The Englishman finished second in each moto after two thrilling rides through the field following misfortune in the early stages of both tough 40 minute motos around the hillside track at an altitude of nearly 1700 meters with temperatures soaring into the 90s. Lapped riders got in his way as he prepared his assault on the leaders in the opening race and an early fall in the second encounter forced him to charge back through the pack. Tommy is now just one point shy of second place in the standings after four GPs of the 16 round series.
His teammate Joel Roelants was racing for the first time since suffering a severe crash during the Italian GP, and the Belgian showed great character to end the day fourth despite suffering occasional lapses of concentration. The Belgian ‘s resiliance has seen him strengthen his fourth place in the championship.
Bad luck dogged Team Rockstar Bud Racing Kawasaki all day. Valentin Teillet made a sensational return to action as he maintained pressure on the leading duo for half of the first race until he crashed and had to go for a check-up on a painful wrist. GP rookie Dylan Ferrandis then took up the challenge and in a sensational final lap stormed from sixth to fourth for his best GP result to date. He had high expectations of yet another top finish in race two, but a crash at the first corner and another one lap later when a local rider lost control and jumped into him forced his early retirement.
Tommy Searle: “I got a good jump out of the gate in the first race, but one of the riders inside me slid out at the first turn and I had to brake. I soon had the leaders in my sights, but there were so many slow local riders this week that we were already lapping them after 10 minutes. Some of them were all over the track and they cost me a lot of time. The second race was my mistake as I crashed on the first lap when I was second. I have the speed to win, but Jeffrey is too good for me to catch him again if things happen like they did today but I still got second in both races. I know my physical condition is good, so I never stopped pushing because I knew other riders would not be able to maintain their speed.”
Joel Roelants: “I’m really happy to finish fourth in the second race, and, if I hadn’t crash in the first moto, I would also have been fourth. I was not riding t my full potential this weekend after my crash in Italy two weeks ago. I knew that it would be tough here as I had to stay in a darkened room for five days after the crash, and still today during the races I had to keep telling myself ‘concentrate, concentrate’. Normally I wouldn’t be happy with fourth, but that was the maximum in the circumstances.”
Dylan Ferrandis: “I didn’t make a good start in the first race but I kept pushing, and on the last lap I was able to pass Tixier and Roelants to finish fourth. I was delighted with that result and was optimistic for the second race. I got a great start this time, but in the first corner I slid out and crashed at the first corner; I damaged the throttle so I had to stop at the pits for repairs, and then a Mexican backmarker threw his bike at me and my race was over.”