News 1 Jul 2010

World MX: KTM's Cairoli and Musquin lead into Swedish GP

Cairoli leads into Sweden, but he hasn't won since Glen Helen.

Cairoli leads into Sweden, but he hasn't won since Glen Helen.

After visiting Germany and then Latvia in recent weeks, the FIM Motocross World Championship is now heading to Sweden for the third Grand Prix in three weeks this weekend.

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 just won his second grand prix of the season, Rockstar Teka Suzuki World MX1’s Clement 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 David Philippaerts has seen Steve 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 Max 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.

Ken 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.

Having shocked the world with a solid fourth place overall in Kegums, Russian Evgeny Bobryshev will now try again to take his maiden grand prix podium.

Last year’s MX2 Swedish Grand Prix winner Rui Gonçalves 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.

MX2 World 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 star 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 Ken Roczen 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 Jeffrey 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’ Steven 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.

American Zach Osborne remained fifth in the championship despite a tough outing in Kegums, where he crashed and struggled to recover. Shaun Simpson completes the top six behind the Bike-It Cosworth Yamaha UK rider with just three points separating the two.