World MX Title chases continue in Sweden before summer break

World MX Title chases continue in Sweden before summer break

World MX Title chases continue in Sweden before summer break - Photo 1 of 1First 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:

  1. Maximilian Nagl
  2. Antonio Cairoli
  3. 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:

  1. Rui Goncalves
  2. Ken Roczen
  3. Gautier Paulin

2009 MX2 POLEMAN: Rui Goncalves

EMX 125

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.

Troy Lee Designs / Lucas Oil / Honda Team On The Box in Colorado

Troy Lee Designs / Lucas Oil / Honda Team On The Box in Colorado

AMA Motocross – Lakewood, CO

Round six of the Lucas Oil AMA Motocross Nationals marked a milestone for the TLD race team. Ben Townley finally got the monkey off his back by finishing second at the Thunder Valley facility. His result marked the first podium for the team in the premier class and Ben’s first podium on a 450 as well. His teammate Cole Seely had the best finish of his young career with a ninth overall in the 250 class. Tarah Gieger truggled with bad starts and crashes and ended her podium streak with a seventh overall.

In the first 450 moto Ben nearly had the holeshot but settled into second around turn one. Ben lost his front end in a wet turn a couple laps later and would fall back to seventh. He put on a charge to get back to the front and tipped over again in a corner. This fall would really take the kiwi out of his rhythm and he could only get back to sixth at the finish. He was less than pleased with his moto one result. Moto two started with Ben in third place off the start. This time Ben was patient and took his time in the opening laps as he followed Dungey and Short around the course. Ben eventually made a move around Short and opened a comfortable cushion over the fellow Honda rider. BT rode a steady race to the checkers for second and second overall on the day.

Troy Lee Designs / Lucas Oil / Honda Team On The Box in Colorado - Photo 1 of 2

Ben Townley: Kardas

“This feels really good to be up here,” said Townley from the Thunder Valley podium. “It’s been a long time since I’ve been up here and I feel like it has been a long time coming for me. With the injuries I’ve had it has certainly been a long, difficult road and this finish takes a huge weight off my shoulders. I can’t thank the whole Troy Lee Designs/ Lucas Oil/ Honda team enough for their support. We’ve been making progress every weekend and I think things are just going to keep getting better.”

Cole Seely has yet to have the results outdoors that he is capable of. Cole got off to a terrible start in moto one but quickly worked his way into the top ten. Once he got into ninth he was all alone with nobody in front or behind him and he settled into a nice pace for ninth, the best finish of his career. He followed that moto up with another terrible start in moto two. Again, Seely put his head down and started chipping away at the deficit in front of him. He made it to tenth and then tipped over in a rutted corner, losing two spots before he could remount. He charged forward again and made a pass for eleventh only to have that rider cut under him and knock him down again. He made yet another run at his assailant but ran out of time and finished in twelfth and earning ninth overall.

Troy Lee Designs / Lucas Oil / Honda Team On The Box in Colorado - Photo 2 of 2

250 Podium: Kardas

“I feel like I’m definitely making progress,” said Seely. “My fitness hasn’t been where it needs to be but it is definitely coming around. Now I just need to put all the pieces together and get a start, ride hard and hold the pace. I’m looking forward to Red Bud to see if I can continue to improve my results.”

Tarah Gieger started way back in the opening moto of the WMX race. She made a good run to the front and was in third when a crash set her back. She remounted and moved up to fourth at the finish. Moto two looked good as Tarah started in second position. Before she could make a run at the lead she flew off the track at the bottom of the downhill and went down. She made a great run forward only to be knocked down by one of the more aggressive gals in the race. She would only get back to seventh and have to settle for seventh overall.

The team will now head to Red Bud, Michigan for one of the best events of the summer at the Red Bud Track and Trail Facility over the fourth of July. Come by and get a team poster and an autograph from Ben, Tarah and Cole this weekend in Michigan.

