Tickle Joins Barcia, Baggett, and Nelson On the Sidelines | Supercross Injury Report
In the same week that Autotrader/Monster Energy/JGR MX’s Justin Barcia revealed an off-motorcycle training injury will require thumb surgery that will keep Barcia off his Yamaha YZ450F for an indefinite time, we get news that Broc Tickle has also had a training mishap.
While practicing on his Soaring Eagle/Jimmy John’s/Suzuki Factory Racing RM-Z450, Tickle went down, fracturing his right forearm’s distal radius. Surgery has been performed at Loma Linda Medical Center in Murrieta, Calif., and Tickle will be out from four to six weeks as the bone heals.
Like Barcia, Tickle has gotten off to a slow start in the 2016 Monster Energy AMA Championship Series. Tickles 11th and 14th place finishes have him mired in 13th place in the 450SX standings after two round. Barcia is also out of the 450SX top 10, sitting right behind Tickle in 14th place.
Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s James Stewart may be back at Anaheim 2, but his recovery from a concussion as a result from a collision with Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey at A1 means his condition is determined on a day-to-day basis. Stewart has been cleared to race, but has not felt well enough to return to competition. Stewart’s teammate Blake Baggett was injured before the season started with no projected return date.
In the 250SX West Coast Series, Troy Lee Designs/GoPro/Red Bull/KTM’s Jessy Nelson is also out indefinitely after a practice crash that required MRI and CAT scans to ensure that he was not seriously injured. Nelson started the year strongly with a 2nd place at the opening round at Angel Stadium in Anaheim.
2016 Monster Energy AMA Supercross 450SX Class Championship Standings (after 2 of 17 rounds)
1. Ryan Dungey – 47 points (1 win)
2. Jason Anderson – 41 (1 win)
3. Cole Seely – 40
4. Chad Reed – 37
5. Eli Tomac – 36
6. Ken Roczen – 31
7. Trey Canard – 28
8. Jake Weimer – 22
9. Davi Millsaps – 22
10. Justin Brayton – 22
Next round: January 23 at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. TV: Fox Sports 1, 10pm/EST.