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WMXSwedenJuly 1, 2007
2007 FIM MX1 / MX2 World Motocross Championship Round 09
Grand Prix of Sweden, Uddevalla

De Dycker celebrates career landmark with victory in Sweden

A cloudy and temperate Grand Prix of Sweden, the ninth round of fifteen in the FIM Motocross World Championship, at the Uddevalla circuit has been won by CAS Honda's Ken de Dycker. The Belgian toasted his first ever moto victory and also his maiden overall triumph with results of first and second finishes in the two motos.

Ken DeDycker

Mike Brown

The undulating and condensed course was using a reversed format for the second year in succession and despite a softer surface compared to the hard-pack of past seasons there was only one predominantly fast racing line. Overtaking was not easy and extra emphasis again was placed on the starts of the two 35 minute and two lap motos.

De Dycker, who was second fastest in Timed Practice, enacted a textbook performance in Moto1 by taking a rare holeshot and leading the rest of the MX1 field from the first corner until the last. It was a confident outing from the 23 year old who celebrated his first career chequered flag by waving to the crowd and pulling tricks on the final lap.

In the next race the Belgian again led the world on his CRF450F but was unable to match the pace of Steve Ramon and instead opted for a safe second place to become the fifth winner of an MX1 GP this year. Ramon and Tanel Leok joined him on the podium.

Team-mate Mike Brown struggled to find an effective set of lines and rhythm over the bumps and was unable to rise higher than eleventh and eighth for ninth overall. He was just ahead of Multitek Honda's James Noble who twice finished tenth.

Martin Honda's Julien Bill took thirteenth place in Moto1 but was forced to retire after a suspected dented front wheel rim caused the Swiss to complain of a shaky front end.

The MX2 Grand Prix was once again in the safe hands of Antonio Cairoli even if the Sicilian did have to work harder for his triumph after falling on the first corner of Moto1 and needing to recover from last to second position. He controlled the second race however to win ahead of Christophe Pourcel and Tyla Rattray and extended his advantage in the championship standings.

Martin Honda's Pascal Leuret, who was ill the week before the Grand Prix and missed valuable preparation time, worked diligently for fourth position in the first sprint and was recovering from a few lacklustre laps in Moto2 when he was flipped off the CRF250F going through a steep downhill section. The Frenchman needed time to restart and then rode to fourteenth for sixth overall.

Larissa Papenmeier, leader of the FIM Women's World Cup prior to Sweden, took fourth position overall in the second round of three in the female competition. The diminutive CRF250F rider gained fifth and fourth places in the two twenty minute and two lap motos but has now dropped to fourth in the championship.

The MX1 class is still fronted by Josh Coppins but British Champion De Dycker is Honda's top rider in seventh and only ten points away from the top five. Brown is eighth and only six points behind. Noble holds eleventh. In MX2 Leuret is fifth and fifteen points from Tommy Searle who finished second overall in Uddevalla after scoring his first ever moto win. Cairoli heads the class by a mammoth 102 points.

A weekend break, that sees national races in Britain, Germany and Belgium, precedes the tenth round of the World Championship that will take place in Italy at Faenza for the Grand Prix Citta di Faenza.

Gordon Crockard

Pascal Leuret

Ken de Dycker, CAS Honda:
"It still really needs to sink in that I have won. It was all about the starts and I got away well in the first moto and had some good lines. It was a smooth ride and I did not make too many mistakes. The track was really bumpy and different for the second moto. I was doing OK at the beginning but there were a few mistakes and I was happy to take second as it still meant I had the GP. I had some problems at the beginning of the season and also a little injury but things are getting better for me now."

Mike Brown, CAS Honda:
"I got pretty good starts in both motos but by the third or fourth corners I lost a lot of places; I got hung up in a rut or had a bad line and everybody would go by me. It took me half the races to get going and pass some other guys back. Other than that I was just out there. I felt like I rode alright but I was missing something and I did not have the lines to make an impact."

