Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe will tackle the slick hard-pack of Uddevalla this coming weekend for the Grand Prix of Sweden and the ninth round of 16 in the FIM Motocross World Championship. Harri Kullas and Petar Petrov will wheel out their RM-Z250s as the second half of the campaign begins in northern Europe and will take in trips to Latvia and Russia in the coming three weeks.
Petrov has been working hard on his starts in the brief break and is carrying a firm aim into the second phase of the series and the eight rounds that carry the Championship to its finale in Germany at the end of September.
“I’ve been training and working on my starts and I believe I’m getting better. The problem is that when you’re doing it on your own you always get the holeshot! Seriously though I believe with two decent starts I can easily be aiming for top-10 positions and that’s my goal for the remaining motos of the season,” he said. “We still have a lot of racing left to do and I know I can be in that top 11-10 and that’s what I am going to push for. If those results give me a final position around the top10 at the end of the year then I’ll be happy with that.
“The track there is really nice,” he added on Uddevalla. “It’s a bit soft and I’ve always had good races there so I’m hopeful for the weekend. I also really like Latvia so I have a couple of strong meetings to start this second part of the season.”
Harri Kullas is now almost back to full fitness after competing in Portugal and Belgium with a stiff neck and upper back. The Fin rode to fifth and 15th last weekend at Aichwald in Germany against the bigger 450cc machines but is optimistic ahead of the programme in Sweden after getting back to shape. “I feel better and even through the riding last weekend my arms were not giving me any trouble and it was good to do that race. Even though my starts were not what I needed I was happy with the first moto because I passed a lot of people and came back from outside the top 10.
“Uddevalla is good track but I think most of the Grand Prix circuits have a decent level of preparation and can be something to look forward to. I cannot say I have a favourite; I just enjoy racing at this level and with this team,” he added.
Uddevalla has a historic place as part of the FIM Motocross World Championship and the efficient organisation and sheer enthusiasm of the moto club north of Gothernburg routinely places the event in the top echelon of the series year-in year-out. The weather forecast for the weekend predicts bright and warm weather but with a chance of showers on both days
MX2 World Championship Standings (after 8 of 16 rounds): 1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 364 points; 2. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), 340 p.; 3. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, KTM), 308 p.; 4. Joel Roelants (BEL, Kawasaki), 238 p.; 5. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), 217 p.; 6. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), 204 p.; 7. Max Anstie (GBR, Honda), 191 p.; 8. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Husqvarna), 152 p.; 9. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), 150 p.; 10. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, Kawasaki), 139 p.; 11. Harri Kullas (FIN, Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe), 132 p.; 12. Petar Petrov (BUL, Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe), 118 p.