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Dodge/RCH Racing Race Advance - Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series
Posted by: newsla on Feb 12, 2013 - 06:51 PM
Dodge/RCH Racing Race Advance - Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series - Round 7 - Arlington, Texas

· Josh Hill returned to competition last weekend at San Diego. He finished 18th in the Main Event, breaking a 39-race absence from a SX 450 competition. Hill finished 10th in his Heat Race, won the LCQ to earn the Main Event berth – his first since Las Vegas in October of 2010.
· Broc Tickle’s 11th-place finish last weekend in San Diego vaulted the RCH Racing rider to 10th in the season point standings. He has made all six SX 450 Main Events this season with top-10 finishes in Oakland and Anaheim 3.
· Josh Hill’s only Cowboy Stadium start was in 2010; he finished sixth.
· Broc Tickle made his inaugural Cowboy Stadium SX 450 Class start last year; he finished 11th.


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· Suzuki won the inaugural Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series SX 450 Class race at Cowboy Stadium (Ryan Dungey).
· Speed will air the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series event at Arlington live on Saturday at 10:30 p.m. (ET).

· Dodge is seeking its first SX race win with RCH Racing.
· Broc Tickle’s career-best finish of second came at the 2006 SX event at Toronto.
· Dodge’s Josh Hill was the Monster Energy Supercross Series Rookie of the Year in 2008.
· Carey Hart was the recipient of the first R.A.D. (Riders Above Dirt) Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011.

No. 20 Dodge/Sycuan Casino/RCH Racing/Bel-Ray/Suzuki RM-Z450
Birthdate: 11/21/1989
Hometown: Holly, Mich. Mechanic: Tony Berluti

· First season riding the No. 20 Dodge/Sycuan Casino/RCH Racing/Bel-Ray/Suzuki RM-Z450.
· Finished eighth in 2012 SX rider standings with nine top-10 finishes in 16 starts.
· 2011 AMA Supercross Series Lites West champion.

No.75 Dodge/Sycuan Casino/RCH Racing/Bel-Ray/Suzuki RM-Z450
Birthdate: 07/30/1989
Hometown: Yoncalla, Ore. Mechanic: Shawn Bell

· Returns for his second season aboard the No. 75 Dodge/Sycuan Casino/RCH Racing/Bel-Ray/Suzuki RM-Z450.
· Has one career SX win (Minneapolis – 2008).
· Career best sixth-place finish in 2010 SX point standings.


BROC TICKLE (No. 20 Dodge/Sycuan Casino/RCH Racing/Bel-Ray/Suzuki Z450)
SIX ROUNDS INTO THE SEASON AND YOU’RE IN THE TOP-10 IN SX 450 CLASS RIDER POINTS HEADING INTO ARLINGTON THIS WEEKEND. TALK ABOUT YOUR APPROACH HEADING INTO COWBOY STADIUM: “I finally got a good start in the Main and just didn’t hold it together. I got flustered and got out of a rhythm. I don’t think that I was prepared to go for it right off the bat. We’re going to work on some sprint speed and keep plugging away. I feel like we got another piece of the puzzle last week in San Diego when I nailed the gate. I just need to keep putting myself in a good situation. I was a little frustrated with my first lap and then to lose spots later in the race and finish 11th. We’ll take the race start, put it in the puzzle, and keep plugging away.”

HAVE YOU HAD THE CHANCE TO LOOK AT TAPE OF SAN DIEGO? DID YOU JUST TIGHTEN UP? “For sure. I just got flustered up front and pumped up. Shorty (Andrew Short) ran me high off the berm and I lost 10 seconds or so on the lap and dropped some spots. I thought I rode really well at the end of the race. I just need to keep at it, stay healthy and keep working on the things that will make me faster on the weekend.”

YOU JUST MISSED A HOLESHOT LAST WEEKEND IN SAN DIEGO. WHAT WAS THE DIFFERENCE IN YOUR RACE START? “We’ve been working on it all year and it just hasn’t happened in a race. Everything clicked in the gate and I nailed it when the gate dropped. Everything clicked with my race start in San Diego; all the hard work paid off.”

DO YOU HAVE A DIFFERENT RACE APPROACH WHEN YOU’RE ONE OF THE FIRST TWO RIDERS OUT OF THE GATE? “When you have a great start, you don’t have anything going on around you. When you have a great start, you just need to lay it down and haul to get away from all the guys that are around you. The main thing is to keep plugging laps away and not worry about what the guys are doing behind me.”

YOU FINISHED 11TH LAST YEAR IN YOUR FIRST START AT COWBOY STADIUM. WHAT IS IT LIKE TO RACE IN SUCH A HUGE STADIUM? “Racing in Cowboy Stadium is really cool. I had the chance to sit in the stands last year during pre-race and just look around at how big that place is and how gnarly the scoreboard is. What does it cost – $1 million? The fans are great. The dirt is good. It’s going to be awesome to start the east coast swing in the top-10 in rider points.”

JOSH HILL (No. 75 Dodge/Sycuan Casino/RCH Racing/Bel-Ray/Suzuki Z450)
RUMOR HAS IT THERE WAS A ‘SHARK FIN’ SIGHTING LAST WEEKEND IN SAN DIEGO (PHOT0 ATTACHED)? (Laughs) “Ha! I pulled the holeshot in the LCQ and was so excited that I didn’t know what I was going to do. I flew off the jump (start-finish line) and was going to whip it and kind of screwed up, threw my legs off the bike and threw out a shark fin (pose). When I pulled that hole shot, you can’t imagine how excited I was. I couldn’t believe it.”

