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RCH Racing

Las Vegas, NV


BROC TICKLE

RIDER:
No. 20 Soaring Eagle/Jimmy Johns/Suzuki Factory Racing Suzuki RM-Z450
DATE OF BIRTH:
November 21, 1989
HOMETOWN:
Holly, Mich.
RESIDENCE:
Lake Elsinore, Calif.

Broc Tickle has been building his resume since day one. After kick-starting his career, at the eager age of three, Tickle has steadily scaled the ladder of success, one rung at a time.  

Despite being sidelined for most of last season following a practice crash in March at the Toronto Supercross, Tickle is returning to the seat of the No. 20 Soaring Eagle/Jimmy Johns/Suzuki Factory Racing Suzuki RM-Z450 for 2015. After an impressive start to the 2014 campaign and a full-recovery from his injuries, RCH team owners Carey Hart and Ricky Carmichael hung on to Tickle for 2015, delivering a potent one-two Ken Roczen-Tickle punch for the new year.  

Flashback to 2006. Following an impressive amateur career – one that included a Loretta Lynn's 250 Open A title – the Michigan rider entered select professional AMA Outdoor Nationals, testing the professional ranks for the first time.  

Over the next six seasons, “Tickle Time” steadily progressed in both Supercross and Motocross competition before finally capturing his first professional title by winning the 2011 Monster Energy AMA Supercross West Coast Lites Championship.  

After earning the 2011 crown aboard Mitch Payton's Pro Circuit Kawasaki, Tickle made the jump from the 250 to the team's big bike the following year. A fifth-place finish in the final 2012 Motocross point standings and a ninth-place end-result, indoors, netted him a new opportunity for 2013, this time with RCH.  

The new combination proved to be a consistent mix for Tickle and Co., with a solid first season paying off with eighth-place finishes in both Supercross and Motocross season-end points.  

Last season, Tickle opened the 2014 campaign with back-to-back eighth-place finishes at Anaheim One and Phoenix before a pair of incidents in heat races at A2 and Oakland kept him from competing in each race's 450 SX Main Event. Tickle recovered nicely though and finished outside the top eight only once over the next six stops, including a career-best fourth-place showing at Daytona International Speedway. Despite the setback with the injury in Toronto, Tickle still managed a ninth-place showing in the final, season-ending Supercross points.  

Flanked by Roczen, 2015 promises to be a career year for the 25-year-old rider and RCH, as a whole. Tickle's No. 20 Suzuki RM-Z450 will showcase sponsorship from Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort, Jimmy Johns, Sycuan Casino, Dodge, Bel Ray and Rockford Fosgate.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • 2006 – Loretta Lynn's 250 Open A Champion
  • 2007 – 15th place, Supercross East Coast Lites Points; 10th place, Motocross Lites Points
  • 2008 – 15th place, Supercross East Coast Lites Points; 14th place, Motocross Lites Points
  • 2009 – 12th place, Supercross East Coast Lites Points; Seventh place, Motocross Lites Points
  • 2010 – Fourth place, Supercross West Coast Lites Points; Seventh place, Motocross Lites Points
  • 2011 – Champion, Supercross West Coast Lites; Seventh place, Motocross Lites Points
  • 2012 – Ninth place, Supercross Points; Fifth place, Motocross Points
  • 2013 – Ninth place, Supercross Points; Eighth place, Motocross Points
  • 2014 – Ninth place, Supercross Points


CAREY HART

CO-OWNER: RCH Soaring Eagle/Jimmy Johns/Suzuki Factory Racing

DATE OF BIRTH: July 17, 1975

HOMETOWN: Las Vegas

RESIDENCE: Las Vegas 


Carey Hart is one of the most recognized names in all of freestyle motocross. His father bought him his first motocross bike when he was only four years old in hopes of spending some quality time with his son. However, what originally started as a father and son pastime quickly turned into Hart's passion. By the time he entered his first local race as an amateur, he was hooked and by high school graduation, Hart was a professional motocross rider, racing on the AMA Supercross circuit.  

