Sweden MXGP Race Report

Photos courtesy of Youthstream

The rain was once again present this weekend and it made the Swedish Grand Prix be tougher and more demanding than usual. However, Clement Desalle and Tommy Searle proved once again their potential and they were on the top of the podium.

Christophe Pourcel obtained the second overall position, while Kevin Strijbos was for the second time this season on the third step of the rostrum. On the other hand, Antonio Cairoli and Evgeny Bobryshev got two DNF’s and David Philippaerts crashed in the first moto and he has a suspected fracture in both wrists.

In the MX2 class Jeffrey Herlings had a difficult second race and was second overall, while Dylan Ferrandis completed the top three.

MX1

Rockstar Energy Suzuki Clement Desalle was really satisfied with his riding today after obtaining a double heat victory and taking the red plate on his Suzuki machine. It was actually in Uddevalla when the Belgian lost the red plate from the likes of Cairoli last year, so Desalle will now focus on keeping on racing well and keep the red plate until the end of the season.

CP377 Monster Energy Kawasaki Pro Circuit’s Christophe Pourcel was second overall this weekend but it was not an easy Grand Prix for the French rider. Pourcel was not able to take part in the warm up this morning because he had stomach problems, but he then felt much better and he was ready to race the main heats. In the first race, he started leading it, but he had some problems with his goggles and dropped down to second. Later on, he was trying to catch Desalle, but his boot broke and got stuck in the foot peg of his bike, so he had to settle down with the second place. In the second moto Pourcel took the holeshot again, but Desalle was faster and the French crossed the finish line second again.

HM Plant KTM UK’s Kevin Strijbos obtained the second podium finish of the season, being third thanks to his 5-3 result. The Belgian rider admitted that he is feeling really good on his bike and he is improving week after week. In fact, Strijbos did not have a really good start in the first race, but he was able to move from fifteenth to fifth in a track where most of the riders had problems overtaking.

The fourth overall position was for Sebastian Pourcel, who managed to finish third in the first heat and sixth in the second one. The CP377 Monster Energy Kawasaki Pro Circuit rider missed the podium for just one point, but all in all, he was very satisfied to finish fourth, especially because it had been a long time since the French rider finished among the top three in a race.

Monster Energy Yamaha’s Shaun Simpson obtained one of his best results of the season in Uddevalla, completing the top five with a 4-5 result. The British rider did not have a good start in the first heat and started from an initial seventh position, but in the second race he was fourth at the start and he managed to overtake Leok during the first lap and he rode third for a few laps. However, Simpson made a mistake and crashed and had to settle down with the fifth place.

It was also one of the best weekends of the season for Tanel Leok, who succeeded in finishing sixth and fourth in today’s races. The Estonian did not have a good start in the first moto, but he moved from eleventh to sixth; in the second race he started third and he rode a solid moto finishing fourth.

Gautier Paulin could not find his rhythm today either and he could only finish seventh overall, followed by his teammate Xavier Boog. Ken De Dycker crashed at the start of both motos and he had to make a great effort to finish eleventh in both races, which gave him the overall ninth position. Mark De Reuver completed the top ten.

Rui Gonçalves, who finished seventh in the second moto, got a DNF in the first one because after he crashed with two laps to go while he was riding eleventh, he could not restart his Honda machine. His teammate Evgeny Bobryshev could not start the second moto because he crashed in the first heat while he was fourth, and he had a deep wound to the right elbow. The Russian needed four stitches and the doctor suggested him not to race the second moto to avoid having an infection.

Antonio Cairoli lost the red plate because he got two DNF’s today; in the first moto the Italian got a stone stuck in the front sprocket and the back wheel of his KTM was completely blocked. In the second race the Italian made a mistake and went out the track and he got his KTM stuck in the mud. In both occasions Cairoli spent a lot of time trying to get his KTM back on the track, but unfortunately the Italian had to surrender.

David Philippaerts crashed in the first race while he was riding fourth and the doctors diagnosed a suspected fracture in both wrists. The Italian is now in the hospital for further exams.

