RCH Soaring Eagle - Jimmy Johns - Suzuki Factory Racing
LOOKS TO STAY THE COURSE IN ROUND 3 AT ANAHEIM
CHINO HILLS, Calif. (January 13, 2015) – With the new season in full swing, RCH Soaring Eagle/Jimmy Johns/Suzuki Factory Racing heads back to the familiar and comfortable surroundings of Orange County (Calif.) this weekend when the Monster Energy Supercross, an FIM World Championship, returns to Angel Stadium of Anaheim for the third stop on the 2015 schedule.
Ken Roczen, rider of RCH’s No. 94 Suzuki RM-Z450, has been the picture of consistency since winning the 450SX season opener at Angel Stadium two weeks ago. Last weekend, Roczen finished second to fellow sophomore standout Eli Tomac but still stretched his 450SX championship lead to nine points.
Fellow RCH stablemate Broc Tickle opened the new year by finishing eighth at A1 aboard his Suzuki RM-Z450, but a challenging main event at Chase Field in Phoenix left him 12th in the final rundown last Saturday night. Still, Tickle fell only one spot in the championship and currently sits ninth, just four points behind seventh and 10 outside the top five.
Despite boasting an average finishing position of 1.5 over the first two events, Roczen isn’t resting on his laurels and knows where he needs to improve to be better every week.
“I’m going to work on myself again this week,” said Roczen following the Phoenix race. “I need to focus on getting good starts, not crashing and we’re going to try and get another win.”
After opening the season with a win and second-place finish, Roczen’s mechanic Kelly Lumgair is confident about coming back to Anaheim. But with 15 races left on the 2015 calendar, Lumgair knows weekly podium appearances, or lack thereof, are what will make or break the team’s championship run.
“Anaheim is always good for Ken so we’re looking for another good race this weekend,” explained Lumgair. “From my perspective, podiums are going to win the championship so our goal is to be on the podium every week.”
Tickle was understandably disappointed following Phoenix and was eager to move on and get to work at the practice track this week. In eight 450SX main event starts at Angel Stadium, the 25-year-old Holly, Mich., rider has earned a pair of eighth-place finishes and recorded a solid 9.6 finishing average. On the flip side, Tickle enjoyed his own degree of success at Anaheim in 250SX competition, recording a pair of runner-up efforts and finishing outside the top six just once.
“I’m looking forward to going back to Anaheim,” said Tickle. “Anaheim is always a good place for me. I want to have a good week and work on the stuff I need to so I can be better next weekend.”
The 2015 Monster Energy AMA Supercross rolls on this weekend when the RCH contingent returns for the second of three visits to Angel Stadium of Anaheim. The third of 17 races on the 2015 Supercross schedule will be televised live on Fox Sports 1 Saturday, Jan. 17 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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