Tough Night For RCH Racing

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SUZUKI FACTORY RACING IN OAKLAND
Tickle Sidelined Early, Roczen Battles Back to Finish 16th

OAKLAND, Calif. (January 26, 2015) – If adversity builds character, then RCH Soaring Eagle/Jimmy Johns/Suzuki Factory Racing left Oakland steeped in fortitude.

RCH Suzuki RM-Z450 riders Ken Roczen and Broc Tickle had hard-hitting nights and left the fourth race of the 2015 Monster Energy Supercross, an FIM World Championship, bruised and battered but ultimately, none too worse for the wear.

Both Roczen and Tickle fell victim to the challenging Oakland race course at O.co Coliseum, taking a hit in the final race rundown as well as the 450SX points. Roczen, who came into the event with a 12-point lead in the championship, now trails new leader Ryan Dungey by four, while Tickle slipped from seventh to 12th in the standings.

Much to everyone’s chagrin, the RCH duo’s collective night started out on the polar end of the spectrum from where it finished. Roczen picked up his first heat-race win of the year and Tickle finished third in the same heat, guaranteeing both riders choice spots at the starting gate for the main event.

Unfortunately, Tickle was caught up in a multi-bike melee heading into the first corner. Although the Holly, Mich., rider was able to recover quickly from the initial incident, he came up short on a triple later during the opening lap, forcing him back to the paddock and an early exit.

“I’m super-bummed on the way the night ended up,” said Tickle. “I had an awesome second practice qualifier and a great heat. The racing was awesome and the track felt great. Unfortunately, I crashed on the start in the main and was in the back of the pack. I got back going but I came up short on that triple and jammed my back. I was hoping to tough it out and salvage as many points as I could but my body was telling me something different. We’ll regroup this week so I can be at Anaheim next weekend ready to rock.”

As a precautionary measure, Tickle made a voluntary trip to nearby Sutter Eden Medical Center following the incident where he was examined, released and cleared to travel home with the team.

For his part, Roczen got a great jump out of the gate to start the main event and was solidly inside the top three for the opening circuits. But after setting up and making the pass for second on two-time 450SX champion Chad Reed, the 20-year-old German rider misjudged the same triple as Tickle, landing on the face of the jump and taking himself out of any chance for the win. Shaken but not broken, Roczen picked up his Suzuki, finished the race and earned a respectable 16th-place finish.

“My heat race was really good,” explained Roczen. “I got off to a great start in the main. Battled with (Chad) Reed and Shorty (Andrew Short) … Made the pass on Reed. And I just totally brain farted. I’m so mad at myself. I tried to triple and came up short. I hit my face and my goggles on my handlebar so I had to stop and just check myself for a minute. Luckily, I got back up and kept going. Those are important points.”

“We had a rough night,” commented team manager Kyle Bentley following the race. “Things aren’t always going to be perfect. Broc came up short on the same triple Kenny did. That’s racing. We’re just glad they’re both healthy. We’ll move on and regroup and be ready for Anaheim next weekend.”

Monster Energy Supercross, an FIM World Championship, returns to Anaheim next weekend for the series’ third and final visit of the year to Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Race five of the 17-race Supercross schedule will be televised live on Fox Sports 1 Saturday, Jan. 31 beginning at 7 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, 10 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

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Roczen Earns Second Win of the Season, Tickle Fifth at Angel Stadium

ANAHEIM, Calif. (January 18, 2015) – RCH Soaring Eagle/Jimmy Johns/Suzuki Factory Racing kept the momentum rolling Saturday night when Ken Roczen picked up the win and Broc Tickle finished fifth in the Monster Energy Supercross event at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.

The win was Roczen’s second of the season and third career at Angel Stadium. Tickle’s fifth-place finish was his best effort of 2015, less than a year removed from a potentially career-ending injury he suffered last March in Toronto.

