BROC TICKLE ISSUES STATEMENT REGARDING PROVISIONAL SUSPENSION

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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 7.9.3.2 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.

With a sport that is not designated as an Olympic Sport, it is hard to accept lengthy banning periods for substances that everyday people use to live. It would be great if motocross/supercross was an Olympic Sport, for one in Australia the Sport would receive more coverage from mainstream media, receive more grants from the Australian Government and fans would see an awesome individual Des Nations type race every 4 years (as in not in team scoring for the cup) and it would pull one heck of a showdown between European and American Athletes with a spice of smaller countries athletes shining.

As a fan, I hate the idea of doping, and doping to me is anything injected into the human body, now anything ingested, yeah, well I am on the fence with that. For people who know me, my knee, well, it is buggered, needs a knee replacement which will not guarantee that the pain will cease. With the knee being damaged in training while in the Army everything has to be processed and paid for by the DVA (Department of Denial, oops, Department of Veterans’ Affairs), which means treatment as to be proven to work, be on the PBS, and be publically available (pretty hard for an injury that is the worst to treat, and no proven treatment options are available). I have been on that much medication for pain management, that now my stomach doesn’t digest food too well, so the body doesn’t get the fuel it needs. Due to this, I have been doing A LOT of research on the human body, trying to find something that will help me get back to the healthy fit me, which has been on holiday for many years. So my theory with ingested assistance, with every human body different, at this stage of my research I don’t really care what is in a water bottle for an athlete that operates a machine that is motorised in a sport that is not Olympic.

So why doesn’t our sport have its own testing labs, well unfortunately that one is a no-brainer, MONEY? Yep, the ‘fundage’ gremlin raises its head, then there is the question of lab credibility and it seems for a lab to have credibility it needs WADA endorsement. If you want to watch something really interesting on lab credibility then look no further than the film ICARUS.

BROCK TITLE STATEMENT:

As has been widely reported, on April 12, 2018 I was notified by the FIM of an alleged Adverse Analytical Finding for 5-Methylhexan-2-Amine, stemming from a random urine test on February 10, 2018, directly after the San Diego Supercross Event. The notification from the FIM was a complete surprise to me because I have never, intentionally or negligently, ingested any prohibited substance, and specifically, the alleged substance I allegedly had in my system on February 10, 2018. I have never cheated, doped, or tried to better myself by taking the short way; nor, has anyone around me offered or provided to me any substance that is prohibited by the FIM Anti-Doping Code. I have worked too hard throughout my career to put my career at stake by taking any prohibited substance.

I am devastated about this allegation, and really frustrated with the process. The FIM has been less than professional with me regarding timeliness of communication, disclosure of information related to my Sample A test, and request to Test Sample B. After much delay, the FIM finally has informed me that the soonest that my Sample B will be tested is May 16, 2018*, the receipt of results and supporting lab documentation undisclosed. In addition, the soonest I will receive the lab documentation associated with Sample A is 10-15 working days from April 15th, 2018.

At this point, I have filed a Request to Lift the Discretionary Provisional Suspension imposed, but have little faith in this process as it is based solely on written documentation. The soonest that I will have a full-blown hearing regarding this allegation will be months from now. I have discovered that the FIM is an organization that possesses ultimate power — to suspend a professional athlete with the stroke of a pen, without any process, opportunity to defend, and no supporting evidence. Consequently, the FIM eliminates the athlete’s source of income, and consequently their financial wherewithal to defend themselves with what little information is provided, all while refusing to timely communicate, and disclose evidence. To say that the process is unfair is an understatement.

Despite this disproportionality, I will do everything possible to fight this allegation, clear my name, and continue with my career. Should anyone have any information that may be relevant to my case, please contact my attorney, Brian D. Harrison at harrison@harrisonlegal.net. Thank you.

*Interestingly, shortly after filing of my Request to Lift the Provisional Suspension, the FIM advised me that they contacted the Laboratory to change the date for Sample B testing to May 9, 2018; however, no information was conveyed as to date of receipt of such test, or the lab documentation associated therewith.

About the Author:

Kendall Jennings, KAJX Communications photojournalist since 2002. KAJX: Kendall A. Jennings (Photojournalist), who is a big The X-Files fan (what the X stands for in KAJX) and motorcycling fan. “I am extremely passionate about motorcycles and have been riding a motorcycle since I was 4 years old. I was introduced to the world of motocross racing in 1998 and haven’t looked back. Everyone should experience motorcycling whether it be a rider, passenger, racer, official or spectator. KAJX is all about sharing the motorcycling love. I am honest, opinioned and if I don't know something I will say so and then educate myself to provide an answer. Living is learning. I worked as a Motorcycle Spare Parts Manager for 15 years, I am also a qualified Outdoor Power Equipment Mechanic.” Kendall Jennings.
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