FARMINGDALE, N.J. (July 15, 2013) ― The 2013 FIM Motocross World Championship series continued on Sunday afternoon at the Hyvinkää circuit in Finland. Approximately 45 minutes outside of Helsinki, the championship circuit made a return to the series after an absence of several years. The Bel-Ray sponsored CLS Monster Energy Racing team experienced a difficult weekend, as both racers finished outside the top 10 overall.
Unfortunately for Tommy Searle, his results were not an indication of how well he rode. Throughout the entire season, Seale has been forced to overcome poor starts and difficult conditions to obtain his results. In the opening moto in Finland, Searle was on the ground at the start and came charging through the field to finish 12th by the checkered flag. The second moto began much the same, and Searle again raced past some of the world’s best racers to challenge for second place. This is when he was t-boned by a fellow racer in a pass attempt, sending Searle off the track and onto the ground. He remounted, but he could only salvage an 11th-place second moto finish. His 11th overall finish keeps him just outside the top 5 in the series standings in 6th place. Searle spoke about his disappointing weekend following the event. "Someone hit me at the first start and put me down, and then, I had to come back from dead last with mud everywhere on me. I was half a minute behind the leaders at the start. So, I did what I could to get back to twelfth at the finish. The second start wasn't so good, and I left turned one around the fifteenth, but I fought back to third and was already attacking Strijbos for second when Desalle hit me a couple of times and put me down. I'm disappointed with the result, but also happy because my speed was good, even if it was a sandy track."
Bel-Ray's entry into the MX2 class, Alessandro Lupino, came to Finland still experiencing pain from a leg injury suffered the previous weekend in Latvia. He showed the strength and determination to score points in both motos, further cementing his position in the top 10 in the standings. Lupino's 18-9 moto finishes were good for 14th overall. "I've been unable to train this week because of the leg injury I suffered in Latvia, and I felt some pain on this rough track; I didn't have a good feeling, and it was difficult to push to the limit," said Lupino following the event. "In the first moto, I crashed on the second lap and stalled the engine, but I salvaged a few points. Then, I got a top ten result in the second race, but that's not what we expect. I will change my plan for the coming weeks; instead of going back home to Italy, I will travel to Holland to work and train with the team before the GP in Germany."
The series will take a one-week break before returning to action in Germany on July 28th for the GP of Germany. Both racers will use the time off to ramp up for positive results.
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