GP of Sweden 4th of July 2010

A steel blue sky and summer temperatures close to 30° C awaited the GP riders in Sweden on Saturday. However conditions had changed dramatically in Uddevalla -in the south-west of Sweden – on a race day. The result was a gloomy look: gray, rainy and barely 15 degrees. So long for a fast and dry rack and… bikini-clad fans.

Former Dutch and Italian MX1 champion Tanel Leok had posted the fastest time during free practice time. Tanel came incredibly close to repeating that feat in the pre-qualifying session, but he came up 5 (!) Hundredths of a second short on Xavier Boog. Unfortunately ‘the Estonian Express’ could not exploit his speed in the qualifying race because he already crashed at the start and pulled out of the race. After a mediocre start teammate Guarneri made good progress and qualified as sixth.

In the first moto Davide grabbed a great start rounding the first corner second behind triple world champion Cairoli. Guarneri did a great job holding onto second but after seven laps he had to let Desalle by. Although Philippaerts put the pressure on for third after that, the LS Motors Honda rider responded perfectly by posting another fast lap. A mistake in the ninth lap would prove costly for Guarneri. He crashed and damaged his clutch lever and was forced to retire. Team mate Leok didn’t have Lady Luck on his side either. Gated on the outside Tanel still managed a good start, but electrical problems almost immediately after the start threw a spanner in the works. Leok’s bike cut out four times in the first lap and he was forced to give up.

As the gate dropped for the second heat Guarneri -author of the fastest lap in moto 1- again made a name for himself in the MX1 class. Davide was running at a strong pace in fourth chasing fellow Honda rider Bobryshev. On lap 14 Guarneri, who was 5th at that point- lost traction and hit the deck hard. In spite of a sore shoulder and a broken clutch lever he could continue. The CRF450R with the number 39 still managed to collect seven precious World Championship points. Once again Tanel Leok had huge task ahead of him starting from the unfavorable 29th position on the grid. Step by step, however, the Estonian Express made his way through the pack. Tanel battled to 18th place after the opening lap and was circulating in 12th spot by half race distance. Leok finally ended up in ninth, finishing barely two seconds behind David Philippaerts.

Despite a disappointing Swedish GP the Honda Europe supported LS Motors-Honda outfit enters the summer break with both riders firmly inside the top ten and one GP victory (Tanel Leok in Bellpuig) on their tally. In the Belgian MX Pro Series Davide Guarneri and Tanel Leok are respectively second and third.

Tanel Leok (12rd overall)

“More crazy luck for me. The Heat race did not go well on Saturday and it meant that it was again difficult to get good starts. Anyway I must have been around seventh at the start of the first race, which wasn’t bad, but I crashed in a high berm of one of the first corners because the bike stopped. It was hard to come back from a worse start in the second moto and the track had changed quite a bit. The lines were different and it took me time at racing speed to find the best way. At the end I felt good.”

Davide Guarneri (17th overall)

“This should have been a race in which I made a lot of points on the others but I ended up losing them. I was really fast in the first moto and ran second for six or seven laps and then was fighting for a bit with Philippaerts. I made the fastest lap but then had a small crash that bent the clutch lever the other way. It was hard to restart the bike and I had to retire. In the second moto the start wasn’t as good as the first but also not so bad. I was fourth for many laps until I made another mistake and broke the clutch lever again but this time it was easier to get the bike into gear. For sure I was slower after that because riding without a clutch on that track was difficult.”

Moto 1 MX1 GP of Sweden?

1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 39:45.425; ; 2. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), +0:04.040; 3. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), +0:06.051; 4. Steve Ramon (BEL, Suzuki), +0:07.916; 5. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:30.542; 6. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM), +0:32.808; 7. Gareth Swanepoel (RSA, Honda), +1:00.576; 8. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki), +1:01.791; 9. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), +1:03.015; 10. Anthony Boissiere (FRA, TM), +1:17.633; 11. Joshua Coppins (NZL, Aprilia), +1:29.087; 12. Rui Goncalves (POR, KTM), +1:33.861; 13. Tom Söderström (SWE, Yamaha), +1:38.189; 14. Manuel Priem (BEL, Aprilia), +1:40.824; 15. Günter Schmidinger (AUT, Suzuki), +1:43.039; 16. Matthias Walkner (AUT, KTM), +1:46.100; 17. Yentel Martens (BEL, KTM), +1:49.576; 18. Loic Leonce (FRA, Suzuki), -1 lap(s); 19. Matteo Bonini (ITA, Yamaha), -1 lap(s); 20. Kevin Wouts (BEL, Kawasaki), -1 lap(s); DNF Davide Guarneri (ITA, Honda), -12 lap(s); DNF Tanel Leok (EST, Honda), -21 lap(s);

Moto 2 MX1 GP of Sweden?