Soon thereafter, the Las Vegas native wanted a change of pace and started riding with a group who were interested in a more creative and expressive form of motocross. In 1998, the freestyle motocross movement was born with Hart leading the way. From its inception, Hart has been one of the most innovative riders in the sport. He is the inventor of the Hart Attack maneuver and at the 2000 Gravity Games, etched his name in the record books as the first rider ever to complete a back flip on a 250cc motorcycle. The backflip catapulted Hart's image, and Freestyle Motocross as a whole, to an entirely new level. The stunt got the world's attention; it was even featured on Ripley's Believe It or Not!  


Hart has traveled the globe on a quest to put Freestyle Motocross on the map. His popularity has helped increase exposure for the sport. He has been featured in national ad campaigns for Ford and Mountain Dew. Print publications in which Hart has been featured include Paper Magazine, Teen People, EXPN The Magazine and Rolling Stone, all of which complement multiple cover spreads for countless motocross magazines across the globe.  


He's been a guest on The Late Show with David Letterman and appeared on The Today Show.  

Hart has also starred in ESPN/Touchstone Pictures' IMAX film, Ultimate X and boasts cameo appearances in Columbia Pictures' XXX, Touchstone Pictures' Charlie's Angels II and in the VH1 reality show The Surreal Life. 

In 2004, Carey's passion for tattoos turned into a business venture when Hart & Huntington Tattoo Company opened its doors at the famous Palms Casino in Las Vegas. His latest venture led to another TV opportunity for Carey when A&E followed him and the workings of Hart & Huntington Tattoo in the reality show: INKED.  


Since then, Hart & Huntington Tattoo shops have opened in Honolulu, Niagara Falls (N.Y.) and Orlando (Fla.) at Universal CityWalk. In 2009, the original Hart & Huntington Tattoo shop located at the Palms, relocated to The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas.  


Hart also expanded his brand, making a quality clothing line based on the designs of the talented artists that work at Hart & Huntington Tattoo. The line can be found at all of the Hart & Huntington tattoo shops, online, as well as at some major retailers. Always the innovator, Hart recently launched a co-branded line of Hart & Huntington/Suzuki apparel that can be found at Suzuki dealerships across the country.  

In addition to these business ventures, he still dedicates significant time to one of his biggest passions, his Supercross team. In October 2012, Hart and partner Ricky Carmichael announced the formation of RCH Racing and their plan for the team to grow with factory support from Suzuki. Since then, RCH Soaring Eagle/Jimmy Johns/Suzuki Factory Racing has evolved from one of the most innovative and lifestyle-driven privateer teams to hit the sport into a championship-caliber factory race team.  


Hart was awarded the first annual R.A.D. (Riders Above Dirt) Lifetime Achievement Award for his impact on freestyle motocross and inducted into the Southern Nevada Sports Hall of Fame to recognize his contribution to the sports landscape both in southern Nevada and abroad. Hart is determined to ride until he stops having fun and, hopefully for us, that's not anytime soon.
 

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • 1999 – Gold Medal, Australia X Games; First Place, Costa Mesa LXD Freeride MotoX; Bronze Medal, Summer Gravity Games; First Place, Costa Rican Supercross; Third Place, LXD Orange County Jump Contest; Fourth Place, 4 Leaf Entertainment Series
  • 2000 – First Ever Backflip on a 250cc Motorcycle, Gravity Games; Mountain Dew Trick of the Week; Toyota Trick of the Week; Second Place, Las Vegas LXD Freeride MotoX; Fifth Place, Irwindale LXD Freeride MotoX
  • 2002 – Silver Medal, X Games, MotoX Big Air
  • 2004 – Las Vegas Hart & Huntington Tattoo Co. Opens
  • 2005 – Television Host for X Games Freestyle Motocross
  • 2006 – Hart & Huntington Tattoo Co. Opens in Cabo San Lucas and Honolulu
  • 2007 – Hart & Huntington Supercross Team Forms; Hart & Huntington Tattoo Co. Opens at Universal CityWalk in Orlando
  • 2008 – Wasted Space Rock Club Opens at The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas
  • 2009 – Hart & Huntington Sponsors Australian Freestyle Tour
  • 2010 - Hart & Huntington Tattoo Co. Opens at Niagra Falls; Raced Lucas Oil Off Road Pro 2 Unlimited
  • 2011 - R.A.D. (Riders Above Dirt) Lifetime Achievement Award; Host of MTV2’s Burn Out; Competed in Celebrity Dodge Viper Challenge
  • 2014 – Inducted into the Southern Nevada Sports Hall of Fame


