Crendon Fastrack Honda’s Tommy Searle started the defence of his British championship title with a flawless ride to a double race win at Culham in Oxfordshire on Sunday.
The 32-year-old quickly got into the lead in the opening moto then showed his dominance by keeping a safe gap at the front of the pack. Then in race two, it was sheer dominance as he blasted his Honda CRF450R to the holeshot then set a blistering pace at the front that no other riders could match as he took a popular double win – his first since joining the team last season.
Searle said: “What a brilliant way to start the year, coming away with two wins. I couldn’t be happier. I have had a good winter training but struggled a bit in in qualifying. But in race I had a good start and I found the leaders on the opening laps were slowing me down so I got past and it was great to take the win.
“In race two I got a clear holeshot which was brilliant. I went straight up the inside and never shut off. It’s been a long time since I had a holeshot like that! I rode my own race and I was riding smoothly. It’s nice to repay the team back for their hard work this winter.”
Team owner, triple world 500 champion Dave Thorpe, said: “It was a great start to the whole team for the 2022 season, especially with Tommy taking such a fantastic double win. And of course both Jake and Jay had great rides too, showing what they are both capable of on such a challenging and tough circuit. It’s a testament to how hard the riders and whole team have worked all winter. So we leave with lots of positives.