|May 16 (20:42)|
Following the news that his contract with Red Bull KTM has been terminated, Broc Tickle released the following statement on social media. "It is hard to believe the things that have happened over the last month," Tickle wrote. "I accept KTM's decision because the autocratic and arbitrary FIM Anti-Doping Policy left them no choice. I sincerely appreciate everything the team has done for me. I will not give up the fight."
|May 15 (21:36)|
When Broc Tickle was provisionally suspended after failing an anti-doping test in San Diego earlier this year, not much could be done until his B sample had been examined. Now, however, it has been announced that the results from that second test allegedly confirmed that no mistake was made with the first sample. Following that news from the FIM, Red Bull KTM have terminated their contract with Broc Tickle (effective immediately).
"We have had a good relationship with Broc over the last six months and he was a great guy to work with," Roger DeCoster said in a statement from KTM. "However, KTM's strong company policy gives no room for any other solution but to terminate the contract. We wish Broc the best in the future."
Broc Tickle also released another statement, before KTM, on his social media. The full post can be viewed in its entirety below.
Today, via e-mail, I was notified by the FIM that testing of my Sample B allegedly confirmed the alleged results of my Sample A test; however, as of today, neither the FIM or the laboratory has provided any supporting evidence for the alleged testing results. In addition, the FIM informed me that, Article 3.3.1 of the FIM Disciplinary and Arbitration Code, Mr. Anand Sashidharan has been appointed by the Director of the International Commission of Judges (CJI) as single judge to “deal" with case before the International Disciplinary Court (CDI). Mr. Sashidharan is the same person that presided over Mr. James Stewart’s proceedings. Now that my case has been formally identified with the CDI, perhaps the process will proceed in a professional manner so that I can finally begin to defend myself. Their system presumes my guilt and presumes their supremacy all while hindering, impeding, and delaying an athlete’s ability to discover evidence to argue against both. As I stated before, I have never, intentionally or negligently, ingested any prohibited substance, and specifically, the alleged substance I allegedly had in my system on February 10, 2018. I have never cheated, doped, or tried to better myself by taking the short way; nor, has anyone around me offered or provided to me any substance that is prohibited by the FIM Anti-Doping Code. I have worked too hard throughout my career to put my career at stake by taking any short cuts. I will do everything possible to fight this allegation, clear my name, and continue with my career. Should anyone have any information that may be relevant to my case, please contact my attorney, Brian D. Harrison
Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: KTM Images/Simon Cudby