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Posted by: newsla on Jun 04, 2013 - 06:40 PM
Ram Truck/RCH Racing Race Advance - Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship - Round 4 - High Point Raceway

· RCH Racing’s Broc Tickle (No. 20 Ram/Sycuan Casino/RCH Racing Suzuki RM-Z450) finished 10th overall last weekend in Tennessee – his first 450MX Class top 10 of the season.
· RCH Racing is a partnership between freestyle pioneer and entrepreneur Carey Hart and legendary rider Ricky Carmichael who is in charge of rider development as well as team testing, research and development.


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· RCH Racing’s Broc Tickle is making his second 450MX Class start at High Point. He finished seventh overall last year. Round 4 at High Point last season started a seven-race streak of top-10 overall finishes for Tickle including podium finishes at Budds Creek, Southwick and Unadilla.
· TV Coverage: Moto 1 – Saturday, June 8 at 1 p.m. on Fuel TV; Moto 2 – Saturday, June 8 at 5 p.m. on NBCSN.

· Broc Tickle has made 76 MX starts – 450MX Class (15), MX Lites (24), 250MX (34) and MX (3). He has an average finish of 7.6 in the 15 450MX starts. He climbed three positions in the series rider standings after Round 3 last weekend and is now 11th, two points behind 10th-place Brian Sipes.
· Ryan Dungey snapped Ryan Villopoto’s winning streak at five last week in Tennessee. He entered the second moto at Muddy Creek unbeaten in 2013.
· Yoshimura R&D provides direct factory support and a key technical platform for research and development to RCH Racing.

· RAM is in its first season teamed with RCH Racing for competition in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship.
· Broc Tickle finished runner-up three times last year in MX competition (Mechanicsville, Southwick and Unadilla).
· RCH co-owner Ricky Carmichael claimed a record 15 championships – 10 MX (record) and five SX. He recorded 150 career wins (record) – 102 MX (record) and 48 SX (second all-time). Carmichael rode to two perfect MX seasons and captured 10 consecutive titles (1997-2006).

Starts Motos Wins Top 3s Top 10s
Tickle 3 6 0 0 1

BROC TICKLE (No. 20 Ram/Sycuan Casino/RCH Racing/Suzuki RM-Z450)
YOU SCORED YOUR FIRST TOP-10 LAST WEEKEND AND YOU’RE HEADING TO HIGH POINT RACEWAY WHERE YOU FINISHED SEVENTH LAST YEAR. “I really enjoy High Point. I’ve always done pretty well there. I grew up racing there too in qualifiers and stuff for amateur racers. I’m looking forward to getting there and running that track. It’s a unique track. It has some deep ruts and off-camber corners. I seem to do well with that kind of stuff so I’m really looking forward to it.”

WHAT SPECIFICALLY DO YOU LIKE ABOUT THAT TRACK? “The dirt there is really good. It’s (the racing surface) kind of hard underneath. Where it’s at, it seems like every year we get a rain shower or thundershower either the day before the race or on race day. The track has cool jumps and it flows really well. It’s not stop and go, stop and go. It’s got a good flow to it. It really does have a lot of off-cambers where it fits on that hill and in that valley.”

IS IT DIFFICULT TO ADJUST TO A DIFFERENT TRACK EACH WEEK? DOES IT TAKE A FEW LAPS FOR YOU TO KNOW HOW TO APPROACH EACH CORNER? “Most of us who’ve been racing this series, we race the same tracks pretty much every year. Last weekend was different, obviously (first-time event at Muddy Creek Raceway in Blountville, Tenn.). Mark Barnett builds a lot of stuff, I think he does a couple tracks during the outdoors and he actually builds High Point and he built Muddy Creek last weekend. He builds the same everywhere he goes. He doesn’t get off his beaten path so normally, once you ride one of his tracks, you get used to it.”

HOW BIG OF A FACTOR IS THE HEAT AND HUMIDITY WITH RACES ON THE EAST COAST DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS? IT MUST BE PHYSICALLY DEMANDING IN THE SECOND MOTO OF THE DAY. “Oh yeah, for sure, like last weekend was the first hot race we’ve had. I felt pretty good but it’s definitely tough with travel too. When you travel from West to East it’s hard to go to sleep the night before the race because it’s 10 o’clock there but really seven o’clock where we’re staying during the week. That makes it a little tough. The main thing is making sure you’re hydrated all week; don’t try to hydrate the day before. You’ve got to make sure you’re hydrated the whole week before and keep it going the whole week because if you’re not hydrated, you’ll get cramps. That’s the main thing, I think, is being hydrated. They’ve had a bunch of guys who’ve gotten dehydrated at some of the races in years past and had to go to the hospital.”

