Tommy Searle has decided to retire from the FIM Motocross World Championships where he has been a leading player of the series for more than a decade.
‰ÛÏAfter almost fifteen years racing at the top level ‰ÛÒ twelve full years in the world championship and two in America - my focus next year will just be racing in the UK," Searle said after announcing his retirement.
"As a kid I never knew it was possible to achieve what I‰Ûªve done ‰ÛÒ it seems one minute I was racing schoolboy motocross with the family, the next I was on the GP podium at 16 years old, racing against the best in the world. Now in the blink of an eye I‰Ûªm retiring from the GPs. I've had so many good memories of travelling around the world ‰ÛÒ I‰Ûªve lived the dream and have had the privilege to work with and race a lot of great people along the way. I never managed to win a world championship but I came close a couple of times and overall I‰Ûªm very proud of what I‰Ûªve achieved with fourteen GP wins and podiums in the US as a young gun.
"I‰Ûªll always be grateful to everyone who has supported me along the way. I want to say a massive thanks to the fans who have cheered me on - hopefully I gave you a few good memories over the years too - and of course a huge thank you to Kawasaki Motors Europe and Team Green UK for the past years working together! You have been a massive part of my career; cheers Steve Guttridge and Ross Burridge for the support and good times!‰Û