Everts' roll continues in Scandinavia
RaceStefan Everts (Yamaha L&M Motocross Team) continued his sensational run of form with a largely untroubled double win at the Swedish Grand Prix.
For the third time in four events the most successful Motocross rider of all time won two GP classes on one day - an incredible achievement from the only man to ever manage the feat. His all-time record total rolled on to 61 GP victories while Yamaha moved to the top of the manufacturers championship in both the 125 and Motocross GP classes.
Everts' opposition might have been hoping that his exertions in winning the morning's 125GP might have an adverse affect on his performance. These proved unfounded as the Belgian grabbed the holeshot and controlled the 19-lap premier race from start to finish. Everts' only concern was backmarkers, which cost him some time on the final lap and allowed the chasing Joel Smets (KTM) to close in.
Marnicq Bervoets (Yamaha L&M Motocross Team) and Claudio Federici (Yamaha De Carli Team) also had strong rides. The Belgian equaled his best result of the season with a confidence-boosting fifth, while Federici battled against a knee injury to finish 13th. The Italian had been holding eighth for most of the race, only to make a mistake on the final lap.
Everts' win moved Yamaha ahead of Suzuki at the top of the manufacturers championship. Both marques have scored 153 points but Yamahas superior number of race wins puts them top of the standings. The riders championship remains a three-horse race with Mickael Pichon (Suzuki) retaining his lead with third place in Sweden. However his advantage over Everts has been reduced to just three points, with Smets a further four points behind in third. Federici maintains fifth in the series with Bervoets moving up to tenth.
Stefan Everts (Yamaha L&M Motocross Team) First
When I was 25 points down after the first three GPs, people were writing me off, but after four wins in a row it is now down to three points. It was a long chase, but the first phase of the season is now over, and I am looking forward confidently to the second half of the season. I want five more GP wins to secure the title for myself and Yamaha.
Today was perfect until the last lap. I have struggled with my starts at times this year, but here you get a lot of wheelspin out of the gate, so I can just drop the clutch and go. I was able to control the race from the front from the word go, but I must admit I was worried on the last lap. The lapped riders just didn't get out of the way like they should. That was why Smets go so close on the final lap, and I must admit I was nervous that he might be able to take advantage of the situation. Now we go to Namur, my favourite track, and I hope to get another double in front of the Belgian fans!
Marnicq Bervoets (Yamaha L&M Motocross Team) Fifth
I haven't ridden as well as that since my crash halfway through the first GP in Spain. I'm not right back to my best, but that is much closer and gives me great confidence for the remaining races. Yesterday in training I found the speed and all round it's been a good weekend. Fifth place, not too far behind the riders who have dominated the recent races, has pleased me a lot.
Claudio Federici (Yamaha De Carli Team) 13th
I crashed yesterday and hurt my right knee, so I needed an injection before the race just to be able to start. For 15 minutes I still had pain, but it gradually got better and I was able to push forward to eighth. I had a good race with Atsuta, and he got past twice, but I was always able to pass him back no problem. But then on the last lap I lost control of the front wheel going into a turn and dropped some places.