Broc Tickle would typically be putting the finishing touches on his preparation for Anaheim 1 at this point in the season. However, following the suspension that WADA handed him almost a year ago now, he is unable to compete in any races. How long will that ban last? Well, this is the problem. Tickle has not actually been told and vented his anger in a recent social-media post.
"Happy New Year everyone," Tickle wrote on his social-media account. "2018 was a tough year to say the least and I'm really looking forward to 2019! It's hard to believe it's been almost nine months since I was issued my provisional suspension. I'm beyond dissatisfied that @FIMLive @SupercrossLIVE has yet to issue me a hearing date and has not handled things in the right manner. I have suffered enough wondering what's next and this has taking [sic] a toll on myself, family and friends. It is now clear that the FIM and @SupercrossLIVE are conspiring to intentionally and unlawfully interfere with my fundamental rights and ability to make a living. I'm thankful for all the people who have been behind me and supported me through this. This will be the first year since 2010 that I will not be lining up at A1. I'm still hungry to get back and the desire to race is still inside me."
Although Broc Tickle cannot race himself, he is currently spending a lot of time with Marshal Weltin to help him prepare for the 250SX East series. He has also been pictured with Dean Wilson. When gates drop at Anaheim 1 on Saturday night, two hundred and sixty-three days would have been and gone since the provisional suspension was first handed to Tickle.
Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: KTM Images/Simon Cudby