This weekend the FIM Motocross World Championship travels to Sweden to celebrate the tenth Grand Prix of the season on the beautiful and natural track of Uddevalla. Antonio Cairoli and Jeffrey Herlings will race the Swedish Grand Prix as the leaders of the MX1 and MX2 series, but the red plate holder of the EMX250 European Championship Valentin Guillod will also be present in Uddevalla because this weekend the Swedish track will also host the third round of the series.
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Antonio Cairoli is travelling to Sweden after having missed the overall victory on his home turf but he is still leading the MX1 standings with 51 points advantage over Gautier Paulin. The Italian does not really have very good memories from Uddevalla, as it was in the Swedish track where Cairoli got two DNF’s last year and lost the red plate from the likes of Desalle. However, the red plate holder is determined to leave the past aside and go back home with another Grand Prix victory.
Kawasaki Racing Team’s Gautier Paulin finished seventh last year in Uddevalla, but he will be one of the clear favourites to fight for the overall victory this weekend especially after having beaten Cairoli in Italy two weeks ago. Gautier Paulin is the youngest in the MX1 class, but he has been the most consistent rider together with Cairoli and he keeps on making significant improvements every weekend.
Rockstar Energy Suzuki World’s Clement Desalle left Maggiora with a bittersweet feeling, as he won the first race of the Italian Grand Prix, but he got a DNF in the second heat due to a mechanic problem. The Belgian rider has had some time to have the good feelings back and this weekend he is determined to give it all to repeat his 2012 overall victory in the Swedish track.
Fifteen points behind the Belgian there is his compatriot Ken De Dycker, who was back on the podium in Maggiora and obtained some valuable points to get closer to the top three riders of the MX1 class. After the Italian round, the Red Bull KTM Racing rider had some days off before he started training really hard again to be back on the podium this weekend in Uddevalla.
Rockstar Energy Suzuki World’s Kevin Strijbos finished on the third step of the podium last year in Uddevalla, so he might be riding for the top five positions again this weekend or even for a podium finish. The Belgian rider is currently fifth in the MX1 point standings but Tommy Searle is just five points behind him.
Looking at Tommy Searle’s progress in his rookie season in the MX1 class, there is a significant improvement in this second half of the season and his maiden MX1 podium finish seems to be closer than ever. Another rider that is looking forward to finishing on the podium this year is Max Nagl; the German had some difficulties in the beginning of the season, but in the last
Grand Prix he has proved that he has the speed to be riding among the top five riders of the MX1 class.
Jeremy Van Horebeek started the second half of the season riding with the top five riders of the MX1 class, so he is another contender for a podium finish either this weekend or in the Grand Prix to come. Currently, the Belgian rider is eighth in the point standings and Rui Gonçalves and David Philippaerts are completing the top ten.
Steven Frossard will be back riding his Monster Energy Yamaha machine this weekend, as his knee injury was not as serious as it was thought in the beginning. The French rider has only taken part in the first two Grand Prix of the season, so he is looking forward to racing again even if he knows that his adaptation period will not be easy.