Just hours after leaving Kawasaki, Tommy Searle has announced he has retired from MXGP racing…
In a heartfelt message on his social media account, Tommy Gun said his career had gone in the blink of an eye and that he was proud of what he had achieved. And so he should be.
As the reigning British champion, Searle clearly still has a lot to offer in motocross and he’s not leaving the sport – choosing to now focus on racing in the UK.
“So, after almost 15 years racing at the top level – 12 full years in the world championship and two in America, next year my focus will just be racing in the UK,” wrote Searle.
“As a kid I never knew it was possible to do what I’ve done – it seems one minute I was racing schoolboy motocross with the family, the next I was on the GP podium at 16 years old, racing against the best in the world and now in the blink of an eye I’m retiring from GPs.
“I had so many good memories of travelling around the world – I’ve lived the dream and have had the privilege to work with and race a lot of great people along the way.
“I never managed to get a world championship, I came somewhat close a couple of times – a few ifs and buts… But overall, I’m very proud of what I’ve achieved with 14 GP wins and podiums in the US as a young gun.
“I’ll always be grateful to everyone who has supported me along the way. I want to say a massive thanks to the fans that have cheered me on, hopefully I given you a few good memories over the years too!”
We have to say, yes you have Tommy. We’re sure the British fans join us in saying, thank you.