Dungey, Pourcel and Patterson Lead Lucas Oil Motocross Championship into RedBud

Lucas Oil Motocross Championship Returns this Saturday to RedBud for July Fourth Weekend Tradition

Dungey, Pourcel Lead the Way While WMX Makes its Debut in Michigan

With five rounds of the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship completed, it appears as though the path to the 2010 450 Class championship will go through Rockstar/Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey. For the fourth consecutive weekend, the red-hot rider from Minnesota grabbed the overall victory, extending his points lead over the field. Now Dungey looks to continue the run as the series heads to Buchanan, Mich., for the legendary Rockstar Energy RedBud National on Saturday, July 3rd, signifying the halfway point of the season.

En route to his overall victory at the Toyota Trucks Thunder Valley National last weekend in Colorado, Dungey grabbed his sixth win over the last eight motos. His advantage over GEICO Powersports Honda’s Brett Metcalfe, the Australian who sits second in the standings, is at 51 points. Various riders have shown the potential to challenge Dungey, including defending champion Chad Reed, Jagermeister KTM’s Mike Alessi, Honda Red Bull Racing’s Andrew Short and Muscle Milk/Toyota/JGR’s Josh Grant, each of whom have grabbed moto wins in 2010. This weekend, those riders and the rest of the premier class field will look to end Dungey’s dominance heading into the year’s second off week.

Through four rounds of competition in the 250 Class, four different winners grabbed the overall victory, but last weekend at Thunder Valley, that streak came to an end when current points leader Christophe Pourcel captured his second overall of the season for Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki. The Frenchman has sat atop the points since the second round of the season and has extended his advantage at every stop since. Last weekend, he secured the first 1-1 performance of the year, but his Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki teammates and fellow overall winners Dean Wilson and Tyla Rattray are keeping Pourcel in their sights. With Rattray hailing from South Africa and Wilson from Scotland (by way of Canada), Independence Day weekend is the perfect time for a top American rider like Trey Canard, Broc Tickle, Blake Wharton, Eli Tomac, or last year’s RedBud winner Jake Weimer to step up and stop the foreign advance in the 250 Class.

One of the biggest storylines heading into RedBud this weekend is the debut of Women’s Motocross Championship. For the first time in the illustrious history of the popular facility, the nation’s fastest females will attack the track and put on a show for the enthusiastic Michigan fans. DNA Shred Stix/Star Racing Yamaha’s Jessica Patterson remains perfect through three rounds of the eight-race championship while defending two-time champion Ashley Fiolek continues to dial in her Honda Red Bull Racing machine. At Thunder Valley, a rough track presented a unique challenge to the women, but Patterson prevailed and is well on her way to a possible sixth championship.

To help commemorate the women’s inaugural Rockwell Watches National from RedBud, track promoters Amy and Tim Ritchie along with MX Sports Pro Racing are inviting the trio of local Michigan natives Fiolek, of Dearborn Heights, Jagermeister KTM’s Sarah Whitmore, of Cheboygan, and Byron Center’s Lindsey Scheltema, the current Miss Arenacross, to participate in Media Day on Thursday, July 1. Patterson, Rock River Yamaha rookie Alexah Pearson and Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Sara Price will also join their peers for the local media and fans in attendance.

RedBud is well known as one of the most popular tracks in the motocross world for riders and fans alike. The vast layout full of spectacular jumps and extremely technical obstacles, in combination with the excitement and tradition of the 4th of July, results in one of the most special motorsports events in the U.S. Adding to the fun is the always impressive LaRocco’s Leap, a 120-foot uphill “triple” jump that serves as the biggest jump in motocross. The immense obstacle is named for local hero and South Bend, Indiana native Mike LaRocco who not only became the first rider to successfully accomplish the feat, but was also an integral part in the construction of the jump.

The Rockstar Energy RedBud National serves as the second of three live races to air on NBC Sports. Coverage of the second 450 Class moto will air at 3:30 p.m. EST. Gates drop at RedBud beginning at 1 p.m. EST on Saturday, July 3. Next-day coverage of the 250 Class can be seen on Sunday at 4 p.m. EST on SPEED.

