The American factory RCH Yoshimura Suzuki team has signed Broc Tickle and Justin Bogle to race RMZ450s in the 2017 AMA Supercross and Pro Motocross championship. Tickle returns to the seat of the No. 20 Suzuki after spending the previous four seasons with RCH. Last season, he was fifth in the points and off to his best Pro Motocross start since 2012 before being sidelined for the final third of the campaign after suffering an injury at Spring Creek.
Bogle, the 2014 Eastern Regional 250 SX Class Champion, makes the move to RCH from Geico Honda where he will pilot the No. 19 RMZ450. Last season, he notched one top-five and six top-10 finishes during his rookie 450 class Supercross season.
“Combining the strengths of RCH, Yoshimura and Suzuki into a single factory racing effort has been rewarding,” said Kerry Graeber of Suzuki USA. “And with Broc returning and Justin joining the Suzuki family, we are eager for the 2017 season to begin.”
RCH is coming off its most successful season to date after finishing second in the 2016 Monster Energy Supercross Championship and collecting its first premier class title where Ken Roczen won the Pro Motocross Championship.
“Broc has been with RCH since 2013,” said RCH Racing co-founder Ricky Carmichael. “He’s one of the sport’s most respected veterans and one of those guys who gets better every year. We’re really happy to keep Broc in the mix at RCH and to bring him along with us as part of our Suzuki Factory effort. Justin won a championship in the 250 class and has shown great promise on a 450. We’re excited to see how quickly he meshes with Broc, the team, and our championship-winning Suzuki RMZ450.”
“After winning the 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship this summer, we’re chomping at the bit to get back racing,” added fellow RCH Racing co-founder Carey Hart. “We have been working alongside Suzuki and Yoshimura to refine this new program for 2017. We are excited to have Broc back and to be able to bring a rider of Justin’s calibre on board.”
RCH/ Yoshimura/ Suzuki Factory Racing will be led by Team Manager Kyle Bentley and will make its 2017 debut on January 7th at the Monster Energy Supercross season opener in Anaheim, California.