SALT LAKE CITY, UT – April 24, 2017 – A promising night that had the makings of a pair of strong finishes ended in disappointment for RCH/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing when Monster Energy Supercross, an FIM World Championship, made its return to Salt Lake City Saturday night.
Justin Bogle, rider of the No. 19 Suzuki RM-Z450, collected the holeshot at Round 15 and was racing inside the top five when his machine got away from him in the whoop section at Rice-Eccles Stadium, just prior to the halfway mark of the 450SX Class main event. Extensive damage forced Bogle to the mechanics area so his team could survey the damage and offer makeshift repairs, ultimately leaving him 21st in the final rundown.
“I just made a mistake in the whoops and it ended up costing us,” explained Bogle. “We had a great night going right up until that point. I qualified straight out of the heat, drilled the holeshot in the main event, and was running with the leaders until I went down. That’s just kind of how our season has gone. It’s a tough pill to swallow and I’m not making any excuses. We’ll just keep working hard and hope our luck swings back the other way.”
Bogle’s RCH teammate Broc Tickle, the senior member of RCH’s Suzuki RM Army, also qualified for the main event straight from his heat race and had a strong top 10 run going until an incident just before halfway eventually shuffled him back to 12th when the checkered flag waved.
Despite coming up two spots short of a top 10, Tickle held on to eighth in points where he paces veterans Dean Wilson and Chad Reed by nine with two races remaining on the 2017 schedule.
“Overall, it was a pretty good night but I would have really liked to get out of there with a better finish than 12th,” offered Tickle. “I had a good heat race and transferred straight into the main but I got a terrible start and had to try and catch up for the rest of the night. I was making my way forward but it didn’t work out like we hoped. We’ll go on to East Rutherford and Las Vegas and try and finish out the last two on a high note.”
Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, returns to New Jersey this weekend when the series visits MetLife Stadium. The 16th of 17 races on the 2017 Monster Energy Supercross calendar will be televised live on FOX Saturday, April 29 beginning at 5 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, 2 p.m. Pacific.
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