Where Are They Now: Ronnie TichenorThursday, May 4, 2006 | 12:27 PM
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As the 1987 East Region Supercross Champion, Tichenor moved to the premier class in ‘88 and didn’t find the success he enjoyed in the tiddler divisions. He managed to put together some strong rides in supercross, the most impressive of which saw him holeshot the 1989 Miami SX and open up a huge lead over Ricky Johnson but suffer a big crash on a triple he had used to earn his lead.
Ronnie decided he had gotten his fill of the Far East and moved back to the States to begin working with some of the Japanese riders who had dreams of American motocross success. It was during this time that some of the 125 teams noticed Tichenor’s speed was as good or better than it ever was, and soon Ronnie was back on the scene at the 125 Nationals for Dave Antolak’s Tuf Racing team. But once again, Tichenor fell on hard times, suffering a knee injury at his first race back at the Troy, Ohio, event.
A few years down the road, Ronnie found himself back at his native Florida and began conducting motocross schools. He also did a little vet-class racing at Loretta Lynn’s, riding a Suzuki and winning two classes in 2000, a full 17 years after his last minicycle championship from the Ranch in 1983!
Regarded as one of the original “cool guys,” Ronnie Tichenor remains a solid part of the motocross machine, now as an instructor to future champions.
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