2015 has been a torrid season so far for Red Bull KTM’s Tommy Searle and the former three times MX2 FIM World Championship runner-up is now waiting to find out about any potential ligament damage to his injured shoulder to know if he can participate in his home Grand Prix this weekend at Matterley Basin.

Searle drolly tweeted last week after his fall in the second moto of the Spanish round at Talavera de la Reina that: “If there’s a kicker on a finish jump I’m not scared to find it.”

The comment was made in reference to the bump that unseated him and caused the latest injury concern but also a vaguely similar accident in Thailand for the second meeting of the year that caused a fractured thoracic vertebra and forced the 25 year old (26 next month) to the sidelines for two fixtures.


The seventh stop of 18 on the 2015 calendar will head to the popular Matterley Basin circuit in southern England and the scene of arguably the best moment in Searle’s career when he defeated Jeffrey Herlings in both motos to win with a 1-1 during their epic title MX2 title duel in 2012.

Tommy is now alone in the factory team with the 350SX-F after Tony Cairoli successfully switched to the 450 for Talavera but still might not have the chance to show his speed on the bike if there is a risk of making his shoulder problem worse.

Britain’s most successful rider since 2001 125cc World Champion Jamie Dobb is trying to slow the clock this week in order to clear medical checks and be on the line in Winchester.

Update: Bad news…