Tommy Searle had to pick his way through the pack at a greasy and fast Loket circuit to lay his hands on his sixth piece of silverware of the FIM Motocross World Championship on Sunday. The CLS Kawasaki Monster Energy Pro Circuit racer attacked the berms and ruts at the Grand Prix of Czech Republic to claim the third step of the box.
The Brit was kicking out in frustration after a couple of shaky starts for the heavy motos of the MX2 class but showed the rest of the guys how to way to make a pass as he throttled around the hard-pack course. 21,000 rain-and-wind battered fans took in the action as Searle was an unstoppable force across a hilly layout that was not easy for overtaking.
Although the Kawasaki rider – who is a clear third in the series standings – could do nothing about the pace of the KTMs ahead he was able to put some space between himself and Monster Energy Yamaha’s Gautier Paulin in the points table. The Frenchman was another rapid figure on the slick Czech soil but a first moto engine failure while running third cast him outside the final top ten.
“I’m satisfied with the way I rode” spoke up Tommy “but not with my starts and I’m pretty angry about this. It was really hard to pass out there, even if you were much faster than the guy in front. It was a battle. Max was also going for the podium so fair play to him.” Searle had to duke it out with team-mate Max Anstie who almost made the podium. The British teenager had to stare at another fourth position overall at the end of play; the sixth time Max has been on the fringes of popping the champagne cork.
In MX1 Monster Energy Yamaha’s Steven Frossard chucked his factory YZ450FM through the ruts to post an eighth place finish. The French ace rookie was without team-mate David Philippaerts who had snapped both wrists in a mid-week training spill and was holed-up in a German hospital for a final op on his right arm. The factory crew pitched a ‘hang in there’ message to the strong Italian in the empty side of the awning.
CLS Kawasaki Monster Energy Pro Circuit’s Christophe Pourcel came back to the GP fold in better shape than his aborted debut last month in Germany. The former AMA star was smooth and full of shrewd line choice in the second race where he floated to fifth.
Frossard is hauling in the MX1 standings in his first year in the premier class. With a max of 50 points for a double win at a GP ‘183’ is 41 ahead of the fourth-placed rider but he doesn’t look ready to settle for third overall.
The Monster Army will form-up at Matterley Basin in two weeks for what promises to be a rocking British Grand Prix.