News 22 Jul 2016

Tickle out for the rest of Pro Motocross season

Stellar outdoor season cut short for RCH Suzuki pilot.

Image: Simon Cudby.

Image: Simon Cudby.

RCH Soaring Eagle/Jimmy John’s/Suzuki Factory Racing’s Broc Tickle will miss the final four rounds of the 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship following a heavy fall at last weekend’s Millville event.

The incident, involving Yamaha-backed contender Weston Peick, resulted in a fractured pelvis with an expected recovery period of four to six weeks.

Although disappointed in his early exit from the series, Tickle plans to capitalise on the time off and get a head start on his 2017 season preparations.

“It was an unfortunate racing incident between me and Weston Peick,” said Tickle. “Obviously, it’s a bummer but all I can do is keep weight off my pelvis for the next four to six weeks and get better as soon as I can.

“At this point, I just have to look ahead, work hard over the off season and be ready for Supercross in January. I’m going to try and capitalise on the downtime now to get stuff cleared out for 2017. I’m really grateful to Carey [Hart], Ricky [Carmichael] and everyone at RCH for a great season.”

Whilst remaining positive, the injury comes as a tough blow in the midst of his best premier class start season since 2012 having notched nine straight top-10 moto finishes, including back-to-back overall podiums at Muddy Creek and Red Bud.

“It didn’t turn out like we were hoping but we turned the corner and there were a lot of positives,” he added. “I really appreciate everyone at Soaring Eagle, Jimmy John’s and Suzuki for their support and I couldn’t have done it without my personal sponsors Answer, Arai, TCX, EKS BRAND and of course, Dr. G.”

At this point in time the RCH Soaring Eagle/Jimmy John’s/Suzuki Factory Racing squad will continue as a one-rider outfit with current 450 Class points leader, Ken Roczen.