
Roczen endured a pair of incidents last weekend, including a nasty crash on lap four during the main event that left him deep in the field. Despite the setback, the 20-year-old picked up his Suzuki RM-Z450 and soldiered to an 18th-place finish, collecting three valuable championship points the in the process.
 
Still, the chaotic night saw him slip to third in the standings where he now trails second-place Trey Canard by six with nine races remaining on the 2015 Supercross calendar. While a number of factors may need to come into play for Roczen to make a serious charge at point leader Ryan Dungey, the German rider knows that with just over half the season still to come, the title is far from being decided.
 
“Last Saturday was rough, for sure,” explained Roczen. “I made a couple of mistakes and it cost us. That’s on me. We made some great adjustments and the bike felt great so I’m really looking forward to getting back to Atlanta and hopefully get back in the groove we were in early in the year. We’re not giving up. Everyone is working really hard and we know what we have to do. We’ve used up our mulligans. We need to finish on the podium the rest of the way.”   
 
Tickle’s sixth-place effort was his second top six and fifth top-10 finish of the year. The solid outing powered him from11th to 10th in points where he’s now 16 out of ninth and 21 behind eighth-place Blake Baggett.
 
“I feel pretty good about last weekend,” said Tickle. “I’ve been feeling better every week and it was nice to kind of put it all together. I think if I can have a little bit better of a start, that’s going to go a long way. If I can be a little bit better, all the way around this weekend, I think we can finish in the top five and hopefully race for a podium.”   
 
RCH co-owner Ricky Carmichael is more knowledgeable than most when it comes to understanding the competitive landscape and has a keen sense for what it takes to win races and championships. At the same time, the five-time Supercross Champion knows that with eight races left, the 2015 title isn’t out of the question, by any stretch.
 
“I’m really happy with Broc’s result from last weekend,” said Carmichael who will resume his familiar post in the FOX Sports 2 broadcast booth for the live television broadcast. “We’re expecting to see more of the same this weekend, if not better. It would be awesome to see him break through for a top five.
 
“Ken, on the other hand, had a rough weekend. That was a really tough day for him and at this point, he’s got a lot of ground to make up in the points battle. From a team standpoint, everyone is behind him 100 percent. We’re all in it together. We’re going to figure out what’s going on as a team. From here on out he needs to get back in the habit of putting together solid rides and winning races. You do that and the rest takes care of itself. If he can get a little luck in some other areas, he could find himself right back in a realistic spot for the championship. The most important thing is to get himself back on track where he was the first four races and let whatever happens behind him take care of itself.”
 
While the on-track action may be the focal point for the team and race fans, Kidz1stFund and Be The Match will be trackside with RCH to host a bone marrow drive and share information with race fans about a rare and incurable blood disorder called Fanconi anemia. Founded by Florida State Head Football Coach Jimbo Fisher and his wife Candi, Kidz1stFund raises awareness and funds for Fanconi anemia research in the hopes of finding a cure for their son Ethan and the many other FA patients. Since 2011, Kidz1stFund has raised and donated almost $3 million towards FA research at the Fanconi Anemia Comprehensive Care Program at the University of Minnesota.
 
As a fellow Tallahassee, Fla., resident, Carmichael first met Fisher in 2012 and the two became fast friends. Since then, the 15-time AMA titlist has been a champion for Kidz1stFund.
 
Before the pits open and the gate drops at the track, Carmichael and RCH co-owner Carey Hart along with Roczen and Tickle will meet fans and sign autographs on Friday, Feb. 27, from 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at Mountain Motorsports. Located just 20 minutes west of downtown Atlanta in Lithia Springs, Mountain Motorsports is one of the largest powersports dealerships and service centers in the nation and currently operates seven dealerships that represent 12 of the world's leading brands of motorcycles, ATVs, utility vehicles and personal watercraft. Mountain Motorsports began as and remains to this day a family-owned and -operated business.
 
Monster Energy Supercross returns to the Georgia Dome this weekend for an encore performance in The Big Peach. Round 9 of the 2015 Supercross Championship will be televised live on Fox Sports 2 Saturday, Feb. 28 beginning at 4 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, 7 p.m. Eastern.  

 

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