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RCH Racing

Las Vegas, NV

BROC TICKLE

This young rider has slowly been making a name for himself ever since his amateur career, where he had much success before making the move up to the professional ranks. In 2006 Broc began entering in select AMA Motocross races. His best result during his first year was a 15th-place overall finish at Delmont, Pennsylvania. During his second year of racing, however, Tickle scored a top-five result in St. Louis in the AMA Supercross Lites East Region. Following this he had a strong performance in the 250 MX Championship with numerous top-10 finishes throughout the ‘07 season. For the 2008 MX season he, along with Yamaha Motor Corp., landed a top-five overall finish at Delmont, Pennsylvania.

While In his third full year of professional racing, Broc saw his career take off. Although he started on a low point by shattering his jaw during press day at Anaheim, he jumped right back up with two podium finishes in both Supercross and Motocross. Tickle firmly established himself as a formidable 250 class contender during the 2009 season of Motocross. With his confidence growing in both himself and his Yamaha team, Broc entered 2010 with high expectations.

The 2010 season of Supercross has seen Broc’s skill advance yet again. He has consistently been in the lead group in qualifying and has even had two podium finishes throughout the season. Tickle received his first ever professional win during the Seattle Supercross –a win which he felt was long overdue. Tickle’s Motocross season started off strong with a fourth overall finish at Freestone. He continued riding consistently throughout much of the season, finishing within the top-10 at nearly all the rounds but only taking one podium finish.

Six years in the making, Tickle finally captured his first professional title in 2011 after taking seven podiums in the West Coast Lites series. His outdoor season wasn’t as successful, however. The 21-year-old posted his only podium of the season at Budds Creek, ending the series in seventh for his third consecutive year.

In 2012, Tickle put up some consistent numbers on the Monster Energy Supercross tour, placing a respectable 8th in his first season on a Pro Circuit Kawasaki KX450. Tickle would extend that effort to the MX Nationals where he finished an impressive 5th overall on the summer tour –of which included an overall 3rd place finish at the inaugural Lake Elsinore (Calf.) season finale. For 2013 Tickle moves to the RCH (Carmichael/Hart) race team and will contest the SX and MX seasons aboard a Suzuki.

JOSH HILL

Josh Hill grew up in La Center, WA and discovered his passion for motocross at a very young age. He was quick to follow in the footsteps of his father, a professional Motocross racer at that time, and first got on a bike at the age of three. By age nine, Josh secured his first sponsorship, launching a career that has evolved into something extraordinary.

Josh began his competitive riding career with a bang. He earned first place finishes in twenty major competitions within his first few years. In 2007, Josh joined the pro ranks when he advanced to the Supercross division earning 3rd place in the Lites Championship his rookie year. He also took the giant leap from the 250F bike to the larger, 450F bike.

Although the competition is considerably stiffer in the upper class, Josh came out with both barrels blazing and earned the 5th place overall standing in his first Supercross season in 2008. He was also named Rookie of the Year, a coveted title in the Supercross world. Josh finished his 2008 rookie season by finishing 5th in the AMA Toyota Pro Motocross Championship. In 2009 and 2010, Josh experienced some great runs and unfortunate luck but still managed to finish the Supercross season 10th and 9th in points.

Josh sat out the 2011 season after a near career ending injury in 2010 and returned to the 2012 season for his first Supercross race in nearly 2 years. An unfortunate crash and injury at the season opener in Anaheim put Josh on the sidelines for the rest of the Supercross season. Fully recovered and hungry for competition, Hill renewed with the Dodge/Sycuan Casino/Suzuki/RCH (Carmichael/Hart) race team for the 2013 season and will contest the SX season.

CAREY HART

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 had originally started as a father and son pastime quickly turned into Carey’s passion. By the time he entered his first local race as an amateur, he was hooked and by high school graduation, Carey Hart was a professional motocross rider, racing the AMA Supercross circuit.

Soon thereafter, Carey grew bored with Supercross and started riding with a group of guys who were interested in a more creative and expressive form of motocross. In 1998, the freestyle motocross movement was born with Carey leading the way. From the sport’s inception, Carey has been one of the most innovative riders in the sport. He is the inventor of the Hart Attack, and at the 2000 Gravity Games Carey etched his name in the record books as the first rider ever to complete a back flip on a 250cc motorcycle. The back flip catapulted Carey, 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!