RICKY CARMICHAEL

CO-OWNER: RCH Soaring Eagle/Jimmy Johns/Suzuki Factory Racing

DATE OF BIRTH: November 27, 1979

HOMETOWN: Clearwater, Fla.

RESIDENCE: Tallahassee, Fla.


The GOAT: the Greatest Of All Time. That's really all that needs to be said about Ricky Carmichael.  
The 15-time AMA National Champion got his first taste of professional motocross in 1996 and promptly won the AMA Motocross Rookie of the Year award. He didn't slow down in 1997 when he dominated the 125cc National Motocross Championship Series aboard his Pro Circuit Kawasaki, capturing his first professional championship.  

The following year saw much of the same from Carmichael. He won every round of the 125cc Eastern Region Supercross Championship and won the 125cc Mazda Truck Motocross National Championship with eight wins overall.  

Carmichael entered the AMA 250cc Supercross Series for the first time in his career in 1999, but had difficulty getting acclimated to the bigger bike and tougher competition. He returned to the 125cc bike for the AMA Motocross Nationals and won his third consecutive championship in the class, his final championship for Mitch Payton's Pro Circuit Kawasaki team.  

Carmichael rode a 250cc machine for all of the 2000 season, earning his first 250cc Supercross victory at Daytona along with five additional podium finishes. Always a stronger outdoor rider, Carmichael immediately dominated the AMA 250cc U.S. Motocross Championship, winning nine overall and easily locking up the series championship. He was also a key part of the Motocross des Nations team, bringing the title back to the U.S. alongside teammates Ryan Hughes and Travis Pastrana.  

RC only added to his stellar career in 2001. After enlisting a new trainer, he was able to dethrone Jeremy McGrath as the AMA 250cc Supercross Champion and, once again, capturing the 250cc Motocross Championship.  

In 2002, Carmichael switched to Team Honda, once again commanding the AMA Supercross Championship. Later that year, he set the record that can never be broken in AMA 250cc National Motocross racing: he won every moto he entered, going 24 for 24, and earning the first perfect season in U.S. motocross history.  

The 2003 season saw Carmichael once again win both the AMA Supercross championship as well as the AMA National Motocross championship. After sitting out the 2004 Supercross season with a knee injury, Carmichael matched his perfect season in the AMA Motocross National series, once again winning all 24 motos of the season, but this time on a four-stroke CRF 450R, instead of the two-stroke CR 250R, two years prior.  

Carmichael made the switch to the Factory Makita Suzuki team for the 2005 season. He once again controlled every series that season, winning both the AMA Supercross and Motocross championships, along with the U.S. Open of Supercross and the Motocross des Nations.  

The 2006 season marked Carmichael's last full year of motocross racing before starting down the road to retirement in 2007 season. He once again won the AMA Supercross and Motocross championships, and again captained Team USA to another Motocross des Nations victory.  

That same season, the AMA recognized his achievements by naming him the Athlete of the Year for a record fifth time.  

Carmichael went into semi-retirement in 2007 but was arguably still the fastest rider on the track. His six 2007 wins brought his combined SX/MX career win total to a record 150. He bid farewell to professional motocross racing by leading Team USA to another Motocross des Nations victory in Budds Creek, Md., and winning the final race he entered.  

