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7/3/2015 - Holly's Tickle Determined After Injuries by the Detroit Free Press

 

Broc Tickle couldn't feel his legs before being prepped for back surgery last year.

 

The motorcycle racer from Holly was scared.

 

He had damaged his T6 and T7 vertebrae in a big crash March 23 at the Rogers Centre in Toronto during the 12th round of the AMA/FIM World Supercross Championships.

 

"I'd lost feeling, and it was a real tough time," said Tickle, 25, who had flown over the handle bars of his dirt bike following a misjudged jump, landing heavily on his side. "I was very lucky to have a great medical team and the support of my wife, Jessica."

 

Though he was sidelined for the remainder of the season, Tickle, who also had busted a couple of ribs in the accident, made a full recovery from his injuries.

 

He says the crash has made him more determined to do well in 2015.

 

"You question yourself after an accident like that," Tickle said. "But my wife told me it was purely my decision to go racing again. That she supported whatever I did. I'm back, and my passion to compete and win is bigger than ever."

 

Tickle, who first rode a dirt bike at age 3, will be racing this weekend at the legendary RedBud MX track in Buchanan, on the west side of the state near Niles, in the 2015 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship.

Arguably the biggest and best motocross race on the national dirt bike calendar, RedBud MX attracts thousands of fans annually to the July 4 weekend of pro and amateur racing.

 

Tickle is excited to be competing in his home state.

 

"It's an awesome event," said Tickle, who rides the No. 20 Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort Factory Racing Suzuki RM-Z450 for RCH Racing. "The fans — they are so outgoing. They come from all over Michigan. The dirt — I think it's the best on the circuit."

 

Tickle is in eighth place in national Supercross points and sixth in Motocross.

 

He'll be up against Ryan Dungey, Jason Anderson, Justin Barcia, Christophe Pourcel, Blake Baggett and teammate Ken Roczen on the big bikes at RedBud MX.

 

"I think we can really get the ball rolling at RedBud," said Tickle, who lives and trains in Lake Elsinore, Calif., during the winters. "I'm looking for a top-three weekend."

 

Riding for a team co-owned by motorcycle racing legend Ricky Carmichael has Tickle fired up despite his crippling crash in 2014.

 

"You work your butt off, you are always looking for improvements," Tickle said. "I have a great relationship with Ricky. Our team is just awesome. I trust the guys totally and my bike. We are headed in the right direction."

 

 

What: 2015 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship.

Where: RedBud MX, 13638 N. Redbud Trail, Buchanan.

When: Amateur and professional dirt bike racing today through Sunday, with Round 7 of Lucas Oil national event Saturday.

Hours: 7 a.m. until night racing finishes all four days.

Who: World's best motocross riders, including Ryan Dungey, Justin Barcia, Blake Baggett, Christophe Pourcel, Jason Anderson, Ken Roczen and Holly's Broc Tickle.

Tickets: Available at www.redbudmx.com. Tickets start at $80 for today-Sunday for ages 12 and up. Saturday only is $45, and Saturday-Sunday is $55.

 

 

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