French Yamaha ace Stephen Frossard cleaned up at the Swedish GP, the eighth round of 15 in the MX1 world championships at the weekend.
Russian Evgeny Bobryshev (Honda) finished runner-up and defending world champion Antonio Cairoli (KTM) took third step on the podium.
The MX1 class did not disappoint in Sweden as the entire field engaged in some of the year’s best racing on the Uddevalla track.
A crash for Cairoli early on in race one meant he had to overtake over half the pack, including his main championship rival Clement Desalle (Suzuki), to take fifth at the flag, whilst a clean start in race two gave him hope of a victory but he couldn’t get close to the pace of Frossard at the front.
However, Cairoli’s 5-2 results were enough to see him take over the championship lead from Desalle and he is now 10 points clear at the top of the standings. Frossard is third overall, 12 points further back.
Bobryshev experienced the reverse fortunes of Cairoli in Sweden, leading race one until the closing stages from Frossard before the French rider pounced with three laps to go.
Desalle had a weekend of damage limitation as crashes and injuries plagued his riding, but he remains well in contention for the championship as the riders head to round nine in Germany.
In the MX2 class it was a display of total dominance from the championship leader Ken Roczen as he lead home a KTM 1-2 in the overall from his team-mate Jeffrey Herlings who beat Monster Energy Yamaha’s Gautier Paulin in race two to edge the Frenchman down to the bottom rung of the podium.
Behind the top three were the two Monster Energy Kawasakis, with Britain’s Tommy Searle outpacing his team-mate in race two after a double crash and DNF in race 1. Swiss rider Arnaud Tonus looked to be challenging for fourth overall before crash dropped him down the order with 10 minutes left to run.
In the UEM 125 championship, it was a win for the young Italian rider Samuele Bernardini, who followed up a third in race one with a fine win in the rain on Sunday morning. Second went to the current championship leader Simone Zecchina whose results were the reverse of his countryman, whilst Tim Gajser took third.
MX1 Moto one:
1. Steve Frossard (Yam); 2. Evgeny Bobryshev (Hon); 3. Xavier Boog (Kaw); 4. Ken De Dycker (Hon); 5. Antonio Cairoli (KTM); 6. Steve Ramon (Suz); 7. Max Nagl (KTM); 8. Clement Desalle (Suz); 9. Rui Goncalves (Hon); 10. Greg Aranda (Kaw); 11. Anthony Boissiere (Yam); 12. Kevin Strijbos (Suz); 13. Marcus Schiffer (Suz); 14. Tanel Leok (TM); 15. David Philippaerts (Yam)
MX1 Moto two:
1. Steven Frossard (Yam); 2. Antonio Cairoli (KTM); 3. David Philippaerts (Yam); 4. Evgeny Bobryshev (Hon); 5. Steve Ramon (Suz); 6. Ken De Dycker (Hon); 7. Clement Desalle (Suz); 8. Rui Goncalves (Hon); 9. Jonathan Barragan (Kaw); 10. Max Nagl (KTM); 11. Xavier Boog (Kaw); 12. Kevin Strijbos (Suz); 13. Davide Guarneri (Kaw); 14. Marcus Schiffer (Suz); 15. Anthony Boissiere (Yam).
MX1 Overall: 1. Frossard 50, 2. Bobryshev 40, 3. Cairoli 38, 4. De Dycker 33, 5. Ramon 31, 6. Boog 30, 7. Desalle 27, 8. Philippaerts 26, 9. Goncalves 25, 10. Nagl 25, 11. Strijbos 18, 12. Boissiere 16.
MX2 Championship points: 1. Cairoli 322pts, 2. Desalle 312, 3. Frossard 300, 4. Nagl 250, 5. Bobryshev 244, 6. Philippaerts 225, 7. Goncalves 217, 8. Boog 191, 9. Ramon 180, 10. Barragan 176.
MX2 Moto one:
1. Ken Roczen (KTM); 2. Gautier Paulin (Yam); 3. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM); 4. Max Anstie (Kaw); 5. Jeremy Van Horebeek (KTM); 6. Arnaud Tonus (Yam); 7. Christophe Charlier (Yam); 8. Jake Nicholls (KTM); 9. Nicolas Aubin (KTM); 10. Valentine Teillet (Suz).
MX2 Moto two:
1. Ken Roczen (KTM); 2. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM); 3. Gautier Paulin (Yam); 4. Tommy Searle (Kaw); 5. Max Anstie (Kaw); 6. Nicolas Aubin (KTM); 7. Christophe Charlier (Yam); 8. Arnaud Tonus (Yam); 9. Jeremy Van Horebeek (KTM); 10. Zach Osborne (Yam).
1. Roczen 50pts, 2. Herlings 42pts, 3. Paulin 42pts, 4. Anstie 34pts, 5. Charlier 28pts, 6. Tonus 28pts, 7. Van Horebeek 27pts, 8. Aubin 27pts, 9. Osborne 21pts, 10. Teillet 20pts, 11. Searle 18pts, 12. Kullas 15.
MX2 Championship points:
1. Roczen 351pts, 2. Herlings 337, 3. Searle 286, 4. Paulin 276, 5. Osborne 234, 6. Tonus 225, 7. Anstie 201, 8. Kullas 179, 9. Aubin 178, 10. Roelants 168.