News Report 5 July 2009

2009 GP of Sweden

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1530 m
att 22
07 / 05 / 2009
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Guarneri defies shoulder injury for 4th in Sweden


Yamaha Monster Energy Ricci MX Team’s Davide Guarneri shrugged off an injured left shoulder and pain killing injections to obtain 4th place overall at a cloudy Uddevalla for the eleventh round of fifteen in the 2009 FIM MX2-GP World Championship. The rough and powdery terrain saw the Italian record yet another top five result (the eighth time this season he has classified in the first four) to keep within touching distance of the title tussle.

Guarneri hurt his left shoulder in a practice fall on Saturday. The Italian was initially doubtful of his participation on Sunday but after medical attention was able to take to the start line with his YZ250FM. Gingerly coming through the first moto and taking 6th place, the 24 year old was able to increase his speed across a circuit he favours and an excellent line and overtaking tactic across the finish line table-top saw him rise to 3rd and his first top three slot since round eight in France.
Yamaha 3C Racing’s Manuel Monni had one of his best meetings of the year on the YZ250F. The Italian MX2 champion was 3rd in the qualification heat on Saturday – his highest rank so far – and rode to 4th and 5th positions for 6th overall and only missing his first podium of the season by 2 points.

Yamaha Monster Energy Ricci MX Team’s Nico Aubin had a tough GP. The Frenchman suffered crashes in both motos. Two incidents - a fall and an off-track excursion - left him far behind the field in Moto1 so he retired, while a prang on the second corner of Moto2 meant he had a hard race to regain ground to 15th place and 18th overall.

Loic Larrieu was also struggling after a crash during the qualification heat not only left him down in 35th place on the gate but also delivered a nasty gash to his lower back. He managed 2 points for 19th in Moto1.

In the world championship standings Guarneri is 4th and 17 points from the top three. To reach Marvin Musquin at the summit of the table he needs to outscore the Frenchman by 40 points with just 200 left to win in the remaining events.

Round twelve will take place in four weeks with the Grand Prix of Limburg at Lommel on August 2nd. Utag’s Zach Osborne will have sufficient time to be fully recovered from his broken wrist and his return will swell the MX2-GP Yamaha ranks as the season enters its final stretch.

Davide Guarneri, Yamaha Monster Energy Ricci MX Team, 4th:

“I am not so happy because this is my track; slippery, rough and square-edged holes. Yesterday Teillet crossed my line and I crashed hard and injured my shoulder. I thought it might not be possible to ride but I had two injections. The first moto was really hard because the shoulder was cold and stiff but I rode quite well and finished sixth. In the second moto the shoulder was a bit looser and I tried to push but I couldn’t really do what I wanted on the bike. In the end the speed was good and I was pleased about that. The championship has become quite open and fortunately I have one month to recover before we go into the sand.”

Manuel Monni, Yamaha 3C Racing, 6th:

“I am quite pleased with the weekend overall. My riding was quite good even if on the last lap of the second moto I made a mistake and missed the chance to take fourth. I am up to eighth in the championship now and I would like to maintain this position at least for the rest of the season and hopefully do better.”

Nico Aubin, Yamaha Monster Energy Ricci MX Team, 18th:

“In the first moto I started in the middle of the pack and crashed on the first lap. I restarted last and a long way behind everybody. I was making some good times but then ran off the track and decided that my race was finished. In the second moto I again had a crash at the beginning, on the second corner, and lost a lot of time to restart the bike. I was frustrated and attacked the rest of the race to reach 15th. I felt fast this weekend and my feeling on the bike was good I just did not have any luck.”