From sun to rain and back the MXGP of Sweden kicked off last Saturday at the long time GP circuit of Uddevalla.
In addition to MXGP and MX2 Saturday’s racing included the first day of EMX125 Presented by FMF Racing where BUD Racing Monster Energy’s Brian Strubhart Moreau won the race and claimed the 2017 championship. Moreau came into the weekend with the championship lead and the deciding moment came when his nearest competitor, Gianluca Facchetti crashed out of the race on the start.
The podium of EMX125. On the left, Mr Eddie Herd, Chairman of FIM Europe Motocross and Snowcross Commission, on the right Mr David Luongo, Youthstream Director. All photos ©Youthstream
On the second day at the start of the race Moreau was 2nd behind Creymert Racing’s Kevin Horgmo who made a mistake on lap 2. After the mistake Horgmo lost the lead to Moreau who led the remaining 12 laps.
Matteo Puccinelli battled early in the race with Team VHR’s Scotty Verhaeghe but the #100 of Verhaeghe wouldn’t hold the position eventually losing the spot to both Andrea Zanotti and Mikkel Haarup. At the race one finish it was Moreau, Horgmo, Puccinelli, Zanotti, and Haarup taking the top five.
On Sunday’s Race 2 Gianluca Facchetti was back at the line after his Saturday crash and started in the lead but would battle with Isak Gifting. Kevin Horgmo was off to another good start in third while the newly crowned champion Moreau started in 9th.
Horgmo worked his way from third to the lead by lap 7 but Haarup and Moreau were the two riders on the move. Haarup who started in 7th ran second behind Hormgo for 4 laps before overtaking the Norwegian with three laps to go. Brian Moreau also passed Horgmo on the same lap to move to second.
Haarup won race 2 ahead of Moreau, Horgmo, Facchetti, and Kini KTM Junior Racing’s Rene Hofer. Moreau’s 1-2 took the overall while Horgmo beat out Haarup for second by one championship point.
The final championship standings where of course led by Brian Moreau and followed by Mikkel Haarup and Gianluca Facchetti.
The Honda 150 European Championship riders tackled difficult conditions on day two at the MXGP of Sweden. A substantial amount of rain fell overnight but the technical circuit made for some excellent racing that had the Swedish fans on their feet.
A good start was extremely important and Lynn Valk managed to acquire that. Valk claimed her second holeshot of the season and logged some noteworthy times early on. Andrea Adamo was lurking though, after taking a good start, and charged into the lead by the end of the first official lap. Adamo was faultless at the head of the field from that point on and eventually established a lead of twelve seconds by the chequered flag.
Chaos ensued behind Adamo, as Lynn Valk fell early on and could only salvage a sixth in the moto. Luis Outeiro, who suffered heartbreak in the first race, claimed second at that point and then did more than enough to hold the position until the end of the race. What happened to Anton Nordstrom-Graaf? The Swedish star was moving forward, after starting in the lower half of the top ten, but fell at the halfway point and then had a substantial amount of work to do. Third was the position that he eventually secured at the chequered flag, which gave him second overall.
Rasmus Moen crossed the line in fourth yet again, which gave him third overall at his home Grand Prix. Toa Kishi did not quite manage to back up the fantastic result that he posted yesterday, as he limped to seventh, but that was still enough to tie on points with Moen in the overall classification. Moen claimed the final spot on the overall podium though, because he had the better result in the second race.
After sweeping the Grand Prix of Sweden, Andrea Adamo is sat atop the series standings again. Anton Nordstrom-Graaf will enter the final round, which will be held in The Netherlands on the second weekend in September, just four points down.
Andrea Adamo said: “I have had a perfect weekend. I have had two good starts and then great races too. I had a good feeling with my bike and on this track. I’m looking forward to the next round! Thanks to my family, friends, team and sponsors”.
Gordon Crockard, Honda Europe Off-Road Manager stated: “Andrea Adamo put on a masterclass; he did not do anything wrong, rode very well and won the race convincingly. His closest challenger was Luis Outeiro, who got himself into second early on. Although Luis was not able to close the gap, Adamo was not pulling away either. Adamo had already established a good lead and did not need to pull away further though. It was good to see Luis get a podium after a difficult race yesterday. Anton Nordstrom-Graaf had difficulty this time around, as he rode half of the race with a flat front tyre. That mixed things up for the overall results. Rasmus Moen had the best race of his year and ended up in third on the podium, but part of me felt that Toa Kishi deserved to get on the podium. Those two tied on points, but Rasmus had a better result in the second race. I think that the results were correct. There was not too much drama, but conditions were very difficult. There were positive performances from all riders”.
Full results on FIM Europe website: http://www.fim-europe.eu/events/432