5 September 2011 Tommy Searle wins the European GP

Tommy Searle of Kawasaki Team CLS raced to an emphatic victory in the penultimate round of the FIM World MX2 Motocross Championship to ensure third place in the series.
The English rider was in superb form as he recorded the fastest lap in both Saturday's qualifier and both of Sunday's points-scoring races of the European GP at Gaildorf in southern Germany. Sadly his starts let him down as he had to chase through the pack, but his dominance was clear in the second race as he dropped his lap times by almost two seconds to pull back the leaders at will for a clearcut victory over the two riders who were involved in a final showdown for the world title itself. Earlier in the day he had fought his way from outside the top ten to cross the line in second place after passing all of his major rivals bar Ken Roczen and he was catching the German when time ran out. After one of his best starts of the year Searle was able to pass the champion elect and his rival Jeffrey Herlings at will to secure the overall victory and ensure third place in the series.

Teammate Max Anstie had to charge from even further back after earning a relatively poor gate when he crashed during Saturday qualification, but the teenager persevered to finish tenth before a much better start in race two enabled him to move quickly into the top five where he engaged in a long duel with the Swiss Arnaud Tonus, his rival for the fifth placed ranking in the series. Anstie was rewarded for his tenacity with fifth place in the GP.
The European GP also hosted the final round of the European MX2 championship in which French youngster Dylan Ferrandis of Kawasaki Bud Racing raced to his third double win of the season. Despite missing several rounds of the series through injuries his efforts brought him second place in the championship, just three points away from the title.

Tommy Searle: “I think the second race was one of the best of the year for the fans; when the three fastest guys go away in front of the race and can race each other, we really put on a show ! I'm satisfied with this weekend as I showed a lot of people what I can do in this class. After the first practice I thought it was the worst track I had ridden all year but then I surprised myself by my speed and the track developed really well. When I was behind Ken or Jeffrey I wasn't even pushing so hard; I still had plenty in reserve. To get this GP win is a big moment for me and for the team as we’ve been the fastest all weekend. In the second race I had a great start and showed what I am capable of; it's important for me to get better starts and that’s something we’ll have to work on this winter.”