Bel-Ray Racer Searle Finishes Top 5 in Portugal MXGP
FARMINGDALE, N.J. (May 6, 2013) ― The 2013 FIM World Motocross Championship series continued on Sunday, May 5th in Agueda for the Grand Prix of Portugal. Bel-Ray racers Tommy Searle, Alessandro Lupino, and Jimmy Decotis were all in attendance, fit and ready to compete against the best racers in the world.
In MX1 competition, Tommy Searle overcame the pain from a finger injury suffered early in the day to score a strong sixth place in the opening moto. Searle again showed he is one of the top riders in the world in the second moto as he came through the field after a mid-pack start to finish just off the podium in 4th place. Searle was credited with a 5th overall for the event. “In the first moto I took a stone on the middle finger of my left hand; the ligament was broken so the race was tough but I managed to finish sixth. I was wondering if it would be OK for the second race, but the pain subsided after a couple of laps and I was able to charge to fourth place. The track here is always demanding, but it was much more difficult in the tight corners with a 450 than with a 250, particularly with my hand injury.”
The MX2 class was not as kind to Bel-Ray racers Lupino and Decotis. Lupino suffered a crash in the first moto while he was in a top ten position and was credited a 21st place finish. He charged back strong in the second moto to score a 7th place finish and valuable championship points. Lupino spoke about the day following his second moto. “I felt good on the bike this weekend and had a good feeling with the track but I was unlucky and didn’t get the results I deserved. I was not feeling 100% for the second moto, but nevertheless I finished seventh.”
Lupino’s teammate, American racer Jimmy Decotis, is still adapting to life across the Atlantic and struggled for a top finish. He is optimistically looking forward to the rest of the season and continues to work hard preparing for each weekend. “I’ve worked hard with the team since Bulgaria, but again this weekend I had difficulty with the track,” said Decotis. “I had the worst place on the grid and crashed during the opening lap of race one, then in race two I started last and finished twenty-first; for sure it’s not what I and the team are expecting but we’ll continue to work until we get there.”
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The series continues May 19th in Brazil for the next round of the series.
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