Tommy Searle’s recovery from ACL surgery is taking longer than originally hoped, the British champion has confirmed to Dirt Bike Rider.

Back in late 2016, the Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki rider was training in California as he prepared for the season ahead including the Arenacross Tour, which concluded in London last weekend, when he ruptured his left knee joint.

The knee injury put him out of the entire AX tour but Searle was hopeful he could return to racing at the third round of the 2017 FIM Motocross World Championship in Argentina on March 19, but unfortunately his first outing in the 2017 GP series will now be round five at the MXGP of Trentino in Italy.


With rehab taking longer than expected, Searle will also miss the opening round of the Maxxis ACU British Motocross Championship and now plans to race for the first time in ’17 at Lyng in Norfolk on April 9 for round two.

Even after missing the opening round of the British championship, we expect the 26-year-old reigning MX1 champ to still be one of the front-runners for the title when the series wraps up at the end of August at Foxhill.