Tommy Searle has reiterated the fact the decision not to race in Russia on Sunday was a joint decision until the problem that took him out of qualifying was solved.
Searle had been running inside the top 15 in the qualifying race but a mechanical issue meant a DNF and ultimately put him out of the weekend’s action.
Searle had originally posted a statement on Instagram on Sunday saying it was a joint decision: “Gutted I won’t be racing today. I work hard and want nothing more than to be lining up. But under the circumstances here in Russia and the problems we have had yesterday we were unable to determine the problem to be safe to race. The team will work hard this week to try and fix and be ready for next week’s GP in Latvia.”
The team posted the following unorthodox statement yesterday:
YES, Tommy wasn’t feeling comfortable on the track (23/17 in Free and Time practice, 17 best lap time in Qualification)
YES, his mechanic was sick and wasn’t able to take the plane for Russia
YES, BOS Factory sent one engineer instead, to do the job
YES, the gear box broke. It’s rare on a 450KxF but it did happen
YES, the engines are only doing 2 races, so the gear box was only 3h old
YES, the bike was already ready to race in the evening, of course, with a brand new spare engine on it
YES, Tommy decided to not race, cause of the 4 mechanical problems he had in the last 2 months
YES, it was not fair, when you know that any of the mechanical problems was the team’s fault
YES, it was a Real/Deep/Strong/Productive discussion on the Monday-after between Tommy and the owner Olivier Bossard
NO, nobody in the team will give up
NO, the organization of a MXGP team is not peaceful or easy
NO, we won’t stop showing that a private team can help a rider to score some Top 10 in MxGP
NO, we won’t slow down but accelerate even more
NO, we don’t give a damn *** of the Internet haters (you know what we say about it)
NO, we don’t except some good comments from them when everything will run smoothly/perfectly in the future
NO, it’s wrong to say it’s 100% the fault of the team (it’s never 100% the rider’s fault too)
NO, we don’t accept the championship position of Tommy, and we’ll work to make him re-enter the Top 10
NO, Tommy doesn’t accept his championship position either and will work harder to bounce back where he belongs.