With round 9 of the World motocross championship now done and dusted, British fans have a lot to shout about with the performance from three of our British riders who raced in Sweden.
Tommy Searle walked away with his second consecutive overall win in MX2 and has closed the gap on arch rival Jeffrey Herlings to only 16 points.
“I got to the front quickly in both motos and had the races under control but my goggles steamed up in the first race and I lost something like ten seconds in just a couple of laps because I couldn’t see the lines. There are far too many lappers to ride without goggles so I had to pit for fresh ones. I just ran out of time to catch Jeffrey again, but it was the right decision – for the result and for my health! I got past Dylan (Ferrandis) quickly in race two and just focused on riding smooth laps. Of course I would have liked to win both motos, but ironically I actually gained more points on Jeffrey today than if I had gone 1-1 and he 2-2. I’ve been confident all year; I just have to stay focused.”
Jake Nicholls was another one of our riders in who again showed true British grit for a superb 4th overall and now sits in 6th place in the championship with still seven rounds to go.
Listen in to Jake’s interview about his performance in Sweden.
In MX1 all sorts was happening on a wet and rutty track but Shaun Simpson racing the full factory YZ450FM for the first time went 4-5 for a confidence boosting 5th overall.
“What can I say? Coming into this weekend I guess it was a bit of a surprise that I switched awnings but it was a move that suited everyone. Unfortunately David got injured today so it looks like Im the only rider at the moment on the YZ450FM. From my side it was easy to come over and Fred has done a great job getting the bike ready for me. I feel comfortable, fast and safe. I dont think I could have expected much more from today. Almost a podium and Strijbos was riding very strongly in the second moto but to come away with a 4-5 was good enough and I was riding well enough to deserve it. Im looking forward to the rest of the season and this is something really good to build on. I made a good start in the second moto and thought can I hold it? and before I knew it I was pulling away with the top two and I said right, lets get stuck into them but I think it will take me a couple of weekends to get back into that mindset of running with the leaders. I was racing out there with a smile on my face.”
This weekend the GP boys have a break before two long trips to Latvia and Russia then back for Loket in the Czech Republic followed by the much anticipated British GP at Matterley Basin.