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. 

Tim Gajser

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Overall I was quite happy with the weekend. In the first moto I had a solid start and was in second place, but then I made a mistake and two guys passed me. It was really difficult to pass them back but I was able to finish in third. The second moto went a lot better, with another good start putting me in second once again. My riding was good and I was feeling comfortable but I didn’t want to pass him too early in the race because I saw that we had a good pace and I didn’t want to give him any lines. Then with five laps from the end, I made a push to pass him and I made it happen, immediately pulling out a gap. I could then see the battle behind and I could see the battle for second, so I knew when Glenn passed Pauls that I would finish second overall. Still, it was a good performance and I’m happy with the day.

Team HRC – MXGP
Jeremy Van Horebeek

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My speed was really good this weekend. I rode the 2020 CRF450R and bike really suited me well - and I enjoyed riding it. It’s been a really good weekend with another top five. In fact in the last five GPs we’ve been in the top five three times, so I’m really pleased and let’s see how this journey continues.

Honda SR Motoblouz
Calvin Vlaanderen

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It’s definitely a good weekend for me again and since my injury I think I’ve been top five in every single overall so that’s quite cool too. Also at the beginning of the season I was tied-third a couple of times so I think I’ve had a really consistent season, if not for the injury. Today was good day though, even if I was struggling a bit in the first moto. I felt much more comfortable yesterday in the qualification race whereas today in race one I was fighting the track. The second moto I felt better and I passed a couple of guys in the first lap to move into third which made things easier. Then the two guys in front made mistakes which I was able to capitalise upon and take another moto win. Now I want to keep this form going and finish off these last two rounds at the same high standard.

Team HRC – MX2
Mitchell Evans

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I had an outside gate pick for the Qualifying Race so I decided to let everyone go and cut up the inside and I did that in both races today as-well.

On Saturday I had the speed of most other riders in the first couple of laps, but I struggled a little find a flow. I finally found my flow and maintained my positions in the races.

On Sunday I felt a lot stronger. My eye was in the race a lot more today and I really wanted to be out there. I was enjoying the track because it was rougher and more technical, so it was a good day overall and I was able to hold my position well in the races.

Team Honda 114 Motorsports
Stephen Rubini

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It as the last round of the European Championship this weekend and I was really motivated o try to win the championship. I had a pretty good free an timed practice - then in the first race I had a pretty good Strat and tried to push towards the front, but then made a stupid mistake and had a small crash. I got back on the bike I gave everything I had. I was a really crazy race with the scary moments and I eventually finished in third place.

In race two on Sunday I also used very hard. I had a good start and made my way through to second place which meant that I won the GP overall. Of course I’m disappointed to not win the title for myself and Honda, but happy to win the last round and I will come back stronger for sure.

Team Honda RedMoto Assomotor
Gordon Crockard

Gordon Crockard

Honda Europe Off-Road Manager

In the EMX250 class it was great to see Team Honda RedMoto Assomotor’s Stephen Rubini win the overall - a win we know that both he and the bike are always capable of. Unfortunately, his crash at the previous round in Lommel cost him the overall EMX250 Championship by just six points.

Congratulations to HRC’s Calvin Vlaanderen for winning race two, giving him second overall in the MX2 class - and it was great to see Mitch Evans returning to form with 10th and 7th places for seventh overall.

Mathys Boisramé also faired well in the MX2 class with his seventh in race one and 12th in race two, which put him in 9th overall on his Team Honda RedMoto Assomotor CRF250R.

Also worth a mention is; in race one we had five Hondas in the top 20. And four Hondas in the top 13 in race two. Great to see our bikes and riders performing well for the Swedish fans.

In the MXGP class Tim Gajser had another good day with second overall after winning race two. And Team Honda SR Motoblouz’s Jeremy Van Horebeek battled hard all weekend to secure fifth overall. Good to note also was that Jeremy was riding a 2020 CRF450R straight from the showroom floor with his own suspension setting and exhaust. A great first outing for next years’s production bike - racing at World Championship level.

