Searle explains why he lost second moto at Cusses Gorse with two laps to go!
|For an incredible eighth time this year, Crendon Fastrack Honda rider Tommy Searle ended on the podium of a national race in the MX Nationals at Cusses Gorse on Sunday. He took a fine second overall, only robbed of a stunning double win when a stone jammed his rear brake while he was leading the final moto.|
Searle was on track for a race two win until a stone jammed his brake
| In the first race, the 33-year-old started in third place but quickly took the lead on the second lap. He controlled the race to take an emphatic win from rivals Harri Kullas and Josh Gilbert.
Then in race two, Searle snatched the holeshot and set a calculated pace at the front while Gilbert and Kullas battled for second place. Then on the penultimate lap, a stone jammed the rear brake of Searle’s Honda CRF450R and the current British champ ran wide to avoid crashing. This allowed Gilbert and Kullas through while Searle had to accept third place. This put him on the same points as Gilbert, but Searle was awarded second overall due to the results of the final race.
Searle dominated the opening race
| Searle said: “A good day for me. I won the first race and felt really comfortable, and the bike was running really good. In the second race I holeshot and was leading all the way then a stone got caught in my rear brake on the face of the finish jump. I landed in the ruts and had to save a crash, then get the stone out.
“It’s a bit disappointing as I felt good, had the race in control, and had a bit more in the tank if I needed it. It’s the best I’ve felt on the bike in a long time. I’ve been a bit sluggish for the past six weeks so it’s nice to feel like myself again.”
Tommy Searle excelled on the spectacular track
| It was a solid day for the team’s MX2 rider Jay Hague, as his comeback from breaking ribs and bruising his spleen in a crash while testing continues. He took a creditable fifth overall after seventh then fifth place finishes. He had some thrilling battles with the MX2 championship leaders and matched their lap times to show he’s on the pace.
Jay Hague is getting stronger ever race
| Hague said: “I’m struggling to get my confidence back fully after my injuries so I’m just taking it day by day every time I ride.
“In the first race I had a terrible start but picked a few riders off. In the last half of the moto I came to life and showed some of my old speed. The second race was better, and I rode well but then got tired in the last half. But it’s been a better day, and with a a bit more work I can be back where I know I can be.”
Hague gasses the Honda CRF250R on the stony circuit
| MX Nationals championship round four, Cusses Gorse.
1 Josh Gilbert 45
2 Tommy Searle Crendon Fastrack Honda 45
3 Harri Kullas 44
4 John Adamson 36
5 Martin Barr 32
6 Brad Todd 30
7 Jack Brunell 27
8 Glen McCormick 25
9 Dan Thornhill 25
10 Petar Petrov 23
1 Harri Kullas 185
2 Josh Gilbert 140
3 Tommy Searle Crendon Fastrack Honda 139
4 John Adamson 120
5 Martin Barr 118
6 Brad Todd 108
7 Glen McCormick 95
8 Petar Petrov 95
9 Jake Millward 72
10 Dan Thornhill 67
MX 2 overall:
1 Dylan Walsh 50
2 Conrad Mewse 44
3 Jamie Carpenter 38
4 Tom Grimshaw 38
5 Jay Hague Crendon Fastrack Honda 30
6 Calum Mitchell 26
7 Michael Ellis 25
8 Sam Nunn 24
9 Charlie Cole 21
10 Alfie Jones 20
1 Tom Grimshaw 162
2 Jamie Carpenter 145
3 Calum Mitchell 125
4 Jamie Law 114
5 Lewis Hall 110
6 Adam Collings 89
7 Jay Hague Crendon Fastrack Honda 86
8 Sam Nunn 83
9 Carlton Husband 77
10 Alfie Jones 75
Words and images: Honda
See Searle go straight on 13 minutes 52 seconds from the end of the video below: