Tommy Searle maintained his challenge for the FIM World MX2 Championship with another moto
victory in the seventh round of the series at Agueda in Portugal.
The Brit had an unfortunate opening moto in damp conditions at the loose-surfaced track in central
Portugal as he gated poorly and accidentally touched the kill switch as he homed in the front runners; not
realising what had happened immediately, he lost too much time restarting to finish higher than third, but
he raced quickly into the wheel tracks of the leader in the second moto as they set a phenomenal pace
which would eventually see the seventh placed finisher lapped. Traffic was a continual problem and
Searle had to reel in the leader three times before eventually taking the lead on the penultimate lap. He
remains second in the series, just 24 points behind the leader.
Team Floride Monster Energy Kawasaki Pro Circuit teammate Joel Roelants had an unfortunate day as
he found it difficult to advance in the murky conditions of race one, and an incident at the first turn of race
two meant that he had to spend the entire race charging hard to salvage just four points. Nevertheless the
Belgian remains fourth in the championship standings and is looking for a strong showing in his home GP
Valentin Teillet’s unlucky season with injury continued in the same first turn incident which had
handicapped Roelants; the energetic Frenchman suffered a broken collarbone to end his day’s racing
after he had scored a fifth place in both the qualifying race on Saturday and the first moto on Sunday.
Teillet had holeshot the qualifying race aboard his Team Rockstar Bud Racing Kawasaki, and his young
teammate Dylan Ferrandis did likewise in the second GP moto and defied the discomfort of the wrist
injury he had suffered one week earlier in France to maintain fourth place to the chequered flag.
Unfortunately his first race had ended prematurely when another rider ran into his machine and damaged
the front brake disc.
Tommy Searle: “I spoilt my first race when I sunk at the gate, but I was closing down quickly on second
place until I accidentally hit the kill switch. I didn’t realise what I had done at first and by the time I got
going again the first two were too far ahead. I got to second place quickly in the second race and had a
close race with Herlings. We lapped to seventh place so there was a lot of traffic so I intended to save my
attack until the final lap, but apparently a lapper got in his way and I could pass him earlier than planned.”
Joel Roelants: “I still have some troubles with my vision after the crash in Italy last month, and in the first
moto I took all the tear off from my goggles too quickly. In the second race somebody hit my back wheel
and I couldn’t turn at the first corner; I collided with some other riders, and lost a lot of time. I got back to
seventeenth, but I’m not happy with this results.”
Valentin Teillet: “I had a good qualifying race, as I got the holeshot and finished fifth. In the first race I was
happy to finish fifth again, and was expecting another good result in the second race, but at the start we
all crashed when Roelants pushed me wide; unfortunately I felt on my shoulder and broke my collarbone.
It’s so frustrating to have another injury, especially as the accident wasn’t my fault.”
Dylan Ferrandis: “I had a good start in the first race and was running ninth when I got a stone in the rear
brake disc; the disc was damaged, and I had to retire. I grabbed the holeshot in the second racea, but
Herlings and Searle passed me already on the first lap; later I only lost one more place to finish fourth
position. This was a good result as the wrist which I injured last week was painful during the second half
of the race.”