RCH/YOSHIMURA/SUZUKI FACTORY RACING HANGS TOUGH AT MUDDY CREEK // Bogle Seventh, Tickle 10th at Round 5
June 26, 2017
BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. (June 26, 2017) &ndashRCH/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing riders Justin Bogle and Broc Tickle made the best out of a potentially bad day, rallying from their own set of individual difficulties to grind out gritty top-10 overall performances in Saturday’s Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Tennessee National at Muddy Creek Raceway.
Bogle raced at the front of the field for most of the first premier 450 Class moto but struggled in the late goings, ultimately fading to 12th before the checkers flew to close out the first half of the day. The rider of the No. 19 Suzuki RM-Z450 rallied in the second moto by winning the holeshot and finishing fifth. By day’s end, Bogle logged a solid seventh-place overall finish to earn his fifth top 10 of the season.
The 24-year-old 450 Class sophomore continues to hold down the sixth spot in the championship where just two points separate him from Tickle for a spot in the top five.
“Muddy Creek was decent,” commented Bogle following Round 5. “First moto was a big struggle. I was running up front for most of it and then kind of got frustrated and hit a wall. Then I had a little trouble with my riding gear so that didn’t help. I was struggling pretty hard the last 10-15 minutes of the first moto. I’ll take that one on my shoulders. I just needed to get through those issues a little better. I worked on it for the second moto and came out and got the holeshot and was feeling great. I had a fall, got up, made some passes, got passed and made some passes again. I fought the whole way through and ended up fifth. I was seventh on the day so all things considered, I’ll take it. I’m not super excited about the result but I’m seeing light at the end of the tunnel. Second moto was good. Without a fall, I think I’m up there where I want to be.”
Tickle turned in a solid sixth-place effort in the first moto and fought his way back from an early fall in the second to stay on the lead lap and finish 12th. The gutsy effort allowed the Holly, Mich., rider to hang on to fifth in points where he clings to a slim two-point advantage over Bogle and veteran Dean Wilson.
“I always look forward to Muddy Creek,” said Tickle. “I raced there a lot when I was growing up. I always have a lot of fans there and the track is great. I’m happy with my riding but I struggled with my starts. A couple of bad gate choices put me in some bad spots. First moto was good. I started 10th or so and passed a couple guys and pushed to the end to get sixth. Everyone was close and we didn’t get as spread out like we have over the last couple of weeks. Second moto, I tried lining up on the inside but I didn’t get the jump I needed and ended up on the ground, on the bottom of the pile. I charged from dead last all the way to 12th and still finished on the lead lap. Not exactly the results I was looking for but there were still some positives. I’m looking forward to RedBud and getting back up front on starts and fighting for the podium.”
The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship returns to the Wolverine State Saturday for the series’ traditional Independence Day Weekend race at RedBud MX in Buchanan, Mich.
The first moto of Round 6 from the Rockford Fosgate RedBud National will be televised live on MAVTV Sat., July 1 beginning at 1 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, 10 a.m. Pacific. Television coverage for the second moto will shift to NBCSN at 3 p.m. EDT, noon Pacific.
All motos can be streamed live on the NBC Sports Gold app. NBC, NBCSN and MAVTV will combine to provide extensive television coverage over the course of the 12-round season. Capping off each round of the championship will be exclusive one-hour highlight shows on NBCSN, each airing within a handful of days of every National.
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