MOMENTUM KEY FOR RCH SOARING EAGLE JIMMY JOHNS SUZUKI FACTORY RACING IN ARLINGTON
CHINO HILLS, Calif. (February 12, 2015) – RCH Soaring Eagle/Jimmy Johns/Suzuki Factory Racing will race deep in the heart of Texas – deep in the heart of the season – when Monster Energy Supercross, an FIM World Championship, rides into AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas this weekend for Round 7 of the 2015 Supercross season.
Ken Roczen, rider of RCH’s No. 94 Suzuki RM-Z450, is coming off a runner-up finish in last Saturday’s stop at San Diego’s Petco Park where he raced Trey Canard in a spirited duel for the win. While he was just over a second shy of picking up his third victory of the year, the podium finish allowed Roczen to close the gap on championship leader Ryan Dungey by two points, to nine, with 11 races remaining.
Roczen finished sixth last February in his lone 450SX start at AT&T Stadium. Prior to making his full-time move to the big bike in 2014, Roczen competed once in the Supercross Lites East class at Jerry’s World, where he finished third.
“We had a good night in San Diego last weekend,” explained Roczen. “We’ve gotten better and better every week since Oakland so we just need to stay focused and keep the momentum going. This is the heart of the season and a lot of things are going to happen between now and May. It’s time for us to get back in the groove we were in when the season started, earn points and win races. That’s our game plan for the rest of the year.”
After a weekend off in between Oakland and San Diego to rest the back injury he sustained three races ago, Roczen’s RCH stablemate Broc Tickle performed notably at Petco Park. The Holly, Mich., rider raced mid-pack early on last weekend but methodically worked his way inside the top 10, to finish ninth in the main event.
Tickle has logged three 450SX starts in Arlington where he recorded a venue best seventh-place finish last February. Dating back to 2007, the 25-year-old Suzuki Factory rider has one SX Lites East start at the former Cowboys Stadium in Irving, where he notched a ninth-place effort.
“Last weekend was one of those times where I had to dig in, get through it and hope for the best,” commented Tickle who now sits 12th in the standings. “I wasn’t completely comfortable but I had enough to finish inside the top 10. It’s hard to pace yourself and gets frustrating when you can’t ride as hard as you want. The important thing was getting back on the bike and competing so I know where I’m at physically. I rode a couple times this week and felt pretty good so I’m hoping to go into Dallas this weekend 100 percent.”
RCH co-principal Ricky Carmichael hasn’t been trackside since Round 2 in Phoenix and is looking forward to spending time with his team in the paddock and also reassuming his familiar post inside the broadcast booth for the live FOX Sports 1 telecast.
“I’m really glad to be going back to the races after being away from Monster Energy Supercross for a few weeks,” said Carmichael. “Although I was never a big fan of how the track turned out, I have a great memory of when we raced at the old Cowboys Stadium. That’s where I clinched my first Premiere Class Supercross Championship back in 2001. That was a special weekend, no doubt. Ken is in a good spot, as far as the championship goes. Looking back, Oakland definitely stings but last weekend was a positive step for him and the team to get back to where we were before the Oakland crash. I was really pleased with Broc last weekend, knowing that he wasn''t totally comfortable. For him to walk away with a top 10 was a decent performance. I know he will be much better this weekend.”
Before the gate drops at the track, Tickle will meet fans and sign autographs on Friday, Feb. 13, from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. at Arlington Motorsports. Located just minutes from the track, Arlington Motorsports is a full-service Suzuki dealer with a huge aftermarket selection to service multiple brands and manufacturers.
AT&T Stadium will play host this weekend when Monster Energy Supercross, an FIM World Championship visits north Texas for Round 7 of the Supercross Championship. The seventh of 17 races on the 2015 schedule will be televised live on Fox Sports 1 Saturday, Feb. 14, beginning at 5 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
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, Sycuan Casino, 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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