|Tommy rides around MXGP champ Tim Gajser .... wait for Matterley !|
It was a no-brainer after Shaun Simpson ruled himself out of a first-choice Nations place when he got hurt at Ottobiano, and Tommy Searle's successful comeback at Frauenfeld sealed it. Tommy Gun will take the MX2 ride – he massacred the opposition last time he rode a 250 at Matterley – while Max Anstie, getting ever closer to a GP win in the prestige class, will race MXGP and Dean Wilson, hot every time he has represented Britain will ride "Open". The Scot's mechanic will fly over a week early with personalised parts such as bars and suspension and will build Deano's bike at the IceOne factory workshop. Hysterical keyboard warriors have been calling for Brad Anderson to be chosen, but the 36 year old admits himself that he is several seconds off GP pace, while the pressure of a "home" Nations would be too much to inflict on Conrad Mewse and Ben Watson at this stage of their careers. Meanwhile Simpson's recovery has progressed well and the Scot already raced Baslen today and will be in Sweden this weekend.
New ACU team manager Mark Chamberlain explained his choice: "Dean is having a great season in the US and after meetings with Husqvarna Factory Racing on Sunday in Switzerland, they have agreed to supply Dean with bikes and assistance for the race which has made the decision straight forward. Max is having a great season and showed again in Switzerland that he is a potential class winner and he has expressed how much he is looking forward to and preparing for the race. For the MX2 class we have gone with Tommy as I feel that after 9 months off he still has a turn of speed, that on a 250f in six weeks' time will be even greater again. His commitment to Team GB over the years and the belief I have is that he is still a world class rider with a lot more to give. Overall it's a strong team with experience that the fans can now really get behind leading up to and at the race. I'd like to thank all of the riders that have made themselves available for selection and shown how much riding for their country means to them now and in the future."