PR- With a new look for 2018, the young American (Darian Sanayei, 57) and the household British name (Tommy Searle, 100) set off to Argentina for the first round of the 2018 MXGP Championship.
The ’57’ instantly set the weekend rolling with second fastest in free practice, and would continue this pace throughout the weekend. A decent Qualifying race, finishing in 5th after working his way from a few places back, would set Darian up for the following day.
An incredibley impressive first race saw the finely tuned Cosworth DRT KX250f blast into the lead for several laps, until 2017 MX2 Champion Jonass would take the front spot. It was then an unfourtunate technical issue that would cause the ’57’ to retire from race one. Eager to get back out, Sanayei put on an equally skilled race two, bringing home a third place in the final moto to secure a solid 20 points.
A solid 12th place in qualifying would be the starting point for searle over the race weekend, with race one consisting largely of battles with Glen Coldenhoff and fellow brit Max Anstie. Eventually he was able to secure a top ten finish, bringing home the KX450f in 9th place. An unlucky start saw the Brit have his work cut out to manuevere the field, working his way from back in 23rd at the end of the first lap to an eventual 13th place, giving him an 11th place overall in the championship at the end of round 1.
The team will now head back to the UK to compete in the British Championship at Lyng, before embarking on the first European tour, starting with the sandy Valkenswaard circuit.
Steve Dixon, Team Manager –
This weekend was always going to be difficult coming away as a small team, but we’ve done a lot of work over the winter, plently of testing, especially with Tommy working on his suspension and engine, working with Dave his mechanic. We were hoping for a top 10 finish, but considering the second race first corner crash we’re happy with how it went.
With Darian, we’ve done a lot of work developing over the winter to be at the front out the gate, we did that with Darian leading the first race for a few laps. About halfway through the fuel line split, which Darian had to pit for but he was unable to continue. He finished strongly in the second race, his best moto finish yet. We’re coming away in 8th with one moto result so we’re happy with that.
I’d like to thank all our sponsors, old and new for their support. A lot of the sponsors know how hard we’ve worked, especially on the 250 and we’ll continue to push for podium results.
Darian Sanayei, 57 MX2
Today started off decent, We had the first bike out in the warm up and I got a good feel for it, and in the first race I was in second quite quickly, and then I was leading for about three laps. I was back in about third when the fuel line broke, so we had to retire that moto. In the second race I got third, which is my best moto finish in MX2 ever so I’m happy with that, and I think it’s positive moving forward for the season.
Tommy Searle, 100 MXGP –
I felt like I had a good pace in the first race, I had a good start and made a few passes so I was able to get a 9th place. In race two it wasn’t so good, I crashed in the first turn and had to come from last through to 13th but I felt like I had good speed, the team was working well and the bike felt good so it was a solid weekend and something we can work off for the following GP’s.
Words: DRT Kawasaki Pic: Ray Archer