Brit Tommy Searle’s victory at the GP of Great Britain in August 2012, the thirteenth of his career, saw him become – at the age of only 23 – the third most successful British motocross GP rider of all time in terms of number of GPs won, behind only former world champions Dave Thorpe and Jeff Smith. After seven professional seasons, he was rewarded with a place in the premier MX-GP1 class for 2013, riding for Team Floride Monster Energy Pro-Circuit Kawasaki. Tommy’s most successful season to date has been 2008, when he finished in second place overall in the MX2-GP Championship. He remained in contention for first place until the last race of the season, but was edged out by South African rider Tyla Rattray. He also finished a strong third overall in 2011, behind Red Bull Teka KTM riders Ken Roczen and Jeffrey Herlings, and runner-up in 2012 to Herlings. Born in Pembury, Kent, and now living in Derby, Tommy turned pro in 2006, and managed to secure an eighth place finish overall in his debut season, despite being only 17 years of age. He is a brilliant stylist with a smooth controlled riding style, but his career has been blighted by poor starts, meaning he loses time by having to fight his way through the pack in the early laps of a moto. This happened regularly in 2011, when slow starts allowed Roczen and Herlings to pull away, and Tommy found himself unable to catch up.
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