New to the team for 2011, Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki Supercross / Motocross rider Broc Tickle took time between riding and training to talk about the transition to the Kawasaki KX250F, his goals for the season and what he did in his time off.
Q: How has your transition over to the Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki KX 250 F team been so far?
Broc Tickle: Everything is just really organized. Everyone works together as a team and I really like that. I’m enjoying the change because I felt like I kind of needed one.
It was great to make the change over to the best team in the lites class in my opinion. It’s definitely been cool.
Q: You’ve already achieved a certain amount of success in the lites class with a win in Seattle last year. What are your goals for 2011 with the new team?
Broc Tickle: I just want to go out and race as good as I can. I know I can win and have the potential. If a championship comes a long with riding well, then that would be great.
That is one of my goals before I head to the 450 class in a few years, so I do expect good things whether they come this year or next year. I think it could be done with everything I have and the team that supports me 100 percent to win championships.
Q: Since Mitch (Payton, team owner) doesn’t decide which region you are riding until it gets very close to Anaheim 1, do you get stressed out because of the uncertainty?
Broc Tickle: No not at all. I actually like it that way. Everyone has to work hard all the way up to that point and no one has the option to slack off. When a rider knows they are riding the East, not saying that everyone does it, but it doesn’t give the chance to slack off.
I think it’s good that everyone has to be ready for the West and Anaheim 1. If someone is signed up for the East and slacks off, then a West Coast person gets hurt, it doesn’t help out the team at all when they aren’t as ready for Anaheim as they could be.
Q: Do you have any pre-race rituals or anything you do at each race?
Broc Tickle: I definitely pray. I mean I do that everyday so it’s not an odd pre-race ritual. There isn’t anything out of the ordinary that I do. I don’t put gear on one side first or anything like that. Just pray before each race.
Q: You just attended the Kawasaki dealer meeting. How was that?
Broc Tickle: It was really fun. I had been to one (a dealer meeting) before when I was an amateur, but this was my first one where I had to go up on stage. It was definitely cool. It was really cool to see all the dealers when I was on stage, even though I get a little stage fright.
Q: Did you take a break at all and do anything fun during the off-season?
Broc Tickle: My fiancé Jessica and I went on a cruise in the Caribbean. It was fun, but we were both ready to get back and spend time with family. It was good we got sometime off though.
I think we will make that a yearly thing we do because it’s really good to take time off and recharge before getting back on the bike and prepare for another long year. We go non-stop from January to September so it’s good to get motocross out of my mind for a little bit.
Q: Lastly, do you have anything you do for fun during the season to keep from getting burnt out?
Broc Tickle: Well, I actually enjoy training. It’s fun for me. But to get away from moto completely, I did start surfing a little bit. During the outdoor season, I had a friend, Sean Borkenhagen, bring me out to go surfing with him and I fell in love with it.
I bought a surfboard and go out early in the morning to surf. It’s nice to get up early and be back my noon. I’m having fun with it.