Murrieta, CA – Preparing for his debut in the US racing circuit, Great Britain’s Tommy Searle, signed a two-year contract (2009-2010) with KTM North America.
The nineteen-year old from England has turned heads since his first appearance on the international stage. In 2007 alone, he earned 12 podium finishes including three race wins in the highly competitive MX2 class. Accordingly, FIM, the international body of motorcycle sports, recognized the natural skill and abilities of young Searle honoring him with the Jan de Groot Award for most promising young talent.
Searle’s career with KTM began at the end of 2006 when he signed on to contest the 2007/2008 Grand Prix Series as part of the well-recognized KTM Factory Team. Searle’s rapid development, fast speed and strong work ethic form a combination that make him the perfect fit for the US racing circuit. With his first US experience past him, competing at the 2007 Motocross des Nations held at the Budds Creek MX Track, Searle is excited to see what else America can offer.
KTM Off-Road Racing Director, Pit Beirer recognized Searle in 2006 after amazing performances put him up front all season. He noted, “His riding and rate of progression make him an excellent member of our MX2 team and we are now excited for his future achievements in the US.”
Searle will compete in the 2009/2010 Motocross Lites Series. “I am happy to sign with KTM in the US. This has always been a dream of mine. I am looking forward to working with the whole team; KTM is where I want to be,” commented Searle on his move to the US.
KTM North America’s Director of Racing, Kurt Nicoll stated, “Tommy has the ability to be a champion. He is a hard worker and I have no doubt with the right team behind him he will be a front runner on the US racing circuit.” Searle is currently in California for preliminary testing with his future team.
Keep an eye on Searle as he completes his final year on the European Grand Prix circuit by visiting www.ktm.com