The JGRMX Yoshimura Suzuki Racing team fought hard in Arlington, Texas for round eight of the Monster Energy AMA/ FIM World Supercross series. The event marked the second Triple Crown event of the season.
Broc Tickle was looking to build on last weekend’s strong return to racing on his Suzuki RM-Z450, but his night ended early with an injured hand in race one.
In the 250 East series rider Jimmy Decotis was also injured early in practice, but team fill-in rider Isaac Teasdale qualified directly into the three-race night show and earned championship points on his JGR-tuned Suzuki RM-Z250.
Tickle has shown that he has the speed and conditioning to make a strong return to the Supercross series. Unfortunately, a collision with another rider’s machine early in race one ended his night with only strong qualifying times. Tickle is undergoing treatment to determine if he can return at this weekend’s Atlanta round or if he will require time off.
“Broc just had bad luck the first lap of the first Main Event, when his hand got hit by another rider’s wheel,” said Team Manager Jeremy Albrecht.
“He was in too much pain to continue and walked straight to the Alpinestars Mobile Medical rig to fix him up. We will have Tickle evaluated first thing with a hand specialist and see what’s required and at that point determine a timeline for his return to racing.”
“Tough night in Arlington last night,” said Tickle on social media. “Struggled a little throughout the day but was excited to go racing for the night show. Got off to a rough start in Main 1 and came through first rhythm, first lap and collided with another rider. My left hand got smashed in between my bars and rear wheel of another rider at contact. I am unsure of full prognosis of my hand, but will have more insight tomorrow and will give you guys an update as I know more. Thank you to all my supporters.”
Decotis was another rider with a rough night in Texas. After a crash in practice before timed qualifying laps began it was determined that Jimmy would not race. After preparing with three 450 rounds early in the season and riding strong last weekend at round one of the 250 East series, ‘Da Rippa’ was disappointed to exit round two without event points. Decotis is looking ahead to round three in Atlanta.
“It was a tough night,” said Albrecht. “Jimmy had a crash in the free practice and was not able to ride. He’s has had a few tough weeks, but I believe he can get on the podium these next few rounds.”
JGR support rider Isaac Teasdale was quick during daytime qualifying, using his fast lap time to earn a direct qualification into the night program.
This marks the young racer’s steady improvement following a 21st place finish in Tampa. Teasdale broke into the top-20 in his third Main Event, posting race scores of 20th, 18th, and 17th. The team is helping guide Teasdale’s development as he climbs steadily higher up the rankings.
“Freddie Noren and Joey Savatgy are doing well with their recovery and plan to be in Atlanta to see the fans,” said Albrecht. No return date is set for either rider yet.