RCH Suzuki Factory Racing’s Broc Tickle carded a ninth place finish in Saturday night’s AMA/ FIM World Supercross Championship event at St. Louis aboard his RM-Z450.
For the most part, highs and lows are a way of life when your office is a Monster Energy Supercross race and your counterparts are some of the best riders and support personnel in the world.
At its peak, the 2015 season represented victory and consistency for RCH Soaring Eagle/ Jimmy Johns/ Suzuki Factory Racing: Ken Roczen, rider of the team’s # 94 Suzuki RM-Z450, opened the year with a win, a runner-up finish and another win. Roczen’s team-mate Tickle kick- started 2015 with an eighth and a 12th at Anaheim and Phoenix but turned the corner back in Anaheim with a top-five at the third round.
Unfortunately, the ‘lows’ began at Round four and spanned the next nine races. Tickle came-up-short on the business-end of a triple in Oakland that side-lined him for the next race in Anaheim. Roczen had his own trouble in Oakland but would ultimately need to take some time off, starting with Daytona, to recover from the ankle injury he originally sustained at the series’ first stop.
Since then, podiums have been in short supply and victories even more elusive. While Tickle has put together an impressive string of eight consecutive top-10 finishes, including a ninth-place effort Saturday night in St. Louis, he knows expectations are much higher.
“I’m frustrated,” explained Tickle, who moved up to ninth in points after Round 13. “I feel like I’m trying so hard to be better and get better but we’re still struggling. The weekend off (next weekend) will be good. I’m not happy about the Main Event in St. Louis at all. I had a good start but I still finished ninth. I just didn’t have it in me, I guess. Maybe we’ll change it-up a little bit over the next couple of weeks and go ride outdoors for a couple of days. Just do something different and then come back to Houston. We’ve only got four more races so the Supercross season is coming to an end really quickly. I’m still thriving off trying to podium this season. Even though I’m frustrated, I’m not giving up on it. I’m looking forward to taking a couple of days off for myself and spending some time with my wife. After that, I’ll get back after it and be ready for Houston.” Despite the collective disappointment, RCH Director of Competition Mark Johnson knows the team’s potential and is eager to utilise the break in the schedule to get the organisation pointed back in the right direction.
“I know our team is better than what we’re producing right now and we’ve got some work to do,” commented Johnson following the St. Louis Supercross. “I hope by the time Houston rolls around, we’ve found our way again.”
Monster Energy Supercross will take a one-week hiatus before returning to action at NRG Stadium in Houston on April 11th.
St. Louis 450 Supercross Results: 1. Ryan Dungey (KTM), 2. Eli Tomac (Honda), 3. Jason Anderson (Husqvarna), 4. Cole Seely (Honda), 5. Weston Peick (Yamaha), 6. Josh Grant (Kawasaki), 7. Davi Millsaps (Kawasaki), 8. Chad Reed (Kawasaki), 9. Broc Tickle (RCH Suzuki), 10. Blake Baggett (Yoshimura Suzuki).