2010 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship Results

Round 5 of 12 – Toyota Trucks Thunder Valley National

450 Class (Moto Finish)

  1. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki (2-1)
  2. Ben Townley, New Zealand, Honda (6-2)
  3. Brett Metcalfe, Australia, Honda (4-4)
  4. Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Yamaha (1-10)
  5. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda (8-3)
  6. Kyle Regal, Kemp, Texas, Honda (9-6)
  7. Kyle Chisholm, Valrico, Fla., Yamaha (7-8)
  8. Mike Alessi, Victorville, Calif., KTM (12-5)
  9. Chad Reed, Australia, Kawasaki (10-7)
  10. Justin Brayton, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Yamaha (13-9)

450 Class Championship Standings

  1. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki, 218
  2. Brett Metcalfe, Australia, Honda, 167
  3. Chad Reed, Australia, Kawasaki, 160
  4. Mike Alessi, Victorville, Calif., KTM, 154
  5. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda, 153
  6. Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Yamaha, 152
  7. Ben Townley, New Zealand, Honda, 151
  8. Kyle Chisholm, Valrico, Fla., Yamaha, 108
  9. Tommy Hahn, Decatur, Texas, Suzuki, 101
  10. Kyle Regal, Kemp, Texas, Honda, 94

250 Class (Moto Finish)

  1. Christophe Pourcel, France, Kawasaki (1-1)
  2. Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda (3-2)
  3. Dean Wilson, Scotland, Kawasaki (2-3)
  4. Tyla Rattray, South Africa, Kawasaki (4-4)
  5. Blake Wharton, Pilot Point, Texas, Honda (6-5)
  6. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Yamaha (5-6)
  7. Martin Davalos, Ecuador, Yamaha (8-8)
  8. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda (7-9)
  9. Cole Seely, Newbury Park, Calif., Honda (9-12)
  10. Justin Barcia, Ochlocknee, Ga., Honda (16-7)

250 Class Championship Standings

  1. Christophe Pourcel, France, Kawasaki, 219
  2. Dean Wilson, Scotland, Kawasaki, 185
  3. Tyla Rattray, South Africa, Kawasaki, 180
  4. Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda, 162
  5. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Yamaha, 151
  6. Justin Barcia, Ochlocknee, Ga., Honda, 140
  7. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda, 135
  8. Blake Wharton, Pilot Point, Texas, Honda, 112
  9. Martin Davalos, Ecuador, Yamaha, 108
  10. Wil Hahn, Decatur, Texas, Honda, 106

WMX Class (Moto Finish)

  1. Jessica Patterson, Tallahassee, Fla., Yamaha (1-1)
  2. Ashley Fiolek, St. Augustine, Fla., Honda (5-2)
  3. Sara Price, Canyon Lake, Calif., Kawasaki (2-6)
  4. Jacqueline Strong, Sedona, Ariz., Yamaha, (3-5)
  5. Sarah Whitmore, Cheboygan, Mich., KTM (6-4)
  6. Vicki Golden, El Cajon, Calif., Yamaha (9-3)
  7. Tarah Gieger, Winter Gardens, Fla., Honda (4-7)
  8. Alexah Pearson, Rocklin, Calif., Yamaha (8-8)
  9. Mariana Balbi, Brazil, Yamaha (7-13)
  10. Erica Cook, Natalia, Texas, Yamaha (12-9)

WMX Class Championship Standings (After 3 of 8 Rounds)

  1. Jessica Patterson, Tallahassee, Fla., Yamaha, 150
  2. Ashley Fiolek, St. Augustine, Fla., Honda, 124
  3. Tarah Gieger, Winter Gardens, Fla., Honda, 109
  4. Vicki Golden, El Cajon, Calif., Yamaha, 97
  5. Sara Price, Canyon Lake, Calif., Kawasaki, 88
  6. Mariana Balbi, Brazil, Yamaha, 78
  7. Sarah Whitmore, Cheboygan, Mich., KTM 72
  8. Jacqueline Strong, Sedona, Ariz., Yamaha, 71
  9. Alexah Pearson, Rocklin, Calif., Yamaha, 70
  10. Tatum Sik, Temecula, Calif., Yamaha, 68

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Bobryshev looking to go one better in Sweden

This weekend the World Championship heads to Uddevalla, Sweden for Round 10 of what is developing into a very interesting season for all those aboard the CRF450R. It has been a busy few weeks and this weekend’s GP marks the third in as many weeks in what is a frantic part of the season before the summer break in July.

