Things were on the right track for RCH/Soaring Eagle/Jimmy John’s/Suzuki Factory Racing’s Broc Tickle. Two back-to-back podium finishes during the 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross championship was an astonishing feat, and one that gave Tickle a tremendous amount of confidence as a racer in the premier class. However, eight rounds in, his momentum came to a halt when Tickle collided with Weston Peick during the first moto at the Spring Creek National in Millville, Minnesota, results in a fracture to his pelvis. With a heal time that carries into the middle of August, it looks as if the RCH rider has entered a premature, unwanted off-season. Instead of focusing on the bad, though, Tickle has been using this time to try and button down plans for the 2017 season. We caught up with the Suzuki rider earlier today to talk about those plans.
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You’ve been having some downtime. Probably not what you wanted, right?
Yeah, for sure. Prior to my incident with [Weston] Peick, I had a couple of good runs. The 450 class is so stacked that if you’re off even just a little bit, that could mean the difference of a podium or a top-10 finish. When I had those two podium finishes in a couple, I was hungry and motivated for more. So when I landed on the podium the first time, it was a great feeling. But when I did it again at Red Bud, I felt like I could consistently be that third place guy. So, now it’s hard because I’m watching the races and walking around with the support of crutches. I guess that good thing, though, is that I’m not in a lot of pain.
What’s the plan from here?
Well, in about three weeks I’ll be getting another x-ray to see where I’m at, healing-wise, and I’ll go from there. It just depends where I go after that because I’ve been off the bike and haven’t been training. I can’t really do much. So, I think the best option for me at this point is just to sit out the rest of the season. I had built up a lot of momentum throughout this racing season, and with this injury, I would really hard to come back for the last two. I don’t want to put myself in a situation where I can’t ride at 100-percent and can’t be ready to race. I think that’s a bad decision. I’m hoping this injury heals a little quicker, though, so I can at least get back to my normal training program.
I’m pretty bummed about this injury, though, because I felt like I was really in a good place, being that I was fifth place in the point standings. I was thriving to be better to be better, but obviously things happen. It was just one of those crashes where I was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Did you know something was broken right away?
At first, I was trying to line up for the second moto because of the whole points situation, but my bike was pretty mangled. As I was trying to get ready, though, I bent over trying to put my socks on, and I had a sharp pain in my hip. After that, I pulled the plug on that idea and had some x-rays done. When I got the results on Tuesday, and the report said that there was a fracture at the pelvis joint.
As far as I know, there’s not a lot they can do for a fracture pelvis, right?
Well, for my situation, it wasn’t a big enough break and didn’t need surgery. I just have to be off of it, and let it heal. It kind of sucks though because I feel like I’m not in a lot of pain, but I obviously can’t be walking around on it. That’s not the right thing to do because I need to be on my crutches. I’ve been pretty proactive about this injury to make it heal faster: I’ve been visiting Doc G [Rey Gubernick] a lot and I’ve been doing my physical therapy, too.
Obviously, I’ve been pretty bored, as well. I don’t have anything done for next year, so I’ve been working on that. I feel like it’s a good opportunity for me to be my own agent, and get everything sorted for 2017. I’m really focused on getting stuff done, but I know it’s kind of hard because there’s a lot of guys that are out of their contract this year. I think that things will work out, though, because this is the best I’ve ever felt. At the same time, it’s frustrating because things aren’t moving forward. I’ve still been making my calls, and trying to get next year sorted out.
I personally think so, but do feel as if your performance throughout this 2016 season has put you in a good situation to find a ride for next year?
For sure. Everyone else that needs a ride at the moment pretty much hasn’t had any podiums, and I’ve had two. For me, that’s huge, and I have that confidence knowing that I’ve had those podium finishes this year. So, hopefully that helps.
Would you want to do some of these other off-season races?
As of right now, I don’t really know what my plans are. It just depends on what unfolds for me. I’d like to, though. Now that I’m older, I see how those off-season races can benefit me. When I was younger, I didn’t really want to, but I feel that racing is a great way to stay mentally into it. That puts yourself in race mode throughout the off-season.
Well, heal up quick, and we hope that everything works out for you for the 2017 season.