On the sunny stage of the British Grand Prix and the first ever MXGP Festival Tommy Searle continued the current British vibe of sporting achievement by winning both motos and sending a 35,000 attendance crazy at Matterley Basin. The Floride Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki racer rose to the occasion in front of his noisy and vast army of fans and defeated Jeffrey Herlings in two tense races in southern England.
Matterley was a beast of a track. The flow and jumps were second to none and the lines around the circuit allowed plenty of passing, but were also rough and tough to deal with. It was on this terrain that Searle excelled for his fifth victory champagne spray of the season.
“Today has been amazing,” he offered up. “It is always hard to do it at home. Everyone is here for you but there is pressure with that because you don’t want to let them down. I gave everything I had today and was fortunate to have two good starts.”
Searle was joined on the podium by Monster Energy Yamaha’s Zach Osborne; the American going 3-4 in the races for his second trophy on the bounce. In the hot conditions Kawasaki Racing Team’s Gautier Paulin grabbed third overall in MX1 for his first visit to the box since Portugal in June and Kiara Fontanesi sealed her first FIM Women’s World Championship in some emotional scenes Saturday afternoon. Not forgetting Maxime Desprey who raced to his first win in the GP feeder series – EMX2 – while Mel Pocock missed the podium for the first time in 2012 but still leads the championship with tworounds to go.
The MXGP Festival was the perfect place to check out the stars of tomorrow and some hidden gems in the off-road racing world. Monster Energy was pumped to be a part of the show. We gave out £1000, £700 and £400 cheques to the three fastest Amateur racers Glen Fletcher, Matthew Williamson and George Purchase with Williamson earning the expenses paid trip to Las Vegas in October for the second Monster Energy Cup. The Suzuki rider was the pick of three categories for being a cool guy off the track as much as he was fast and determined on the mud. There were also some special prizes in the 65s and 85cc categories. The Monster Energy ‘Hard Chargers’ were Brian Strubhart and Conrad Mewes, those showing the ‘Slickest Monster style’ were Xylian Ramella and David Herbreteau while the ‘Biggest Balls’ awards for showing us something special out on the jumps went to Raivo Dankers and Brian Hsu.
“The Festival this weekend was ideal for us to get involved and show what we love doing; giving the fans and people out there who are passionate for a sport a cool experience,” said Monster Energy Europe’s Off-road Manager Jamie Coppins. “Our judges had their work cut out that’s for sure, but it was fun and worthwhile to be at a Grand Prix and to be able to do something on this scale. I hope we can do more in the future.”
September will be a busy month for the finest of the Grand Prix paddock with trips to Holland, Italy and Germany taking place before the 66th Motocross of Nations in Belgium.
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