Swedish GP winners – Desalle and Searle
By Geoff Meyer | 03 Jul 2012
Clement Desalle and Tommy Searle have made the 2012 FIM World MX1 and MX2 Championships a little more entertaining as they both had victory at the Grand Prix of Sweden last weekend.
Desalle, who also won in Portugal a few weeks ago, came into Sweden looking to get a little closer to defending World MX1 Champion Antonio Cairoli. However, he could never have dreamt that he would walk away from Sweden with the red plate attached to his bike.
“I am really happy,” Desalle said. “Not only because of the race, but also because of my riding. I didn’t compare myself to the other riders, just my own thing. It’s good for me to get the points lead, but of course I am sad for Antonio, it isn’t the best way to get the red plate, but that happens a little to me in Brazil (bad luck). I am so happy about myself and the championship.”
“I came to Sweden 47 points down on Cairoli and it was a bad weekend for Antonio and that is racing. I had the same thing a couple of times this year.”
“It was a good day for me, the first moto I started top four and was second behind Christophe pretty quickly, and I found a way to pass and did some good laps alone and made a small gap to the finish. In the second moto my start was better and again Christophe was in front of me. I tried to stay on two wheels and that is what I did to get the win.”
“I just want to talk about my riding, my own things, the things I know what I can do and in Sweden I felt good, just a small mistake in the first moto. I am working in a positive way.”
Searle didn’t leave Uddevalla with the red plate, but he did close up the point’s difference to MX2 series leader Herlings. Despite muddy conditions and problems with his goggles the British rider won the Grand Prix and can feel confident going to Latvia in two weeks’ time.
“I am really happy about winning here,” Searle said. “Uddevalla is not one of my favorite tracks. To close the point’s gap between Jeffrey and myself is really good for me. I hadn’t been gaining points, just swapping moto wins and being close in the points each Grand Prix, but today I could gain a big advantage and that is a bonus.”
“I was going to win that first race but I had trouble with my goggles and I stopped to take some time and get new goggles, because it was dangerous without the new goggles. I made sure to get it done in race two and scored the GP win. I like Latvia and last year I went 2-3 or something there, but I need to get a win, I can’t afford to go 2-2 and I will just focus and try and get the win in Latvia.”
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