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AFTER A DIFFICULT DEBUT IN AMERICA, TOMMY SEARLE'S PLANNING ON MIXING IT UP IN THE WEST COAST LITES SX SERIES BEFORE COMING BACK TO EUROPE TO WIN THE MX2 WORLD TITLE...

Once upon a time Tommy Searle was one of the "In the second race we had a problem with the shifter brightest prospects in all of motocross. But after and I ended up going down, just from being in the wrong really only one season spent injured most of the gear and washing out. Then I hurt my shoulder again and time, faith in Tommy Gun has been lost and he we still wanted to win the championship so I didn't have finds he has to prove himself a second time. time to recover. I was riding injured. I had like seven days to

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Once upon a time Tommy Searle was one of the "In the second race we had a problem with the shifter brightest prospects in all of motocross. But after and I ended up going down, just from being in the wrong really only one season spent injured most of the gear and washing out. Then I hurt my shoulder again and time, faith in Tommy Gun has been lost and he we still wanted to win the championship so I didn't have finds he has to prove himself a second time. time to recover. I was riding injured. I had like seven days to

In order to do that, Searle has grabbed up a ride on the get ready for the next race when ideally it should have

Pro Circuit-backed CLS Kawasaki team for 2011. He will been like nine weeks at least so I couldn't even hold on to race the 2011 Lites West SX series Stateside before the bike. That's when it started down from bad to worse.

heading back to Europe to take another stab at the MX2 When you're trying to race injured and you can't train, you world championship where he has twice been runner-up. can't ride, you can't do anything...

We caught up with Tommy out at the supercross test "In the end we were like 'all right, we tried to race and it's tracks in Southern California as he trains and tests for his not working' so we decided to sit some races out and then second season of supercross racing. get ready. I started to feel like my old self but the Thursday before that first race back I had a small hiccup in a turn

DBR: Tommy, obviously you had a lot of success at a and landed on that same shoulder. Just because my young age in the GPs. It seemed like you always wanted to shoulder was that sore still, it was just unfortunate I landed i -

m come to the USA and race in the AMA, though, right? on the same one and it got beat down a few times then

TS: "Yeah. I was happy where I was but that was the plan." that was it, really."

DBR: Now that you've actually gotten here and started DBR: You can spend five straight seasons healthy but racing you've had a tough run of luck with injuries - pretty then you have one season where you get hurt two or much the toughest time you've had in your career so far... three times and all of a sudden you're regarded as being

TS: "Yeah, 2010 has been pretty tough. I mean, up until injury-prone.

then I had a good run of luck so it kind of sucks to be TS: "Yeah, I know, that has kind of happened. I was 16

trying to fight back from injury and know where you can be when I started racing GPs and the first pro race I ever but you can't quite get there. It's not good." missed was in 2010. That was the first race I ever missed that I should have been competing in over six years.

DBR: Confidence is big in racing so how do you deal with Like you say, you have a couple of injuries and a few "11 A.

those sorts of setbacks? unfortunate things happen because you're trying to come

TS: "At first you have to give yourself time. That's the back too soon and then everyone is like 'he always gets whole thing. After I hurt my shoulder in supercross I hurt'. I think that's with any sport and with any people.

actually got healthy and got to go and practice again in If you're not doing good then people soon forget." supercross. I felt better than I ever did and was getting ready to come back, then I spoke with the guys at KTM - DBR: Ultimately, you're still Tommy Searle - it's not like the bosses from KTM in Europe - and they said they you got lucky for so many years and now the truth has wanted me to focus on outdoors. come out. You're a great motorcycle rider but sometimes

"So that was the goal and I had a lot of time to build up racers forget that when they're injured.

for it. I mean, we thought the diagnosis with my shoulder TS: "You see yourself in videos and you're like 'fk'l You was good but obviously it wasn't quite where it should don't realise that when you're injured some stuff seems so have been and then we carried on riding and stuff like that hard to do. Even if you've just got a sore shoulder and and it felt strong but I don't think it was quite there. You just you're looking at a video you watch yourself do it and think

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