By totalmotorcycle TOUGH DAY FOR RCH @SUZUKI AT #WASHOUGAL
Team Suzuki Press Office – July 28.
RCH Suzuki Factory Racing riders Ken Roczen and Broc Tickle both suffered a rough day in Saturday’s Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Patterson CAT Washougal National in America.
Both RCH Soaring Eagle/ Jimmy John’s Suzuki Factory Racing riders battled extremely wet weather, challenging track conditions and in Tickle’s case, a rock to the eye to open the fourth quarter of the 12-round Pro Motocross Championship. When the chequered flag waved for the final time at Washougal to close out Round 9, Roczen was credited with a fourth-place overall finish while Tickle came home 18th.
Despite the ugly, ultra-sloppy conditions – and the adverse toll they took on the riders, track and equipment – Roczen still managed to salvage a 7-4 finish, marking just the third time this season the defending Pro Motocross Champion has finished any moto outside the top-five.
Roczen is currently tied for second in points and trails leader and overall Washougal winner Ryan Dungey by 69.
“I struggled in moto one really bad,” said Roczen. “I got off to a bad start and just got blasted. My helmet ended up being so heavy that I could barely see. I had to throw my goggles off and ride without them. It’s really tough in those types of weather conditions to make something happen. I think I ended up seventh. Going into the second moto, I got a better start. I raced with (Ryan) Dungey and (Justin) Barcia for quite a while. We were all running pretty close. In the end, I ended up in third place. Obviously not where we want to be but it is what it is.”
After a less-than ideal jump out of the starting gate, a pair of very uncharacteristic get-offs; and …read more