Utag Yamaha.com’s Mel Pocock enjoyed a good run and scored points in both motos at an overcast but warm Uddevalla circuit for the Grand Prix of Sweden. The eleventh round of fifteen in the FIM Motocross World Championship drew a crowd of 22,000 spectators.
The 16 year old fared better on the rough, slippery circuit compared to the demands of the gruelling Kegums circuit in Latvia seven days previously. Competing in his first full GP campaign in 2009, the rookie started well in both motos and rode with determination to gain two point scoring finishes with 15th and 17th positions giving him a 15th overall. Pocock is now 34th in the world championship standings.
Kenneth Gundersen attempted a guest outing at the Swedish Grand Prix. The Norwegian, who retired from the sport due to knee ligament damage suffered at round one in 2008, entered the fray during practice and qualification but ultimately decided against competing on Sunday.
Zach Osborne now has four weeks to get fully recovered from his wrist injury before returning to action at the Grand Prix of Belgium at Lommel, in which he made his debut for the team last year. Osborne has committed himself to Utag Yamaha.com for the next two years in his bid to become MX2 world champion. Osborne is 18th in the championship standings even though the American has not been able to add to his numerical tally since round four.
Utag Yamaha.com now faces two dates in the Maxxis British Championship; Lyng, Norfolk on July 12th and Foxhill, Wiltshire on July 26th with Pocock currently 12th in the MX2 series.
Mel Pocock: “That was better than last week. My starts were OK and physically I felt good. The first moto was more positive than the second but I’m pleased to take points in each race and enjoyed the track this weekend; it felt easier than Latvia. The biggest step forward for me was the fact that I could keep consistent with my lap-times and that gives me some confidence, which I hope I can show next week in Lyng.”
Steve Dixon, Team Principal: “This weekend was a big step for Mel in terms of his fitness compared to last week and maybe the fact that he got a cold out of the way was a help. This track was less demanding than last week’s and he got some good starts with some regular lap-times so we are really happy. It was good to see Kenneth again and we gave him a good bike to ride but he found the level of the competition too high, which is not a surprise as he has been very busy with his work and riding schools. You need to be 100% committed to be a GP racer.”