Top 10 for Ken De Dycker in Uddevalla

Red Bull-KTM rider Ken De Dycker finished ninth overall in Uddevalla for the Grand Prix of Sweden, the ninth round of sixteen in the 2012 FIM MX1 World Championship. After a well-deserved victory at home in muddy Kester, the slushy Uddevalla was less kind for the popular Belgian. Ken rests fifth in the MX1 standings.

The former British MX1 champion came to Scandinavia determined to end his run of bad luck in recent GP’s. Unfortunately the weekend got off on the wrong foot for De Dycker who crashed during the pre-qualifying session. and During the qualifying race he had to enter the pitlane to change his goggles. In the end Ken came home fourteenth.

On Sunday the track layout had been significantly roughed up by showers. De Dycker’s faith in the opening MX1 moto was sealed by the first corner. This crash meant another trip to the pitlane to repair a stuck clutch lever. Dead last and several seconds adrift of the pack Keeno gritted his teeth showed and pulled through to 11th, scoring 10 points. Posting the third fastest lap time of the moto only confirmed his speed and illustrated painstakingly clear what might have been…

Once again the tall Belgian was the victim of a first corner melee in the second moto. Twenty-eight year old De Dycker was facing an uphill task to collect as many points as possible. Ken rose from 24th to 12th after 20 minutes. While he easily passed Dutchman De Reuver for 11th, the factory KTM rider ran out of time to catch Davide Guarneri.

Ken De Dycker: “A lot of bad luck, but not a lot of variation… Three times I crashed this weekend, all three of them were quite painful. Uddevalla was by all means the worst race of the season. After I came in to fix the clutch lever I could come back all right. Again I went down in moto 2. My fingers hurt and felt numb for the first couple of laps. After that I regained my rhythm. Given the circumstances 11th was okay. Results like those in Sweden are a long way from where I want to be. All elements are in place I only need a bit of luck… Urgently please!”

MX1 Race 1
1. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), 40:52.302; ; 2. Christophe Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:20.870; 3. Sebastien Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:28.388; 4. Shaun Simpson (GBR, Yamaha), +0:31.762; 5. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, KTM), +0:38.980; 6. Tanel Leok (EST, Suzuki), +1:13.721; 7. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), +1:17.195; 8. Cedric Soubeyras (FRA, Honda), +1:22.736; 9. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), +1:24.085; 10. Mark de Reuver (NED, Kawasaki), +1:35.661; 11. Ken de Dycker (BEL, Red Bull-KTM), +1:43.713; 12. Jonathan Barragan (ESP, Honda), -1 lap(s); 13. Matteo Bonini (ITA, KTM), -1 lap(s); 14. Kim Lindstrom (SWE, Kawasaki), -1 lap(s); 15. Augusts Justs (LAT, Honda), -1 lap(s); 16. Nicolai Hansen (DEN, Suzuki), -1 lap(s); 17. Santtu Tiainen (FIN, Kawasaki), -1 lap(s); 18. Tom Johnsson (SWE, Suzuki), -1 lap(s); 19. Alfie Smith (GBR, Yamaha), -1 lap(s); 20. Rasmus Sjöberg (SWE, Honda), -1 lap(s);

MX1 Race 2
1. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), 39:05.450; ; 2. Christophe Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:04.445; 3. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, KTM), +0:07.064; 4. Tanel Leok (EST, Suzuki), +0:23.936; 5. Shaun Simpson (GBR, Yamaha), +0:37.011; 6. Sebastien Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:40.893; 7. Rui Goncalves (POR, Honda), +0:52.511; 8. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:53.034; 9. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), +1:16.098; 10. Davide Guarneri (ITA, KTM), +1:21.824; 11. Ken de Dycker (BEL, Red Bull-KTM), +1:23.053; 12. Mark de Reuver (NED, Kawasaki), +1:55.376; 13. Jonathan Barragan (ESP, Honda) -1 lap(s); 14. Cedric Soubeyras (FRA, Honda), -1 lap(s); 15. Anthony Boissiere (FRA, TM), -1 lap(s); 16. Augusts Justs (LAT, Honda), -1 lap(s); 17. Kim Lindstrom (SWE, Kawasaki), -1 lap(s); 18. Toms Macuks (LAT, Suzuki), -1 lap(s); 19. Nicolai Hansen (DEN, Suzuki), -1 lap(s); 20. Santtu Tiainen (FIN, Kawasaki), -1 lap(s);



GP of Sweden classification
1. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), 50 points; 2. Christophe Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), 44 p.; 3. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, KTM), 36 p.; 4. Sebastien Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), 35 p.; 5. Shaun Simpson (GBR, Yamaha), 34 p.; 6. Tanel Leok (EST, Suzuki), 33 p.; 7. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), 26 p.; 8. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), 25 p.; 9. Ken de Dycker (BEL, Red Bull- KTM), 20 p.; 10. Mark de Reuver (NED, Kawasaki), 20 p.; 11. Cedric Soubeyras (FRA, Honda), 20 p.; 12. Jonathan Barragan (ESP, Honda), 17 p.; 13. Rui Goncalves (POR, Honda), 14 p.; 14. Davide Guarneri (ITA, KTM), 11 p.; 15. Augusts Justs (LAT, Honda), 11 p.; 16. Kim Lindstrom (SWE, Kawasaki), 11 p.; 17. Matteo Bonini (ITA, KTM), 8 p.; 18. Nicolai Hansen (DEN, Suzuki), 7 p.; 19. Anthony Boissiere (FRA, TM), 6 p.; 20. Santtu Tiainen (FIN, Kawasaki), 5 p.;

FIM MX1 standings after 9 GP’s
1. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), 348 points; 2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 345 p.; 3. Christophe Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), 336 p.; 4. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), 315 p.; 5. Ken de Dycker (BEL, Red Bull-KTM), 257 p.; 6. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, KTM), 243 p.; 7. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), 236 p.; 8. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), 212 p.; 9. Tanel Leok (EST, Suzuki), 201 p.; 10. Rui Goncalves (POR, Honda), 183 p.; 11. Shaun Simpson (GBR, Yamaha), 159 p.; 12. Sebastien Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), 143 p.; 13. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), 137 p.; 14. Jonathan Barragan (ESP, Honda), 135 p.; 15. Matiss Karro (LAT, KTM), 112 p.; 16. Davide Guarneri (ITA, KTM), 109 p.; 17. Steven Frossard (FRA, Yamaha), 66 p.; 18. Anthony Boissiere (FRA, TM), 58 p.; 19. Cedric Soubeyras (FRA, Honda), 54 p.; 20. Dean Ferris (AUS, Kawasaki), 52 p.; 21. Matteo Bonini (ITA, KTM), 34 p.; 22. Mark de Reuver (NED, Kawasaki), 26 p.; 23. Santtu Tiainen (FIN, Kawasaki), 26 p.; 24. Herjan Brakke (NED, Yamaha), 24 p.; 25. Milko Potisek (FRA, Honda), 21 p.; 26. Marcus Schiffer (GER, Suzuki), 14 p.; 27. Alfie Smith (GBR, Yamaha), 14 p.; 28. Augusts Justs (LAT, Honda), 13 p.; 29. Gregory Aranda (FRA, Yamaha), 11 p.; 30. Kim Lindstrom (SWE, Kawasaki), 11 p.; 31. Loic Leonce (FRA, Yamaha), 8 p…

Ken De Dycker will take part in round ten of the FIM Motocross World Championship at Kegums, Latvia in 2 weeks

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