DESPITE ADVERSITY PLENTY OF POSITIVES FOR RCH SOARING EAGLE JIMMY JOHNS SUZUKI FACTORY RACING AT DAYTONA SUPERCROSS
Tickle 10th, Roczen sidelined in Round 10
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 8, 2015) – While there may have been a little hitch in their collective giddy-up heading into the main event, there was plenty of pep in the RCH Soaring Eagle/Jimmy Johns/Suzuki Factory Racing team’s step when the checkered flag flew in Saturday night’s Daytona Supercross by Honda at Daytona International Speedway.
With his RCH stablemate Ken Roczen sidelined for the night after re-injuring his ankle in the day’s first practice session, it was up to Broc Tickle to carry the torch for RCH in Daytona and he did exactly that.
Despite getting together with Trey Canard in the first corner and essentially starting dead last, Tickle rallied for an admirable 10th-place finish.
“I had a good feeling,” commented Tickle following the race. “I got a decent jump on the gate but I tangled with (Trey) Canard in the first corner and we both went down. So I pretty much started dead last and worked my way all the way up to 10th. On lap two or three, I had the fastest lap of the race so I’m stoked about that. I haven’t been the fastest guy on the track in a while so that’s a great thing to build off of. On top of that, I felt like my fitness level was really good. I’m pumped with all of the positives but bummed with the negatives. I had a great race but unfortunately, the end result doesn’t really reflect that.”
Rewind to earlier in the day, where Roczen had just posted the fastest time of the of weekend’s opening 450SX practice. A lap later, the 20-year-old German caught his left foot on a tuff block and re-injured the same ankle he hurt two races ago in Atlanta. Following the incident, the team made the difficult decision to sit Roczen for the night.
“It was a rough night across the board for RCH,” explained RCH co-owner Ricky Carmichael. “Obviously, we’re all concerned about Ken and hope his ankle heals quickly so he can be back on the bike soon. Everyone is behind him 100 percent. He’s going to get it looked at first thing this week, and we’ll make a decision, as a team, about what’s next when we know exactly where he’s at. Broc had a great night. Even though the results say he finished 10th, he put together a great race. If he hadn’t had the issue with Canard, I think he could have finished on the podium. He showed what a gritty racer he is. I think this is the proudest I’ve been to see one of our guys finish 10th.”
The top-10 effort allowed Tickle to close the points deficit between him and ninth-place Andrew Short to just two points. Roczen slipped from third to fourth in the standings.
Monster Energy Supercross, an FIM World Championship, kicks off three consecutive stops in the heart of the Midwest beginning next weekend when the series visits Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Round 11 of the 2015 Supercross Championship will be televised live on Fox Sports 2 Saturday, March 14 beginning at 7 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, 4 p.m. Pacific.
About RCH Racing …
RCH Soaring Eagle/Jimmy Johns/Suzuki Factory Racing is a professional Supercross and Motocross team co-owned by 15-time AMA Champion Ricky Carmichael and Freestyle Motocross visionary and entrepreneur Carey Hart. RCH enjoys factory support from Suzuki as well as marketing partnerships with Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort, Jimmy Johns, Dodge and Bel-Ray. Stay up to date on all the latest RCH Racing news on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @RCHRacing.
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