Carmichael, who had achieved all there was to accomplish on two wheels, looked to four wheels for his newest challenge. He spent the next four years competing in late model stocks cars and NASCAR's K&N Pro Series, Camping World Truck Series and Nationwide Series.  

Fast forward to 2012 when Carmichael and freestyle motocross pioneer Carey Hart partnered to form RCH Soaring Eagle/Jimmy Johns/Suzuki Factory Racing. RC currently leads the team's rider development, testing and R&D program and always looks to share lessons learned in his professional career with RCH riders.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • 1996 Rookie of the Year
  • 15 Championships (record). 10 MX (record) 5 SX championships
  • 150 career wins (record)
  • 102 MX wins (record)
  • 48 SX wins
  • Two perfect MX seasons (record)
  • Only rider to go undefeated in the 125 SX series
  • Never lost a MX championship 1997-2006. Never lost a title defense that he contested.
  • Four-time MX des Nations Individual Champion (Three-time team champions)
  • AMA Rider of the Year 5x (record)
  • Three-time X Game Gold Medalist – MotoX Step Up (twice) and MotoX


KEN ROCZEN
RIDER: No. 94 RCH Soaring Eagle/Jimmy Johns/ Suzuki Factory Racing
DATE OF BIRTH: April 29, 1994
HOMETOWN: Mattstedt, Germany
RESIDENCE: Clermont, Fla. 


Make no mistake. Expectations are high for Ken Roczen and the RCH Soaring Eagle/Jimmy Johns/Suzuki Factory Racing Team in 2015. And, rightfully so.

 
After a rookie season bookended by an opening round 450 Supercross win and a Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, Roczen will be a focal point at every stop throughout the 2015 campaign. Add a new address with RCH and a fresh ride aboard a Suzuki RM-Z450, and all the ingredients are in place for the young, German-born rider to be the man to beat week in and week out.
 
Roczen burst onto the European motocross scene in 2009 and immediately made his mark by becoming the youngest rider to win both an FIM World Motocross Championship MX2 race and a Grand Prix. Over the next three years, Roczen won 12 MX2 races and, in the summer of 2011, claimed his first MX2 Championship at the grand old age of 17.
 
That same year, Roczen also made select American starts in the AMA Supercross Lites (SX Lites) Western Region series for Red Bull KTM Factory Racing, earning a podium finish in just his fifth race. In his debut year on American soil, Roczen won once, stood on the podium twice, earned four top 10s and closed out the season sixth in series points.
 
Fast forward to 2014 when Roczen stormed the American outdoor circuit by winning the 450 Pro Motocross Championship and, by virtue of the title, will campaign the sport's coveted No. 1 plate in 2015. His extraordinary outdoor year was foreshadowed only by an outstanding third-place finish in the 2014 Monster Energy Supercross championship point tally, including Rookie of the Year honors, where he logged two wins and eight podium finishes. By winning the opening round last year at A1, Roczen became the first 450 Class rookie to win the first race of the season.
 
With a fresh start for Roczen and a new teammate in veteran RCH rider Broc Tickle, the 2015 season has all the makings of a championship-level effort for the 20-year-old. Roczen's No. 94 will feature sponsorship from Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort, Jimmy Johns, Sycuan Casino, Dodge, Bel Ray and Rockford Fosgate.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • 2011 – MX2 World Champion; MX2 Class Champion, Motocross of Nations; Sixth Place, Supercross Lites West Coast Points
  • 2012 –Third Place, Supercross Lites East Coast Points; Fourth Place Motocross Lites Points; MX2 Class Champion, Motocross of Nations
  • 2013 – 250 East Supercross Champion; Second Place Motocross Lites Points; MX2 Class Champion, Motocross of Nations
  • 2014 – Third Place, 450 Supercross Points; 450 AMA Motocross Champion; Racer X Magazine Rider of the Year