IS IT DIFFICULT TO PREPARE FOR THE HEAT? “The first hot race is always tough and if you have two hot races in row, it makes it tough too because you’re drained on Sunday whenever you’re flying back (west coast). Then, you’re pretty much back at it Monday and Tuesday. You’ve got to make sure you’re on top of things, eating right.

“Like this weekend, it wasn’t tough at Muddy Creek but I think it was because it was only 75. We’ll see how hot it’s supposed to be this weekend. I actually enjoy racing in the heat because a lot of guys aren’t used it. I mean, I’m from North Carolina. I know how the humidity is and even though I do live in California now, it seems like once it’s with you and you’re around it, you know what to expect. Out here (California), it might be a hundred but it’s not humid at all.”

A TOP 10 LAST WEEK FOR BROC (TICKLE) AT MUDDY CREEK, DO YOU FEEL THAT THE TEAM MOVED THE NEEDLE IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION? “Yep. It was a little more positive last weekend. We have a goal every weekend. Anything above fifth (place) is like a win with the depth of the series and anything outside of the top-10, we’re not doing our job. Moto-wise, we didn’t achieve that. Overall, the end result was an improvement and we achieved our goal for the week. I’m pleased that we made steps in the right direction – we still have a lot of work to do. I think after talking to Broc last weekend, we’re going to change some things with his practices to try and get better.”

WHAT’S THE FOCUS THIS WEEK? “The focus this week is intensity. After watching my first outdoor national of the year in-person last weekend, we have two goals: We have to work on intensity and bring it as hard as you can every lap. The second is the race start. We took some video of Broc’s race start and we saw where we could be better and we’ll work on it.”

WHAT ARE YOUR INITIAL THOUGHTS ON THE FIRST-QUARTER OF THE MX SEASON? “The Ryans – Villopoto and Dungy – those two guys are just making it happen. They have the fitness part down and they want to succeed. Their desire to succeed is awesome. It was good to see (Justin) Barcia ride well. He had a good race at Muddy Creek. I think he needs to get the fitness level up a little bit. He was in a great position to win the overall and just ran out of steam at the end.”

THE HEAT OF SUMMER IS UPON THE MX SERIES. WHAT ADJUSTMENTS DO RIDERS HAVE TO MAKE TO HANDLE THE HEAT? “The biggest thing is you have to stay hydrated. It doesn’t start on race day. From Tuesday to Saturday, you have to keep your fluids up. While you’re riding during the week you’re burning calories, sweating, using more fluids. You have to replenish yourself. You’re preparing your body for the weekend so when you get to the track, you’re hydrated and ready to go the distance.”

DO YOU CHANGE YOUR WEEKDAY PRACTICE SCHEDULE TO ADJUST TO THE HEAT? RIDE LESS? RIDE MORE? “For the outdoor series training, the races are a little bit longer so endurance is really important. Your cardio needs to be better for the long race. You maybe dial your intensity down a bit during the week and focus on endurance more. Different guys ride different programs during the week, but you have to focus on endurance.”

HP WAS THE START OF SEVEN CONSECUTIVE 450MX CLASS FINISHES, INCLUDING THREE PODIUM FINISHES. HOW IMPORTANT ARE THE NEXT FEW RACES FOR BROC? “I won’t ever discredit a rider but one thing is for sure and that is the MX field is just stacked this season. You have so many good riders – all the heavy hitters that you didn’t have last season. You didn’t have Ryan Villopoto. You didn’t have Justin Barcia. You didn’t have Trey Canard. You didn’t have Chad Reed. You didn’t have James Stewart after the third round. There are four or five positions that are taking up spots this year. Just like Supercross, if you take those four or five guys out of the equation you’re riding fifth. It’s third-grade math. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure that out. The competition is incredible in the outdoor series this season. You have to be able to answer the call when the phone rings.”

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