Tommy Searle and Tony Cairoli easily won their respective MX2 and MX1 qualifying heats on Saturday at the German GP at Teutschenthal.
Searle overhealed holeshot man and early leader, fellow Briton Elliott Banks-Browne, on the second lap.
Kawasaki ace Searle pulled away to a seven second win from Yamaha’s Zach Osborne and KTM’s Jordi Tixier. World champ Jeffrey Herlings had a mid pack start and came through to fourth, ahead of Banks-Browne, and the KTM pair of Jose Butron and Jake Nicholls.
Yamaha’s Mel Pocock decided not to race as he doesn’t want to get injured before the Brtish championship decider.
In MX1, Cairoli took the holeshot while the expected challenge from Ken Roczen, fastest in qualifying, never materialized. Roczen, having a one-off ride on a 450 KTM at his home GP, fought past Shaun Simpson and then caught up to runner-up Max Nagl but couldn’t get past.
Nagl was later announced as the second member of the factory Honda MX1 team for 2013 and 2014, alongside Evgeny Bobryshev.
Briton Max Anstie was also confirmed as the new member of the factory Suzuki MX2 team for 2013. He is likely to be joined by Julien Lieber but this isn’t confirmed yet.
The day was marred by Yamaha team boss Steve Dixon being carted off to hospital with three slipped discs. He will have an operation in the morning.
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