The final two rounds of the World Championship takes us to first to Turkey; and then onto China, where we’ll all be hoping for more MX2 and MXGP success for Honda in the last races of the 2019 season.

Honda Motor Europe
GP of Sweden

Uddevalla, Sweden

MXGP 2019, Round 16

Sunny / 24
Sunday 25 Aug 2019, 15:53 UTC
  • Track Condition: Hard Pack
  • Air Temp: 24°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Tim Gajser 243 SLO 25 Team HRC – MXGP Honda 34.44.502
2 Glenn Coldenhoff 259 NDL 22 Standing Construct KTM KTM +04.820
3 Pauls Jonass 41 LAT 20 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +06.741
4 Jeffrey Herlings 84 NDL 18 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +16.320
5 Jeremy Seewer 91 SWI 16 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +18.792
6 Arnaud Tonus 4 SWI 15 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +29.379
7 Jeremy Van Horebeek 89 BEL 14 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda +33.891
8 Gautier Paulin 21 FRA 13 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +36.572
9 Kevin Strijbos 22 BEL 12 JWR Yamaha Racing Yamaha +38.461
10 Tommy Searle 100 GBR 11 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +42.154
11 Jordi Tixier 911 FRA 10 Team VHR KTM +52.484
12 Arminas Jasikonis 27 LTU 9 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +57.614
13 Vsevolod Brylyakov 18 RUS 8 JWR Yamaha Racing Yamaha +58.629
14 Micha-Boy De Waal 34 NDL 7 Hutten Metaal Yamaha Racing Yamaha +1.07.271
15 Anthony Rodriguez 127 VEN 6 Hutten Metaal Yamaha Racing Yamaha +1.12.871
16 Anton Gole 297 SWE 5 JWR Yamaha Racing Yamaha +1.15.341
17 Tom Koch 226 GER 4 KTM Sarholz Racing Team KTM +1.20.097
18 Petar Petrov 152 BUL 3 North Europe Racing KTM +1.42.261
19 Tanel Leok 7 EST 2 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna +1 Lap
20 Shaun Simpson 24 GBR 1 RFX KTM Racing KTM +1 Lap
Sunny / 24
Sunday 25 Aug 2019, 15:33 UTC
  • Track Condition: Hard Pack
  • Air Temp: 24°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Glenn Coldenhoff 259 NDL 25 Standing Construct KTM KTM 34.53.626
2 Romain Febvre 461 FRA 22 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +01.070
3 Tim Gajser 243 SLO 20 Team HRC – MXGP Honda +07.239
4 Pauls Jonass 41 LAT 18 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +17.369
5 Jeremy Van Horebeek 89 BEL 16 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda +36.305
6 Gautier Paulin 21 FRA 15 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +45.441
7 Jeremy Seewer 91 SWI 14 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +49.112
8 Tommy Searle 100 GBR 13 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +53.522
9 Kevin Strijbos 22 BEL 12 JWR Yamaha Racing Yamaha +55.459
10 Arminas Jasikonis 27 LTU 11 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +58.189
11 Alessandro Lupino 77 ITA 10 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki +1.00.542
12 Arnaud Tonus 4 SWI 9 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +1.07.498
13 Anton Gole 297 SWE 8 JWR Yamaha Racing Yamaha +1.08.602
14 Shaun Simpson 24 GBR 7 RFX KTM Racing KTM +1.10.220
15 Micha-Boy De Waal 34 NDL 6 Hutten Metaal Yamaha Racing Yamaha +1.11.656
16 Vsevolod Brylyakov 18 RUS 5 JWR Yamaha Racing Yamaha +1.19.570
17 Jordi Tixier 911 FRA 4 Team VHR KTM +1.24.863
18 Petar Petrov 152 BUL 3 North Europe Racing KTM +1.33.539
19 Anthony Rodriguez 127 VEN 2 Hutten Metaal Yamaha Racing Yamaha +1.40.384
20 Tanel Leok 7 EST 1 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna +1.42.936