YOU LOGGED A LOT OF LAPS ON SATURDAY IN SAN DIEGO. WAS THE RACE PACE FOR 20 LAPS CHALLENGING? “To me, I only got a couple of days of riding before San Diego. Riding all the laps on Saturday – practice, qualifying and the Heat Race – I really didn’t have that much time to rest for the Main Event. My hand didn’t have a lot of grip in it when I went out for the Main. I tried to ride through it. I made it up to 14th at one point and then just lost a few spots. I think I was nicer than normal when I would see the blue flag and respected (it) more than some guys do. I got passed by the leaders and let them have some room, respect the fact that (Davi) Millsaps and (Justin) Barcia and (Chad) Reed were racing for the lead. Hopefully, I won’t be in that position this weekend in Arlington. I want to get out of my Heat Race and not have to go the LCQ and race with those guys on the lead lap in the Main. I’ve been in that situation where you’re 14th, 15th, 16th, and getting run down by the leaders. You don’t want to ruin somebody’s race win by getting in the way.”

YOU’VE BEEN THROUGH A LOT THE LAST TWO YEARS. DO YOU HAVE A BIGGER APPRECIATION FOR THE SPORT NOW THAT YOU’RE BACK RIDING IN MAIN EVENTS? “I’ve always had a great appreciation for the sport. Racing is what I’ve loved doing before I can remember even really racing. I’ve been riding dirt bikes since I was three-years old. It has always been a part of my life. Being off the bike because of injuries has definitely reminded me how much I love to ride dirt bikes and be able to have this opportunity. I’ll never lose the appreciation for the sport.”

TALK ABOUT THE SIZE OF DALLAS STADIUM AND THE AESTHETICS OF RACING IN SUCH A LARGE STADIUM? “It’s definitely a big place to race in. It’s fun. The only thing you really worry about is track layout and the rain. You really don’t focus too much on the fact that you’re in this killer stadium and there’s 50,000 people watching you ride. It’s cool to go to Dallas. The fans are awesome. Motocross is really big out there. They only get two SX races a year so they’re stoked when we show up to town. I’m excited to head east and keep the ball rolling.”

DO YOU FEEL A SENSE OF RELIEF AFTER MAKING THE MAIN EVENT LAST WEEKEND AND NOW IT’S JUST TIME TO GO OUT AND RIDE? “Yep. It’s been rough. Every time that I thought that I was going to be able to come back, I got hurt. Anaheim last year, I broke my tibia and heel in the first turn and I break my hand back at Anaheim this season. I always felt that I could go out and race with these guys. To break my hand at the first race this year was just demoralizing. It was a tough four weeks leading up to San Diego, to not have hardly any bike time. To make the Main was a huge sense or accomplishment.”

BROC (TICKLE) BUSTED INTO THE TOP 10 IN RIDER POINTS LAST WEEKEND IN SAN DIEGO, BUT IT LOOKED LIKE HIS 11TH-PLACE FINISH COULD HAVE BEEN A TOP-FIVE RIDE? “Absolutely. Point-wise we’re glad to be back inside the top-10. We’ve been working our way out of an 18th-place finish at Anaheim 1. We still need to work up the ladder a little bit in the overall standings.

“We had a solid top-10 last weekend but fell victim to someone’s poor etiquette out on the track. There’s nothing that you can do about it; you live and learn. You just have to remember
how some guys ride when they’re not in contention and try to make a mental note of it when you’re racing around them next time. We’ll take the points and keep moving forward. As the season moves east, I think things will start to move more in our favor.”

HAVE YOU TALKED TO BROC ABOUT SAN DIEGO AND WHAT KIND OF ADVICE CAN YOU OFFER HIM? “I think the biggest thing is that we’re getting the pieces of the puzzle together. Our race starts are getting better. When Broc was running up front like he was, he just needs to believe that he can race with those top guys. He’s fast and he’s a top rider. He’s a former Lites champion. He belongs up with the lead riders and rides lap times comparable with the lead riders. Giving him the confidence is our goal. Once he believes that he can do it and has the confidence of riding up front, he’ll be in good shape.

“(He) did get a little bit of arm pump in San Diego and rode a little tight. That’s racing. Once he gets more comfortable riding up front, I think you’re going to see his nerves settle down and his results will reflect such.”

DO YOU NEED A DIFFERENT MINDSET AS A RIDER WHEN YOU’RE UP FRONT LEADING THE PACK? “Absolutely. When you get a good start like Broc did in San Diego, you have to run fast. Just the tempo of the top-four is much different than if you get a 15th-place start. You have a clear track in front of you and it’s almost like car racing, when you have clean air you can go. It’s hard to do anything when you have guys in front of you and riding all over the place.”

JOSH HILL HAD A GREAT NIGHT IN SAN DIEGO BY WINNING THE LCQ AND RIDING STRONG ALL 20 LAPS IN THE MAIN: “Really happy for Josh. The result (18th) is what it is, but there’s only upside from this point on. Now we just want him to go out and make laps, improve every weekend and get back to where he has that race confidence. He has plenty of time this year to prove himself again. I’m happy for him. Now that he has a race under his belt, I believe that he can really start working towards his goals.”

HOW MUCH OF JOSH’S RACEDAY SUCCESS WILL COME IN HIS PREPARATION DURING THE WEEK? “A lot. He did a lot of laps in the offseason and I think that people will see how fast he is in four or five weeks when he gets more seat time while he’s healthy.”

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