It didn’t come outdoors last year, as he collected just one podium finish in a moto in the 250 class, while his teammates were out front every week. Then the rulebook forced him to the 450s for 2012, and his supercross season was mediocore on the big bike. Finally, now in the Nationals, he appears to be finding his groove on the 450.
It hasn’t been easy. Solid riding at the opening rounds were marred by some bad luck, including a mechanical-failure induced DNF in the second moto at Freestone. And in the first moto at Lakewood, the gremlins came again with another mechanical problem.
Tickle captured his first career 450 moto podium at Thunder Valley.
SImon Cudby photo
After back-to-back DNFs, Broc was riding well but the results weren’t coming—until the second moto in Colorado, when he dug deep. Overcoming the frustration of a tough season, Tickle stuck with factory Monster Energy Kawasaki rider Jake Weimer and then pulled off a pass on lap 13. That put him into a hard-earned third in the moto, his first visit to a podium since moving up to the 450s.
The DNF in moto one ruined his chance for an overall podium, but Broc’s determination means that could be coming soon. For his efforts to keep on pushing through the adversity, we present Broc Tickle with this week’s Racer X Outstanding Performance Award.