Broc Tickle provisionally suspended after testing positive for banned substance

In a press release, the FIM has announced that Broc Tickle is suspended from competition "until further notice" due to an anti-doping violation.

Tickle tested positive for "5-methylhexan-2-amine," a stimulant known as methylhexanamine, after a February supercross race in San Diego, according to the FIM. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency's webpage about methylhexanamine warns that it may be contained in some over-the-counter dietary supplements but is not always a labeled ingredient. Methylhexanamine is on the FIM's banned substance list for 2018, according to the press release.

As noted in the press release, Tickle has the right to appeal the decision and to request a test of his B sample. For the time being, his suspension is currently in the "provisional" phase, so it's unclear exactly how long it will ultimately last.

Tickle is in his first season with the Red Bull KTM team.

This story is still developing, and updates are sure to come.

Here's the full press release from the FIM:

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.