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 188.8.131.52 of the FIM Anti-doping Code, Mr. Tickle may request lifting of his provisional suspension.
It was a devastating night in Florida for Team Honda HRC, as their sole active rider, Cole Seely, was sidelined early in the evening after crashing hard in 450SX heat two. While running third, Seely attempted to jump a quad in the long rhythm section after the start straight. He came up short and was ejected over the handlebar, after which the motorcycle’s rear wheel landed on him.
Seely was immediately assisted on-track by the Alpinestars Mobile Medical Unit crew and was then transported directly to St. Joseph’s Hospital. After further evaluation, it was determined that Seely had sustained fractures to his sacrum and the left and right sides of his pelvis. He underwent an initial procedure Saturday evening to realign the pelvis
“We’re extremely disappointed to see Cole’s season come to an end like this, says team manager Erik Kehoe. Things were going well up until this weekend. He was second in points and continuing to improve each week, so it was only a matter of time until he would have gotten a win. This is the hardest part of our sport because it never gets easy seeing one of your riders hurt. The entire team and everyone at Honda wishes Cole the best for a speedy recovery.”
On Sunday, a more extensive operation was performed to repair substantial damage to his abdominal wall, fixate the pelvis with a large plate and screws, and insert a screw on each side of the sacrum. The initial prognosis is for eight weeks non-weight bearing, with a follow-up appointment to take place in 10 to 14 days.
That means Honda are without Seely until at least the penultimate round of the series at Salt Lake City, but it is likely Seely won’t be bike fit for the remainder of the season due to the severity of his injury.
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