2014 FIM MXGP / MX2 World Motocross Championship
Honda World Motocross’ Max Nagl negotiated the slick and slippery Uddevalla dirt to score fourth position overall at the Grand Prix of Sweden, the twelfth round of seventeen in the FIM Motocross World Championship. HRC were pleased to see Honda Gariboldi’s Tim Gajser take a third podium finish of the season with the CRF250RW as the Slovenian bagged third place in the MX2 class. The tight layout located seventy kilometers north of the city of Gothenburg was surrounded by 21,000 spectators who basked in an enjoyable early summer climate. Despite several large modifications to the old and traditional circuit Uddevalla was still hard for overtaking with close lap-times among the leaders.
The Grand Prix was the scene of the latest success for Antonio Cairoli (KTM) – his seventieth career win - with Jeremy Van Horebeek (Yamaha) second and Kevin Strijbos (Suzuki) joining the Belgian on the podium of the premier MXGP class. MX2 was owned by World Champion Jeffrey Herlings (KTM) as Jordi Tixier (KTM) also scaled the rostrum with Gajser in attendance.
A start gate position, first corner, modified jumps, an extended first turn and a reversed trajectory were new hallmarks of Uddevalla for 2014. The Swedish ground however remained frustrating and treacherous due to its stony consistency. The dry weather further lowered the technical demands and reduced the quantity and frequency of ruts and bumps. However, where the track was ‘carved’ some of the rough ground was brutal.
Two weeks after his triumphant return from wrist injury Max Nagl was able to benefit from more training and preparation time on the CRF450RW. The German suffered a poor start in the first moto that left him outside of the top ten and with plenty of hard passing ahead. The former world championship runner-up battled for several laps with David Philippaerts (Yamaha) before then drifting to a lonely ninth place. In the second race a better getaway and feeling with the course allowed him to defend a decent third place from Strijbos and post his second top three result in four motos. His haul of thirty-two points delivered fourth position overall and nudged him one position up to seventh in the MXGP Championship standings.
Tim Gajser is still sixth in the MX2 points table after spraying champagne for the third time this year. The teenager was excellent in his pursuit of Romain Febvre (Husqvarna) for second position in the first moto and duly seized the slot after the Frenchman committed an error. Gasjer used his CRF250RW to full advantage across the lines and ruts, turning and correcting his path at will and continuing the search for optimum grip. He was sixth in the second moto after a lackluster break from the gate and a frantic battle with five other riders in the second half of the top ten. His work across the thirty minute and two lap sprint was good enough for another set of silverware.
Team-mate Kei Yamamoto returned from his back injury to grab three points for eighteenth place in the second MX2 outing.
Round thirteen of the FIM Motocross World Championship will take place next weekend in the narrow sand of Hyvinkaa for the Grand Prix of Finland.
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