These are by far our least favorite reports to type up: WADA’s anti-doping violations and suspensions. Broc Tickle is provisionally suspended for his urine testing positive at the 2018 San Diego SX for 5-methylhexan-2-amine, a banned substance on the 2018 FIM Prohibited List. I’m not sure exactly what this substance is, but in a Google search it says it was once marketed as a nasal decongestant.
While I believe we need some definite oversight for performance enhancement drugs, I think having WADA and USADA governing a small niche sport like ours is too much. We will get into that more later, but bottom line is if Broc did this and does not win an appeal, he will likely not see a gate drop in at least a year, probably two. In this sport, that is basically a death penalty. As it stands now, Broc Tickle is banned from competing in any sanctioned events until further notice.
Check out the FIM’s 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.
Under the World Anti-Doping Code and the FIM Anti-Doping Code, the FIM is unable to provide any additional information at this time.