World MX Title chases continue in Sweden before summer break
First visiting Germany and then Latvia, the FIM Motocross World Championship is now heading to Sweden for the third Grand Prix in three weeks. Tony Cairoli leads the MX1 class while KTM fellow rider Marvin Musquin is on top of the MX2 class with both seeking their first KTM victory in Uddevalla.
Having won the latest Grand Prix in Latvia, runner up in the Championship Clement Desalle is motivated to close the gap on Cairoli and counts on team mate Steve Ramon’s support, with the Belgian troubling Cairoli at Kegums. Philippaerts is third in the Championship, sandwiched in between the Suzuki pair.
Ken Roczen follows Musquin in the MX2 Championship standings while a hungry Steven Frossard completes the top three. Latvian Grand Prix winner Jeffrey Herlings follows in fourth.
Having been the first to stop Jordi Tixier’s dominance, Jason Clermont heads to Sweden with the goal of topping the podium again as he did in the last round in Germany. Tixier still leads the points standings.
MX1: Having just won his second Grand Prix of the season, Rockstar Teka Suzuki World MX1′s Desalle heads to Sweden with renewed confidence as he kept series leader Cairoli behind on the technical Latvian course. The Belgian has a 61 point gap from Cairoli and it seems the only choice he has to close that is winning the remaining rounds starting with this weekend’s Swedish Grand Prix.
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Cairoli was on Uddevalla’s podium last year while Desalle missed it and just took fifth. Cairoli now will try to grasp his first Swedish win on KTM, with his last success on the 350 SX-F dating back at the USA Grand Prix at Glen Helen.
Third placed in the Championship Philippaerts has seen Ramon closing in at Kegums and now needs to keep up his advantage before the summer break following Uddevalla. The Yamaha Monster Energy Motocross racer struggled in Latvia and will be eager to make up for that with a solid performance this weekend.
Rockstar Teka Suzuki World MX1′s Ramon ended a long absence from the podium by taking third in Kegums. The two time World Champion is now chasing the top three of the MX1 Championship but he has last year’s Swedish GP winner Nagl right behind him in fifth place.
With just one point in between him and Ramon, Nagl will try to climb up the top five again after he lost the runner up spot due to a broken left collarbone at the French Grand Prix – the injury still affects the German though.
De Dycker is sixth in the series and has to make up for a disappointing Latvian Grand Prix, which came after his maiden win of the season in Germany.
25th placed in the Championship is currently the best placed home rider while going into Sweden.
Having shocked the World with a solid fourth place overall in Kegums, Russian Bobryshev will now try again to take his maiden Grand Prix podium.
Last year’s MX2 Swedish Grand Prix winner Goncalves is now working his way through the MX1 class rankings. Being the second KTM 350 SX-F mounted rider, the Portuguese missed the first two GP’s due to a shoulder injury.
2009 MX1 PODIUM:
- Maximilian Nagl
- Antonio Cairoli
- Ken De Dycker
2009 MX1 POLEMAN: Maximilian Nagl
MX2: Championship leader Musquin heads to Sweden with the goal of taking his first KTM victory at the track where last year he was denied participation into the Grand Prix due to pending issues linked to his manufacturer switch from Honda to KTM. The French interrupted a winning streak of five GP’s in Latvia where he missed the overall podium and is now determined to bounce back into the top three this weekend.
Runner up in the Championship Roczen instead is still looking for his first season’s win, which will stop the KTM dominance of this 2010 GP campaign. The German took back to back podiums in Germany and Latvia, being really close to winning both heats in the latter event. The Teka Suzuki Europe World MX2 rider was second overall in Sweden last year.
The one beating Roczen in the last Grand Prix was other teenager Herlings, taking his second win of 2010 after a strong ride. While entering Uddevalla, the Dutch of Red Bull KTM Factory Racing MX2 hopes to move back into the top three and race another mistake-free Grand Prix.
Kawasaki CLS’ Frossard is now holding the third position in the Championship. The French was back on the podium in Latvia but his Swedish Grand Prix in 2009 was one to forget because he pulled out of the final moto due to an ankle injury after taking third in the first heat.
Osborne remained fifth in the Championship despite a tough outing in Kegums, where he crashed and struggled to recover. Simpson completes the top six behind the Bike-It Cosworth Yamaha UK rider with just three points separating the two.
Kullas is tenth in the Championship when entering the closest Grand Prix to his home country Finland, Paulin is 13th.
2009 MX2 PODIUM:
- Rui Goncalves
- Ken Roczen
- Gautier Paulin
2009 MX2 POLEMAN: Rui Goncalves
After an impressive Tixier had dominated all rounds, Clermont went on to take victory in Germany and stop the dominance of his French compatriot, who had crashed in the final moto. Now Tixier still leads the Championship followed by Lafont and Jaulin. Clermont instead is tenth as he missed the first two rounds of the series; when entering this fifth round he is willing to challenge again Tixier for his second season’s win.
Saturday: EMX 125 Free Practice Group 1 8:05; EMX 125 Free Practice Group 2 8:40; MX2 Free Practice 10:00; MX1 Free Practice 10:45; EMX 125 Pre Qualifying Practice Group 1 11:35; EMX 125 Pre Qualifying Practice Group 2 12:10; MX2 Pre Qualifying Practice 13:35; MX1 Pre Qualifying Practice 14:20; MX2 Qualifying Race 16:05; MX1 Qualifying Race 16:55; EMX 125 Qualifying Race 1 17:45; EMX 125 Qualifying Race 2 18:35;
Sunday: EMX 125 Warm up 8:30; MX2 Warm up 9:00; MX1 Warm up 9:30; EMX 125 Race 1 10:20; MX2 Grand Prix Race 1 12:10; MX1 Grand Prix Race 1 13:10; Airshow 14:30; MX2 Grand Prix Race 2 15:03; MX1 Grand Prix race 2 16:03; EMX 125 Race 2 17:20.