Bel-Ray Racers Searle and Lupino Score Top 10 Finishes in Portugal MXGP
Grand Prix rookie Decotis earns first grand prix points.
FARMINGDALE, N.J. (May 20, 2013) ― The 2013 FIM World Championship series continued at the Beto Carrero circuit in Brazil for the 7th round of the 17 race series. Bel-Ray sponsored Team CLS Kawasaki racers Tommy Searle, Alessandro Lupino, and Jimmy Decotis all came to Brazil looking for top finishes in their races.
Despite being unable to train due to an injured finger suffered during the previous round, MX1 competitor Tommy Searle gutted out determined races throughout the event. His eighth place finish in moto one was backed up with a ninth place in the events Super Final. “I struggled all weekend with my broken finger,” said Searle following the Super Final race. “I couldn’t ride since Portugal. Before I got here, I did not think that it would make such a difference! I’m weak in my shoulders, and I got tired. In the MX1 race, I had a good start. On the second lap, I crashed and lost many positions. It’s good that we now have two weekends free; I need to recover and then get back on the bike to be ready for France. I know that my speed is OK. I just need to be fit again.” Searle is currently in sixth place in the series standings.
Team CLS Kawasaki fields two Bel-Ray powered racers in the MX2 class. Both team racers Alessandro Lupino and Jimmy Decotis scored points in this highly competitive class. Despite suffering from broken ribs suffered in a crash in the Italian round of the series, Lupino showed grit and determination, scoring an excellent top 10 finish with an 10th place finish. He backed this up with a strong ride in the Super Final. This race includes the top racers from each the MX1 and MX2 class, with the MX2 riders at a noticeable power disadvantage. Despite this, Lupino finished in 20th place in the moto and 7th in his class. Lupino spoke about his struggles following the Super Final. “Since I broke two ribs at the Italian GP, I haven’t been able to train normally. A s a result, my physical condition is not at its best. So here in Brazil, it was not a good weekend for me. In the MX2 race, I already got an arm pump after two laps. In the Super Final, I lost time when (Mel) Pocock crashed in front of me at the second corner. I now have three weeks to recover, and I will go to Holland to train. We are nearly at the halfway point of the season, and I want to race in the top five in France to give the team the results they expect.” Lupino is currently in 9th place in the series standings.
Lupino’s teammate, Jimmy Decotis, scored the 1st world championship points of his career with a 17th place 1st moto finish. The Brazil event marked only the third world championship race for the young American racer. Admittedly still adapting to the pace of GP racing, Decotis will use the upcoming break to increase his endurance in advance of the next grand prix. “This is definitively a crazy place with such great fans. The track was one of the better ones that I have faced since I started racing the GPs, and I feel that I have made progress since Portugal,”said Decotis. Everyone is working hard to achieve this, and I scored points in both races here. My speed is better, but I still need to improve my fitness so that I can keep the pace for the en tire 40 minutes. I’m sure it will come soon.”
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The series continues June 9 at the Circuit Raymond DEMY in Erneee, France.
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