Julien Bill, Martin Honda:
"The first race was OK, nothing special and I was a bit disappointed that I could not finish in the top ten. I was determined for the second moto but my start was not the best and after about six or seven laps I felt like the front end of the bike was shaking around a lot. I came into the pits but there was nothing the team could really do."

Pascal Leuret, Martin Honda:

"Last week after Bulgaria I felt sick and had a fever for four days. I lost a lot of practice time. The first race was not so bad though and I started around seventh or eighth and came back to fourth; that was good, and with Tyla not finishing the race I had some points on him but it went wrong in the second moto. I was excited going to the gate but I was bad in the first few laps and watched the other riders go past me. After about five minutes I got things together and reached eighth position. I was looking for seventh but made a big crash on the downhill because I jumped and landed awkwardly with the front wheel in a rut and it made me go over the bars. I got the bike started after about the tenth kick and tried as hard as I could in the remaining laps. It has been a terrible GP because I should have made the podium again but I am lucky to come away from that crash without an injury. I will try to be better at the starts, like I was in Bulgaria, for the rest of the season."

2007 FIM MX1 / MX2 World Motocross Championship Round 09
Grand Prix of Sweden, Uddevalla

MX1 - Race 1 Result
1 de Dycker, Ken (Honda)
2 Leok, Tanel (Kawasaki)
3 Strijbos, Kevin (Suzuki)
4 Coppins, Joshua (Yamaha)
5 Ramon, Steve (Suzuki)
6 hilippaerts, David (KTM)
7 Mackenzie, Billy (Kawasaki)
8 Pourcel, Sebastien (Kawasaki)
9 Barragan, Jonathan (KTM)
10 Noble, James (Honda)
11 Brown, Mike (Honda)
12 Nemeth, Kornel (Suzuki)
13 Bill, Julien (Honda)
14 Desalle, Clement (Suzuki)
15 Renet, Pierre A. (Honda)

Ken DeDycker
MX1 - Race 2 Result
1 Ramon, Steve (Suzuki)
2 de Dycker, Ken (Honda)
3 Philippaerts, David (KTM)
4 Mackenzie, Billy (Kawasaki)
5 Leok, Tanel (Kawasaki)
6 Coppins, Joshua (Yamaha)
7 Barragan, Jonathan (KTM)
8 Brown, Mike (Honda)
9 Nemeth, Kornel (Suzuki)
10 Noble, James (Honda)
11 Priem, Manuel (TM)
12 Crockard, Gordon (Honda)
13 Renet, Pierre A. (Honda)
14 Desalle, Clement (Suzuki)
15 Salvini, Alex (Yamaha)
MX2 - Race 1 Result
1 Searle, Tommy (KTM)
2 Cairoli, Antonio (Yamaha)
3 Gundersen, Kenneth (Yamaha)
4 Leuret, Pascal (Honda)
5 van Horebeek, Jeremy (KTM)
6 Guarneri, Davide (Yamaha)
7 Schiffer, Marcus (KTM)
8 Goncalves, Rui (KTM)
9 Boissiere, Anthony (Kawasaki)
10 Boog, Xavier (Yamaha)
11 Seistola, Matti (Honda)
12 Avis, Wyatt (KTM)
13 Nunn, Carl (Yamaha)
14 Dougan, Jason (Suzuki)
15 Pourcel, Christophe (Kawasaki)
MX2 - Race 2 Result
1 Cairoli, Antonio (Yamaha)
2 Pourcel, Christophe (Kawasaki)
3 Rattray, Tyla (KTM)
4 Swanepoel, Gareth (Kawasaki)
5 Searle, Tommy (KTM)
6 Schiffer, Marcus (KTM)
7 Simpson, Shaun (Kawasaki)
8 Seistola, Matti (Honda)
9 Nunn, Carl (Yamaha)
10 Guarneri, Davide (Yamaha)
11 Dougan, Jason (Suzuki)
12 Boog, Xavier (Yamaha)
13 Aubin, Nicolas (Yamaha)
14 Leuret, Pascal (Honda)
15 Avis, Wyatt (KTM)

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