The Englishman was already assured of third place in the championship but, like many other riders, was determined to end the season in style as they lined up in stifling heat for the two races at the picturesque hillside circuit only a few miles the Adriatic. Getting one of his best starts of the season Searle immediately attacked early leader Jeffrey Herlings in race one and built up a huge lead even before the two rivals had to fight their way through lapped riders; such was their pace that at the finish even the rider in eleventh place was lapped ! Tommy's start was even better in race two as he led the pack away, but he was unable to shake off the attentions of Herlings and offered only token resistance when the Dutch teenager attacked so that he study where his rival was gaining time. Searle expected his fitness to be the deciding factor in the heat as the race entered the closing laps, but a single minor error was enough for Herlings to break clear and Tommy had to settle for a share of the top points on the day with the rider he expects to be his main rival for the world title next year.
Searle was joined on the podium in Italy by teammate Max Anstie. The teenager had missed the podium by just one place on six occasions this summer and was determined to finally collect his first GP trophy. Max's determined approach during the early laps quickly saw him take over fourth place in each race, but the field had quickly spread out in race one and Anstie was unable to close down the rider in third. Determined to make amends in race two he was up to fourth place in race two before he ran off the track into the fencing and had to charge again from ninth place. He showed great spirit to again cross the line in fourth place, and, as he had decisively beaten the riders who had finished third in each of the motos in the alternate race, he was rewarded with third place overall on the day. The result also cemented his fifth place in the championship standings in this, his rookie season.
Tommy Searle: “My first race was good; Jeffrey (Herlings) was fast at the beginning of the race, but I had a couple of good laps and increased my lead to fifteen seconds. After that I think he slowed down to conserve some energy, so I did the same as we both knew the second race would be tough with the heat. The second moto I got a good start, my second holeshot this season, and I was happy with that. Jeffrey was behind me and he clearly had some good lines; I knew he was fast in some places, so, when he passed me just before the finish line, I tried to follow him but he put in some fast laps and made a gap. I also put in a couple of good laps to catch him up again but I ouldn’t pass him; then I made a small mistake and fell on the ground. We were both pushing really hard after that, and it was not possible to close the gap as he was fast right until the end. For me it doesn’t make a big difference to win this GP or not; I had a good feeling on the bike and I’m really happy with the way I rode this weekend. That’s the main thing as I know that I can win, and we’ll have some nice races next season with Jeffrey. I know what we have to work on this winter. We have already been working on the start; we spoke with (Pro Circuit owner) Mitch (Payton) and he knows what we have to do. Mitch really wants to win the championship and I think our bike will be even better next season.”