He will be a fill-in rider for both injured Fredrik Noren and Joey Savatgy.
Tickle, who has spent more than half his 450 career on Suzuki, will make his supercross comeback at Raymond James Stadium and compete in the premier class with the team for the remainder of the supercross season.
Said Tickle: “I’m really excited for this opportunity with the JGRMX Yoshimura Suzuki Team. I had a great thing put together but there were still some missing pieces that on race day can really come into play, and JGR has those pieces being the Suzuki effort. I’ve had success in the past with Suzuki, so when we got to communicating and putting things together, it just ended up working out and made sense to move forward with the JGR Suzuki program.
“I’m ready to go racing and looking forward to just getting back in the mix. The overall goal is to go out, enjoy it, have fun, and do the best I can do. Two years of not racing is a big deal but I’m up for the challenge and eager to be back on the gate as well as being back to training, riding, and doing this at the highest level.”
The Michigan native began his pro career in 2006 and has been a competitive racer since, earning eight podiums, 21 top-five and 93 top-10 positions during his 450 career. Tickle was also the 2011 250 West Coast Lites Supercross Champion.
“I’m excited to see Broc back on a Suzuki this weekend in Tampa,” said team manager Jeremy Albrecht. He has been testing and riding in North Carolina with our team for a couple weeks and will finish out the supercross season on our team. His speed and fitness are good so we will see this weekend where he ends up. I’m happy that we have great partners that helped make this happen.”
450SX points standings after round six:
- Ken Roczen – 130 points
- Eli Tomac – 129 points
- Cooper Webb – 121 points
- Justin Barcia – 116 points
- Adam Cianciarulo – 113 points
250SX West points standings after round six:
- Dylan Ferrandis – 135 points
- Justin Cooper – 128 points
- Austin Forkner – 122 points
- Brandon Hartranft – 110 points
- Alex Martin – 98 points
Photo courtesy Suzuki USA
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