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Bitesize: Tommy Searle

Tommy Searle adds another title to resume, cements position as strongest British talent.

When Tommy Searle clinched his third British title in succession at today’s ACU British Motocross Championship finale, he further cemented his position as one of the greats and certainly the most successful British rider in the modern era. The strange thing is that a lot of fans are only just realising how strong he has been over an extended period, but why has it taken so long?


Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: ConwayMX


Searle’s increased presence on social media and in the spotlight has helped him uncover a new fanbase, but this is a man who has battled for world championships and has more Grand Prix wins than most. Why was he not as appreciated in the moment? Searle had an incredible string of results before leaping across to the United States, even though he did not get any number-one plates. Two points separated him from a maiden British title in 2006 and then he missed out by just five points in 2007. Incredibly, if things had broken differently in those two years, he could have six domestic championships to his name at this point.

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Not only that, but he ended in second in the FIM Motocross World Championship in back-to-back seasons (2007 and 2008). Four silver medals in three years. Well, additionally, he finished second place in the MX2 classification at the Motocross of Nations in those same years. Wow. Consider that he was three seasons into his professional career and was just a tick from winning just about everything that there was to win. Crazy, huh? Add in his strong Lucas Oil Pro Motocross finishes, as well as a bronze medal in the 2011 FIM Motocross World Championship and silver medal in the following season, and you have an incredible run of results in just seven years.

It is bizarre that this is rarely talked about, especially in a nation that is starved of success and loves to live in the past. Perhaps that’s why Searle’s popularity is only rising? ‘100’ is now a veteran and respect has come with that. It was certainly missing in the 2010s. Conrad Mewse, Ben Watson, Max Anstie and others are certainly lacking a level of respect in the middle of their professional careers. “You don’t know what you have got until it’s gone” is fitting when it comes to appreciation of current stars. Criticism is warranted – it goes with the territory – but positivity is fleeting.

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Now is a great time to reintroduce that though. Searle has added a fourth ACU British Championship title to his list of achievements, is edging closer to his one hundredth moto podium and is showing no sign of slowing down. The small matter of the Motocross of Nations awaits now – he is about to represent Great Britain for the twelfth time. There are even more statistics to dive into there.

ACU British Motocross Championship Statistics

Wins

22

Moto Wins

44

Moto Podiums

96

FIM Motocross World Championship Statistics

Wins

14

Moto Wins

25

Moto Podiums

82

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