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2014 MXGP - Grand Prix of Sweden
Posted by: newsla on Jul 07, 2014 - 03:55 PM
2014 MXGP - Grand Prix of Sweden

No stopping Van Horebeek: Podium number eleven falls in Sweden
The success trail continued for Jeremy Van Horebeek at a warm and stuffy Uddevalla today as he finished runner-up in the Grand Prix of Sweden. From the twelve rounds of the premier MXGP class of the FIM Motocross World Championship so far the Yamaha Factory Racing star has used his works YZ450FM to add eleven consecutive trophies to his shelf back in Belgium. The sloping and fast inclines of Uddevalla provided the latest setting for JVH to demonstrate his smooth and rapid synergy with the Yamaha as 21,000 people (weekend figure) looked on.


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The Italian crew rolled into a busy paddock at Uddevalla well accustomed to the set-up of a site that has been a regular on the Grand Prix schedule since the beginning of the century. The team found an altered layout however with the direction of the track reversed, duly adjusted jumps and a brand new start area and fast first turn. The changes gave the time-honoured circuit a ‘refresh’ but the frustratingly varied Swedish dirt offered no surprises. In places the surface was slippery and unpredictable. In others it was treacherously bumpy and rough. The ground forced some experimentation with set-up and Van Horebeek was quickly in tune with the new challenge thanks to the fastest lap-time in Timed Practice on Saturday.

Setting off from fifth place in the gate on Sunday he charged as hard as he could to register third position. It was a result taken from an intense stalk with countryman Clement Desalle and Kevin Strijbos with Steven Frossard also for company and involved an energetic and difficult trawl through the Uddevalla ruts. In the second moto Van Horebeek tweaked the set-up of his YZ450F and was a quicker and more consistent threat at the front, keeping within reach of Antonio Cairoli and comfortably ahead of Max Nagl.

Van Horebeek has now totalled 482 points this season. Meaning second position in the championship and a deficit of 45 to Cairoli in first place while retaining a gap of 12 over Clement Desalle who is next in the list and crashed out of the second moto in Sweden.

DP19 Yamaha Racing’s David Philippaerts posted seventh overall at Uddevalla. The Italian took his YZ450F to tenth and seventh positions in the two motos. His tenth place was gained despite losing a protracted tussle with Max Nagl in the first sprint and he rode solidly inside the top ten in Moto2. The former world champion has now risen up to eighth in the MXGP standings. Meanwhile Bike it Yamaha Cosworth’s Rui Gonçalves was ill coming into the Grand Prix. The Portuguese did not score any points in the first moto but started well and circulated to eleventh in the second race.

The 2014 MXGP schedule is heading to the end of its central European-based phase. Grands Prix in Finland, Czech Republic and Belgium remain over the course of the next month – beginning with the trip to the shallow sand and loam of Hyvinkaa this week – before races in Brazil and Mexico finish the FIM Motocross World Championship schedule in September.

Jeremy Van Horebeek

“It was difficult today and normally I like this track because the type of ground suits my style. I don't know what happened in the first moto. I was fighting with myself and the bike and it did not go the way I wanted. I had to be happy that I still finished third. We sat together with the team to make some changes for the second moto and they worked because I could be really smooth and fast and we’re here on the podium again. We still have a lot of races ahead this year but I’m proud of what I am doing so far.”
Jeremy Van Horebeek

David Philippaerts
“I’m very happy because I didn't like the track at all; it was very hard with long bumpy lines. Today was pretty good anyway and it is good that now I’ve been in the top ten for four races. This is important for the championship and also for my position; to be a top ten rider in the world with a private team is great for me. We will now focus for Finland which will be another difficult one: sandy and bumpy.”

Rui Gonçalves
“One weekend soon I will be able to be 100% fit and healthy! Tough day today and I knew it would be like that coming here feeling sick. I just tried to do the best I could and the second moto was again something we can look on to take away from this.”

Charlier keeps top ten momentum in MX2, Kouwenberg takes first EMX win
The Grand Prix of Sweden was the stage for Yamaha Factory Racing’s Christophe Charlier to continue his path back to the top of the MX2 division of the FIM Motocross World Championship. The Corsican claimed a moto victory at the popular Uddevalla circuit almost twelve months ago and on this occasion – for the twelve meeting of the year – he took his YZ250FM to ninth overall around the pebbly and slippery terrain.

Charlier was competing in his second GP in a row since coming back from minor knee surgery and upon the type of terrain that the former European Champion relishes. His bright start and victory in 2013 was on his mind rolling into the paddock on Friday…even if the Uddevalla course had changed significantly with a different direction of the layout and a new start straight complex.

Using the power of the YZ250FM Christophe was in the mix. In the first moto he passed Jose Butron and weathered some discomfort in his left knee to grab seventh position; his highest finish of the season so far. Overtaking was far from easy around the Swedish curves and climbs and Charlier maintained a risk-free and constant approach to again breach the top ten and take eighth place in the second race.

Bike it Yamaha Cosworth’s Max Anstie clocked yet more race mileage in his development programme with the YZ250F. The Briton was ninth in the first moto and although he suffered a technical DNF in the second placed fourteenth in the final MX2 listing, one place behind Kemea Yamaha Racing’s Petar Petrov. The Bulgarian managed a 13/13 scorecard at Uddevalla and was not assisted by his starting position of 26th place that came about due to a crash in Saturday’s qualification heat. Team-mate Luke Styke had some sprightly starts but could only take a nineteenth in the second moto after stopping in the first.

Uddevalla was the setting for the fifth round of seven in the European EMX250 Championship; Grand Prix racing’s feeder series and Nick Kouwenberg rode to a superb second moto victory on Saturday with his YZ250F. It was the first of the season for the Dutch youngster and contributed to a memorable first podium result – third overall – in this highly competitive racing category.

Yamaha’s MX2 line-up have just a few days to recuperate before the Grand Prix of Finland at Hyvinkaa will represent round thirteen of seventeen in the MXGP programme. The shallow and hard sand of the venue close to Helsinki will host a GP for the second year in succession.

Christophe Charlier
“I feel good about today but I can see that my physical condition for the full races needs to get better. I felt like I was coming up a bit short today and the track was difficult and hard for passing. I didn’t start well and here it was really important to get this part of the motos right.”

Max Anstie
“There is not much we can say at the moment. The guys in this team are working day and night and unbelievably hard and we are just going through the process. There is definitely some frustration that we cannot get back to the front at the moment but the bike is feeling faster and better all the time. We just need to get the teething troubles out of the way. We’ll keep on keeping on.”

Petar Petrov
“The crash in the qualifying race ruined my entire weekend because I had a bad gate pick for the races on Sunday. This resulted in two bad starts and on this track those were key. The track was fast and very hard to pass. I came back to 13th overall but I’m not happy at all with this. I look forward to Finland now. There we’ll have a sand track and I can’t wait to go to Hyvinkaa.”

Luke Styke
“I had a great start in the first moto but at the end of the first lap I felt something happening to my bike. I didn’t feel comfortable but when I got back in the truck the mechanics couldn’t find anything. So it was a pity I couldn’t really get an advantage from that good start. In the second moto I got another good start and I managed to keep 12th position for a big part of the race. Towards the end some faster riders passed me and I couldn’t push anymore… The positive thing out of this weekend is the starts, so hopefully I can do that again next week.”

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