Fourth MX2 podium of the season for Guillod in Sweden


Standing Construct Yamaha's Valentin Guillod was once again a star of the MX2 category in the 2015 FIM Motocross World Championship as the fast and talented Swiss grabbed the runner-up position today at a sunny Grand Prix of Sweden on his YZ250F. Uddevalla welcomed 22,000 fans into the condensed and cambered facility that featured hard-pack, dusty and slippery terrain. Three Yamahas featured in the top ten of the final MX2 results sheet with Kemea Yamaha's Brent Van Doninck taking a bright sixth place.

Round eleven of eighteen baked in summer temperatures and Yamaha's MX2 crew were looking for the same levels of thrust as the Swedish fighter jet that rocketed over the circuit in a demonstration performance on Saturday morning.

Guillod was the standout in the first moto. He took his time to hunt Pauls Jonass in third position and soon passed the struggling Latvian to take his tally of top three moto finishes to six for the season. Van Doninck beat Jeremy Seewer by the narrowest of margins to obtain sixth and register his second highest result of 2015 and in his rookie season. Team-mate Benoit Paturel had a great ride to recover from a first lap crash and last position to come all the  way back to twelfth. Standing Construct Yamaha's Julien Lieber crashed out of eighth when his rear brake failed and he drifted back to twentieth in what was a race of 'survival'.

For the second race in the afternoon and across a terrain that was becoming increasingly littered with ruts as well as braking and acceleration bumps, Guillod was again a protagonist. '92' was lucky not to fully hit the fallen Jeffrey Herlings on the exit of the first corner but a slight touch caused his gear lever to bend and VG had to manipulate the component to be able to shift through the motor. He reached sixth place and knew he needed two more positions to make sure of a fourth podium celebration from the last six GPs and thus pushed hard to pass Vsevolod Brylyakov and Lieber - running better and higher - to secure a satisfying fourth spot and therefore second overall. Lieber rescued what had been a tough day so far with sixth but was also slightly frustrated to have lost a top four finish. Paturel and Van Doninck circulated close together in tenth and eleventh. The Frenchman hit the deck once more and was again on the chase whereas the Belgian was struck by another rider and then found difficulty in finding places to make safe overtaking moves.

Sweden saw the EMX250 European Championship in action for their sixth appointment from nine in the 2015 contest. Damon Graulus had a contrasting weekend. The Belgian rode to victory on Saturday afternoon in the first moto after profiting from Nick Kouwenberg's error. On Sunday morning the Kemea Yamaha rider steered his YZ250F to thirty-sixth after a first lap crash that left him far behind the pack once he had restarted. In the series standings Graulus is still firmly in the hunt for the title. He is fourth, 22 points from the top and will be looking for more come round seven in just a few days.

The Grand Prix of Latvia at the fast and open Kegums circuit will bring the FIM Motocross World Championship up to round twelve of eighteen next weekend.