1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 39:13.172; ; 2. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), +0:02.543; 3. Steve Ramon (BEL, Suzuki), +0:04.460; 4. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:12.697; 5. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:13.589; 6. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM), +0:23.023; 7. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki), +0:32.242; 8. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), +0:50.995; 9. Tanel Leok (EST, LS Motors-Honda), +0:53.035; 10. Rui Goncalves (POR, KTM), +1:01.965; 11. Joshua Coppins (NZL, Aprilia), +1:09.636; 12. Gareth Swanepoel (RSA, Honda), +1:11.183; 13. Nicolas Aubin (FRA, Kawasaki), +1:30.517; 14. Davide Guarneri (ITA, LS Motors-Honda), +1:41.789; 15. Günter Schmidinger (AUT, Suzuki), +1:49.360; 16. Kevin Wouts (BEL, Kawasaki), -1 lap(s); 17. Tom Söderström (SWE, Yamaha), -1 lap(s); 18. Matteo Bonini (ITA, Yamaha), -1 lap(s); 19. Rickard Sandberg (SWE, Kawasaki), -1 lap(s); 20. Matthias Walkner (AUT, KTM), -1 lap(s);

GP of Sweden classification?

1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 50 points 2. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), 44 p.; 3. Steve Ramon (BEL, Suzuki), 38 p.; 4. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), 34 p.; 5. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), 33 p.; 6. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM), 30 p.; 7. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), 28 p.; 8. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki), 27 p.; 9. Gareth Swanepoel (RSA, Honda), 23 p.; 10. Rui Goncalves (POR, KTM), 20 p.; 11. Joshua Coppins (NZL, Aprilia), 20 p.; 12. Tanel Leok (EST,LS Motors- Honda), 12 p.; 13. Günter Schmidinger (AUT, Suzuki), 12 p.; 14. Tom Söderström (SWE, Yamaha), 12 p.; 15. Anthony Boissiere (FRA, TM), 11 p.; 16. Nicolas Aubin (FRA, Kawasaki), 8 p.; 17. Davide Guarneri (ITA, LS Motors-Honda), 7 p.; 18. Manuel Priem (BEL, Aprilia), 7 p.; 19. Kevin Wouts (BEL, Kawasaki), 6 p.; 20. Matthias Walkner (AUT, KTM), 6 p.; 21. Matteo Bonini (ITA, Yamaha), 5 p.; 22. Yentel Martens (BEL, KTM), 4 p.; 23. Loic Leonce (FRA, Suzuki), 3 p.; 24. Rickard Sandberg (SWE, Kawasaki), 2 p.;

MX1 standings after 10 GP’s

1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 434 points; 2. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), 367 p.; 3. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), 331 p.; 4. Steve Ramon (BEL, Suzuki), 315 p.; 5. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM), 306 p.; 6. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), 276 p.; 7. Ken de Dycker (BEL, Yamaha), 269 p.; 8. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), 223 p.; 9. Tanel Leok (EST, LS Motors-Honda), 219 p.; 10. Davide Guarneri (ITA, LS Motors-Honda), 196 p.; 11. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki), 161 p.; 12. Gareth Swanepoel (RSA, Honda), 149 p.; 13. Anthony Boissiere (FRA, TM), 145 p.; 14. Joshua Coppins (NZL, Aprilia), 140 p.; 15. Rui Goncalves (POR, KTM), 124 p.; 16. Sebastien Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), 92 p.; 17. Jimmy Albertson (USA, Honda), 82 p.; 18. Nicolas Aubin (FRA, Kawasaki), 57 p.; 19. Jonathan Barragan (ESP, Kawasaki), 56 p.; 20. Cedric Soubeyras (FRA, KTM), 49 p.

NEXT RACE: The LS Motors-Honda squad races their highly regarded domestic MX Pro series next weekend when the third round is scheduled in Tongeren-Berg


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