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Searle with Nicholls and Hague in new-look Honda team

Tommy Searle and Jake Nicholls will be joined by Jay Hague in Dave Thorpe’s Honda team, which has picked up a new title sponsor called Crendon Fastrack to replace Buildbase which split with the squad at the end of the season.

Searle and Nicholls remain in the MX1 class while 22-year-old Hague steps in to the MX2 ride vacated by Steven Clarke. They will contest the British championship and MX Nationals. And for 2021 they will be in Alpinestars kit, replacing the Troy Lee Designs gear of this season.

As the UK series don’t start until April, the team are busy tuning the all-new 2021 CRF450R so the MX1 riders can get on board after Christmas for initial shakedown tests. Hague has already tested the team’s CRF250R race bike and says he immediately felt comfortable on it.

Crendon Fastrack Honda team boss Dave Thorpe. He said: “Our goal is to be the dominant team in British championship racing and we have everything in place to achieve that. After personally testing the brand new Honda CRF450R, I know we have the best machinery. And our team of mechanics and technical partners will ensure they are the ultimate bikes on the track.

“With Tommy Searle and Jake Nicholls, we have not only the fastest but also two of the most experienced and professional riders in the MX1 class. And with Jay Hague in the MX2 class, it’s a real opportunity for him to really shine.

“It’s great to have the full backing of Crendon. And of course we still have backing from many of our long-time partners who make it possible for the team to operate at such a high level. I’m certain the Crendon Fastrack Honda team will be the team to beat in the UK.”

Crendon provide timber engineering roofing and flooring for the building industry. Crendon boss Stephen Thompstone, who rides off-road for fun, said: “We are delighted to be supporting the Honda team in 2021. A huge number of our customers follow motocross and we are looking forward to enjoying our involvement with the team.”