MX2, Matterley Basin, Great Britain, 20 August 2012
Kawasaki’s Tommy Searle scored a resounding double victory in his home GP of the FIM World MX2 Motocross Championship at Matterley Basin near Winchester.
The Brit holeshot both motos on his Team Floride Monster Energy Kawasaki Pro Circuit in front of a large enthusiastic home crowd and remained cool throughout both 40 minute races to defy every challenge which series rival Jeffrey Herlings could throw at him. In the end Searle’s frustrated rival fell on the final lap of each race as he desperately sought a way past the smooth-riding Englishman.
It was a weekend of mixed fortunes for the team as Searle’s partner Joel Roelants suffered a dislocated hip during Saturday practice when another rider landed on him; the Belgian must now rest and will miss the remainder of the series.
The enthusiastic young French duo of Dylan Ferrandis and Valentin Teillet made it three Kawasaki’s in the first eight after each of the Team Rockstar Bud Racing Kawasaki riders put in two solid rides. Ferrandis was seventh in both races to advance to eighth place in the series standings, while Teillet, who missed several GPs through injury earlier in the season, has now moved up to 14th after chasing his teammate home in both motos.
The festival of racing in England was a great success for Kawasaki in the MX2 class as Maxime Desprey of the NGS junior division emulated Searle to follow up his moto victory two weeks earlier in the Czech Republic with a double win in the European championship round in England. The maximum points score has moved the French teenager to third in the series.
Tommy Searle: “The pressure to win always makes it tough to do it at home, but I didn’t want to let anyone down. Jeffrey closed up in both motos, but I knew I couldn’t lose it for the fans ! It’s a long shot for the title, but a win like today is a big consolation. I could hear his engine at times, and the fans told me that he was close, but I just rode my own race. I didn’t know until halfway round the last lap of race two that he had fallen, but then the party could begin !”
Dylan Ferrandis: “The track was very good – we never had such a nice one this season so I enjoyed racing here. My first start was great and I was fourth for most of the race, but in the last few laps I was passed by three rivals and that was a little bit disappointing. I battled with Tonus and Tixier all through the second race to score another seventh position. It’s my best GP since Sweden, and now I will go training with the team in the sand to prepare for Lierop.”
Valentin Teillet: “On Saturday I had a good feeling with the track and was always in the top ten of the training sessions, but I crashed on the third lap of the qualification race so I didn’t have a good gate pick for the GP. I got a good start in the first race and finished eighth, but I got pushed out at the first corner in race two and I had to fight hard for another eighth position. I didn’t make any mistake today and that’s positive, particularly as the track was rougher than on Saturday.”
Maxime Desprey: “In Loket I made a mistake in the second heat, and I wanted so much to win both races here. I got two good starts and took the lead after a few corners. The track was really nice and I felt comfortable, especially on the big jumps and I focused on my lines to win both races. I’ve no chance for the title so I am just taking it race by race and will try to win as many races as possible to finish the season in the first three of the series.”