Despite Roczen’s first- and second-place finishes, respectively, in the first two races, the 20-year-old 450SX sophomore standout was cautiously optimistic before the gate dropped on the third main event of the year.

“My day started out a little bit rusty,” commented Roczen, who is undefeated at Anaheim this season. “The track was really special and not easy to ride. I knew, going into the track walk, not to get stressed about the first or second practice. The track really came around in the main. It was pretty tricky. We had some ruts out there and it was a big track with long lap times. That definitely made it interesting. We got good starts when we needed them, and I think everyone can see that my Suzuki RM-Z450 works awesome. We had a great heat race so I was very confident going into the main. I didn’t get the holeshot but I was still near the front after the start and that was all I really needed.”

Roczen was second fastest in both of Saturday’s qualifying sessions and, coincidentally, finished second to Ryan Dungey in the first 450SX heat race of the program. The solid effort in his heat guaranteed the German rider a spot at the starting gate for the main event. While he settled for second in the preliminaries, that wouldn’t be the case when the money was on the line. Jimmy Albertson won the holeshot but it took Roczen less than a lap to pass Albertston, Davi Millsaps and, ultimately, Andrew Short for the top spot. From there it was all Roczen, all night, where he led all 20 laps en route to the fourth big-bike win of his young career.

“Shorty (Andrew Short) is a hard guy to pass,” said Roczen, who extended his point lead to 12. “I didn’t really want to get tangled up behind him so I had to make the move. After that, I needed to ride smart but stay focused on intensity because everyone was really fast. My bike worked awesome. It felt great and that’s all that matters. We put in a few strong laps but I couldn’t rest because Ryan (Dungey) got a bit closer sometimes during the race. Overall, it was a really good night. It was good to fight back after last weekend. We’ll keep going and hopefully, just inch away with the points lead. As long as we’re winning, we’re good.”

Tickle had a solid weekend overall. The Holly, Mich., rider was solid in both of the weekend’s qualifying sessions but a sixth-place finish in his heat race forced Tickle to race his way through the first 450SX semifinal of the night.

If confidence breeds confidence, then Tickle’s path to the main event was just what the doctor ordered. After winning the holeshot in the semi, the 2011 Supercross West Coast Lites Champion led every lap and cruised to an easy victory. That performance catapulted Tickle to his best finish of the year and offered the 25-year-old a welcome sigh of relief after a tough outing last weekend in Phoenix.

“Everything went pretty good,” explained Tickle after Round 3. “The semi set the tone for the night. Honestly, I haven’t gotten a holeshot in a couple of years. And winning the semi was important. All that confidence carried over into the main. All I did was go out there, try to ride 20 solid laps and it paid off. There was a lot of carnage midway through the race so I just tried to keep my pace going and look forward. (Justin) Barcia was close to me and I knew if I stayed close to him that I would leave a gap behind me. That was my goal and that’s kind of what happened. (Cole) Seely started catching me at the end but I still had some left in the tank, so I opened it up a little bit and gapped him just enough where I could cruise the last couple of laps. It was an awesome main event. It gives me goose bumps getting off the bike after a finish like that. I really appreciate everyone who stuck with me after the injury last year.”

RCH co-owner Carey Hart was on hand in Anaheim when the dust settled and was obviously proud of both his riders.

“The whole night is really bittersweet,” said Hart. “With Ken getting the win and to see Broc come back and finish fifth after the year he had last year is just awesome. I’m not sure who I’m happier for.

“I’m excited about next week,” continued Hart. “We’ve got a lot of momentum. Broc did great. He’s really getting his starts down. The win was a good boost for Ken to keep his confidence up. We’ll get back on the test track this week, put in the work and come into Oakland next weekend, rolling.”

Team manager Kyle Bentley was also pleased following the event but he was quick to credit the ongoing team effort that provides Tickle and Roczen with Suzuki RM-Z450s that perform at the highest level.

