Justin Bogle finds himself at the top of the podium after Moto 1, and Broc Tickle fights his way through a rough Thunder Valley track to finish the day strong.
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LAKEWOOD, Colo., (June 5, 2017) – Normally, when you talk about lighting a fire under someone, it’s a figure of speech.
That age-old cliché took on a literal meaning Saturday for RCH/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing when the team had to work quickly to extinguish a flash fire that broke out in the team’s pit prior to the first 450 Class moto of the weekend at the True Value Thunder Valley National.
Once the fire was under control and out, Justin Bogle, rider of RCH’s No. 19 Suzuki RM-Z450 scorched the field in the opening moto and extinguished the doubters by leading every lap to score a dominating wire-to-wire victory and earn the first premiere 450 class moto win of his career.
The Cushing, Okla., rider went on to finish ninth in the second moto, notching a career-best fourth-place overall finish while powering himself into the top five in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship point standings.
Bogle’s RCH teammate Broc Tickle logged an 8-8 finish to come home eighth overall and maintain eighth in points.
“This weekend was obviously the best race of the season for me,” commented Bogle following Round 3. “First moto was incredible. It was nice to put the RCH/Yoshimura/Suzuki RM-Z450 up front. I’m working towards being up front every weekend but it’s a process. We’ve been building and continue to do so. It feels really good to see some light at the end of the tunnel. It’s been a while since I felt like I rode up to my potential so I’m happy with that.”
When the gate dropped on Round 3, Bogle rounded the first corner second in the running order with Tickle just two spots behind. The 2011 AMA Horizon Award winner inherited the lead before completing the first lap and never looked back, winning the first moto by nearly nine seconds. For his part, Tickle got a good jump and was fourth at the holeshot stripe. Still the rider of the No. 20 machine struggled a bit with speed and track conditions but managed to grind out a top 10 in the first moto.
Back on the gate for the second moto, Tickle collected his first holeshot of the season but relinquished the lead early on to eventual moto and overall winner Blake Baggett. Bogle worked his way into the top five and both RCH riders battled bar-to-bar for position in the early goings. As the laps clicked off and the clock wound down, Tickle and Bogle settled in looking to finish out the day strong. In the end, Tickle would slip to eighth while Bogle fell to ninth but both of them came away from Thunder Valley poised for the rest of the season.
“Overall, Lakewood was a good weekend,” explained Tickle. “I kind of struggled with the track a little bit and my speed was off all day. Coming away with an 8-8 and an eighth overall isn’t what I wanted, especially with the starts I had. I struggled to get a flow and find the speed I needed to run up front. I still collected some good points and was able to make a bad weekend a decent weekend. The track was really difficult and I just wasn’t clicking so coming away with an 8-8 is good. Obviously, I wanted a lot more.
“I’m stoked for Bogle, too. That was awesome to see him win. It was awesome for the team and awesome for Suzuki to get their first win since last year with Kenny (Roczen). It just shows how much potential there is when you get a good start and put in some good laps right away. Hanging on, leading a race wire-to-wire, you can’t beat that. That was a good win for everybody.”
While Bogle was hoping for better than ninth in the second moto, he kept things in perspective at the end of the day, pointing out that progress with his program will be the key to success.
“I had such an adrenaline high from the first one, when I came down from that, I was pretty flat in the second moto and kind of struggled to find a rhythm,” Bogle said. “I wasn’t too excited about the way that moto went but all in all, I feel like it’s coming around. Everything is getting better. I’m just going to keep trying to stack these blocks. Only thing I can do is try to keep progressing. It’s a process. I know that. I know it’s not going to happen overnight. I’m not naive enough to believe that I’m just going to go out and win everything but it’s a heckuva feeling going out there and getting my first moto win by almost nine seconds. We’ll keep the ball rolling. If I keep riding to my potential, I’ll keep making progress.”
Photo: Simon Cudby
The riders and teams of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship enjoy a weekend off before the series heads to the legendary High Point Raceway in Mount Morris, Pa.
High Point 2017 TV Schedule
The first moto from Round 4 of the 2017 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship from the High Point Red Bull National will be televised live on MAVTV Sat., June 17 beginning at 1 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, 10 a.m. Pacific. Television coverage for the second moto shifts to NBC at 3:30 p.m. EDT, 12:30 p.m. 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.