Broc Tickle was taken out by Mike Alessi during the heat race in Atlanta. AMA officials later slapped Alessi with a $4000 fine and probation for the remaining 2014 season.
During the second 450 SX Supercross heat race in Atlanta
, Smartop Motoconcepts’ Mike Alessi and RCH Suzuki’s Broc Tickle had an incident on the final lap that took both riders down and attracted the attention of AMA officials.
Tickle had just moved ahead of Alessi with a clean inside-pass and in the following turn Tickle took a wide line while Alessi clung tight to the inside. Instead of making the turn, however, Alessi ran straight into Tickle as he began to throttle out of the turn, sending the RCH rider flying over the tuff blocks into the ground. Alessi went down as well but he quickly remounted and sped off. It appeared to be a deliberate move on Alessi’s part.
Ricky Carmichael, owner of RCH Racing, commented afterward that “I try not to pump my own team too much on TV, but Broc has been riding well all day and that was a cheap shot that took him out. You just don't do something like Alessi did… Poor decisions like this are what have kept Mike from realizing his potential."
Tickle was reserved in his comments after the incident, “"My perspective? I thought I had made a clean pass and I wasn't expecting it. I got taken out and ejected off the bike… it caught me off guard."
AMA officials later reviewed the incident and determined that Alessi violated the Monster Energy AMA Supercross rules and decided to fine him $4000 for the infraction, as well as place him on probation for the rest of 2014. Kevin Crowther, Director of AMA Supercross and Pro Racing Relations offered this statement:
“After a review of the incident that took place between rider Mike Alessi and rider Broc Tickle in the 450SX heat race, the race director determined that Alessi violated rule A2, c. 17 of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, rulebook. As a result of this violation, the race director assessed Alessi a penalty of $4,000 and placed him on probation for the remainder of the 2014 season. There was no appeal.”
A2 is the section of the 2014 rule book dealing with "General Offences and Penalties." Section c. outlines the infractions the AMA will take disciplinary action on and Alessi is charged with violating the 17th of these, which is "riding on or off the track at any time in such a manner as to endanger the life or limb of other riders."
Check out the video below to see the moment it all happened. What do you think? Vengeful move or an honest accident?