Crendon Fastrack Honda’s Tommy Searle took another step towards retaining his MXGB title with another overall win in the sticky, wet conditions at Skelder Bank.

Despite struggling with a sickness bug all week, the 33-year-old dug deep as he took his race win tally to eight motos this year, with two double wins, and he extended his points lead to 15 with just one round remaining.

In conditions a world apart from the scorching hot last round at the sandy Fatcat Motoparc, Searle faced rain, mist and mud on the rutted, jump-filled track that tested every rider to the maximum.

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“I’ve been really under the weather with a stomach bug and not eaten for three days. I was struggling to get my head into it and was not looking forward to today, especially with the weather and the mud,” said Searle.

“But with a second and a win I’m really happy with my day, and managed to extend my championship lead by two points. So overall I’m happy with myself, the team and the bike. We made some improvements coming into today and it really made the difference.”

In the first race he started well and was soon right behind title rival Harri Kullas. He chased the Estonian for the whole race but couldn’t get close enough to make a pass so backed off on the last lap to take a safe second.

In race two, Searle blasted his Honda CRF450R into the lead with yet another holeshot. He was tailed by former British champion Shaun Simpson and Kullas as the trio pulled away.

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