Coming into contract season, there was no denying that the Red Bull KTM race team was one of, if not the most sought-after rides in the paddock. With plenty of talent in the free agent pool, Broc Tickle has emerged the rider that filled the open position after another impressive year. He couldn't be more excited, and we caught up him on Friday as he laid down some very fast laps in all-new gear at Pala Raceway. He has a new setup from head to toe, and we discussed everything from the new bike, moving to Florida, and more…
First and foremost, you have to be pumped on the way everything came together.
Yeah, I'm excited. I've been on the bike about a week and a half now, and I'm enjoying it and having fun. I actually went and rode Supercross this week too, and I'm feeling good already. I'm happy where I'm at and what I have going right now.
The factory Red Bull KTM team is obviously a very sought after ride, and the bike and team behind you is known to be some of the best in the business. That being said, the characteristics of the steel frame and bike had to be a little different. Coming from riding Japanese bikes, what did you notice was the biggest adjustment?
Yeah, I obviously knew it was going to be different. From Japanese manufacturer to Japanese manufacturer it's normally pretty close to the same thing, but for me on this bike I felt comfortable pretty much the first day. The seat is super flat on these bikes, so that is something I had to get used to. I feel really good on the bike already, and for me it's just fine-tuning it and finding what I like. At the moment we're not getting too crazy, just getting some time on the bike and putting some laps in.
I listened to your interview with Steve Matthes on the Pulp MX show, and I found it impressive when you mentioned how active you were in pursuing this ride. You took the initiative and actively called Roger Decoster and Ian Harrison over there –some riders might wait for the call. It obviously worked out!
I knew it was the time to do it, and I felt like I was in place to get the ride. I made sure it was going to happen. Before I knew they were closing up I kind of had a feeling RCH wasn't going to be around, and that wasn't helping my scenario so I had to do everything I could. I felt like my results were good enough to be here where I'm at, and I'm happy that it all worked out. I'm looking forward to the off season and training with Aldon Baker –that's going to be another step, along with riding with Marvin [Musquin], Zach [Osborne], and Jason [Anderson]. I think that's really going to help me a lot during the week to elevate myself and show up to the races a little more prepared than what I have been in years past.
That's a huge change as well, just picking up and moving to Florida to jump on that program. What's your time frame on that?
Yeah, so right after straight rhythm I start heading that way and then we start our boot camp around the first of November. I'm looking forward to it; it should be good. I went down and checked out the facility and it's unreal, so I'm stoked I'm going to be there and be a part of the Bakers Factory and the whole Red Bull KTM team. It's been an awesome week and a half on the bike working with this awesome crew and I'm looking forward to the Monster Cup and Straight Rhythm –just getting my feet wet and seeing where I'm.
The Aldon program is a huge change for some riders with the diet and different approach to training. Do you think it will surprise you?
I just think it would be a change for anyone, no matter if you were a health freak or not. Being day in and day out with the group of guys that I'm around I think I'll see the most changes on the bike riding during the week. The fitness part hasn't been a problem for me, and I'm stoked to be part of it. It's proven –look at Zach [Osborne] for instance. He was good in years past but this year he really stepped up and was top notch.
The vibe that I pick up there is a lot of camaraderie and plenty of competition. It's a good crew.
Yeah, and when I show up to Anaheim the two 450 guys I'll have been riding with are the guys that won races and have been on the podium pretty much all year. It's an opportunity to step up, and I am in the perfect position to do so.
You also have some fresh new gear on today –is that a done deal?
Yeah, I am going to be with Alpinestars. My contract doesn't start until October 1st, but obviously I'm in the boots and gear right now. That's the only thing set in for sure as of right now and I'm looking forward to being a part of that team. It was awesome to go down there and meet Gabrielle, and I feel like it's a family ran business. I'm happy to be a part of it!
It looks like 2018 is shaping up to have potential to be your best yet.
Yeah, for sure. I think it's definitely the time to put everything aside and put 100% focus in. Even though I feel that's what I've done, I'm going to put a little extra into this, and hopefully it turns into a better year than this year. This was a good year for me, but I feel like I had the potential to be a top five or a podium guy every weekend so that's the goal coming into 2018. I just want to focus on myself, use all the tools I have, and be the best I can be.