Roczen had a Perfect Race at High Point National

Broc Tickle turns in Top 10

For the third time in four races, Ken Roczen, rider of the No. 94 RCH Soaring Eagle/Jimmy John’s/Suzuki Factory Racing RM-Z450 was perfect.

Roczen continued his blistering start to the outdoor season, turning in a perfect 1-1 performance in Saturday’s Red Bull High Point National, collecting his seventh win in eight motos and third overall victory of the 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. At the same time, the 22-year-old German rider extended his points lead to 41 over second-place Eli Tomac with one-third of the season already in the books.

Ken Roczen, RCH Suzuki Factory Racing, High Point National, Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship.
No. 94 RCH Soaring Eagle/Jimmy John’s/Suzuki Factory Racing RM-Z450 was perfect for Ken Roczen at High Point.Photo Courtesy of RCH Suzuki Factory Racing

“I think this was probably the gnarliest track we’ve ridden all year,” commented Roczen following Round 4. “It got super rough. They added a lot of mulch and most of the stuff pushes to the side, especially when you water it, so it was really sketchy. It was definitely a tough track, which made for great racing. I grabbed the holeshot in the first moto and it’s always good to have a clear track. I think a couple of people crashed behind me so I had a little gap. I just tried to ride a smart race and take the checkers. I was super-happy with that.

“It was the 40th anniversary of High Point and that’s a pretty big number. Coming away with a 1-1, I can’t complain at all. Obviously, the most important thing is to be healthy … for all of us. It was good racing so I’m super happy.”

Ken Roczen, RCH Suzuki Factory Racing, High Point National, Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship.
Roczen raced perfectly on Saturday's High Point National and collected his seventh win in 8 motos.Photo Courtesy of RCH Suzuki Factory Racing

Roczen’s RCH teammate Broc Tickle turned in his most consistent performance of the season, riding his No. 20 Suzuki RM-Z450 to a solid eighth-place finish in the first moto and 10th in the second. The sturdy outing was Tickle’s second top-10 overall finish of the season and the Holly, Michigan, rider is now 12th in the standings, just two points out of 10th.

“This weekend was definitely an improvement," explained Tickle. “I felt good in practice. I always enjoy racing at High Point and it’s great to kick off the East Coast rounds. I had two motos where I finished inside the top 10, with an 8-10 so that’s the most consistent weekend I’ve had since the outdoor season started. I got a good start in the first moto so there are some positives to take with me. The second moto, I felt like I rode better than the first so I just need to put the start together with a good moto. I kind of rode tight during the first moto for the first 15 minutes so I think I could have been a little better but all in all, it was a good day. I’m looking forward to going to Muddy Creek and the next five races.”

Ken Roczen, RCH Suzuki Factory Racing, High Point National, Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship.
The German racer continues to gather up the wins, we are excited to see what he has in store for Muddy Creek.Photo Courtesy of RCH Suzuki Factory Racing

RCH co-owner Ricky Carmichael was on hand for the 40th anniversary of the historic Pennsylvania track and was not only pleased with his rider’s collective efforts, but also had high praise for his team as a whole.

“The team had a great performance,” said Carmichael. “Everyone did a great job and Ken rode really, really well. It was a technical track. After the second moto, he said it was the toughest track he’d raced all year. I’m really happy for him and for everyone on the Soaring Eagle/Jimmy John’s/Suzuki Factory Racing team. All the boys are working hard and the bikes look good. Broc had a better weekend, as well. We just have to keep the momentum rolling. I expect a couple of guys like Eli Tomac and Justin Barcia to step up as we get deeper into the season. It’s definitely not going to be easy. Anything can happen. I’m proud of the guys. They need to keep working hard for that main goal and that’s to win the championship.”

Broc Tickle, RCH Suzuki Factory Racing, High Point National, Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship.
Broc Tickle also had a successful day at High Point by turning in his most consistent performance of the season.Photo Courtesy of RCH Suzuki Factory Racing

Next weekend, the 12-race Pro Motocross tour rolls through the Volunteer State where Blountville, Tennessee’s Muddy Creek Raceway will host the series on Saturday.

The first moto from Round 5 of the 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship from the Red Bull Tennessee National will be televised live on MAVTV Sat., June 25 beginning at 1 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, 10 a.m. Pacific. Television coverage for the second moto will shift to NBC at 3:30 p.m. EDT, 12:30 p.m. Pacific. All motos can also be streamed live online through ProMotocross.com or the NBC Sports Live Extra app. More than 60 hours of coverage will be featured on NBC, NBCSN, and MAVTV throughout the 12-round championship, highlighted by nearly 40 hours of LIVE coverage and three hour-long showcases on network television via NBC.

Broc Tickle, RCH Suzuki Factory Racing, High Point National, Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship.
Ken Roczen and Broc Tickle had great performances at High Point and hope to keep up the momentum for the RCH Suzuki Factory Racing Team.Photo Courtesy of RCH Suzuki Factory Racing