RCH Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing kicked-off the 2017 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship with a pair of solid outings as the 2017 outdoor season got underway on Saturday afternoon at the 49th Hangtown Motocross Classic at Prairie City State Vehicle Recreation Area in America.
RCH riders Broc Tickle and Justin Bogle showed the way for the Suzuki brand aboard their RM-Z450s, with each turning-in solid performances: Tickle, in his first race since injuring his wrist last month, finished seventh in both premier 450 class motos to earn him a fifth-place overall finish, while Bogle came home 10th overall on the strength of an 8-10 effort on the day.
Said Tickle: “Hangtown went pretty well. Obviously, for being off the bike for two weeks and not training, to come out of Hangtown with a fifth overall and a 7-7 finish, is a great day and I’m really happy with the bike. The track was gnarly and tough so I’m stoked with our finish. It’s a great finish to build-off of. I think we’ve got a ton of potential. Podiums are totally attainable each and every weekend as long as I get good starts. “
Tickle qualified sixth for first race of the 12-round championship and rounded the first corner of the first 30-minute-plus-two-laps moto eighth in the running order. The Lake Elsinore, California resident spent the first 12 minutes tracking down seventh place and ultimately made the pass for position with 18 minutes left in the first moto. After the pass, Tickle settled in and held his ground for the remainder of the opening 450 Class moto of the season.
Broc Tickle: RCH Suzuki – 5th
Justin Bogle: RCH Suzuki – 10th
Justin Barcia: JGR Suzuki – 9th