Clement Desalle: "It's a good result today and also a good situation with the Championship. I am happy with my riding. I feel confident and could do what I wanted on the bike and this was just as important to me. It was a bad day for Tony Cairoli and a good one for me, and it was a bit strange to get the red plate like that but these things can happen in a mechanical sport and I have also had some bad luck this season. We are doing the best that we can and I don't want to speak about the Championship too early. I just go as fast as I can and in the best shape possible. Every small detail that helps you feel better on the bike or can win you time is really good and my team is so professional when it comes to this and they have so much experience so I have to say thanks to them. We have done some testing and we are trying to improve further and I think some of the work we did last week helped me today."

Christophe Pourcel: "We can say it was a good race, but I had some issues with my goggles, my film broke in the first lap, then we came to some lapped riders and I got stuff in my goggles. It was a tough race, we see how the second moto goes."

Tony Cairoli: "I'm angry: a Sunday like this hasn't happened to me for a while. I did two "zeros" and I lost the red plate. I can't wait to go back on track for the next round."

MX1 Race 1 top ten: 1. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), 40:52.302; ; 2. Christophe Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:20.870; 3. Sebastien Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:28.388; 4. Shaun Simpson (GBR, Yamaha), +0:31.762; 5. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, KTM), +0:38.980; 6. Tanel Leok (EST, Suzuki), +1:13.721; 7. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), +1:17.195; 8. Cedric Soubeyras (FRA, Honda), +1:22.736; 9. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), +1:24.085; 10. Mark de Reuver (NED, Kawasaki), +1:35.661;

MX1 Race 2 top ten: 1. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), 39:05.450; ; 2. Christophe Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:04.445; 3. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, KTM), +0:07.064; 4. Tanel Leok (EST, Suzuki), +0:23.936; 5. Shaun Simpson (GBR, Yamaha), +0:37.011; 6. Sebastien Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:40.893; 7. Rui Goncalves (POR, Honda), +0:52.511; 8. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:53.034; 9. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), +1:16.098; 10. Davide Guarneri (ITA, KTM), +1:21.824;

MX1 Overall top ten: 1. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), 50 points; 2. Christophe Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), 44 p.; 3. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, KTM), 36 p.; 4. Sebastien Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), 35 p.; 5. Shaun Simpson (GBR, Yamaha), 34 p.; 6. Tanel Leok (EST, Suzuki), 33 p.; 7. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), 26 p.; 8. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), 25 p.; 9. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), 20 p.; 10. Mark de Reuver (NED, Kawasaki), 20 p.;

MX1 Championship top ten: 1. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), 348 points; 2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 345 p.; 3. Christophe Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), 336 p.; 4. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), 315 p.; 5. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), 257 p.; 6. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, KTM), 243 p.; 7. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), 236 p.; 8. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), 212 p.; 9. Tanel Leok (EST, Suzuki), 201 p.; 10. Rui Goncalves (POR, Honda), 183 p.;

MX2

Team Floride Monster Energy Kawasaki Pro Circuit’s Tommy Searle obtained his fourth Grand Prix win of the season and he is now sixteen points behind Jeffrey Herlings in the point standings. The British rider was really satisfied with his performance and he admitted that he felt really comfortable on his bike today and he is very confident to keep on winning races. Searle started at the front in both motos, and although he won the second one without problems, in the first one he had to settle down with the second place because he had to enter the pitlane to enter his goggles while he was leading the race.

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jeffrey Herlings was second overall being first and seventh at today’s races. The Dutch rider rode second most of the first heat, but he was able to take the lead at the end of the race when Searle entered the pitlane to change his goggles. In the second race Herlings made a mistake in the opening lap and later on the race he crashed again, so he was only able to finish seventh.

Rockstar Bud Racing Kawasaki’s Dylan Ferrandis obtained his maiden podium this weekend in Uddevalla thanks to his 4-3 result. The eighteen-year-old rider took the holeshot in both motos and he managed to keep his rhythm until the end of both races, and he is now looking forward to racing the next Grand Prix to prove that he is able to repeat such result.

