Federici just misses out on a podium


Yamaha Team AXO star Claudio Federici scored a commendable fourth place finish in a race where he struggled with an unfortunate tyre choice. Same story applied for Pit Beirer, but he crashed as well and therefore comes back with only two points from the Swedish round. His team mate Yves Demaria bravely entered the race, but retired after completing six laps with unbearable pain from a shoulder injury sustained in the European GP held in Francorchamps, five weeks ago.

Gordon Crockard, the only man that seems to be able to beat championship leader Pichon, won his second GP of the year.

C.Federici – 4th / P. Beirer – 14th / Y. Demaria – DNF

On a rough, narrow and hard packed track with some sandy parts Claudio Federici experienced a tough race. "I had a good start, but choose the wrong tyre and had trouble in the early laps to compete with the fastest riders. I was so disappointed, I was riding in about fifth place and I could do nothing to catch the first four, the bike was just sliding all over the place. It is really a pity because the bike set-up itself was perfect and I really thought a hard compound tyre would have been good for this track, but as I soon found out I should have chosen a softer one”.

The next best Yamaha rider was Paul Cooper of the Aiwa Yamaha team from the UK. Cooper finished in 12th place. "I was about 10th in the first lap, then Pit Beirer crashed and I hit him, he slid in front of me and I could do nothing to avoid him. I was back in 20th and on this track passing is particulary difficult. Still I was able to get by some of the slower guys, but I did not pick up the pace enough to make progress to the top ten. I stayed calm and could manage only 12th in the end and that is not to my liking. I am a bit nervous at the moment with the average results lately, I just have to work harder and try and get over this bad run."

Beirer finished a low 14th place. "I also had a bad tyre choice." Beirer said. "Of course my crash did not help and I was in 15th on the first lap, I could pass some riders, but I did not find the rhythm to move up the field as well as I would have liked. I was so far back. We have hard worked on the bike again during the whole week and everything was perfect. I came here expecting to race with the top runners. Maybe without the crash I could have been up front, but passing is very hard here.”

A brave Yves Demaria failed to finish a race that he started injured, pulling out on lap seven while in 19th place. "The pain was just too much. It was too tough, I wanted to race today and get some time on the bike, but I could not ride hard enough. I tried to fight the pain and rode until it became too difficult. I decided to give in, as it was clear I had nothing to gain by riding around in 19th place. Moreover I was cautious not to aggravate my shoulder injury.”