CAS Honda rider Evgeny Bobryshev will be looking to go one better than in Latvia, where he narrowly missed out on the overall podium, finishing in 4th position after a 2nd in the first moto and a 4th place finish in the second moto. The hard-charging Russian has positioned himself as top Honda rider in the last two Grand Prix Teutschenthal and Kegums and has acquired many admirers in recent weeks due to his exploits on track. Bobryshev affectionately known as ‘Bobby’ within the paddock has developed into a real threat for race wins in the second half of the season. He set the fastest lap of the weekend in MX1 in Latvia and led the first moto for nearly 30mins before eventually succumbing to Desalle’s challenge. An overall of 4th place last time out does not seem fair given how well the CAS man was riding, but it is tough at the top and you need to be on your game for every minute you are on track when you are up against guys like Antonio Cairoli and Clement Des alle. What is sure is that the rest of the field will now be looking out for ‘Bobby’ as he begins to show his full potential and push for wins in the coming motos.

Honda Racing MX Martin rider Jimmy Albertson will be looking to continue his new found vein of consistency in Sweden this weekend. A technical problem in the second moto in Latvia was an annoying disruption to what had been a positive weekend for the rookie American. ‘Albee’ was riding really well all weekend and showed good pace in every session. It was only during the 35min +2 lap motos that the lack of race fitness due to several injuries in the mid season – began to tell. He will now be looking to step up his training regime in the upcoming summer break and continue the push to become a regular resident of the top 10 in the remaining part of the season.

LS Motors Honda riders Tanel Leok and Davide Guarneri will both be looking to re-assert themselves on the Championship after plateauing in recent weeks. An overall finish of 8th and 9th respectively in Latvia is by no means a bad result but both LS riders have set high standards this season and have consistently showed that they have the potential to run top 5 at each GP and challenge for podiums and event race wins. A podium would be a great way sign-out for the summer break and it is definitely in reach for both if they can get all elements of the weekend to tie together.

CAS Honda rider Gareth Swanepoel has been put in the shade somewhat by his Russian team mate of late but the South African has been quietly going about his business and has begun to challenge for a regular top 10 slot. If he can iron out some inconsistencies in his recent performances then he may well begin to steal back some of the limelight from his impressive counterpart.

It promises to be another enthralling weekend’s competition at the hybrid technical Uddevalla track that combines loose sections with hard-pack. Check back in with us over the weekend for Qualifying and Race reports.

Tanel Leok, LS Motors Honda

It has been a busy week with my grandpa’s memorial race in Somerpalu, Estonia on Tuesday. But the races there are much shorter than at Grand Prix level so they have not taken too much out of me. I am looking to get back up the front in Sweden and hopefully I am past my recent run of bad luck and poor starts. I look forward to it.

Jimmy Albertson, Honda Racing MX Martin

I am looking forward to Sweden for sure. The tracks are way gnarlier over here and get a lot rougher than they do back home (USA). That is something I am getting used to and I am sure it will be the same in Uddevalla from what I have heard. I am also looking forward to the summer break after Sweden as well as I want to get testing and get some more time on the bike to try a few things out.

Davide Guarneri, LS Motors Honda

I have raced many times in Sweden and the track is really nice. I hope they have not modified it too much because the standard layout is good. It is usually slippery and my style is perhaps not best suited to slippery surfaces but we will see. I am hoping for good weather as this will allow a good race.

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