Round seven of this year’s motocross World Championship visited the Västra Götaland County town of Uddevalla, Sweden this weekend.
The beaches of Uddevalla are filled with seashells and Uddevalla has one of the largest shell-banks in the world. The picturesque natural circuit is littered with gravel, stones and shells making it a rare hard-pack track that also soaks through surface water making it an (almost) all-weather circuit.
Fresh from his World Championship win last weekend in Imola, HRC’s Tim Gajser blasted off to a great start in race one – rounding lap one in second place, but a small crash in a slow-speed turn ended his chances of the race win. Team Honda SR Motoblouz’s Jeremy Van Horebeek had a great race, pushing hard to crawl his way up from 12th on lap one up to fifth at the finish.
Gajser’s MX2 teammate Calvin Vlaanderen had a solid first race – starting in fifth place and finishing in fifth. Mathys Boisramé of Team Honda RedMoto Assomotor battled hard throughout the race to climb his way from ninth on lap one to seventh at the finish.
MX2 race two saw four Hondas within the top 13 at the finish with Calvin Vlaanderen taking his CRF250RW to the top step of the podium and second overall. Meanwhile, Honda 114 Motorsports Mitch Evans and Zach Pichon had good days out with seventh and 14th overall respectively and Mathys Boisramé of Team Honda RedMoto Assomotor finished the day in ninth overall and 23 valuable points into his account.
Meanwhile in MXGP race two HRC’s Tim Gajser hit turn one in second and locked himself into a 14 lap battle, eventually taking over the lead goon to lap 15 where he remained until the finish.
Team Honda SR Motoblouz’s Jeremy Van Horebeek backed up his race one fifth with another brave charge through the pack from 10th on lap one to finish the race in 7th rewarding the tough Belgian with a solid fifth overall on his CRF450R.
Team Honda RedMoto Assomotor’s Stephen Rubini began the weekend 11 points adrift of the EMX250 European Championship lead In the EMX250 class, but had a challenging start to the weekend with a small crash in race one and mounting a mammoth fightback from eight on lap 11 to third place at the finish. Another average start in race two meant that Rubini had it all to do as he threw his CRF250R up to second place at the finish, giving him the overall win – only six points adrift of the championship title.