“I’m super excited,” said Bentley. “I couldn’t be more proud of Ken. He puts in the work during the week but I’m even happier for Broc. I’m super stoked for the whole team. We’ve put in a lot of work and a lot of effort. It’s a team deal. I also need to give credit to Ivan Tedesco for helping us during the week and getting our bike setups dialed in. I’m almost speechless. It’s a long season so we just need to keep rolling.”

The 2015 Monster Energy AMA Supercross heads up the Pacific Coast to Oakland next weekend when Roczen, Tickle and the rest of the RCH contingent trek to northern California for the first of two annual visits to the San Francisco Bay Area. The fourth of 17 races on the 2015 Supercross schedule will be televised live on Fox Sports 1 Saturday, Jan. 24, beginning at 7 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, 10 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
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Roczen, RCH Soaring Eagle/Jimmy Johns/Suzuki Factory Racing Kick Off New Season in Style

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DOMINANT, EMOTIONAL WIN AT ANAHEIM OPENER FOR KEN ROCZEN, RCH SOARING EAGLE/JIMMY JOHNS/SUZUKI FACTORY RACING
Broc Tickle Turns in Top-10 Performance in Supercross Return

ANAHEIM, Calif. – (January 4, 2015) – Ken Roczen and RCH Soaring Eagle/Jimmy Johns/Suzuki Factory Racing turned in a dominant performance in Saturday night’s opening round of the 2015 Monster Energy Supercross season. Roczen parlayed his sizzling performance into a breakthrough, first-time 450SX win for the team co-owned by Freestyle Motocross pioneer Carey Hart and 15-time AMA National Champion Ricky Carmichael.

“It’s been a long time coming,” commented an emotional Hart following the event. “We’ve been at this eight or nine years and honestly, it’s very bittersweet. I have to give it all up to Mark Johnson, Kyle (Bentley) and the whole technical team. Ivan Tedesco did a ton of pre-season testing for us and that paid off in a big way. Ken put his head down and rode solid from the time the gate dropped. At the same time, Broc Tickle rode an amazing race. That was his first time back after breaking his back last year in Toronto and to get out of here with an eighth-place finish is an important accomplishment for him. I just could not be happier for my crew and all my guys.”

Not surprisingly, Roczen, last year’s opening round winner, was first- and second-fastest respectively, in both of Saturday afternoon’s qualifiyng sessions. After the gate dropped on the 450SX Main Event, he dispatched of holeshot winner Mike Alessi and took over the lead from Andrew Short before completing the first of 20 laps, never looking back. Over the remaining 19 trips around Angel Stadium of Anaheim, the 20-year-old, German-born rider would strech his lead to just over four seconds.

“Great weekend,” explained Roczen. “It was our first race together so it was cool to actually get going. The night couldn’t have gone any better. To come out with the win and obviously, the first for the team, I take a lot of pride in that. That makes me really happy and proud. It just shows how hard we have worked. We’re going to keep going from here. There’s more to come. It’s just good to get this first one out of the way. Now, we’ll go home and keep working.”

Tickle was consistently inside the top 10 during 450SX qualifying and maintained that consistency thoughout the night’s program. After finishing ninth in his heat race, the Holly, Mich., rider had to race his way through the semi final. True to form, Tickle finished third in the evening’s second 450SX semi, locking down a spot at the gate for the 450 Main. After getting a decent jump off the starting line, Tickle settled in and picked off spots one at a time, ultimately recording an impressive eighth-place showing.

“I’m somewhat frustrated, but as I sit back and think about it, the fact that I haven’t raced in eight months helps keep it in perspective,” said Tickle. “I’m actually pretty pumped about it. We’re starting a lot like we did last season. We built on it every week and once we got out to the east coast and back to Dallas, we started stringing together some good finishes. I got a little tight toward the end of the race so I need to ride more and get some intensity during the week. I think that will help.”