Carey has traveled the globe on a quest to put freestyle motocross on the map. His popularity has helped increase exposure for the sport of Freestyle Motocross. He has been featured in nationwide ad campaigns for Ford and Mountain Dew as well as in such print publications such as Paper Magazine, Teen People, EXPN The Magazine, Rolling Stone, and has graced the covers of numerous motocross magazines. Carey has also starred on The Late Show with David Letterman, appeared on The Today Show and has starred in ESPN/Touchstone Pictures’ IMAX film, Ultimate X and has cameo appearances in Columbia Pictures’ XXX and 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. Hart & Huntington Tattoo Company opened its doors in the prestigious Palms Casino, Las Vegas. This move lead to another TV opportunity for Carey when the A&E network decided to follow him and the workings of the shop in their own reality show: INKED. Since then, three more Hart and Huntington Tattoo shops have opened: Honolulu, Niagara Falls, and Orlando at Universal CityWalk. In 2009 the H&H shop relocated to The Hard Rock Hotel. Carey also expanded the brand, making a quality clothing line based on the designs of the talented artists that work at Hart and Huntington Tattoo Company. The line can be found at all of the tattoo shops, online, as well as at some major retailers.

In addition to these business ventures, he still dedicates significant time to one of his biggest passions, his Supercross team. Carey funds one of the most popular and lifestyle-driven privateer teams to hit Supercross. In 2011, Carey welcomed a new title sponsor Dodge Motorsports who entered the Supercross space for the first time. Carey took his team to a whole new level for the 2012 Supercross season by doubling it’s size of talented riders at a time when most teams are down scaling.

Earning the first annual R.A.D. Lifetime achievement award for his impact on freestyle motocross, this Las Vegas native is determined to ride until he stops having fun and hopefully for us, that’s not anytime soon.

In October 2012, Carey announced the formation of RCH Racing and that he and the odge/Sycuan Casino Racing team would be joining forces with Ricky Carmichael and factory support from Suzuki and Yoshimura research and development. In Carey’s words, the partnership with Ricky and Suzuki was the next step in growing his race program that started out as an idea on a napkin in 2007. “This is a really exciting time to be teaming up with Ricky. His resume speaks volumes and his ability to work with riders and build champions is priceless. Ricky was the pivotal piece to bringing Suzuki to our team and now that we have a long term relationship with them on a factory level I feel that we have all of the pieces to go out and win a championship. We are ready to be on the podium and winning races.”

RICKY CARMICHAEL

The GOAT: the Greatest Of All Time. That’s really all that needs to be said about Carmichael. He got his first taste of professional motocross in 1996, showing signs of his upcoming greatness, and earned the AMA Motocross Rookie of the Year award. He didn’t slow down in 1997, earning a few Eastern Region 125cc Supercross race wins, as well as dominating 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 overall wins. Carmichael entered the AMA 250cc Supercross Series for the first time in his career in 1999, but had a tough time 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 the entirety of the 2000 season. He earned his first 250cc Supercross win at Daytona and had an additional five podium finishes. Always a stronger outdoor rider, Carmichael immediately dominated the AMA 250cc U.S. Motocross Championship, winning nine overalls and easily winning the series championship. He was a key part of the Motocross des Nations team, bringing the title back to the U.S. alongside teammates Ryan Hughes and Travis Pastrana. Carmichael only added to his stellar career in 2001. After adding a new trainer to his program, he was able to dethrone Jeremy McGrath as the AMA 250cc Supercross Champion, and once again captured the 250cc Motocross Championship aboard his Team Chevy Trucks Kawasaki.

In 2002, Carmichael switched to Team Honda before dominating the AMA Supercross Championship, and set a record that can never be broken in AMA 250cc National Motocross racing: he won every moto he entered that season, 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. In his final season aboard a Factory American Honda in 2004, 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 CRF450R, instead of the two-stroke CR250R two years previous.

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 stepping into semi, and then full, retirement. He once again won the AMA Supercross and Motocross championships, and again captained Team USA to another Motocross des Nations victory. 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 in the races he entered, including winning all six overalls in the six AMA Motocross Championship races he entered. Those six 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, Maryland 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 became interested in NASCAR through a family friend and Cup Driver Clint Bowyer. “I met Clint through his brother who raced motorcycles,” explained Carmichael. “His brother was really good. I was a couple of years younger than his older brother and around the same age as Clint. We went to a race a long time ago and ended up parking next to them and became friends. He used to race motocross and got to be 15 and said ‘Man, I am going to try racing cars’. I just watched him work his way up through the ranks.”

But Carmichael’s interest in auto racing didn’t come to fruition until his semi-retirement from Motocross at the conclusion of the 2006 season and partial 2007 season. Ricky spent the next 4 year competing on the four wheel circuit.

Flash forward to 2012, and now co-owner of the Dodge/Sycuan Casino/Suzuki/RCH Racing team, Ricky enters a new chapter in motorsports. Ricky, who will be leading the team’s rider development and motorcycle testing, research, and development, is looking forward to sharing lessons learned in his professional career now with RCH Racing. “I’m really excited about this partnership. Carey being successful as an athlete and as a business person has built a great foundation here in the sport and with myself being able to bring the Suzuki program over to the team really solidifies the deal and makes the team complete. We are looking forward to many good years. 2013 will be a building year and in 2014 I think we will be in contention for wins and a championship.”