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Searle launches MX Nationals defence

Crendon Fastrack Honda rider Tommy Searle launches the defence of his MX Nationals MX1 crown at the sandy Fatcat Motoparc circuit near Doncaster this weekend, with his rookie MX2 team-mate Jay Hague starting his campaign for a first title.

Last year, the MX Nationals was the only professional series to run in the UK and Searle comfortably lifted the crown despite stiff opposition in what was his first season on Honda.  Now armed with the all-new faster and lighter 2021 Honda CRF450R, Searle is on top form and is currently leading the Revo British championship after two rounds.

“To win my first championship for Honda last year brings back great memories at all my family were there to see it happen at the final round – which was at Fatcats,” said Searle. “This year the Honda is even better with great suspension and a fantastic engine which should give me even more of an advantage. I know the circuit well as I often test there and I’m going there to win – as I do with every race.”

Jay Hague is the team’s MX2 hope

Also full of confidence is 23-year-old Jay Hague, who took his Crendon Fastrack Honda CRF250R to a strong third place at Sunday’s Lyng round of the British championship. “I know I have the speed to run near the front of the pack and sand tracks are my favourite,” he said. “I’m really looking forward to the opening round of the MX Nationals and hope to get another good result for myself and the team.”

Unfortunately the team’s second MX1 rider Jake Nicholls is still out of action as it was recently discovered he had broken his shoulder blade in a pre-season crash. He will be back in action as soon as possible. Team manager, triple world 500 champion Dave Thorpe, said: “Both Tommy and Jay are riding well, full of confidence and are fully fit as we heat to Fatcat for the MX Nationals. Both have had great results so far this season and I’m sure they will put on a good show for the Crendon Fastrack Honda team this weekend. And with spectators allowed into the MX Nationals for the first time since 2019, it will really add to the atmosphere.”