MXGB points leader Tommy Searle was still feeling the effects of a virus that ruled him out of MX Nationals action last weekend as the gates dropped at Canada Heights.

But the former MXGP rider was able to haul himself round to gather third place overall but saw his points advantage over Dylan Walsh reduced to four.

“I was third overall, still have the red plate so I have to say it wasn’t a bad day at all. It’s not how I want to be in the races, taking fourth and a third, but I am still not feeling well,” said Searle.

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“In the first one I had a little coming together but I didn’t mind that pass. It’s what anyone what have done.”

When the gate dropped for race one of the MX1 class, Searle moved straight into second position and kept the leader in sight. He was riding smart and at times it seemed like the win was within his grasp until a collision with Walsh caused him to go down. He remounted and brought the Honda CRF450R home in fourth.

Still not fully recovered from sickness and feeling drained of energy in the hot second moto, Searle rode wisely and went one better. He finish a determined third place, to take the final spot on the podium and keep hold of the red plate.

Crendon Fastrack Honda boss Dave Thorpe said: “For Tommy to end up on the podium and keep the red plate is testament to his professionalism, even though he wasn’t 100 per cent today.”

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