MX2: Double podium for Searle and Anstie


Tommy Searle of Kawasaki Team CLS was top scorer for the second consecutive weekend as the FIM World MX2 Motocross Championship came to an end at the hillside Fermo track in central Italy, and was alongside his team mate Max Anstie on the podium for the first time this season.

The Englishman was already assured of third place in the championship but, like many other riders, was determined to end the season in style as they lined up in stifling heat for the two races at the picturesque hillside circuit only a few miles the Adriatic. Getting one of his best starts of the season Searle immediately attacked early leader Jeffrey Herlings in race one and built up a huge lead even before the two rivals had to fight their way through lapped riders; such was their pace that at the finish even the rider in eleventh place was lapped ! Tommy's start was even better in race two as he led the pack away, but he was unable to shake off the attentions of Herlings and offered only token resistance when the Dutch teenager attacked so that he study where his rival was gaining time. Searle expected his fitness to be the deciding factor in the heat as the race entered the closing laps, but a single minor error was enough for Herlings to break clear and Tommy had to settle for a share of the top points on the day with the rider he expects to be his main rival for the world title next year.

Searle was joined on the podium in Italy by teammate Max Anstie.

The teenager had missed the podium by just one place on six occasions this summer and was determined to finally collect his first GP trophy. Max's determined approach during the early laps quickly saw him take over fourth place in each race, but the field had quickly spread out in race one and Anstie was unable to close down the rider in third. Determined to make amends in race two he was up to fourth place in race two before he ran off the track into the fencing and had to charge again from ninth place. He showed great spirit to again cross the line in fourth place, and, as he had decisively beaten the riders who had finished third in each of the motos in the alternate race, he was rewarded with third place overall on the day. The result also cemented his fifth place in the championship standings in this, his rookie season.