Team Suzuki Press Office – June 27.
Justin Bogle (RCH Yoshimura Suzuki) – 7th
Broc Tickle (RCH Yoshimura Suzuki) – 10th
Weston Peick (JGR Autotrader Suzuki) – 4th
Justin Barcia (JGR Autotrader Suzuki) – 6th
RCH/ Yoshimura/ Suzuki Factory Racing riders Justin Bogle and Broc Tickle made the best out of a potentially bad day, rallying from their own set of individual difficulties, to grind-out gritty top-10 overall performances in the weekend’s Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Tennessee National at Muddy Creek Raceway in America.
Bogle raced at the front of the field for most of the first premier 450 Class moto but struggled in the late stages, ultimately fading to 12th before the flag flew to close-out the first half of the day. The rider of the #19 Suzuki RM-Z450 rallied in the second moto by winning the holeshot and finishing fifth. By day’s end, Bogle logged a solid seventh-place overall finish to earn his fifth top-10 of the season.
The 24-year-old continues to hold down the sixth spot in the championship where just two points separate him from Tickle for a spot in the top five.
“Muddy Creek was decent,” commented Bogle following Round 5. “First moto was a big struggle. I was running up-front for most of it and then kind of got frustrated and hit a wall. Then I had a little trouble with my riding gear so that didn’t help. I was struggling pretty hard the last 10-15 minutes of the first moto. I’ll take that one on my shoulders. I just needed to get through those issues a little better. I worked on it for the second moto and came out and got the holeshot and was feeling great. I had a fall, got up, made some passes, got passed and made some passes again. I fought the whole way through and ended up fifth. I was seventh on the day so all things considered, I’ll take it. I’m not super excited about the result but I’m seeing light at the end of the tunnel. Second moto was good. Without a fall, I think I’m up there where I want to be.”
Tickle turned in a solid sixth-place effort in the first moto and fought his way back from an early fall in the second to stay on the lead lap and finish 12th. The gutsy effort allowed the #20 rider to hang on to fifth in points where he clings to a slim two-point advantage over Bogle and veteran Dean Wilson.
“I always look forward to Muddy Creek,” said Tickle. “I raced there a lot when I was growing up. I always have a lot of fans there and the track is great. I’m happy with my riding but I struggled with my starts. A couple of bad gate choices put me in some bad spots. First moto was good. I started 10th or so, passed a couple guys and pushed to the end to get sixth. Everyone was close and we didn’t get as spread out like we have over the last couple of weeks. Second moto, I tried lining-up on the inside but I didn’t get the jump I needed and ended up on the ground, on the bottom of the pile. I charged from dead last all the way to 12th and still finished on the lead lap. Not exactly the results I was looking for but there were still some positives. I’m looking forward to RedBud and getting back up front on starts and fighting for the podium.”
The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship returns to the Wolverine State Saturday for the series’ traditional Independence Day Weekend race at RedBud MX in Buchanan, Michigan.
JGR Autotrader Suzuki:
An ailing wrist couldn’t keep Weston Peick down. The California native used explosive speed, grit and relentless determination to finish 4-4 for fourth overall. Top five starts in both motos, combined with blistering-fast lap times, equated to an outstanding weekend for Peick. Team-mate Justin Barcia attacked the slippery conditions in the opening 450 qualifying session to log the second fastest time. With second pick of the gate for the first 450 moto, Barcia took full advantage. “Bam Bam” nailed the holeshot and led the 40-rider field to eventually finish fifth after suffering from a flat front tyre. A 10th-place start in the second moto left him battling the fast and choppy Muddy Creek conditions and logged 5-10 moto scores for sixth overall.
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