For his part, Carmichael was all smiles after the race. After spending the night in the television booth calling the race for FOX Sports 1, the five-time Monster Energy Supercross titlest was eager to get back to the pits and congratulate both of the team’s riders.

“I’m really happy for the team, Ken, Broc and all the people who have made the sacrifices that it took to put RCH in this position,” said Carmichael. “We’re like the Bad News Bears sometimes but we’ve got great personnel, great riders and a great technical staff. It’s really cool to see all the work and the plan come to fruition. Carey and I sat down three years ago and mapped out our plan but we weren’t exactly sure it would all be possible. We set our goals very high. I’m really proud of the guys in the shop who bust their tails every week. That’s who I’m most proud of.”

“I’m really happy for Broc,” Carmichael went on. “We all know he had a horrific crash last year and injuries that were almost career-ending. For him to bounce back from that and to come to Anaheim and finish eighth, I’m pretty darn happy for him.”

Roczen’s win proved to be a collective sigh of relief for the entire organization, especially Hart, the team’s founder.

“It was the longest 18 minutes and change of my life,” continued Hart. “I was watching the laps click off and every lap felt like hours. After about lap 12, I had a big grin on my face and was doing my happy dance. We came into A1 like it was just another race or another day at the test track. Everyone did their homework, stayed cool, calm and postive. This is a 17 race battle. This win wasn’t a one shot pony, by any means. We’ve got 16 races to go. We’re taking them one by one. We’ll keep picking away and take the good with the bad.”

The 2015 Monster Energy AMA Supercross tour rolls on next weekend when Roczen, Tickle and the rest of the RCH contingent visit Chase Field in Phoenix, Ariz. The second of 17 races on the 2015 Supercross schedule will be televised live on Fox Sports 1 Saturday, Jan. 10 beginning at 6 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, 9 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

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Healed and Hungry, Tickle Set Sights On Top of the Box

 

LAS VEGAS (December 16, 2014) – RCH Factory Racing has re-signed Broc Tickle to ride a second Suzuki RM-Z450 alongside Ken Roczen’s No. 94 for the team’s 2015 Monster Energy Supercross and Lucas Oil Pro Motocross campaign. Tickle, 25, showed great promise aboard the team’s No. 20 machine in 2013 and last season until being sidelined in March following a pratice crash at the Toronto Supercross where he sustained fractures of the T-6 and T-7 vertebra, two broken ribs and a collapsed lung.

 

Since then, the Michigan rider has fully recovered from his injuries, making it an easy decision for team owners Carey Hart and Ricky Carmichael to include Tickle as part of the organization’s 2015 rider lineup, giving RCH a potent one-two punch heading into next month’s season-opener in Anaheim (Calif.).

 

“I’m really excited to be back with RCH for 2015,” said Tickle, the 2011 AMA Supercross Lites West Champion. “We’ve had an awesome two years together and for Carey and Ricky to bring me back after my injury really shows what kind of guys those two are. They stuck with me and kept a spot for me. We were heading in the right direction until I got hurt in Toronto. I’m glad all that’s behind us and I feel great. I’ve been riding and getting ready for the Supercross season for the last month and I’m really pumped with the progress we’re making. All of the work the team has done building and testing with Ivan Tedesco over the summer and fall has definitely paid off. The bike is amazing.

 

“I’m also really excited that Thor, Bell, X Brand and Sidi will be my personal sponsors for 2015,” continued Tickle. “Some of the brands I’ve worked with in the past with great success and some are new to me. I’m looking forward to building strong relationships with all of them and having a breakout year with RCH Factory Racing.”

 

After winning the 2011 Supercross Lites West title for Monster Energy Pro Circuit, Tickle made the jump from the 250 to the team’s big bike the following season. A fifth-place finish in the final 2012 Supercross point standings and a ninth-place end result outdoors netted him a new opportunity for 2013 with RCH.

