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Broc Tickle joins JGR Racing for Tampa Supercross

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Broc Tickle makes his return to the seat of a 450 bike this week at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. for Round 7 of the 2020 Monster Energy Supercross season (Saturday February 15, on NBCSN at 7 p.m.), riding for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) and Suzuki the team announced Wednesday.

Tickle will fill in for JGR’s injured riders Fredrik Noren and Joey Savatgy.

Noren is out with a leg injury from St. Louis. Savatgy is sidelined with a foot injury sustained in a crash in Australia during the offseason.

Tickle’s return comes the weekend that a two-year suspension from FIM expires. The suspension was due to a negative finding in an anti-doping test after the 2018 San Diego race.

“I’m ready to go racing and looking forward to just getting back in the mix,” Tickle said in a press release. “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.”

Tickle has eight podiums, 21 top-five and 93 top-10 finishes during his 450 career.

Tickle will finish out the season on JGR’s Suzuki.

“I’m excited to see Broc back on a Suzuki this weekend in Tampa,” said Jeremy Albrecht, Team Manager. “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.”

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Robert Wickens shares more positive strides toward recovery in new video

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Robert Wickens has made massive steps since sustaining a spinal cord injury in an Aug. 19, 2018 crash at Pocono Raceway.

Since the accident, Wickens publicly has shared his recovery, often uploading videos of his physical rehabilitation on Twitter.

In his most recent update on Wednesday, Wickens shared a video of him walking on a treadmill. Fellow NTT IndyCar Series competitor Tony Kannan, who competes in triathlons during his spare time, also was visible running on the treadmill behind Wickens.

“When I am @TonyKannan [sic] age, I hope to run as fast as him…” Wickens tweeted. “Today was a good day!”

Wickens, who will turn 31 on March 13, first made his return to the IndyCar paddock in last year’s season opener in St. Petersburg. Since then, he’s made a return to the driver’s seat, piloting a specialized Acura NSX prior to the start of last year’s IndyCar race in his hometown of Toronto.

In September, Wickens fulfilled a vow to his wife Karli, by standing with her during their wedding. The new husband and wife also danced together during their reception.

Should Wickens fully recover to resume racing, Arrow McLaren SP co-owner Sam Schmidt has stated that the team’s No. 6 entry will be available for him to drive. Wickens continues to remain as a “driver coach and consultant” for the team.

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