Bulgarian GP: Searle Wins MX2


Team Floride Monster Energy Kawasaki Pro Circuit’s Tommy Searle had a perfect weekend in Sevlievo, as he not only won the qualifying race yesterday, but also obtained the first overall victory of the season today.

Tommy Searle

Searle had really good starts in both heats and he managed to lead both races from the beginning. However, in the first moto he lost his front break and had to settle down with a third position. In the second one, he had no opposition and dominated it from beginning to end.

The second position was for Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Herlings, who was very satisfied with his performance today, especially taking into account his starting position in both heats. Even starting from the outside, Herlings managed to ride at the front from the very beginning of both heats, and while he took advantage of Searle’s mechanical problem in the first heat to finish second, in the second moto he rode second from beginning to end.

Team Floride Monster Energy Kawasaki Pro Circuit’s Roelants succeeded in winning the first heat of the day, but the fourth position in the second one made him finish on the third step of the rostrum. Roelants has admitted that riding with Kawasaki this year has made him improve his riding significantly, and the fact of having a hard pack specialist like Searle as a teammate has helped him a lot to improve his riding on tracks like the one in Sevlievo.

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Van Horebeek rode two solid motos this weekend and ended fourth overall. In the first heat he did not have a good start and had to move up from the tenth position to finish fourth, whereas in the second heat he rode comfortably on the third place from beginning to end.

Honda Gariboldi – Esta’s Anstie completed the top five this weekend thanks to his 6-5 result. In the first heat he did not have a really good start, but in the second one he was already fourth in the first lap. Anstie and Roelants exchanged the fourth position in several occasions during the heat, but in the end the Brit had to settle with fifth place.

Kullas was more fortunate this weekend and he obtained an overall sixth position, while Ferrandis and Tonkov were seventh and eighth respectively. Nichols, who had a really good start in the first moto, could only finish seventh and twelfth in today’s motos and he ended ninth overall. Lupino completed the top ten thanks to his 14-6.
Butron was tenth, followed by Leib and Tixier. Home rider Petrov could only finish 14th.

Valentin Teillet, who had an incredible qualifying race yesterday finishing second, suffered a heavy crash in the first lap of the first heat and had to be taken to the hospital to have some exams done. Fortunately, Teillet has nothing broken but he feels pain everywhere, so at the moment his presence in Fermo is still uncertain.

MX2 Race 1 top ten:

1. Joel Roelants (BEL, Kawasaki), 39:43.795

2. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), +0:09.286

3. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), +0:17.680

4. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, KTM), +0:24.904

5. Harri Kullas (FIN, Suzuki), +0:39.615

6. Max Anstie (GBR, Honda), +0:44.290

7. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), +0:50.642

8. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:53.251

9. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), +0:54.123

10. Michael Leib (USA, Yamaha), +1:09.346

MX2 Race 2 top ten:

1. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), 39:24.388

2. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), +0:02.231

3. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, KTM), +0:43.372

4. Joel Roelants (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:52.201

5. Max Anstie (GBR, Honda), +0:59.616

6. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Husqvarna), +1:18.428

7. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), +1:23.833

8. Alexander Tonkov (RUS, Honda), +1:26.744

9. Harri Kullas (FIN, Suzuki), +1:29.499

10. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, Kawasaki), +1:29.660

MX2 Overall top ten:

1. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), 45 points

2. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 44 p

3. Joel Roelants (BEL, Kawasaki), 43 p

4. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, KTM), 38 p

5. Max Anstie (GBR, Honda), 31 p.

6. Harri Kullas (FIN, Suzuki), 28 p

7. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, Kawasaki), 24 p

8. Alexander Tonkov (RUS, Honda), 23 p

9. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), 23 p

10. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Husqvarna), 22 p

MX2 Championship top ten:

1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 94 points

2. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), 87 p

3. Joel Roelants (BEL, Kawasaki), 85 p

4. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, KTM), 74 p

5. Max Anstie (GBR, Honda), 57 p

6. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), 51 p

7. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), 48 p

8. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, Kawasaki), 48 p

9. Harri Kullas (FIN, Suzuki), 43 p

10. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Husqvarna), 38 p

MX2 Manufacturers:

1. Kawasaki, 94 points

2. KTM, 94 p

3. Honda, 61 p

4. Suzuki, 47 p

5. Yamaha, 43 p

6. Husqvarna, 38 p

7. TM, 4 p