Suzuki’s Broc Tickle Grits Out Tough Ride in Main Event

Broc Tickle (#20) powers through the rutted Salt Lake City track on his Suzuki RM-Z450 - SX round 13 (678)

JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Racing Returns to the 2020 Supercross Battle

BREA, CA – June 8, 2020 – (Motor Sports NewsWire) –  JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Racing’s Broc Tickle put forth a strong effort aboard his Suzuki RM-Z450 at round 13 of the 2020 Monster Energy Supercross series in Salt Lake City, Utah. Despite the heavy rains and shortened race day schedule, Tickle raced through the pain of a hand injury he incurred one week earlier while teammate Fredrik Noren was edged out of the main event due to rider contact.

Tickle fought hard early, logging the fastest lap time in his qualifying group. After missing a direct transfer in his heat race by one position, Tickle reset and posted another fastest lap time during the LCQ, putting his JGR-tuned Suzuki into the main event. A disappointing start in the main had Tickle working from outside the top-ten, but he continued to charge forward with consistent speed, showing he’s looking to finish the season strong after a couple of injuries.

“Today was a tough day all in all,” said Tickle. “I am happy I made it through all the racing, and I’m looking forward to Wednesday’s race. I’m thankful for the whole JGR crew. We can build off of this.”

“The positive from today is that both guys will be able to race on Wednesday,” said Jeremy Albrecht, Team Manager. “Broc was able to get through the day, but with some pain from his broken hand. He did not further injure it so we’re hopeful every race will get better.”

Freddie Noren (#31) charges on his Suzuki RM-Z450 - SX round 13

Freddie Noren (#31) charges on his Suzuki RM-Z450.

“Fast Freddie” had the speed he needed, but a crash in his heat race put him into the LCQ. He was second behind Tickle in lap time speed but contact with another rider in the final corner kept him out of the main. With injuries progressing well, Freddie is eager for Wednesday’s race.

“I’m looking forward to getting back to my normal speed and progressing from there,” said Noren. “Separate from my ankle, I’m making rookie-type mistakes on my own. These are all things I will work through and I’m ready to go race.”

Albrecht added, “Freddie showed improvement and should have made the main event. He crashed in his heat while in a transfer spot and then was on the bubble in the LCQ. Freddie should be feeling even better after a few more days to let his foot heal.”

After a long break, Alex Martin is looking forward to two rounds of 250 West Coast racing, and ready to move up in championship points and put his Suzuki RM-Z250 on the podium.

“I’m excited to see Alex ride Wednesday at the first West Coast round here in SLC. He has been feeling great at home in Florida and is happy to be racing again.”

Round 14 of the 2020 Monster Energy Supercross series drops the gate this Wednesday, June 10th, at 7:00 PM ET.

Please visit www.jgrmxraceteam.com for more team news.

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Joe Gibbs Racing Motocross (JGRMX), based in Huntersville, NC, was founded in 2007 by Coy Gibbs, son of NFL Hall of Fame head coach and multi-time NASCAR Championship winning team owner Joe Gibbs. JGRMX competes in both the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship series as well as the Monster Energy Supercross series with support from Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. aboard Suzuki RM-Z250 and RM-Z450 race machines.

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