It was a case of mud and more mud for the hardcore racers of the FIM Motocross World Championship as the Grand Prix of Sweden was the latest weather-hit meeting in the series. Floride Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Tommy Searle lapped up the conditions to make it two GP wins on the bounce and four for the season. The Brit ripped another scorecard of 2-1 in the two motos to close the gap in the MX2 championship standings to just 13 points.
Searle has not finished outside the top three all season and again showed his class through the slimy terrain of Uddevalla. The Monster Energy star should have won both races but struggled with his goggles in the first moto and had to pit for another pair. He just ran out of time to regain control past Jeffrey Herlings. The 23 year old ran away with the second race and is now the hottest kid on the block for 2013.
“That result was better than 1-1 because I would have expected him [Herlings] to be 2-2 and I got more points this way,” he said. “I knew I could go out and take that second moto and that’s two on the trot now; to get these wins feels really nice.”
Before a wheel had turned Monster Energy Yamaha’s Zach Osborne proved he was as fast behind a console as he is on the track by winning the Monster Energy Mud Xbox tournament on Friday night. The American took on the best and most willing from his fellow riders, paddock personnel and theelite gamers of the media centre to defeat over thirty racers and walk awayfrom the Monster Energy rig as winner and with an Xbox under his arm. Uruguayan photographer and owner of www.mx1onboard.com – Spain’s leading off-road website – Juan Pablo Acevedo was the main man from the press over the one-lap chase.
The Stars and Stripes were well represented in MX2 as Osborne battled through a first Grand Prix appearance of the season to grabfifth overall. “I thought I wouldn’t be able to last as long as I did because I couldn’t do anything for the first six weeks after my operation but I was able to go really deep in the second moto. I was trying to catch Jake [Nicholls] but I reached a point where I was toast. Anyway, it’s been a pretty good day.”
The Monster claw made it onto the MX1 podium with Team CP377 Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Christophe Pourcel standing on the box for the sixth time in 2012. The French ace raced to 2-2 despite illness andafter a bad day for Antonio Cairoli is only 12 points from the red plate. Full props to Monster Energy Yamaha’s Shaun Simpson who mastered the slippery dirt on the full factory bike to place fifth and his best ever finish in the category. Thoughts go out to Yamaha team-mate David Philippaerts who suffered a crash during the first moto and re-broke the wrists he injured last summer.
Over in Slovakia Chiara Fontanesi continued her dominance of the FIM Women’s World Championship with her fourth double success from six rounds. The Italian Yamaha ace is closing in on her first ever title. Monster Energy action in the FIM Motocross World Championship will head east in twoweeks for Grands Prix in Latvia and Russia.