ROCZEN RCH SOARING EAGLE JIMMY JOHNS SUZUKI FACTORY RACING LOOK TO RETURN TO CHAMPIONSHIP FORM IN SAN DIEGO
Tickle Back in Action for Round 6
CHINO HILLS, Calif. (February 5, 2015) – Hall of Fame broadcaster and legendary San Diego Padres radio announcer Jerry Coleman was famously quoted for saying “I’ve made a couple of mistakes I’d like to do over.” For Ken Roczen, rider of the No. 94 Soaring Eagle/Jimmy Johns/Suzuki Factory Racing RM-Z450, that exact sentiment sums up his last two weeks.
After opening the 2015 Monster Energy Supercross season with a win, a runner-up finish and another win, Roczen came up short on the business end of a triple during the main event in Oakland two weeks ago. Last weekend, a dubious jump out of the starting gate left him mired in traffic and in the paddock for the second week in a row while the top three riders dripped with champagne on the podium. Still, the fourth-place finish in Anaheim was an important turnaround from the week before.
For Roczen, Round 6 of the 2015 indoor season represents an opportunity to minimize his recent gaffes and return to the championship form he demonstrated at the first three stops of the new year.
“The last couple of races definitely don’t represent how we expect to perform on a regular basis,” explained Roczen. “There are some things I would liked to have done differently, but we don’t get do overs. All we can do is learn from those mistakes, work hard during the week and focus on how we can be better so we won’t make the same mistakes twice. Oakland was a disaster but we did a nice job of bouncing back last week in Anaheim. We came up short of the podium but still finished fourth. Carey (Hart) said it best last weekend. ‘It’s time to get the train back on the tracks.’ That’s the plan this weekend in San Diego.”
Part of getting the train back on the tracks includes having Roczen’s RCH teammate Broc Tickle alongside in the paddock and on the starting line.
Tickle was back on his bike this week after taking last week off to recover after aggravating is back two weeks ago at the Oakland Supercross. The Holly, Mich., rider felt good on his Suzuki RM-Z450 and had a solid week of practice at Lake Elsinore (Calif.) Motorsports Park, clearing the way for his return to competition this weekend.
“It feels good to be back on the bike,” said Tickle. “We were all really happy with the progress we were making before Oakland so I’m looking forward to getting back in the swing of things this weekend in San Diego. It drove me crazy to have to watch Anaheim so I’m pumped to put what happened in Oakland behind me and get back after it. There’s a lot of season left so I’m going to work really hard to make up for the ground we lost. My goal is to pick right back up where we left off and keep improving.”
Before the gate drops at the track, Roczen, Tickle and RCH team co-owner Carey Hart will meet fans and sign autographs on Friday, Feb. 6, from 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. at Sycuan Casino. Located in nearby El Cajon, Sycuan Casino is just 30 minutes west from downtown San Diego.
Petco Park plays host this weekend when Monster Energy Supercross, an FIM World Championship, visits the home of the San Diego Padres for the final leg of the series’ opening West Coast swing. Round 6 of the 2015 Supercross schedule will be televised live on Fox Sports 1 Saturday, Feb. 7, beginning at 7 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, 10 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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