TICKLE CLAIMS FIRST TOP 10 OF SEASON AT MUDDY CREEK
June 3, 2013
Broc Tickle scored his first top-10 finish of the 2013 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship with a 10th-place finish Saturday afternoon in the Tennessee National at Muddy Creek Raceway.
Tickle finished 13th in Moto 1 and was 11th in the second. Consistency paid dividends, giving him a finish of 10th overall.
“In the first moto, I got off to a better start than I did at the first two races this year,” Tickle said. “Getting up there with that group of guys was good but we’re all really close, so it’s hard to make moves to get around them. The track was kind of tight today. It was a decent finish, but I feel like I should have been in the top 10.
“I got tangled up in the first corner in the second moto, but I came out alright as some guys went down next to me. From there, I tried to be smooth and smart with my lines. I used the entire track trying to stay out of the ruts and away from the bumps. I thought I was going to get (Andrew) Short there at the end for a top 10.
Tickle climbed two positions in the rider standings, moving up to 11th place, two points behind 10th-place Ryan Sipes and two ahead of 12th-place Kevin Strijbos.
The day got off to a good start for Tickle with two solid practice sessions on Saturday morning. The results of those two sessions gave him the ninth-place starting position for Moto 1.
“The first practice went really well,” Tickle said. “I was sixth and felt I left some on the table. The second practice, we made some changes to the bike and I think I was trying a little too hard to go fast. I had about the same times in the first and second practice. We transferred in ninth, the best weekend I’ve had so far.”
The event was the first AMA Motocross event held in the southeastern United States since 1997 and the first motocross in the Volunteer state since the series visited Nashville in 1977. Muddy Creek Raceway was chosen in large part because of its natural-terrain motocross course with great dirt and a long history of hosting quality events.
Ricky Carmichael, RCH Racing co-owner, raced at Muddy Creek early in his career and was impressed by the event, especially the attendance.
“To see this facility get an outdoor national says a lot for Sam Gammon, the promoter,” Carmichael said. “He’s done a fantastic job. This is a really good market for the sport. It’s going to be a good event for the fans, the sponsors and the sport. At the end of the day, that’s what it is about. We have beautiful weather and look at the crowd, this place is packed. It’s great to come back to this place and see all the people.”
Ryan Villopoto was the easy winner in Moto 1 to remain unbeaten in the outdoor season but the streak ended at five when Ryan Dungey claimed Moto 2 to emerge as the overall winner of the event. Justin Barcia finished second in both motos.
Villopoto remains the leader in the season standings with a 10-point advantage over Dungey.
The 2013 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship heads to High Point Raceway in Mt. Morris, Pa., for Round 4 next Saturday afternoon.
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