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3/27/2017 - Mixed Results for RCH/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing in Motor City

 

DETROIT (March 27, 2017) – RCH/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing came away from Round 12 with mixed results when Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, returned to Ford Field Saturday night.
 
Broc Tickle, rider of the No. 20 Suzuki RM-Z450, was the fastest qualifier and came away from Detroit with a solid seventh-place effort. Tickle remains ninth in points but closed the gap between himself and eighth-place Chad Reed to just one marker with five races remaining.
 
Justin Bogle, rider of RCH’s No. 19 Suzuki, was collected in an early incident in the main event which ultimately cost him one lap but the Cushing, Okla., rider stayed the course and soldiered home to finish 18th.
 
Tickle was hindered by a slow start in his heat race and finished ninth, forcing him to race his way into the main event via the second 450SX Class semifinal of the night. The Holly, Mich., rider snagged the holeshot in the semi and went on to finish second, securing his spot on the starting gate for the 12th main event of the year.
 
“Detroit was obviously a race I was looking forward to,” commented Tickle. “I had a lot of family and friends at the event. It’s just fun to be at what I call a home race. I ended up with the fastest lap in practice, which was awesome. I got a terrible start in my heat race but the track was super-slippery so it was important to find traction behind the gate. It was tough so I made some adjustments for the semifinal and came out with the holeshot. (Eli) Tomac got around me so I hung in and finished second.”
 
When the gate dropped for the main event, Tickle dug in and came around the first corner sixth in the running order. Over the course of the next 24 laps, the 2011 Western Regional 250 SX Class Champion hung tough, stayed out of trouble and earned his fifth top 10 of the season.
 
“I knew I needed a good start in the main event and I came out sixth,” Tickle explained. “I got passed in the whoop section on the first lap and ended up coming around sixth or seventh. I rode there for a long time. All in all, it was a good weekend. I felt like I could have made a pass in maybe a couple of places and then we kind of spread out a little bit.  (Ryan) Dungey got around me and then with a couple laps to go (Jason) Anderson got around me so I ended up seventh. I didn’t really feel like I was riding up to my full potential in the main event and still came away with a seventh-place finish.”
 
For his part, Bogle finished seventh in his heat and made the main with a fifth-place showing in his semifinal. The 24-year-old rider got a strong jump out of the starting gate during the main event but was collected in a multi-bike melee getting into the first corner leaving him far behind the front runners by the time he was able to pick up his machine and go on.
 
Despite the circumstances, Bogle soldiered on and made the best of a bad situation.
 
“We had a pretty good night going but it’s hard to capitalize when you get cleaned out going into the first corner,” Bogle said. “Unfortunately, there’s not much you can do when it plays out like that but pick up the bike and try and finish out the night as best you can. That’s pretty much how our season has gone but like the old saying goes, it’s not how many times you fall, it’s about how many times you get up. We’ll keep working and stay positive. We’ll go to St. Louis this weekend and try and get it done there.”
 
Monster Energy AMA Supercross rolls on this weekend when the series visits the “Gateway to the West” for its annual race at the Dome at America’s Center in St. Louis. The 13th of 17 races on the 2017 supercross calendar will be televised on the live on FS1 Saturday, April 1, beginning at 8 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, noon Pacific.

 

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