Courtesy of Team Suzuki Press Office
Team Suzuki Press Office – May 29.
Broc Tickle (RCH Yoshimura Suzuki) 14-4 for 7th
Justin Bogle (RCH Yoshimura Suzuki) 12-5 for 8th
Weston Peick (JGR Autotrader Suzuki) 9-6 for 5th
Justin Barcia (JGR Autotrader Suzuki) 13-10 for 11th
RCH Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing riders Broc Tickle and Justin Bogle turned in strong performances aboard their Suzuki RM-Z450s in Saturday’s annual Memorial Day weekend Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship event at Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, California.
Tickle logged a 14-4 performance and was credited with a seventh-place overall finish while Bogle notched a 12-5 effort and was scored eighth overall.
With two of 12 rounds complete, Tickle currently sits eighth in the American series, but a slim three-point margin leaves him within striking distance of Jason Anderson in sixth; while only five separates him from the top-five. Meanwhile, Bogle leaves Glen Helen ninth in the standings, with only four points between him and his team-mate.
Tickle was eighth-fastest in Saturday’s final qualifying session but struggled out of the starting gate in the first moto. He raced through the first corner of the opening 30-minute-plus-two-laps moto in 15th and spent the rest of the session trying to reel-in the top-10 riders. Unfortunately, with less than five laps to go, the Michigan rider stalled his machine, leaving him 14th when the flag waved on the first 450 class moto of the weekend.
“First moto was going pretty well,” commented Tickle. “I didn’t get that good of a start but I rode my way up to 11th. I felt like I could have got 10th or ninth if I made a late-race charge but I ended up stalling my bike with five laps to go and ended up 14th. The track was tough and kind-of hard to pass on. I was struggling a bit, just flowing and connecting with the track.”
Bogle was sixth immediately following the first gate-drop but the Cushing, Oklahoma rider faded as the moto wore on, leaving him 12th at the break. Back at the starting gate for the second moto, the rider of the No. #19 Suzuki RM-Z450 got another strong jump on the competition and rounded the first corner inside the top-five. Bogle was a fixture near the front of the field for the rest of the afternoon and was rewarded with his first top-five moto finish of the season.
“It was nice to put a solid top-10 together and come out of Glen Helen with a good points day,” said Bogle. “The bike was fast and we made the right adjustments. We’re making progress and seeing results. That’s all you can ask for. Everything is moving in the right direction so hopefully we can keep it going and come out firing next weekend at Thunder Valley.”
Tickle bettered his first moto from the moment the gate dropped on the second race and was scored seventh before completing the first lap. As the race wore on, the rider of the No. #20 Suzuki set his sights on the leaders, eventually cracking the top-four to earn his best moto finish of this young season.
“We made some adjustments to the bike for the second moto and ended-up getting a pretty decent start. I got in behind (Marvin) Musquin and pretty-much trailed him the whole race, so it was good to get in there and run with him. It felt good to put in some laps like I have been during the week. We ended the day solid with a fourth in the second moto and I’m looking forward to Colorado already. I feel like that last moto was a sign of hard work paying off and us heading in the right direction. Glen Helen and Hangtown haven’t been my best tracks and I came out of both with the best finishes I’ve ever had at those tracks. I think that shows I’m in a good place to keep moving up as we head east. I’m looking forward to Colorado and heading back east for all the rest of the races.”
JGRMX Autotrader Suzuki Team:
Both Justin Barcia (#51) and Weston Peick (#32) began the first moto inside the top-10 running ninth and eighth respectively aboard their RM-Z450 machinery. Peick finished the moto in ninth with Barcia 13th. In moto two, Barcia was at the front of the field for several laps while Peick began the race just inside the top-10. Barcia lost several positions during the 30-minute-plus-two-lap race, ending in 10th place, while Peick advanced to sixth. Peick’s 9–6 score gave him fifth overall in just his second race back from a broken wrist, while Barcia was credited with 11th overall for his 13–10 results.
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