Corona, Calif., (April 30, 2012) – The Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki race team was prepared to go to battle this past Saturday for the Salt Lake City round of Monster Energy Supercross. Broc Tickle was hunting down another top-10 finish in the Supercross Class, while teammate Dean Wilson was focused on chasing down the championship in the Supercross Lites West Region.
Tickle had a successful night and continued his streak of top-10 finishes in the Supercross Class. He grabbed a third-place finish in his heat, and was feeling confident as the Main Event approached. He started mid-pack in the main, but was easily making passes for positions. He made some headway and propelled from ninth to seventh in one corner, eventually nailing down the sixth-place spot by the time the checkered flag waved. He is currently 10th in the Supercross Class point standings.
Wilson arrived in Salt Lake City recovering from a shoulder injury sustained at the previous race in Seattle. He was only four points out of the lead in the Supercross Lites West Region, and was hoping to close the gap between him and Eli Tomac. Wilson was cautious as he went out for his first timed practice, but was feeling confident that he could focus on the task at hand. He posted the second-fastest lap time, but went down hard shortly thereafter. It was unclear to the team as to whether Wilson would be able to race that night, but it was later decided that he was feeling well enough to tough it out, and Wilson lined up for the Supercross Lites West Main Event. He easily navigated into podium position territory after the gate dropped, and it was looking as if he would grab a podium finish. Then, disaster struck. Wilson went down hard in the whoops and was unable to finish the race. The championship chase is now over, as Eli Tomac managed to clinch the title in Salt Lake City, but Wilson is still second in points, despite the DNF.