Word has just come out of the AMA that Red Bull Factory KTM rider Broc Tickle has failed a WADA drug test.



WADA stands for the World Anti-Doping Association, after a test came back positive from his San Diego sampling, provisionally suspending Broc effective immediately from any sporting competition, meaning he will be out for the remainder of the AMA Supercross series. This probably means the end of his 2018 campaign all together as we don’t expect to see Broc on the start line at Hangtown either.

This suspension comes after a string of riders have failed drug testing over the past few years, starting with James Stewart, who copped an 18-month ban for his failed test. Cade Clayson is the last rider to be suspended for failing a drug test, ruling him out of the entire 2018 season before it even began. Now with Broc in the firing line, someone who you would never guess to be doping, it seems the threat is real for any AMA rider looking to give themselves an extra boost.

The drug that Broc tested positive for was Methylhexanamine, said to originally appear in a nasal congesting spray. More commonly it is found in energy boosting supplements but is banned under nearly all sporting disciplines

Broc could face the same fate as Cade and cope a 1-year suspension or join James Stewart with an 18-month ban. The maximum penalty is a four-year suspension, which would end his career. If his B samples come back positive, it will for sure mean definite suspension for the KTM rider, and probably the end of his tenor at Red Bull KTM, no matter how long the ban is. You won’t likely see Broc on factory equipment again if this goes through.

We are hoping this is not the case, as the series has already been dealt many blows this year with riders such as Roczen, Bogle, Millsaps, Seely and now Webb, who suffered a fractured tibia over the weekend, all out due to injury. Fingers crossed there is a misunderstanding here, as WADA and the FIM come down with an iron fist in these circumstances.

Press Release below;



The Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) has advised US Supercross rider Broc Tickle that he is provisionally suspended pursuant to Article 7.9 of the FIM Anti-doping Code. The decision to provisionally suspend Mr. Tickle was taken following the receipt of a report from the WADA accredited laboratory in Cologne indicating an Adverse Analytical Finding of 5-methylhexan-2-amine, a specified substance under Section 6 (Stimulants) of the 2018 FIM Prohibited List, in a urine sample collected from him at an in-competition test carried out by the FIM at the round of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship held in San Diego, California, USA, on 10 February 2018.

Mr. Tickle has the right to request and attend the analysis of his B sample.

Mr. Broc Tickle is provisionally suspended with effect from 14 April 2018. He is therefore barred from participating in any Sports competition until further notice (Art. 10.12 of the FIM Anti-doping Code). Under Article of the FIM Anti-doping Code, Mr. Tickle may request lifting of his provisional suspension.



Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing rider sidelined for the next MXGP race due to injury

Husqvarna Motorcycles has announced that Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Max Anstie will not compete in this weekend’s MXGP of Portugal as he recovers from the concussion sustained following a crash during warm-up for round three of the Motocross World Championship – the GP of Comunitat Valenciana, Spain.

Of course everyone in our team is disappointed for Max that he’s unable to join us and compete this weekend at the GP of Portugal, but our priority is Max and his wellbeing, said team manager Antti Pyrhönen.

“He needs more time to recover from his crash in Spain. Only when he is fully ready to return to competition will he do so. Crashes are a part of racing but together with Gautier Paulin, Max put in a huge amount of hard work during the off-season and was really motivated to make a strong start to the MXGP championship. His speed and fitness were both where they needed to be, so it’s hugely frustrating for him to be sidelined like this. We know he will be back strong, but for now he needs to rest in order to make a full recovery.”

Resting ahead of the recent GP of Trentino in Italy, Max did all that he could to be ready for a return to competition. However, after only a few laps of practice he soon realised that he was unable to race and took no further part in the GP.

Undergoing further medical checks, Max has been advised to take further rest and as a result will miss this weekend’s GP of Portugal. Max will return to racing when he is fully fit and ready to do so.

Check out the highlights from the MXGP of Trentino where KTM are still dominating both MX1 and MX2.

Taupo’s Nathan Tesselaar (KTM 350 XC-F), on his way to winning on Sunday, that result boosting him into the series lead. Photo by Andy McGechan

The 2018 New Zealand Cross-country Championships will now very definitely go right down to the wire at the fourth and final round after several top riders experienced mixed fortunes at round three near Taupo on Sunday.

With two wins from two starts before Sunday’s third round of four, Taupo’s defending champion Brad Groombridge appeared to have everything under control.

But then came a huge dose of bad fortune for Groombridge on Sunday, the Suzuki man running out of fuel while leading on the 13th and final lap.

Groombridge was credited with ninth overall, as one of only a handful of riders to exit the timing zone before the three-hour race duration had elapsed and so one of only nine riders to actually start a 13th lap.

But his 1-1-9 score-card after three rounds of the series has put him second on the points table, behind new series leader Nathan Tesselaar, the KTM rider from Taupo who inherited the lead and won the day on Sunday. Tesselaar’s score-card for the series so far is 4-3-1.

Runner-up on Sunday was Coatesville’s Sam Greenslade (KTM), his first ride in the series, after only recently arriving back in the country following a year in the United Kingdom, and so he is not a realistic contender for the national title this season.

Third on Sunday was Raglan’s Jason Dickey (KTM).

 Dickey and Hamilton’s Phil Goodwright (Husqvarna) should also be considered title contenders because, with only three of four rounds to be counted as riders discard their one worst result, it puts Dickey (0-2-3) and Goodwright (2-5-7) right in the hunt at Mosgiel. 

Meanwhile, in the 90-minute junior grade race held earlier in the day, Hamilton’s Caleb Richardson (KTM) was the runaway winner, crossing the finish line 20 seconds ahead of Napier’s Bryn Codd (Yamaha), with Cambridge’s Michael Henry (KTM) claiming third, just eight seconds further back.

This finishing order caused a reshuffle also in the junior grade, with Codd taking over the top spot from Eltham’s Adam Loveridge (Husqvarna), who managed only seventh on Sunday.

However there is virtually nothing to separate Codd (3-3-2) from Loveridge (2-1-7), or even Raglan’s Coby Rooks (Honda, 4-2-6), Richardson (10-4-1), Henry (7-5-3) or Cambridge’s Callum Patterson (Yamaha, 1-20-4) once “discarded” results are taken into account.

The fourth and final round of the series is set for farmland near Mosgiel on May 12.


Words and photo by Andy McGechan, www.BikesportNZ.com


New Zealand Enduro is having a bit of a shake up for 2018 with Justin Stevenson at the helm as NZ Enduro Commissioner. The five-round series will cover the middle of the North Island, as well as visiting a new venue in the South Island, just out of Murchison, near the tiny ‘town’ of Maruia. Originally a six-round series, one South Island round had to be dropped due to land access, meaning the best four-out-of-five rounds will count towards the class titles. However, as per normal, ALL-Rounds will count towards the outright title, which is more about bragging rights than an official NZ title.



As an added bonus to the National Series, there are three off-shoots this year in the form of the North Island, Central and the Southern Series. It can get confusing as some events will count towards more than one individual series but have a look at the dates on the flyers to see which events or even series suits you best. There are plenty of Enduro events this year to choose from so don’t be shy to get out and try them for yourself.



Check out the latest DRD magazine for an Enduro 101 article about how Enduro works and how easy it is to enter and compete. If you love long trail rides and like riding fast too, then you should try an Enduro on for size.



More information about each event can be found at www.motoevents.nz – just click the link and book them in.