Amazingly it was back in 2011 that Desalle lost the red-plate to Cairoli and this year he returned the favor. It was Desalles 11th GP victory as he marches up the all times winners list and tries to become the first Belgian since 2007 to win a World Motocross Championship.
Second in Sweden was Christophe Pourcel and third Kevin Strijbos.
The opening MX1 moto and the sun came out and the circuit looked a little better. The holeshot went to Christophe Pourcel with brother Sebastien Pourcel on his back wheel. Cairoli takes the inside line and holds on for third place.
Desalle moves into third as Cairoli drops back a few places. Desalle cuts under the older Pourcel, but the Frenchman holds his line and keeps his position. Goncalves goes down losing a few places. Cairoli fighting with Philippaerts.
After two laps its Pourcel, Pourcel, Desalle, Bobryshev, Cairoli, Philippaerts, Simpson and Boog. The track is now drying out well as the two French brothers make it look easy. In a shocker Cairoli is out of the race as his bike stops, a problem with his chain is seems.
Gautier Paulin riding well as he moves into fifth place as Bobryshev starts to drop back through the pack. Horrible day for Honda are their presentation of their new 450 and the resigning of Bobryshev.
Simpson riding a great race in fifth place as he repasses Paulin and is looking for his best moto finish of the season. Desalle takes the lead as Philippaerts is out of the race and Simpson moves up to fourth place.
So until now the races has lost series favorites Cairoli, Bobryshev and Philippaerts. Marc De Reuver holds down 10th place and is looking good for his best result of the season. Also Ken de Dycker has come from 32nd place to be running 12th position.
Continuing the terrible weekend for Honda Goncalves is also out of the race. Final positions were Desalle, C.Pourcel, S. Pourcel, Simpson, Strijbos, Leok, Paulin, Soubeyras, Boog and De Reuver in 10th.
“My start was top five and in conditions like this you need to wait and ride your own race. Pourcel was easy for me. I would like to dedicate this moto win for my grandfather (Desalles grandfather passed away recently).”
C. Pourcel comments
“We can say it was a good race, but I had some issues with my goggles, my film broke in the first lap, then we came to some lapped riders and I got stuff in my goggles. It was a tough race, we see how the second moto goes.”
“I am waiting for this podium for two or three years. I had a good qualification race and I took a good start in the first moto and I try and get a good start in the second moto and do the same thing.”
MX1 Moto two: 1. Desalle, 2. C. Pourcel, 3. S. Pourcel, 4. Simpson, 5. Strijbos, 6. Leok, 7. Paulin, 8. Soubeyras, 9. Boog, 10. De Reuver, 11. De Dycker, 12 Barragon, 13. Bonini, 14. Lindstrom, 15. Lust
Pourcel takes the holeshot again and Cairoli is in fourth place, just behind Simpson and Desalle. De Dycker is cruising after going down in the first corner and Barragan goes down.
Cairoli has dropped back a little and his now behind Leok and Strijbos. Paulin back in 11th and Leok pushes past Simpson for third place. Pourcel and Desalle are in a nice battle for the lead with the Belgian really putting a lot of pressure on.
Leok looking strong as he tries to keep Pourcel and Desalle in his sights. Simpson has repassed Leok though and looks brilliant. Cairoli in more trouble as he is stuck in deep, deep mud and his championship lead to Desalle is gone.
Desalle gets past Pourcel and at the time of passing is the owner of the MX1 red plate. Simpson goes down and Leok gets past. Strijbos looking strong as he starts to move closer to Pourcel and Desalle.
Desalle wins the moto and the GP and take the FIM World MX1 Championship points lead. Second is Pourcel and third Strijbos.
Clement Desalle comments
“I am really happy, not only because of the race, but also because of my riding. I didn’t compare to other riders, it’s good for me, but of course sad for Antonio, not the best way to get the red plate, but that happens a little to me in Brazil. I am so happy about myself and the championship.”
“It was a good day for me, the first moto I started top four and was second behind Christophe and I found a way to pass and did some good laps alone and made a small gap to the finish. The second moto my start was better, and again Christophe in front of me. I tried to stay on two wheel and that is what I did.
“I just want to talk about my riding, my own things, the things I know I can do and in Sweden I felt good, just a small mistake in the first moto and I am working in a positive way.
“I came to Sweden 47 points down on Cairoli and it was a bad weekend for Antonio and that is racing. I had the same thing a couple of times this year.”
Christophe Pourcel comments
“Like I said, the first moto wasn’t too bad, I had a good start in the second moto and did well. I want to thank my team, because they all did a great job.
“When you as sick it’s hard to ride and I must have eaten something bad, I was pretty sick last night, but today I felt a little better. The first moto the track was really wet and difficult, but they fixed the track and the second moto was okay.”
Kevin Strijbos comments
“I don’t know what is it with mud, I went well in Brazil in the mud and fourth in Belgium, then again on the podium here. I had good starts and everyone is working hard in the team and thanks to Harry Everts for training me and my girlfriend also.
“I am happy, the track was muddy of course, it didn’t’stick on the bike and it was one line, I just tried to give my best and I was 15th or 20th early and came back to fifth. Second moto I ahd a better start and rode my own race and came back to third in the end. I knew I was on the podium and was happy with that and happy for everyone in the team.
“I just want to try and do my best and try and get as many podiums or top fives and I know that isn’t easy.”
MX1 Championship points: 01. Desalle, C. 348 pts 02. Cairoli, A. 345 pts 03. Pourcel, C. 336 pts 04. Paulin, G. 315 pts 05. de Dycker, Ken. 257 pts 06. Strijbos, K. 243 pts 07. Boog, Xavier. 236 pts 08. Philippaerts, D. 212 pts 09. Leok, Tanel. 201 pts 10. Goncalves, Rui. 183 pts 11. Simpson, Shaun. 159 pts 12. Pourcel, S. 143 pts 13. Bobryshev, E. 137 pts 14. Barragan, J. 135 pts 15. Karro, Matiss. 112 pts