Red Bull KTM Releases Broc Tickle

Steve Cox | May 15, 2018

Red Bull KTM Releases Broc Tickle: It was announced a few weeks back that Red Bull KTM’s Broc Tickle failed a urinalysis (which he completed following the San Diego Supercross this past February) for what the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) considers to be a performance-enhancing drug (PED). He’s been provisionally suspended since the announcement as WADA tested his “B sample” to confirm the result from the first test. Today, it was announced that his “B sample” also tested positive for a banned substance known as “5-methylhexan-2-amine” (or “methylhexanamine”), which is found in many over-the-counter supplements and is perfectly legal in the United States, along with most of the rest of the world.

Red Bull KTM Releases Broc Tickle

Broc Tickle
Red Bull KTM has terminated their contract with Broc Tickle, effective immediately. PHOTOGRAPHY BY KIT PALMER

With his “B Sample” confirming the first test, the Red Bull KTM team put out the following two-paragraph press release:

It was released today by the FIM that Broc Tickle’s initial positive test from San Diego Supercross was confirmed by the “B sample” test. As a result, KTM Motorsports hereby makes the painful decision to terminate its agreement with Tickle, effective immediately.

Roger De Coster, KTM Race Director SX/MX: “We’ve had a good relationship with Broc over the last six months and he was a great guy to work with. However, KTM’s strong company policy gives no room for any other solution but to terminate the contract. We wish Broc the best in the future.”

KTM could have kept Tickle on through the rest of the year, but there would be little point in it, as Tickle will now face a standard, first-time-offense ban of four years by WADA. The only way he will be able to race again in the next four years will be if AMA Supercross promoters FELD Motorsports and/or the MX Nationals step in and change the nature of their relationship with WADA (or, in regard to the MX Nationals, the United States arm of WADA known as USADA).

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Steve Cox