The fourth overall position was for Nestaan JM Racing KTM’s Jake Nicholls, who succeeded in starting at the front in both motos and he was able to ride two consistent races from beginning to end. The British rider started eighth in the first moto and finished sixth, whereas in the second heat he was third during the opening lap and he crossed the finish line fourth.

Monster Energy Yamaha’s Zach Osborne completed the top five of the Swedish Grand Prix on his first appearance in the FIM Motocross World Championship this season after his injury on his right shoulder. The American did not have a really good start in the first race, but he was able to move from eighth to fifth. In the second one, he crashed with Charlier when they were both fighting for the fourth position and Osborne had to settle down with the final fifth place.

The sixth overall position was for Jordi Tixier, who struggled a little bit with his starts this weekend. In the end the French rider was able to finish eighth in both motos.

Joel Roelants had a really good first race and he was able to finish third, but in the second moto he crashed at the start of the race and he had to fight from the 22nd position to finish 16th. In the end, Roelants was seventh overall.

Jeremy Van Horebeek was very unlucky in the first race because his KTM broke while he was riding third. However, the Belgian did a superb second moto, starting from the sixth place and moving up to second in the middle of the heat.

Glen Coldenhoff was ninth overall and José Butrón completed the top ten.

Christophe Charlier crashed at the start of the first moto and he had to restart from the very last position. The French rider was able to finish nineteenth in the first heat, and in the second one he ended sixth, which gave him the overall twelfth place.

It was a tough weekend for Arnaud Tonus, who could only finish 20th overall in the Grand Prix. In the first moto he had to enter the pitlane to change his goggles and he crossed the finish line fourteenth, but in the second one he had to pull out the race because his Yamaha had problem with his rear break.

Harri Kullas twisted his left knee and he could not finish the first race nor take part in the second one. The Finish rider will have a scan done tomorrow to see what the real damage is.

Zach Osborne: It went pretty good. To come out and do two 35 minutes plus 2 lap motos for the first time since almost this time last year was really positive. Two fifth positions and two pretty solid rides I had a little crash with Charlier in the second moto otherwise I might have been able to go for the podium but its all good. We've got two weeks until Latvia so hopefully I can go back and work on my fitness some more and keep building up. I thought I wouldn't be able to last as long as I did because I couldn't do anything for the first six weeks after my operation but I was able to go really deep in the second moto. I was trying to catch Jake but I reached a point where I was toast. Anyway, its been a pretty good day.

MX2 Race 1 top ten: 1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 39:51.669; 2. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), +0:03.017; 3. Joel Roelants (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:53.378; 4. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, Kawasaki), +1:05.289; 5. Zachary Osborne (USA, Yamaha), +1:17.557; 6. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), +1:22.205; 7. Alexander Tonkov (RUS, Honda), +1:40.416; 8. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), +1:41.138; 9. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), -1 lap(s); 10. Benoit Paturel (FRA, Kawasaki), -1 lap(s);

MX2 Race 2 top ten: 1. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), 40:12.526; 2. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, KTM), +0:18.574; 3. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:27.266; 4. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), +0:29.925; 5. Zachary Osborne (USA, Yamaha), +0:51.319; 6. Christophe Charlier (FRA, Yamaha), +1:05.434; 7. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), +1:19.931; 8. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), +1:23.237; 9. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), +1:24.264; 10. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Husqvarna), +1:34.735;

MX2 Overall top ten: 1. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), 47 points; 2. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 39 p.; 3. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, Kawasaki), 38 p.; 4. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), 33 p.; 5. Zachary Osborne (USA, Yamaha), 32 p.; 6. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), 26 p.; 7. Joel Roelants (BEL, Kawasaki), 25 p.; 8. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, KTM), 22 p.; 9. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 21 p.; 10. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), 18 p.;

MX2 Championship top ten: 1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 403 points; 2. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), 387 p.; 3. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, KTM), 330 p.; 4. Joel Roelants (BEL, Kawasaki), 263 p.; 5. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), 243 p.; 6. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), 237 p.; 7. Max Anstie (GBR, Honda), 199 p.; 8. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, Kawasaki), 177 p.; 9. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), 168 p.; 10. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Husqvarna), 163 p.;