Tommy Searle of Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki raced to 13th and ninth placed finishes in the seventh round of the FIM World MXGP Motocross Championship at Teutschenthal in Germany.
The British rider once again proved his raw speed as he sped to third fastest time during the timed training session and he held a comfortable fifth place for three laps of the qualification race until a riding error pushed him downfield with the consequent poor choice of starting position for both points-scoring races.
Completing the first lap of race one in 13th position Tommy posted lap times identical to the leaderboard riders on his way to 13th position at the chequered flag. After a better start in race two he converted 11th place on lap one to ninth at the finish and is now 11th in the series standings, just nine points shy of ninth.
“I posted some fast laps during the practice sessions, and then got a good start in the qualifying race but made a mistake in a corner after a few laps and couldn’t pick the bike up as I’ve had pain in my knee and meniscus from a previous crash,” said Searle. “I couldn’t ride like my true self but I keep trying to do my best and stay positive. We’ve not had much luck in recent weeks but the speed is there and if we keep going and going the results will come soon.”