We caught up with Tommy Searle after the British GP and Matterly Basin to get his overview of the season, find out his plans and get the chance to ask some random questions.
Are you happy with your championship so far this year? Any highs or lows?
Yeh im somewhat happy, you know, I wanna win it that was my goal and I haven't won it and now i think its impossible for me to win the championship. It is what it is, I've had some high points and I've learnt a lot. I was injured all last season so its a big step forward from that so im just getting my feet wet again
Are you looking forward to Des Nations?
I'm really looking forward to Des Nations. We have a strong team and I think we can get a podium. It's a nice track, I have won there before, I've won there twice now so if i can go and win a race at Des Nations il be happy
Do you have any pre-race rituals?
No I have no real pre race ritual. Normally i'll listen to music but today I didn't!
What is you favourite track?
Favourite track... Glen Helen was nice this year and also here at Matterly Basin though it got rough the second moto but first practice was so fun this weekend. This is probably one of my favourite tracks of the GP calendar but overall I think in American it has to be Red Bud
What is your worst injury?
My worst injury was my shoulder. It wasn't such a bad injury but it kept me off all year
How do you celebrate a win?
I would normally go out with my friends, get wasted or whatever... just enjoy it as much as I can really!
Would you go back to race in America?
Yeh i will go back to America. I have another year here but it's up to me whether I go back or stay and ride 450 here. I have my house in America so can go back and forth whenever I want. I really enjoy the lifestyle out there.
Do you go back very often at the moment?
No not in the last year but I will go back as soon as the seasons finished. I don't wanna be stuck here in the winter when i have a house in California!
OK, we have some 'Quickfire Questions' so pick one or the other:
Sand or hardpack?
Orange or green?
Green - I have to say that!
Green Monster or Red Bull?
Beanie or bobble?
Speed scrub or showmans whip?
And finally do you have any advice for young, up-and-coming riders?
Just have fun. Thats all you can do and you will get the best out of it. My dad never pushed me to do anything i just rode and had fun. He has never told me i've ridden bad to this day, ever in my life. I don't think its too good for youngsters to have their dad too much involved. Its great when they get behind them with what they are doing but when they start shouting at them its never good for the kid. The more fun they can have the better its gonna be, whatever level you are, even when you are at my level racing for GP wins. I mean it's a mixture... you work hard during the week but at the weekend its just about having fun.
Thanks for your time Tommy and good luck for the rest of this season and on to the 2011/12 season!