News Report 6 July 2014

2014 GP of Sweden

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1530 m
07 / 06 / 2014
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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.”