Tommy Searle interview - Victory in Belgium
Interview Tuesday 19th June 2012 By Geoff Meyer
It was Searles 11th GP victory, which places him as the fourth highest Great Britain rider in the all time GP winners list. Ahead of him are Jeff Smith (25wins), Dave Thorpe (22wins), Kurt Nicoll (13wins) and he is equal with his good friend James Dobb (who also has 11 GP wins).
We caught up with Searle and asked him about his weekend and the also a little about his move to the MX1 class in 2013.
Q: This Championship is a pretty torrid Championship. While there are only two of you it reminds me a little of that year with you, Cairoli and Rattray.
Searle: Yes, I guess it is, but then there was three and Antonio got injured and Tyla and I were on the same team and we had a lot more respect for each other than Jeffrey and I have for each other at the moment. It is similar, it always comes down to the best rider at the end of the year and he is doing his thing and I am doing mine and that is how it is.
Q: Which periods of the year have you felt like you have him sorted out?
Searle: To be honest, when I start with him, I win the race, on hard-pack and I generally believe that. When he gets the start and I don’t it’s always hard to get him, but a lot of the latest races I have been the fastest guy out there. In Portugal I was, in France I believe I was the fastest guy out there. When I get the holeshot I win, I believe that. The majority of the races I get one good start and one bad start.
Q: How was your weekend in Belgium?
Searle: It was good to win here (in Belgium), I got a good start, but Jeffrey made a pass and I was too careful, then I rode tight and he won the race. I was happy and figured I could win the second moto and overall. Second moto I had a good start and Jeffrey was pushing hard and I knew there would be lappers and we can lose a lot of time and gain time and I pushed through them and got away to win the second moto. I was surprised Sunday morning, I thought it would be muddy, but it was in good condition and run to ride.
Q: What is your aim entering each Grand Prix?
Searle: I just do my best every weekend and do my best. I am just doing my thing and racing. I come into the next one and try and win that, because that is my goal. I am confident as good as I can be. This is the first time for a while we have actually raced.
Q: There has been some drama going on in the MX2 class. How did you deal with all that?
Searle: The last few weeks I was just my own thing and all the drama was going on around me. Between everyone else, I haven’t done anything wrong. I mean when I look back and see the whole KTM team going crazy and there are so many of them, how everyone was acting it makes me laugh a little bit.
Q: What is your opinion on what happened in Portugal?
Searle: I have confidence in my team and I think we are doing it good. I mean I think we are just here to win and we have had some success this year and we are still in the race for the MX2 Championship. KTM have such a strong force in the paddock and they made a big fuss, but I don’t think too much went wrong in that race in Portugal, it all got blown up because KTM put up a fuss.
Q: Have you been able to watch much of the MX1 class? There have been some really cracking racing.
Searle: I have been trying to watch MX1. I have enjoyed it a lot, I mean you never know who is going to win. In the MX2 class it’s just Jeffrey and I and normally we win the races, but in MX1 anyone can win and that is good. Also because I will race MX1 next year, I am excited to be watching those guys, how they ride and what works for some guys and doesn’t work for others. I am also learning a little where I will be when I get there.
Q: Do you have a favorite in the MX1 class, somebody you like to watch win?
Searle: I mean I like a couple of people in that class, I don’t really dislike anyone in MX1, they are all good riders and that is how it should be.