It’s been a tough three week period for Kawasaki in the MXGP class. At the MXGP of Russia, both factory riders plus the four riders from the two satellite teams, Gebben van Venrooy and BOS GP were fit and healthy. By the end of the MXGP of Germany, only BOS GP’s Tommy Searle was left from the six. In need of a rider to be on the gate in the factory squad for the rest of the season, Kawasaki have successfully transferred Searle over.
The Brit will be piloting a factory KX450F but won’t be on the start line until the MXGP of Czech Republic in four weeks. More about the decision along with whether BOS GP bring in another rider can be seen from the quotes in the Kawasaki Racing press release below:
Tommy Searle: “I’m obviously very happy to have this opportunity to ride for the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team and I want to thank everyone involved for their support. I will work hard with them in the coming weeks to be ready and prepared for the Czech GP, and will also do my best in the British series to claimed this title for Kawasaki and BOS who gave me this opportunity this season.”
Steve Guttridge (Kawasaki Europe Racing Manager): “We started the season with six super-competitive riders on Kawasaki machinery in the MXGP class but unfortunately after Germany we have only one still able to participate. It’s a tough sport! The BOS team changed to Kawasaki machinery only this season and have been working very hard to deliver results at the races. Tommy has been able to provide good feedback regards developing their race bike and particularly on the BOS suspension, which is the main goal for the team to compete at the highest level. Proof that he is comfortable on the bike is his current championship lead in the British series. However with the requirement from KHI that our factory team continue to provide feedback from the MXGP races to help develop the KX450 production bike of the future, and with both Clement and Julien now missing through injury, we concluded that Tommy should move to KRT for the remainder of this season. But not immediately, as we feel he needs to be allowed the chance to first get used to the factory bike’s characteristics before lining up at the GP again. So the target is for KRT and Tommy to be partnered up from the Czech MXGP. I would like to sincerely thank Olivier Bossard and Jean Jacques Luisetti for their cooperation in this area and wish the BOS team the very best with their next team riders coming into the team structure soon”
François Lemariey (Monster Energy KRT Team manager): “It’s great to see that all the parties involved made this possible, as we need to line up our Factory bike behind the gate as soon as possible again after the injuries to Clément and Julien. Julien underwent successful surgery last Monday to his arm; he is now recovering as well as Clément but we know that both will need time before getting back to racing. Tommy did most of his GP career with Kawasaki and we are pleased to welcome him in the team; several testing sessions are already planned so we can prepare together in good shape at the MXGP of Czech Republic. It was impossible to fly to Indonesia as the crates had to be delivered earlier his week, and we want Tommy to test the bike thoroughly before racing the GPs with us. ”
Olivier Bossard (BOS Owner): “When I saw the crash of Julien Lieber last weekend in Germany I immediately understood that Tommy would join the Factory team who need a top rider to race on the bike. It’s a tough decision for BOS GP as Evgeny is also injured, but we are close to reaching a deal with another rider who had good performances last year in the World Championship. Tommy got some strong results in the MXGP with us and we are very pleased to continue our partnership with him in the British series; he’s leading this important championship for BOS and Kawasaki and we’ll provide him all the necessary support until the end of the series.”