MX GP of Sweden! Current World Motocross Champion Tony Cairoli leads the points in MX1, and his Red Bull KTM teammate Jeffrey Herlings leads the point standings in the MX2 class. And both have won their Qualifying Heats today, for tomorrow’s Grand Pix
|MX1 Points (after 8 rds)
|Ken d Dycker||237|
|4.||J v. Horebeek||KTM|
|MX2 Points (after 8 rds)
|J v Horebeek||308|
MX1 – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Antonio Cairoli finished sixth in the pre-qualifying practice, but it was not a problem for the Italian to take the holeshot and lead the qualifying race until the chequered flag. Cairoli was really satisfied with his performance today and he hopes to do well tomorrow and get as many points as possible to keep his advantage over the rest of the riders.
The second position was for Honda World Motocross’ Evgeny Bobryshev, who obtained the best lap time during the pre-qualifying session. Before coming to Uddevalla, the Russian had already admitted that he was feeling really confident for the weekend, so Bobryshev has already proved that he is ready to fight for the podium tomorrow.
Rockstar Energy Suzuki World’s Clement Desalle was third in the qualifying race, after having obtained the second best lap time in the pre-qualifying session. The Belgian rode fourth the first half of the heat, and he then gave chase to Shaun Simpson, who was riding third. After they exchanged their position several times, Desalle managed to cross the finish line third.
Monster Energy Yamaha’s Shaun Simpson did one of his best races of the season and crossed the finish line fourth, so the British rider has a good chance to finish among the top five riders tomorrow for the Grand Prix. From now onwards, Simpson will be under the Rinaldi’s tent replacing Steven Frossard, and his today’s performance proves that he has adapted really quickly to the new team.
CP377 Monster Energy Kawasaki Pro Circuit’s Christophe Pourcel rode a consistent qualifying race starting from an initial fifth position and kept it until the chequered flag. The French rider is now third in the standings, six points behind Desalle, so he expects to be on the top of the podium and close the gap with Cairoli.
Both SebastiÃ©n Pourcel and David Philippaerts did not have good starts but they quickly moved up some positions and they crossed the finish line sixth and seventh respectively. Jonathan BarragÃƒÂ¡n rode a solid moto and ended eighth and Tanel Leok and Kevin Strijbos completed the top ten.
It was a difficult qualifying race for the Kawasaki Racing Team riders; while Xavier Boog crashed when he was riding sixth and ended twelfth, Gautier Paulin was not finding himself comfortable, and instead of improving his initial eighth position, he dropped down to thirteenth. However, the main races are tomorrow and both French riders are confident that they can finish among the top five.
It was also tough day for Ken De Dycker, who crashed during the pre-qualifying session and he had to enter the pitlane during the qualifying race to change his goggles. In the end, the Belgian rider crossed the finish line fourteenth.
Rui GonÃƒÂ§alves got a technical problem in his Honda due to the contact he had with Gautier Paulin while they were fighting for ninth position. The Portuguese could only finish 23rd.
MX2 – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jeffrey Herlings took the holeshot of the qualifying race but he went too far out of the corner and Tommy Searle and Arnaud Tonus overtook him. Herlings rode third most of the heat, but by the end of it he managed to take the lead and he crossed the finish line first.
Monster Energy Yamaha’s Arnaud Tonus got a really good start and he led the first four laps of the qualifying heat. He was then overtaken by Searle and later on in the same lap by Herlings, so Tonus rode third most of the heat. By the end of the race Searle made a mistake, so the Swiss rider took advantage of it and he finished second.
The fourth position of the qualifying race was for Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jeremy Van Horebeek, who rode a consistent heat from beginning to end. The Belgian rider is completely recovered from his ankle injury, so he is determined to finish again on the podium this weekend.
Monster Energy Yamaha’s Zach Osborne (USA) ended fifth in the qualifying race and he proved that he is ready to fight for a podium finish in his first GP appearance this season. The American did not have a really good start and he had to give all his best to finish fifth after having started from twelfth position.
Dylan Ferrandis had another good performance today and he was able to finish sixth, ahead of Joel Roelants and Jake Nicholls. Jordi Tixier and Valentin Guillod completed the top ten.
Christophe Charlier got involved in a crash at the start of the race and made a massive effort to finish fifteenth after starting from the very last position.
Photo and text courtesy Youthstream
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