Red Bull KTM has confirmed that Broc Tickle will join the team for the 2018 race season. The deal comes after an eventful time for both the rider and team, as Tickle’s past employer RCH closed shop following the 2017 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship and Red Bull KTM had both Ryan Dungey and Trey Canard announce their retirements from racing in the middle of the year.
We’ve spoken with Tickle briefly about the new deal, which is currently for one year and will include a residency at Aldon Baker’s program in Florida. With this, Tickle will train along side teammate Marvin Musquin and Rockstar Energy Racing Husqvarna’s Jason Anderson and Zach Osborne.
Tickle, a former 250 West Coast SX champion, has improved each year in the 450 class and has become a contender for the podium at every round.
The full press release from Red Bull KTM is posted below…
KTM Motorsports is pleased to officially welcome Broc Tickle to the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team for the 2018 season. Tickle will race aboard a KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION alongside teammate Marvin Musquin for the AMA 450 Supercross Championship and AMA 450 Pro Motocross Championship.
The 28-year-old Michigan native claimed an AMA Supercross Lites West Championship in 2011, along with a host of career podium and top-five finishes over the years. Tickle has proved his merit as a 450 class podium contender, most recently capturing a pair of third place finishes in 2017 at Toronto Supercross and High Point MX National.
Tickle missed the second half of the AMA Pro Motocross Championship due to a shoulder injury but he is READY TO RACE into the 2018 race season, beginning with the Monster Energy Cup and Red Bull Straight Rhythm in October.
Tickle:"I'm really looking forward to the opportunity to work with Roger, Ian and the whole Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team. With the success both European and US teams have had in recent years on the new KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION, I'm really looking forward to the chance to race the KTM for myself. The results and numerous championships they've earned speaks volumes for the brand and I'm really hoping to make the most of this awesome opportunity.I'm especially excited to train at Bakers Factory with Aldon Baker and alongside my new teammate Marvin (Musquin). This is the first time in my pro career that I'm in an all-encompassing training program where riding coaching, fitness training and riding alongside some of the fastest guys in the sport are all a part of my daily routine. I really want to take full advantage of everything being offered and show what I believe I am capable of."
Roger De Coster: "We have always seen a lot of potential in Broc and we look forward to giving him every tool available to our team to be successful and make the most of this opportunity. We feel Broc's demeanor and personality both on and off the track are a good fit to be Marvin's teammate and hope they work well both riding and training together."