Tommy Searle has enjoyed a great career in the FIM Motocross World Championship and stood atop the Grand Prix podium fourteen times in total. Searle finished second in the MX2 series in 2007, 2008 and then 2012 too. A bronze medal was also achieved in 2011. There have been plenty of bright spots but that part of his career is now over, as he is stepping away from the international scene. The news was announced via social media moments ago in a statement on tommys instagram
"So, after almost 15 years racing at the top level; 12 full years in the World Championship and 2 in America, Next year my focus will just be racing in the UK. 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 times - a few ifs and buts.. But overall, I’m very proud of what I’ve achieve 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 give a you a few good memories over the years too!"
You can read a full interview with tommy over at mx vice