Team Suzuki Press Office - May 20.
RCH Racing Suzuki's Broc Tickle overcame mid-pack starts and crashes to start the 2013 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross series at Hangtown, Sacramento in California with some solid points in the 12-round series.
Flying the new Ram Truck brand livery aboard the #20 Ram/ Sycuan Casino/ RCH Racing/ Suzuki RM-Z450, Tickle finished 14th in Moto 1 and 12th in Moto 2 for 12th overall, five points down on 10th in the series.
Flying the Ram Truck brand livery aboard the No. 20 Ram/Sycuan Casino/RCH Racing/Suzuki RM-Z450, Tickle scored 14th in the first 15 minute timed qualifying session as the RCH rider searched for the preferred racing line while learning the nuisances of the rolling terrain and multiple obstacles.
Said Tickle: "I think I was around 28th in the first sections of the opening moto, made a bunch of passes and after the second lap, I was in 12th. Then, I lost the front end on lap three. It was a little bit of a bummer that I did that but got it back up, got it going and passed some guys. The guys that I was around already were way out in front of me, so I had some work cut out for me to try to get close to them, but I felt pretty good."
Tickle started 14th as the gate dropped for Moto No. 2. He was trapped in early traffic and was running 18th after the first circuit, but charged hard and was up to 12th by Lap eight.
"I had somebody right in front of me and I wanted to pass them, so I gave 'er an extra charge there and found some good lines toward the end of the race," said Tickle. "My last five or six laps were my best laps of the whole race. That was really good. It showed that I was strong.
"I'm a little bummed because I know where I should be. I normally shine a little better in Outdoors and I am in good shape, but we got the first one out of the way. We have 22 more motos and time to knuckle down, get in there and be around the top five. If you look at the first moto, for instance, my fastest lap was at the end, but the sixth-placed guy; his last five laps were way slower than mine.
"You know, the competition is deep this year and everybody is healthy right now. The goal for the team and for myself is to do the best we can do. We know where we should be and that's around fifth to eighth every weekend. That's where I should be every moto."
The 2013 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship now heads to Thunder Valley in Lakewood, Colorado for Round 2 next weekend. Overall Race Results:
1. Ryan Villopoto (Kawasaki), 2. Ryan Dungey (KTM), 3. James Stewart (Yoshimura Suzuki), 4. Trey Canard (Honda), 5. Justin Barcia (Honda), 6. Ryan Sipes (Rockstar Energy Suzuki), 7. Andrew Short (KTM), 8. Mike Alessi (Suzuki), 9. Tyla Rattray (Kawasaki), 10. Weston Peick (Suzuki), 12. Broc Tickle (RCH Suzuki).
MX Rider Point Standings: CLICK HERE FOR TOP-10Photo: Simon Cudby.