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Tommy Searle Prepares to Storm the Wild East

British motocross rider, Tommy Searle, prepares to race in Latvia and hopes he can beat his main rival Jeffrey Herlings.
British Motocross dynamo, Tommy Searle, is preparing to head out to Latvia for the 10th stage of the FIM World MX2 Motocross Championships 2012, which is due to take place on Sunday 15th July at the Zelta Zirgs Motocentre in Kegums.
Searle is currently ranked second overall in the 2012 MX2 World Championship scoreboard, just 16 points behind current Championship leader, Jeffrey Herlings of the Netherlands. He is comfortably ahead of third placed Belgian rider, Jeremy van Horebeek.
So far Searle has competed with his usual adept style and skill. He has won six of the nine 2012 MX2 Championship stages so far, including Sweden, Belgium, Portugal, France, Brazil and Bulgaria. However, strong performances from Herlings in the Netherlands, Mexico and Italy provided the Dutchman with a very healthy lead, which Searle has been gradually chipping away.
In 2007 and 2008 Tommy Searle finished second overall in the World Championships, leading many motocross enthusiasts to speculate that the then 18/19-year-old was a likely world Champion in the making. Following his success, he began racing in the United States, competing in the AMA Motocross Championships. However, injury in 2009 saw Searle achieve disappointing results. He returned to the FIM MX2 circuit in 2010, competing in the World Championships again in 2011, where he found his way back to the podium, coming third overall.
Words By A.L.Cuin
Photo courtesy of Akos Pasztor

Tags: 2012, FIM World MX2 Motocross Championships, Jeffrey Herlings, Latvia, Motocross, Tommy Searle

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