Racer X has learned that Soaring Eagle/Jimmy John's RCH Suzuki rider Broc Tickle crashed at the test track today and injured his wrist. He has undergone surgery and will be out for the next four to six weeks.
Tickle is generally known as one of the steadiest and most consistent riders in the sport, finishing in the top ten in all but three of the 17 Monster Energy Supercross races last year. He finished fourteenth last week in San Diego, but was looking forward to progressing from there, saying after the race, "I started out sixteenth and finished fourteenth, but honestly, it’s going to be a good year. I hate that I only finished fourteenth but it’s going to be fun getting to where I want to be."
Unfortunately, the season is on hold for Broc, but the good news is radius fractures are generally less complicated that other wrist injuries, such as the dreaded broken navicular.
The official team press release is below:
CHINO, Calif. – Broc Tickle, rider of the No. 20 Soaring Eagle/Jimmy John’s/Suzuki Factory Racing RM-Z450 for RCH Racing was injured in a practice crash at the team’s test facility today and is expected to miss the next four to six weeks of Monster Energy AMA Supercross competition.
Tickle was diagnosed with a fractured distal radius in his right forearm at Loma Linda University Medical Center in Murrieta, Calif., where he underwent surgery to repair the fracture.
The Holly, Mich., rider finished 11th and 14th, respectively in the season’s first two races and is currently 13th in 450SX Class points heading into this weekend’s event at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.