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MXGP Sweden: Race weekend preview

Red Bull KTM’s Jeffrey Herlings won his second MXGP in a row last time out in Switzerland and will be pushing for more of the same in Sweden. However with only four rounds remaining and 97 points required to catch team—mate championship leader Antonio Cairoli it may be a little too late.

Cairoli’s most recent memory of the Uddevalla circuit is most like one he would prefer to forget as he finished outside the top five in 2015. Besides his 2015 mishap, the Sicilian has excelled on the circuit winning the GP sixtimes and finishing on the podium twice.

Herlings has remained determined as he knows from personal experience that in the MXGP series anything is possible. It was at this track that Herlings ended his 2015 MX2 season while leading the championship by 78 points. However the other six years that he raced Sweden he was first three times and second the other three.


Monster Energy Yamaha’s Romain Febvre has yet to reach the podium in 2017, coming closest last week in Switzerland and he would like to replicate his 2015 Swedish success where he dominated with double victories over his team-mate Jeremy Van Horebeek. While team Suzuki World MXGP’s Kevin Strijbos is another rider who has done well in the past here finishing 3rd overall in 2015, 2014, and 2012.

Team HRC’s Tim Gajser seems fond of the Swedish soil as the two times he has raced the circuit he won the MX2 overall in 2015 and was third 2014.

Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Clement Desalle comes of a poor weekend in Switzerland. Desalle is hoping to turn his luck around this weekend in Sweden where he won in 2012 and reached the podium in 2013.

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Gautier Paulin had his best weekend as of late in Switzerland when he returned the podium with second overall. Paulin has achieved the podium three times in Sweden but all were in MX2 with his best 450 result being fifth.

This weekend also sees the return of British rider Shaun Simpson, who will ride the 2018 YZ450R for the first time in MXGP competition. Arnaud Tonus has been ruled out of action following his crash in Switzerland.

MXGP Championship Top Ten: 1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 605 points; 2. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 508 p.; 3. Gautier Paulin (FRA, HUS), 486 p.; 4. Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 483 p.; 5. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 406 p.; 6. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 401 p.; 7. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 358 p.; 8. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 348 p.; 9. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, YAM), 328 p.; 10. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 320 p.

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