Tommy Searle’s 100 per cent record of finishing on the MX1 podium continued at Sunday’s Revo British Motocross championship round five at Blaxhall.
The Crendon Fastrack Honda rider took a solid third overall to retain the red plate as championship leader and now has a 13-point lead with just three rounds remaining on a day that wasn’t easy.
“It wasn’t the best day for me. I knew it was going to be tough as we had a lot of rain and the track was deeper than normal, so a fourth and third was all I had,” said Searle.
“I did get a good start in second race, and had a few good laps but and Shaun was pushing on and came by. I knew I had to back off a little bit as I was struggling more than I should be. Harri was behind me and I know he was riding well today, so I backed off a bit to hold him up so he couldn’t put a push on and catch Shaun.
“I did what I could to try to lose as few points as possible, so I got third overall and I live to fight another day.”
Searle didn’t get the best of starts in the opening moto, but ended up in fifth place by the end of the first lap after battling past some of his rivals. But this allowed leaders Harri Kullas and Shaun Simpson to make a break. Searle caught and passed Jake Millward for fourth then set his sights on third place man Josh Gilbert. Searle tried hard but couldn’t get by and took fourth.
The second moto saw Searle use the power of his Honda CRF450R to get a clear jump on the rest of field and take a stunning holeshot. He led the pack around on the opening lap, tailed by Simpson and Kullas. Simpson managed to get through so Searle battled to keep Kullas at bay. The Estonian managed to get the better of the Brit so Searle came home third, taking the final step on the podium to retain the lead in the series.