 

The new combination proved to be a consistent mix for Tickle and RCH, with a solid first season paying off in the form of eighth-place finishes in both Supercross and Motocross season-end points.

 

Last season, Tickle kick started the 2014 campaign with back-to-back eighth-place finishes at Anaheim One and Phoenix before a pair of incidents in heat races at A2 and Oakland kept him from competing in each race’s 450 SX Main Event. From there, the Holly, Mich., rider only finshed outside the top eight once over the next six stops, including a career-best fourth-place showing at Daytona International Speedway before the injury in Toronto.

 

“I’m very excited to be bringing Broc back for a third year with the team,” explained Hart. “He was showing major gains each week last year, leading up to the Toronto Supercross. We’re all looking forward to picking up where we left off, and having a very successful year of Supercross and Motocross.”

 

RCH Factory Racing has seen steady progress since Hart and Carmichael formed a joint venture in 2013 and achieved the pairing’s first podium finish in April of this year at Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Always trendsetters in the paddock, RCH continues to show the way with unique marketing initiatives and partnership activations, consistently influencing the feel and dynamic of the pit area. Tickle’s No. 20 RM-Z450 will showcase sponsorship from Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort, Jimmy Johns, Dodge, Sycuan Casino, Bel Ray, Suzuki and Rockford Fosgate.

 

“We’re glad to have Broc back with RCH for 2015,” said Carmichael. “We were really happy with the progress he was making last year. You could see his confidence building as he got better every week. We all know he got hurt in Toronto but, up until then, he put together some solid races and had the finishes to show for it. We’re looking forward to having him around this year so he can finsh what he started last season. I know that’s at the forefront of Broc’s mind, as well.”

 

The 2015 Monster Energy Supercross season kicks off Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif. The first of 17 races on the 2015 Supercross schedule will be televised live on Fox Sports 1 beginning at 10 p.m. Eastern Time.

 

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About RCH Racing …

RCH Racing is a professional Supercross and Motocross team co-owned by 15-time AMA Champion Ricky Carmichael and Freestyle Motocross visionary and entrepreneur Carey Hart.

RCH enjoys factory support from Suzuki and Yoshimura research and development as well as marketing partnerships with Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort, Sycuan Casino, Jimmy Johns, Dodge, Fox, Bel-Ray and Hart and Huntington.

 

 

INSIDE KEN ROCZEN’S LIFE | #LIFEOF94 – EP: 4

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Ken Roczen gets some new ink at Hart & Huntington in Orlando, Florida.

It’s not easy becoming a champion. Sacrifices need to be made to obtain such goal, and until you see the results, you question yourself why you even put yourself through such pain. For Ken Roczen, a jump into the premiere class meant a longer, more exhaustive schedule, and his body needed to keep up with such demands. So, it was announced in late 2013 that he would team up with the highly recognized Aldon Baker. For Roczen, the sacrifices were made, and in the end, he was rewarded with the 2014 450 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross championship in his rookie year.

For us, we were curious to see as to what exactly goes on behind the scenes in Clermont, Florida. Graciously, Roczen invited us out to his Florida home, and honestly, his daily routine is exhausting to watch. From sun up to sun down, there’s a team of highly qualified individuals that surround the young German, making sure that he’s getting the most out of his body and bike.

This is Ken Roczen’s life. This is #lifeof94.

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Hart & Huntington and Ink Masters Ryan Eternal put Roczen through a solid hour of pain, but the end result was worth it.

In this episode of #lifeof94, we head to Hart & Huntington Tattoo in Orlando, Florida, with Roczen to get some fresh ink. After an hour of pain and suffering, Kenny had a piece along the side of his ribcage displaying three important dates for him: the World Championship title, 250 Supercross title, and his latest achievement—his 450 National title.

Also, a special thanks to Ryan Eternal and Chris Turck for letting us bring in our cameras and filming all of the action!

