Searle likes Donington `Nations track.

Tommy Searle has given a 'thumbs-up' to the course that will host the Red Bull Motocross of Nations at Donington Park on 27/28 September.

The KTM rider, currently second in the world championship heading into this weekend's Faenza finale, called in to take a first hand look at the final preparations being made to the mile long course that twists, with high leaping jumps, across the infield section of the Leicestershire grand prix circuit.

"It looks good, and is very enjoyable to ride and I'm really looking forward to getting going on it for real," said Searle. "I've had good results here and believe that I can take podium finishes in the Nations and with the strong team we have, we can be right up these chasing the title."

Searle is joined in the team by British Championship leader Billy Mackenzie, a winner on the motocross course earlier in the year and Shaun Simpson who is riding the event for the first time.

"The Americans look very strong and they will be keen to hang onto the title, with the Belgians also coming into the reckoning but I believe that we will be pushing them hard," said 19 year old Searle.

He took the chance to ride sections of the course, and chatted to the design team who hare putting the finishing touches to it, and tweaking it with subtle changes to that used for the British Championship round and last year's British Grand Prix.

"Riding in the team means a lot to me - you are riding for your country and the expectations of the fans will be very high, so there will be pressure on us, but this event comes after the World Championship has finished so we will be really focused on riding here," added Searle who took a podium finish in last year's Nations event.

His views are echoed by Simpson: "This is my first MX of Nations. It is going to be an exciting race, but different to other World races, due to the countries emotion involved in this. It is going to be the best race of the year. Winning the race is going to be hard, as the US has a really good team, but with Tommy in the team, we are very competitive."

Three rider teams representing 35 countries will be taking part in the event, with their first focus being on the Saturday qualifying heats to ensure they make the cut into the Motocross of Nations races on Sunday in which each rider has two races.

The action takes in all three motocross classes, MX1, MX2 and Open.

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