Remaining fast and consistent despite changing conditions at the historic Uddevalla track, Gautier wrapped up the GP with two third place results. The FC 450 mounted rider collected equal points with runner-up Romain Febvre but had to settle for third overall due to Febvre’s better result in moto two.Max Anstie was faced with a mountain to climb in each of the two motos following disappointing starts. Collecting 13-8 results he earned 11th overall at the GP of Sweden.
Luck wasn’t with Max Nagl’s in either of the MXGP final motos. Racing as high as fifth in moto one, Romain Febvre crashed in front of him causing Nagl to fall and in the process breaking his front bake lever, forcing him to retire. In a similar scenario in moto two, the German was racing in fourth before another rider landing on his back. Quickly picking himself up Nagl finished the race in 15th place.
The GP of Sweden proved to be the most successful of Conrad Meswe’s career to date. Blisteringly fast aboard his FC 250 the young Brit got fourth in MX2 moto one and then eighth in moto two to wrap up the GP fourth overall in the 250cc class.
For Mewse’s Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing teammate Thomas Covington, the highlight of the Swedish GP was an impressive second moto victory. Taken down by another rider crashing in front of him in moto one, the American had to settle for 16th at the finish. Getting valuable points from his second moto victory Thomas earned fifth overall at the GP.
Working hard during the weekend to improve on his speed, Thomas Kjer-Olsen collected 9-4 results for sixth overall in the MX2 class.
The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team will return to action at round 17 of the 2017 FIM Motocross World Championship in Jacksonville, USA on September 1/2.
Gautier Paulin: “We had a good weekend in Sweden. With the rain falling on Saturday and Sunday morning we were faced with changing track conditions. It took some time for me to get a good feeling but once this happened I was able to get a good speed and keep that throughout both motos. In the opening moto I got off to a good start and after making some mid race passes I managed to get third. Then in the second moto I lost some time right after the gate dropped, but my bike was so good that I could remain inside the top five going into the first corner. It was tough to remain fast on this track and you had to rely a lot on a good technique. I pushed hard for another third-place result and I was happy to earn one more podium result.”
Max Anstie: “I felt I had the speed to battle for the top five this weekend but things didn’t actually work our way. Not getting a great result in qualifying made my life a lot harder for the final motos. In moto one I started outside the top 20 and had to push hard to passes. I really feel I did my best and ended up finishing in 13th place. Going into the second moto I was feeling good on the bike despite changing conditions in the track. My start wasn’t perfect again so had to battle my way through the pack again. Coming home in eighth was a positive result, it made me feel good considering my bad start. Overall, I’m pleased with my speed here in Sweden and I’m looking forward to the coming GP in the States.”
Max Nagl: “I really like the Uddevalla track and I had a really good feeling coming into this GP. Unfortunately, luck wasn’t on our side this weekend. Getting fourth in the qualifying race I had a good starting position for the final motos. In moto one my start was great and I was racing in fifth position until Romain Febvre crashed in front of me. Hitting the ground hard my front brake lever broke so I had to pull in. Then in moto two I got another good start and was racing in fourth until I felt another rider landing in my back. We went down and when I got back into the race I was last. None of these incidents were really my fault. I’m hoping for some better luck in the coming GP in the US.”
Conrad Mewse: “I’m really happy with getting fourth overall in Sweden. It’s the best overall result of my career in MX2 and it’s the best reward for all the hard work we’ve been putting in. Following my good fifth place result in qualifying I got off to a good start in the opening moto and was running in third for the first corners. After a few laps things cleared out and I could focus on myself. I rode my own moto and came home in fourth place. Then in moto two my start wasn’t that good. I started the race outside the top 10 and slowly got myself up to eighth at the finish line making a few good passes along the way. I’m now hoping we can continue this momentum going into the last part of the series.”
Thomas Covington: “It’s been a tough GP for me so I’m satisfied I managed to turn things around and get the victory in the final moto. Following a crash in the qualifying moto I didn’t have a great starting position. In moto one I got a good start but a few laps into the race another rider crashed in front of me. I got back up and started charging but then again I made a mistake coming off the track. Eventually I crossed the line in 16th place. For moto two I decided to make a few changes. I had a different plan for the start and it worked out pretty well. Spending the first half of the race battling for the top three, I could see that my speed was good compared to the riders in front. Putting myself in second five laps before the end I saw that Jeremy Seewer had a steady pace. I decided to go for it and on the jump before the last corner I stayed on the gas and managed to make the pass for the win. We’re now heading to the US and I can’t wait to race on my home soil.”
Thomas Kjer-Olsen: “I’m satisfied with my performance in the second race. In the opening moto I didn’t manage to get a good feeling. I was struggling to remain fast so I had to settle for a ninth-place result at the chequered flag. I decided to approach moto two with a completely different mind-set and that worked out quite well. Starting outside the top 10 I made a few good passes. I was feeling good on my bike so managed to get fourth at the line for sixth overall at the GP. We take the positives from this second moto and move on to the next round in the US.”
