News 9 May 2019

Tickle discloses final anti-doping verdict

Former 250SX champion handed down two-year suspension.

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Broc Tickle has disclosed the final verdict on his anti-doping sanction more than a year after he allegedly violated the FIM Anti-Doping Code, revealing he’s been handed a two-year suspension dated back to the failed test in February 2018.

Tickle has maintained his innocence since being notified of the violation in April 2018, and is still unaware of how the substance entered his system.

He was suspended following a report from the WADA accredited laboratory in Cologne indicating an adverse analytical finding of 5-methylhexan-2-amine, a specified substance under Section 6 (Stimulants) of the 2018 FIM Prohibited List, in a urine sample collected from him at the San Diego round of supercross.

An official statement is still to be provided by the FIM, however the former 250SX champion has taken a proactive approach in notifying fans and the industry – as he has done during the entire process – indicating he’ll be eligible to return to competitive racing in the early months of 2020.

“Finally got official sentencing from CDI panel and FIM,” Tickle said in a social media post. “Bummed I won’t be railing some corners this summer [in] Pro Motocross. I’ll be back 2/10/2020.”

Tickle’s B sample allegedly returned with a positive result in May 2018, prompting Red Bull KTM Factory Racing to terminate its contract with the popular contender. Tickle has continued riding KTM machinery during his provisional suspension.

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