The final round of the FIM Motocross World Championship was a happy hunting ground for the fastest racers of the Monster Energy MX2 crew as Floride Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Tommy Searle and Monster Energy Yamaha duo Zach Osborne and Arnaud Tonus covered the podium with champagne at the Grand Prix of Germany, checked out by a massive 40,000 crowd at Teutschenthal.
Leaping around the spectacular, bumpy and hard-pack track –scene of the 2013 Motocross of Nations next year – Searle was the main man in the MX2 class as the Brit flew to his sixth win of 2012 and notched his twelfth visit to the box in the sixteen rounds of the action-packed series. The Kawasaki ace and ’12 runner-up was unchallenged in both motos and ran to the chequered flag ahead of Osborne and Tonus. The American graced the top three for the thirdtime since coming back from injury for the ninth GP of the season and did so with a gutsy ride from a bad start and early crash in the second moto to grab fourth and make sure of the second step. Tonus has been dealing with injuryniggles throughout 2012 but the Swiss’ impossibly cool style helped him to third spot in the second race and therefore his first trophy on the factoryYZ250F.
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“This was a nice way to finish up; to make a 1-1 happen is never easy,” said Searle who’ll step-up to MX1 next season. “It’s been a good weekend and I couldn’t have asked for much more. I hit my lines well and felt good on the track. Jeffrey [Herlings] was fast but missed most of the firstmoto and I’d figured out my lines by that time.”
MX1 saw Kawasaki Racing Team’s Gautier Paulin seal fourth place in Germany and beat countryman Christophe Pourcel to third place overall in the championship standings after his rookie season in the premier class.GP21 said: “It has been a really good year; it could have been better and it could have been worse. A top three finish was our goal at the beginning of the season and we did that.”
The FIM Motocross World Championship has wrapped after six months, sixteen meetings, fourteen countries and two continents of the circus being on the road. Just one more call lays in store with the 66th Monster Energy Motocross of Nations ready to deliver the ultimate carnival of international racing and partying in Lommel in Belgium next weekend.