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TICKLE ADVANCES TO 11TH CONSECUTIVE MAIN EVENT AT INDY
March 18, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (March 17, 2013) - The Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series returned to the Midwest this weekend as Lucas Oil Stadium in downtown Indianapolis played host to Round 11 of the 17-race series Saturday night.
Broc Tickle finished 11th while teammate Josh Hill was right behind in 12th on a track where passing was near impossible. Tickle’s ride was more impressive after it was discovered in a post-race exam he had sustained a broken right pinky finger in the Main Event.
Wicked obstacle sections and a very short whoops section proved to be a major challenge for the riders. Add a treacherous sand section and wall jump to the mix and riders faced one of the toughest circuits of the season. With so many riders in such a small amount of space, the advantage belonged to the race track.
Only one premier series rider dipped into the 50-second lap range (James Stewart, 50.565) in the afternoon timed practice sessions. Broc Tickle, who posted a lap of 52.929-seconds in the first timed session, led Dodge/RCH Racing.
Both RCH riders were seeded in Heat 2. Tickle (No. 20 Dodge/Sycuan Casino/RCH Racing/Bel-Ray/ Suzuki Z450) finished seventh in the eight-lap heat, earning a berth in his 11th consecutive Main Event this season. Hill (No. 75 Dodge/Sycuan Casino/RCH Racing/Bel-Ray/ Suzuki Z450) finished ninth to grab the final transfer spot.
In the Main Event, Tickle and Hill both had poor gate selections for the 20-lap feature, making the race start even more critical. When the gate dropped, the charge to Turn 1 ended in a multi-rider mishap which collected Tickle. Hill managed to weave his way through.
“I’m pretty pumped,” said Hill of his season-best finish. “I had a great start and thought that I had a holeshot when the gate dropped. I went for it; I went for broke. I tried to cut off the top side or go down trying. I’m tired of riding around16th and just pinned it going into Turn 1.”
Tickle’s ride turned out to be equally impressive considering the Michigan native gave up 17 spots to the leaders on the opening lap. He methodically carved through the field, working his way to 11th at the checkered flag.
“I had a good jump (start) in the Main and tried to stick the Suzuki in there, got hit and crashed in the first corner,” Tickle said. “From there, it was like starting last. I had to fight my way all the way back through the field. I felt like I rode pretty well tonight. I liked the track. I had a lot of confidence all day.”
Tickle’s finish keeps the first-year RCH rider 10th in rider points, three shy of ninth-place.
Ryan Villopoto won his sixth Main Event of the season, edging Ryan Dungey by 6.537-seconds with James Stewart finishing third. The SX Series heads north of the border next weekend for Round 12 at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ont., Canada.
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