Results – FIM Motocross World Championship, Round 16
MXGP – Overall
1. Tim Gajser (Honda), 47pts; 2. Romain Febvre (Yamaha) 40; 3. Gautier Paulin (Husqvarna) 40… 11. Max Anstie (Husqvarna) 21; 12. Tanel Leok (Husqvarna) 17… 17. Max Nagl (Husqvarna) 6… 19. Harri Kullas (Husqvarna) 5… 23. Rui Goncalves (Husqvarna) 3; 24. Jernej Irt (Husqvarna) 2
MXGP – Race 1
1. Tim Gajser (Honda) 17 laps, 34:57.413; 2. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM) 35:06.699; 3. Gautier Paulin (Husqvarna) 35:09.714… 13. Max Anstie (Husqvarna) 35:54.964; 14. Tanel Leok (Husqvarna) 36:09.987… 18. Rui Goncalves (Husqvarna) 36:22.198… 21. Jernej Irt (Husqvarna) 36:57.249
MXGP – Race 2
1. Romain Febvre (Yamaha) 18 laps, 35:40.541; 2. Tim Gajser (Honda) 35:44.943; 3. Gautier Paulin (Husqvarna) 35:53.551… 8. Max Anstie (Husqvarna) 36:19.527… 11. Tanel Leok (Husqvarna) 36:26.041… 15. Max Nagl (Husqvarna) 36:53.054; 16. Harri Kullas (Husqvarna) 36:54.822… 19. Jernej Irt (Husqvarna) 37:36.866
MX2 – Overall
1. Jeremy Seewer (Suzuki) 44pts; 2. Jorge Prado (KTM) 41; 3. Pauls Jonass (KTM) 40; 4. Conrad Mewse (Husqvarna) 31; 5. Thomas Covington (Husqvarna) 30; 6. Thomas Kjer-Olsen (Husqvarna) 30… 18. Brian Hsu (Husqvarna) 8… 21. Henry Jacobi (Husqvarna) 1
MX2 – Race 1
1. Jorge Prado (KTM) 17 laps, 34:43.460; 2. Jeremy Seewer (Suzuki) 34:45.283; 3. Pauls Jonass (KTM) 35:12.253; 4. Conrad Mewse (Husqvarna) 35:14.295… 9. Thomas Kjer-Olsen (Husqvarna) 35:26.857… 16. Thomas Covington (Husqvarna) 35:45.262… 19. Brian Hsu (Husqvarna) 35:56.019… 21. Henry Jacobi (Husqvarna) 35:58.734… 24. Danne Karlsson (Husqvarna) 36:36.749… 26. Lars van Berkel (Husqvarna) 16 laps, 34:48.708
MX2 – Race 2
1. Thomas Covington (Husqvarna) 17 laps, 34:06.609; 2. Jeremy Seewer (Suzuki) 34:06.664; 3. Pauls Jonass (KTM) 34:28.244; 4. Thomas Kjer-Olsen (Husqvarna) 34:29.381… 8. Conrad Mewse (Husqvarna) 34:42.521… 15. Brian Hsu (Husqvarna) 35:08.031… 20. Henry Jacobi (Husqvarna) 35:24.516… 24. Lars van Berkel (Husqvarna) 36:00.804… 28. Danne Karlsson (Husqvarna) 16 laps, 34:39.385; 29. Giuseppe Tropepe (Husqvarna) 34:53.918
Championship Standings (After Round 16)
1. Antonio Cairoli (KTM) 631pts; 2. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM) 530; 3. Gautier Paulin (Husqvarna) 526… 8. Max Nagl (Husqvarna) 364… 12. Max Anstie (Husqvarna) 328… 14. Tanel Leok (Husqvarna) 184… 19. Rui Goncalves (Husqvarna) 108… 24. Harri Kullas (Husqvarna) 40… 33. Evgeny Mikhaylov (Husqvarna) 10… 35. Yentel Martens (Husqvarna) 6… 37. Jernej Irt (Husqvarna) 5… 49. Sven Van der Mierden (Husqvarna) 2
1. Pauls Jonass (KTM) 669pts; 2. Jeremy Seewer (Suzuki) 624; 3. Benoit Paturel (Yamaha) 504; 4. Thomas Kjer-Olsen (Husqvarna) 497… 6. Thomas Covington (Husqvarna) 417… 15. Conrad Mewse (Husqvarna) 192; 20. Iker Larranaga (Husqvarna) 105; 21. Brian Hsu (Husqvarna) 97; 22. Henry Jacobi (Husqvarna) 88… 30. Lars van Berkel (Husqvarna) 42… 33. Giuseppe Tropepe (Husqvarna) 30… 37. Caleb Ward (Husqvarna) 14; 38. Karel Kutsar (Husqvarna) 14… 48. Ivan Petrov (Husqvarna) 1… 52. Aaron Tanti (Husqvarna) 1