RCH’s Tickle and Hill Lead Dodge To Eighth Consecutive SX Main Event

RCH’s Tickle and Hill Lead Dodge To Eighth Consecutive SX Main Event

ATLANTA (Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013) - Team Dodge was well represented at Round 8 of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series as RCH Racing riders Broc Tickle and Josh Hill both made the evening feature. Broc Tickle led the Dodge Boys with a 12th-place finish while teammate Josh Hill was 16th.

With a near-capacity crowd of over 70,000 spectators in attendance, the world's greatest dirt bike riders were challenged with a very technical track that developed deep rutted corners but the red clay inside Atlanta's Georgia Dome maintained multiple racing lines.

Just as in the previous two events, the race start was the determining factor. James Stewart rode his Suzuki to a wire-to-wire race win.

BROC TICKLE (No. 20 Dodge/Sycuan Casino/RCH Racing/Bel-Ray/Suzuki Z450) earned his eighth-consecutive Main Event start. The Michigan native fought off a tough inside starting gate position in Heat 2 to earn the automatic transfer to the 20-lap feature. He was running sixth as the field maneuvered through the first corner and ran as high as fourth by Lap 4. He gave up one position three laps later to finish fifth.

Tickle's Main Event start came up short of expectations. He fell to 15th early and used the next five laps to move up to 12th where he was running at the checkered flag. He is 11th in the 450SX Class point standings, two points shy of 10th.

"I got a pretty good jump," said Tickle. "(Davi) Millsaps, (James) Stewart and I were all side-by-side in the first corner. I tried to hug around the inside and Millsaps came right in front of me. I was trying to follow him and got a little bit close to him, so I slowed down. I almost hit him. That's when all those guys kind of funneled by me and I went back to 15th."

JOSH HILL (No. 75 Dodge/Sycuan Casino/RCH Racing/Bel-Ray/Suzuki Z450) used the afternoon practice sessions to hone in on the Georgia Dome track configuration that included a variety of obstacles including the very challenging whoop-sand combination.

The Oregon native made it a hat trick, earning his third consecutive Main Event with a solid performance in Heat 1. Breaking eighth when the gate dropped, Hill battled Weston Peick for the final five laps of the eight-lap qualifier that included an elbow-to-elbow exchange through the gnarly whoop section to finish ninth.

In the Main Event, Hill broke from the far outside gate and was pushed wide as the 20-rider field fought for early position. Unable to recover from the poor start, Hill gained two positions during the race to finish 16th.

"I'm happy I made the main," Hill said. "I made improvements. We did have three more guys here this weekend that are fast. My speed was there. It was better in practice. Once the night show came on, I just never got comfortable. I was just riding the people's pace in front of me and that was just the story of my whole night."

Stewart earned his first win of the season followed by Ryan Villopoto and Davi Millsaps. Round Nine of the 17-race series heads to St. Louis and the Edward Jones Dome next Saturday night.

Race Results
Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series
Round 8 OF 17
Georgia Dome
Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013
1. James Stewart
2. Ryan Villopoto
3. Davi Millsaps
4. Justin Barcia
5. Trey Canard
6. Ryan Dungey
7. Eli Tomac
8. Jake Weimer
9. Chad Reed
10. Mike Alessi
11. Matt Goerke
13. Justin Brayton
14. Andrew Short
15. Peter Larsen
17. Chris Blose
18. Les Smith
19. Jimmy Albertson
20. Robert Kiniry

AMA Monster Energy Supercross
Provisional Point Standings
(After 8 of 17 events)
1. Davi Millsaps 174
2. Ryan Villopoto 152
3. Ryan Dungey 148
4. Trey Canard 135
5. Chad Reed 127
6. Justin Barcia 116
7. Andrew Short 102
8. James Stewart 100
9. Justin Brayton 91
10. Matt Goerke 79
12. Jake Weimer 61
13. Mike Alessi 60
14. Josh Grant 40
15. Weston Peick 39
16. Kyle Chisholm 37
17. Matt Lemoine 34
18. Jimmy Albertson 31
19. Vince Friese 30
20. Robert Kiniry 24