Rider Standings
Sunday, 25 Aug 2019 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Tim GAJSER 243 SLO 709 Team HRC – MXGP Honda
2 Jeremy SEEWER 91 SWI 511 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
3 Gautier PAULIN 21 FRA 468 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha
4 Glenn COLDENHOFF 259 NDL 446 Standing Construct KTM KTM
5 Arnaud TONUS 4 SWI 443 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha
6 Arminas JASIKONIS 27 LTU 397 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
7 Pauls JONASS 41 LAT 390 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
8 Romain FEBVRE 461 FRA 384 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
9 Jeremy VAN HOREBEEK 89 BEL 377 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda
10 Antonio CAIROLI 222 ITA 358 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
11 Max ANSTIE 99 GBR 256 Standing Construct KTM KTM
12 Ivo MONTICELLI 128 ITA 212 Standing Construct KTM KTM
13 Clement DESALLE 25 BEL 208 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki
14 Brian BOGERS 189 NDL 190 Team HRC – MXGP Honda
15 Julien LIEBER 33 BEL 184 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki
16 Tanel LEOK 7 EST 175 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna
17 Shaun SIMPSON 24 GBR 164 RFX KTM Racing KTM
18 Tommy SEARLE 100 GBR 163 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki
19 Jordi TIXIER 911 FRA 141 Team VHR KTM
20 Alessandro LUPINO 77 ITA 141 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki
21 Kevin STRIJBOS 22 BEL 113 JWR Yamaha Racing Yamaha
22 Vsevolod BRYLYAKOV 18 RUS 83 JWR Yamaha Racing Yamaha
23 Jeffrey HERLINGS 84 NDL 75 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
24 Benoit PATUREL 6 FRA 65 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki
25 Anton GOLE 297 SWE 44 JWR Yamaha Racing Yamaha
26 Micha-Boy DE WAAL 34 NDL 35 Hutten Metaal Yamaha Racing Yamaha
27 Petar PETROV 152 BUL 34 North Europe Racing KTM
28 Lewis STEWART AUS 29
29 Andero LUSBO 621 EST 29 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna
30 Samuele BERNARDINI 321 ITA 25 Ghidinelli Racing Team Yamaha
31 Tom KOCH 226 GER 24 KTM Sarholz Racing Team KTM
32 Adam COLES 227 AUS 22 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
33 Harri KULLAS 151 EST 19 Wildcard Rider Honda
34 Jeffrey DEWULF 212 BEL 18 North Europe Racing KTM
35 Jose BUTRON 17 SPA 16 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM
36 Anthony RODRIGUEZ 127 VEN 14 Hutten Metaal Yamaha Racing Yamaha
37 Valentin GUILLOD 13 SWI 14 Wildcard Rider Honda
38 Bruno DARIAS VAPANEN 251 SPA 13 Wildcard Rider KTM
39 Sven VAN DER MIERDEN 94 NDL 13 Hutten Metaal Yamaha Racing Yamaha
40 Jordi VAN NOBELEN 131 NDL 13 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
41 Aldi LAZARONI 110 IDN 10 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
42 Farhan HENDRA 162 IDN 10 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
43 Joel MILESEVIC 626 AUS 9 Wildcard Rider KTM
44 Pascal RAUCHENECKER 760 AUT 6 Wildcard Rider KTM
45 Lars VAN BERKEL 107 NDL 6 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
46 Dean FERRIS 111 AUS 6 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
47 Gert KRESTINOV 37 EST 3 Wildcard Rider Kawasaki
48 Joaquin POLI 179 ARG 3 Wildcard Rider Honda
49 Madjade NAKPANE 244 TGO 1 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
50 Klemen GERCAR 62 SLO 1 62 MotoSport Husqvarna
51 Juan Pablo LUZZARDI 171 ARG 1 Wildcard Rider KTM
52 Jetro SALAZAR 220 ECU 1 Wildcard Rider Honda