INSIDE KEN ROCZEN’S LIFE | #LIFEOF94 – EP: 4

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Sunday Conversation with Mike Alfieri

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We caught up with Mike owner of H&H Niagara recently to see how things are going and whats in store for 2015.

 

1. Tell us how became a member of the H&H family and what year your shop opened?

It all started in 2008 with a few random trips to las vegas and staying at the former H&H locations hotel. After watching the traffic that visited the shop and talking with management as well as a tattoo collector and entrepreneur it really sparked my interest. From there it was pretty much game on. Chased down Carey and the Tattoo division manger at the time and scheduled a sit down. What really impressed me was the fact how welcoming Carey was with the location concept and just us as potential business associates along with becoming part of the growth of the H&H family. Fast forward to spring/summer 2010 and it was finally the day…June 1 we opened and haven’t looked back since.

2.. What’s your take on all these tattoo related reality shows? Do you think it’s been helping your business?

The shows have changed a lot since the inception of our show INKED, that being said I believe they are helping. The current shows really show the difference between a poorly done tattoo and one done by a reputable tattooer. They also let people know that if they have a less than desirable piece, the possibility of covering it up is there with many options , once again with a skilled artist. All in all I think its just furthering the acceptance of tattoos and more so heavily tattooed men and women.

3. Do you think corporate America will ever change the way they look at people with tattoos? And how executives have to wear long sleeve shirts at work to hide there tats.

It will probably change slightly but a sector of middle America will never totally accept how we are as a tattooed community. To be honest though its never held myself back or the successful tattooed people I know. People can look, management can try to hold you back but I believe if your intelligent , articulate, have drive and do your job better than the next person than its a moot point. We are just a little more fun to look at Naked!!

4. It seems like nowadays there’s a tattoo shop on every corner, how can you differ ante your shop from other shops and show people that your specialty shop?

That’s pretty simple. Quality, in every facet of the business. From the moment you enter the shop your greeted by a open concept clean space. Counter staff that A are friendly and B knowledgeable. We don’t have any flash designs meaning regardless wether its a 1 hour tattoo or 6 hour piece we treat each one as a 1 off custom piece. All of are staff run the same program, its about the customer and making their ideas into a reality. It never gets old when people walk into our location and the first 2 things out of their mouths are ” wow its so clean” & “I cant believe how friendly you all area”. I’m very proud that we constantly break the traditional thinking of what a tattoo shop is. We offer a service that I feel no one can touch in our area. I also feel that our H&H clothing and accessory line lets people that are maybe on the fence about getting tattooed still take home some H&H with them as well as opening the door to the action sports industry we are so closely tied with. All in all we as a brand are on point covering so many angles that I really feel like we just raise the bar!!

5.What can we look for from your shop in 2015? Will you guys be doing any surprise guest tattooing?

Well 2015 is a landmark year for us!! its our 5th anniversary which we are all super pumped on. Expect to see a huge event along with some super special friends and guest from all factions of the H&H family…look for that late summer. As far as tattooers we are in the midst of putting together a solid line up of well known artists from around north America and as far as the UK and Australia. you’ll recognize a few of them from current and past Tattoo TV shows and some of the biggest tattoo magazine features.

Well said.. Thanks buddy Looking for big things from you guys in 2015.

Click here to check out more on H&H Niagara and Mike.  

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Carey Hart’s Giveaway Bike hits the Fox Head Store

Carey Hart Suzuki 2015 RM-Z 450 Motorcycle Giveaway Bike is now on display over at the Fox Irvine Headquarters. Be sure to stop by the Fox Head store and check it out.fox head store

As you know we’re giveaway Carey Hart Suzuki  2015 Rm-z 450. The bike will be making it way across So Cal. So be sure to be on the lookout, cause it looks sick in person. Contest runs through April 10. With the winner announced in Vegas May 3 SuperCross Weekend at the Hard Rock Hotel & CasinoCAREY-BIKE-GIVEAWAY-ONLINE

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