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1/17/2016 - RCH Ready To Settle in at PETCO Park

 

CHINO, Calif. (January 13, 2016) – With the hype that always surrounds the season opener behind them, RCH Soaring Eagle/Jimmy John’s/Suzuki Factory Racing riders Ken Roczen and Broc Tickle are eager to go about the business of the remaining 16 races of the 2016 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, season.
 
This weekend’s race at San Diego’s PETCO Park provides the perfect backdrop to get settled in and gear up for the long haul.
 
Roczen comes into Round 2 of the 17-race championship off a fifth-place finish last Saturday at Anaheim and fifth in points. After last weekend’s event, which featured a tricky race course with plenty of action and plenty of riders who hit the dirt including himself, Roczen was happy to escape the opening round with a few scrapes and a top-five finish. Still, after having won the last two Anaheim openers, the 21-year-old German rider is looking for much more come this Saturday.
 
“We’re looking for some redemption this weekend,” explained Roczen, who finished second at last year’s San Diego stop. “I spent a lot of time this week working on starts. I need to get those down. I think that’s kind of what’s been missing for me. I feel like I have intensity. That’s another thing I worked on this week. I’m riding really good and I’m really strong so I think I have to get my starts down and be at the front of the pack to stay out of trouble.”
 
Tickle came home 11th last weekend and heads into the first of two 2016 visits to San Diego 11th in the standings. Last February, the Holly, Mich., rider finished ninth at the series debut at PETCO Park but expects to raise the bar Saturday night.
 
“I’m looking forward to San Diego this weekend,” said Tickle. “I didn’t feel like I was able to show what I had at Anaheim. I had a really good off-season and had a lot of positive things happening coming into the opener. Unfortunately, I just felt like I was off all day and couldn’t get comfortable. We worked on some things this week to find the comfort level I need so we’ll see how San Diego treats us. I’m looking forward to getting back out on the track and showing what I can really do.”
 
Before the gate drops at the track, Roczen and Tickle will meet fans and sign autographs on Friday, Jan. 17 from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. at Southbay Motorsports. Located just 14 miles south of PETCO Park in Chula Vista, Calif., Southbay Motorsports’ showroom is fully stocked with the hottest new vehicles and accessories the powersports industry has to offer. Whether it’s for work or play, for a new brake pad or a new bike, Southbay Motorsports is San Diego’s premiere powersports dealer and has everything for your machine.
 
 PETCO Park plays host to Monster Energy AMA Supercross this weekend when the series makes the first of two visits this season to the home of the San Diego Padres. The second of 17 rounds of the 2016 schedule will be televised live on Fox Sports 1 Saturday, Jan. 16 beginning at 10 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, 7 p.m. Pacific

 

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