News from Team Suzuki
A promising night that had the makings of a pair of strong finishes ended in disappointment for RCH Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing when Monster Energy AMA/ FIM Supercross made its return to Salt Lake City.
Justin Bogle, rider of the No. 19 Suzuki RM-Z450, collected the holeshot at Round 15 and was racing inside the top five when his machine got away from him in the whoop section at Rice-Eccles Stadium, just prior to the halfway mark of the 450SX Class Main Event. Extensive damage forced Bogle to the mechanics area so his team could survey the damage and offer makeshift repairs, ultimately leaving him 21st in the final rundown.
“I just made a mistake in the whoops and it ended up costing us,” explained Bogle. “We had a great night going right up until that point. I qualified straight out of the heat, drilled the holeshot in the Main Event, and was running with the leaders until I went down. That’s just kind of how our season has gone. It’s a tough pill to swallow and I’m not making any excuses. We’ll just keep working hard and hope our luck swings back the other way.”
Bogle’s RCH teammate Broc Tickle, the senior member of RCH’s Suzuki RM Army, also qualified for the Main Event straight from his heat race and had a strong top-10 run going until an incident just before halfway eventually shuffled him back to 12th when the chequered flag waved.
Despite coming up two spots short of a top-10, Tickle held on to eighth in the championship points where he paces veterans Dean Wilson and Chad Reed by nine with two races remaining on the 2017 schedule.
“Overall, it was a pretty good night but I would have really liked to get out of there with a better finish than 12th,” offered Tickle. “I had a good heat race and transferred straight into the Main but I got a terrible start and had to try and catch up for the rest of the night. I was making my way forward but it didn’t work out like we hoped. We’ll go on to East Rutherford and Las Vegas and try and finish out the last two on a high note.”