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DRAMA-PACKED WEEKEND FOR TEKA SUZUKI MX2 AT UDDEVALLA

Published July 6th, 2010

DRAMA-PACKED WEEKEND FOR TEKA SUZUKI MX2 AT UDDEVALLA - Photo 1 of 1Ken Roczen grasped his second moto victory in the space of three grands prix in the second race at a gloomy and damp Uddevalla for the Swedish round of the FIM Motocross World Championship. The German should have been in contention for the overall victory at the 10th meeting of 15 in the 2010 campaign but a mysterious mechanical problem while he was on the rear wheel of leader Steven Frossard in the first moto forced his second DNF of the term.

The Uddevalla track conditions varied over the weekend as the dry and dusty terrain on Saturday was replaced by a softer and rougher surface on Sunday due to copious rainfall during the morning. Team mate Arnaud Tonus went to the gate fourth after a decent run in the qualification heat while Roczen was down in 13th after an unlucky crash exiting the first corner and needed to work his way back from the rear of the field.

For the first moto of 35 minutes and 2 laps, Roczen was superlative in his chase of Frossard and was set for a grandstand finish entering the final circulation until his ‘#94′ machine rolled to a halt due to an unexplainable glitch just before the pit-lane. Tonus – who would only place 17th overall – fared little better with a crash and then goggle-less run to 14th by the finish.

Roczen rallied against his misfortune in the second race on drying dirt as he closed a five second gap to Frossard and took control to win his third moto of the year effortlessly and the 16 year old German took eighth overall for the GP. Tonus’ second outing was a short one after a first corner crash led to a crumpled exhaust and broken rear brake.

The MX2 World Championship sees Roczen now tied on points in second place with Steven Frossard; 83 points behind Marvin Musquin. Tonus is eighth.

The Teka Suzuki Europe World MX2 team can enjoy a small break from grand prix racing after a long trek that began with their home event three weeks ago. Their competitive duties will not slacken however in the three weeks before round 11 of the FIM series at Lommel in Belgium as rounds four and five of the German ADAC Master series at Prisannewitz and Tensfeld will keep Roczen and Tonus sharp.

Ken Roczen:

“It should have been another overall victory. My start was good and the race was good but two laps from the end, well, it wasn’t to be. The second race was really good! The track was very rough and I enjoyed it. I finally won the moto and it is good for my confidence. We now have two races in Germany and will start to think about the sand and Lommel.”

Arnaud Tonus

“It wasn’t a good day for me; I think that is easy to say. I had a crash and had to throw away the goggles in the first moto and then went down early in the second, which caused a lot of damage and ended the race. I will do the second of the two German events this month but will have a free weekend now after a lot of racing recently. Lommel will be tough but I’ll be getting ready in the next few weeks with plenty of sand riding!”

MX2 Moto1: 1. Steven Frossard (FRA, Kawasaki), 40:30.167; 2. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), +0:15.059; 3. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:19.256; 4. Marvin Musquin (FRA, KTM), +0:24.680; 5. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Yamaha), +0:26.994; 6. Harri Kullas (FIN, Yamaha), +0:38.253; 7. Zach Osborne (USA, Yamaha), +0:47.162; 8. Joel Roelants (BEL, KTM), +0:56.185; 9. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), +0:57.897; 10. Christophe Charlier (FRA, Yamaha), +1:02.637; 14. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Teka Suzuki Europe World MX2), +1:41.665; DNF. Ken Roczen (GER, Teka Suzuki Europe World MX2).

MX2 Moto2: 1. Ken Roczen (GER, Teka Suzuki Europe World MX2), 39:28.824&&<; 2. Steven Frossard (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:04.424; 3. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Yamaha), +0:12.277; 4. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), +0:16.510; 5. Marvin Musquin (FRA, KTM), +0:18.213; 6. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:49.514; 7. Michael Leib (USA, Kawasaki), +0:56.939; 8. Joel Roelants (BEL, KTM), +1:02.272; 9. Zach Osborne (USA, Yamaha), +1:14.005; 10. Matiss Karro (LAT, Suzuki), +1:16.545; DNF. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Teka Suzuki Europe World MX2).

MX2 Overall result: 1. Steven Frossard (FRA, Kawasaki), 47 points; 2. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 40 p.; 3. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Yamaha), 36 p.; 4. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, Kawasaki), 35 p.; 5. Marvin Musquin (FRA, KTM), 34 p.; 6. Joel Roelants (BEL, KTM), 26 p.; 7. Zach Osborne (USA, Yamaha), 26 p.; 8. Ken Roczen (GER, Teka Suzuki Europe World MX2), 25 p.; 9. Michael Leib (USA, Kawasaki), 22 p.; 10. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 22 p.; 17. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Teka Suzuki Europe World MX2), 7 p.

MX2 World Championship standings (after 10 of 15 rounds): 1. Marvin Musquin (FRA, KTM), 438 points; 2. Ken Roczen (GER, Teka Suzuki Europe World MX2), 355 p.; 3. Steven Frossard (FRA, Kawasaki), 355 p.; 4. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 326 p.; 5. Zach Osborne (USA, Yamaha), 275 p.; 6. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 268 p.; 7. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, Kawasaki), 244 p.; 8. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Teka Suzuki Europe World MX2), 243 p.; 9. Joel Roelants (BEL, KTM), 240 p.; 10. Harri Kullas (FIN, Yamaha), 203 p.


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