Bel-Ray Racer Tommy Searle Scores Top Ten Finish in Italy
The 2013 World Motocross series continued this weekend at the Arco di Trento track in Italy for the fourth round of the seventeen round series. The Bel-Ray supported Team CLS Kawasaki entered three racers in two separate classes during the event. In MX1 class, Englishman Tommy Searle finished 6th overall, while in the MX2 class, Italian Alessandro Lupino finished 10th overall and new-comer American Jimmy Decotis finished 31st overall in his grand prix debut.
Following his first moto 5th place, Searle was forced to come from the rear of the field following a collision early in the second moto. His charge through the pack resulted in a 6th place finish overall. “I’m pleased with my weekend; we continue to improve our results and I’m happy about that,” said Searle following the second moto.
Alessandro Lupino was looking forward to a top finish at his home track, but a series of unfortunate events kept him to a 10th overall finish. His finishes were a result of gritty determination following a first moto crash that resulted in a broken rib for the Italian racer. “I knew from the first practice session that my speed was OK here, and with a good start I could easily have achieved a top five result. I had a medical examination after the race and the doctors told me that the 4th rib is broken, so let’s hope that I can race next weekend.”
The newest member of the team, Jimmy Decotis, arrived from the United States with little time to prepare and struggled in his grand prix debut. His moto finishes resulted in a 31st place finish overall, but he is optimistic and believes that better races are ahead. “I knew that it wouldn’t be easy, coming here last week and racing for the first time on a European track. I had a good start in the first moto but crashed in the first lap when someone ran into me from behind. It was a tough race after that. In the second race, I was in the top fifteen but got cramps and struggled. I hate to retire, but that could be dangerous on this track. I know that the Bulgarian track will be different, and we’ll have one more week to work and prepare it with the team.”
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The series continues April 21st in Sevlievo for the GP of Bulgaria.
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