MX2, Loket, Czech Republic, 5 August 2012
Tommy Searle strengthened his grasp on second place in the FIM World MX2 Motocross Championship with his tenth podium finish of the season in the 12th round at Loket in the Czech Republic.
The English rider once again suffered bad luck as he was hit by other riders at the first corner of the opening moto before once again surging through from last place to finish second. Another GP victory looked on the cards as he closed down the leaders in race two and the Team Floride Monster Energy Kawasaki Pro Circuit rider actually took over the virtual leadership of the GP after an incident in which he made contact with the first race winner. His rival, unhappy at the incident, later crashed into Searle who, struggling to find his lines by this stage of the race, had to settle for third in the moto and second in the GP. The next GP is in England in a fortnight and he will be looking for better fortune on home soil.
Searle’s teammate Joel Roelants had a disappointing day as incidents restricted him to ninth and eighth placing in the two moto, but the Belgian has consolidated his fourth place in the series rankings.
Valentin Teillet of Team Rockstar Bud Racing Kawasaki showed great speed all weekend. After setting second fastest time in Pre-Qualifying the Frenchman earns fifth choice of gate in the Qualifying race and looked set to improve on this position as he chased fourth in race one until a freak incident as the gearshift was bent in a deep rut and prevented him from changing gear as he approached the next jump, the resultant crash losing him several places. In race two the dynamic rider held a strong fourth place for most of the distance, but his recent lay-off through injury told physically in the closing minutes and he was forced to surrender three places.
Teenage teammate Dylan Ferrandis continues the learning curve of a rookie season in which he is confronted by many new types of track. Even established veterans of the series admit that they find it difficult to adapt to the unusual Czech track so it was no disgrace for first-timer Dylan to find it difficult to adapt to track conditions. Despite an unfortunate incident on the opening lap of race one, when he was brought down by another rider, he never gave up all day and was rewarded with an eleventh place in the GP which consolidated his ninth place in the series.
Maxime Desprey from the NGS Junior Team collected the first Kawasaki win of the season in the European MX2 series; winner of his qualifying race, the young Frenchman dominates the first heat. Leader of the second race, he crashed and with a sixth position in this race he collected a podium with a third position overall.
Tommy Searle: “The first race just about summed up my luck this season. I got a good start but another rider inside me on the gate never braked at the first corner and I was nearly last. I was second by half distance, but I had used so much energy that I had no chance to catch the leader too. In the second race I went for a pass on Herlings, we touched and he went down. I knew he would think I did it on purpose so I wasn’t surprised when he hit me later in the race but I was missing my lines in the heat and just had to settle for third.”
Joel Roelants: “It wasn’t a great weekend for me. I got a decent start in the first race but after a few corners Tonkov crashed and brought down Ferrandis and me. I was last but I found a good rhythm and got back to tenth. I didn’t ride so well in the second race; the track got really rough with deep holes and I crashed mid race to finish ninth.”
Valentin Teillet: “I’m a bit frustrated with sixth place in this GP even though it is a mental boost after my injuries this summer. I went training with Jacky and Dylan in Belgium after we got back from Russia and came here confident about my speed. In fact I did have good speed this weekend, but no luck. I was fifth, close to fourth, halfway through the first race but then I damaged my gearshift in a deep rut and selected a neutral just before a jump. That cost me three positions. My second start was nearly perfect and I was fourth for most of the race, but I felt tired during the last ten minutes and lost several places. I feel stronger each week but I missed three GPs with my injury and am still not back to 100% fitness.”
Dylan Ferrandis: “My first start was not very good and then in a corner I crashed onto another rider’s bike; the engine stalled and the bike suffered some damage but I was able to come back to fourteenth by the finish. I was tenth after the second start, but I didn’t felt comfortable on this track and I could only manage to move forward to eighth; it’s a learning year for me, and when we race tracks which are strange to me I have concentrate on scoring as many points as possible.”