Searle – Looking for Intensity

BOS GP Kawasaki rider Tommy Searle might be sitting in 15th place in the MXGP point standings, but the British rider is only thinking of continuing to build on his already impressive career. Having scored 58 points from the first four rounds, Searle is slowly getting back to his best form, when he battled Jeffrey Herlings for the MX2 championship a handful of years ago.

Searle is still enjoying his racing, despite the MXGP class being ridiculously difficult and he knows that the tough days only make his successful days more enjoyable. Despite some good results in the last round in Trentino, Searle struggled mentally.

“There are races that are not fun,” Searle said, “But some are fun, and you can enjoy it. I am working on intensity, because I lack that at the minute, but I think everyone is doing that. It is a bit risky, well, not risky, but you have to get used to it. I did a lot of sprints in practice and you get used to it, but I wouldn’t say it isn’t fun. I didn’t enjoy Arco, mentally it was tough, we had some problems there. I still enjoy racing and riding my bike and if it goes well, it is a good weekend.”

There is no doubt, when you look at total GP results, over a span of many years, Searle has been the leading British rider and is proud of that fact. Now racing hard with Shaun Simpson for national honour, Searle knows that his battles with Simpson will only improve both riders’ results.

“My Auntie sent me a stat thing that somebody had done,” Searle said. “I have had 47 podiums and 14 GP wins and that is a lot more than any other British rider over the past decade, so I have been more successful, but at the moment he has come on in the past five years and I haven’t had the best last five years. I think Shaun and I are pretty similar at the moment, sometimes he beats me, sometimes I beat him. At the GPs sometimes you get caught up mid-pack and you get lost. When you actually get a start and are out front, the speed is good. I was a little faster than Shaun last weekend and sometimes I ride better in England than in the Grand Prix, because when you don’t get a start in GP, it is hard, getting hit with the rocks, and you are mid-pack and can’t ride your own race.”

Searle will now head back to Italy and the circuit of Mantova, where his sand skills will be tested, but with a good break from the GP scene and some domestic races giving him more confidence, don’t be surprised to see Searle crack the top five, something he has struggled to do this year.