The MX1 and MX2 title chases may have been wrapped up at a stifling Gaildorf in Germany for the European Grand Prix but Monster Energy were partying with their fifth FIM Motocross World Championship win of the year thanks to a ripping performance by Tommy Searle. The Brit aced the MX2 pack on his CLS Kawasaki Monster Energy Pro Circuit motorcycle by hitting the deep and tough ruts of the ‘old school’ Gaildorf layout with his usual aggression and creativity.
Tommy’s 2nd and 1st positions in this penultimate round of the series was good enough for his second soaking from the top step of the podium this season and paired up with three wins in MX1 give the Monster Army a decent track record so far in ’11.
“I’m happy to get it done again,” said the 22 year old. “It has been a long year and not many GPs have ‘gone’ for me. I had the fastest laps in each race and the whole team did a good job today; I reckon this is one of the best weekends I’ve ridden.”
In two weeks Searle will join new AMA 250 National MX Champion Dean Wilson in Team GB at the Motocross of Nations and the win couldn’t have come at a better time. “Yeah, big congrats to Dean. I reckon we have a really solid team and with him winning the title and me this weekend I think we’re in good shape. I really want Great Britain to get on the podium.”
Elsewhere the 22,000 fans were able to check out the talents and determination of Searle’s team-mate in the MX1 class as Christophe Pourcel fired back from a hefty crash out of the first forty minute race to holeshot and disappear with the second sprint. The mercurial and physically battered Frenchman was in a race by himself at the second time of asking and picked up his second chequered flag in as many meets. Sadly the first DNF meant he rose no higher than ninth in the final MX1 list. Monster Energy Yamaha’s Steven Frossard is still second in the MX1 standings despite a nasty prang that required a trip to hospital. ‘183’ was relieved to find no damage under examination and the message to the factory team was ‘get the bike ready for Fermo’. Team-mate Anthony Boissiere was a surprising sight inside the top three with his best ever race result with third; sixth overall for the Frenchman.
The Monster Army will fall into rank for the last time this season in a few days for the Grand Prix of Italy at the scarily steep track of Fermo on the east coast.