Courtesy of Team Suzuki Press Office
RCH/ Yoshimura/ Suzuki Factory Racing’s Broc Tickle and Justin Bogle took the positives away from the weekend’s eighth-round AMA/ FIM World Supercross in Atlanta despite being dealt blows in the Main Event.
Both had solid practice sessions at the Georgia Dome and qualified for the Main Event straight out of their heat races, but both suffered in the Main with Tickle 14th and Bogle 17th in the final rundown.
“Atlanta was a rough one,” commented Tickle, who slipped to 10th in the points. “I qualified for the Main Event right out of my heat, which was awesome. I got the holeshot and finished third so that was a great way to start out the night, but I got a terrible start in the Main. The track was tough and it was really hard to pass. There were a lot of guys going the same speed so that makes it hard to reel anyone in. It was tough in the back of the pack to make passes and make them stick. It was frustrating but we need to stay focused on our program, keep doing the same things and not get down. We’ll keep working hard and making progress.”
For his part, Bogle got his usual strong start in his heat race and raced with the frontrunners for the entirety of the second five-minute-plus-one-lap qualifier, where he finished fourth.
When the gate dropped in the Main Event, the rider of the #19 Suzuki RM-Z450 crossed the holeshot stripe fourth and maintained his footing in the top-five for a good portion of the first half of the feature. Unfortunately, with just over 10 minutes remaining as he was racing for sixth, Bogle was collected when another rider crossed over a set of ruts, making contact with his machine and leaving him nowhere to go.
With the clock continuing to roll and the laps rapidly clicking off, all Bogle could do was dust himself off and finish the race.
“That was a bad deal,” explained Bogle. “We really had a good night going. Had a great run in the heat race and got a great start in the Main. I was up front, taking care of the bike and making laps. It stinks when another guy crosses a set of ruts and takes you out. We had a really solid night going, right up until that point. We’ll keep working at it.”
Monster Energy Supercross heads north of the border this weekend when the series returns to Toronto in Canada.
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