Sign of the  Lap Times: Uddevalla

Sign of the Lap Times: Uddevalla

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Once again Mother Nature would play devils advocate to anyone hoping for an easy championship run in the 2012 FIM MX GPs, as round nine of the world championship began under less than ideal conditions in Northern Europe. Uddevalla, located at the southern end of Sweden off the sea of Skagerrak, shook the Grand Prix landscape after the skies opened up and unloaded on the track.

Red Bull KTM’s Antonio Cairoli entered with a 47-point lead in the MX1 class, but after not one, but two DNFs, he left exasperated and looking up at a new points leader in the standings. Everything that went wrong for Cairoli, went right for Clement Desalle. The Belgian was able to overcome two quick starts by fellow title contender Christophe Pourcel and trudge through the porous conditions to capture the overall and the points lead.

Pourcel was able to fend off a late charge from Kevin Strijbos in the second moto to hang on for second overall. The podium featured more black, yellow and red (the colors of the Belgium flag) as Strijbos used a strong second moto to outlast the other Pourcel, Sebastien, and join countrymate Desalle on the rostrum with third overall.

With the MX1 Class in complete chaos, the MX2 Class was able to provide some stability… for at least one moto that is. Points leader Jeffery Herlings held off a stringent charge from Tommy Searle, who lost the lead earlier in the race when he had to pull in the paddock for new goggles, to win the first moto.

In the second moto it was all Searle, as Herlings crashed on the first lap and remounted in 28th. Searle would take the moto win and the overall, while Herlings had to settle for second overall after charging back to seventh after the first turn melee. With his win Searle has cut Herlings' lead down to sixteen. Yes, no leader is safe when the conditions get this bad.

Let’s check out lap charts to see how it all broke down.


Grand Prix MX1 Class
Moto 1

Lap Rank Finish Best Lap In Lap Rider
1 1 2:05.506 1 Clement Desalle
2
2 2:05.722 5 Christophe Pourcel
3 3 2:06.174 4 Sebastien Pourcel
4 11 2:06.506 16 Ken de Dycker
5 27 2:07.416 9 David Philippaerts
6 4 2:07.622 2 Shaun Simpson
7 5 2:07.977 16 Kevin Strijbos
8
35 2:08.118 1 Antonio Cairoli
9 33 2:08.318 1 Evgeny Bobryshev
10 7 2:08.634 6 Gautier Paulin

 

Moto 2

Lap Rank Finish Best Lap In Lap Rider
1 3 1:55.073 13 Kevin Strijbos
2
1 1:55.501 2 Clement Desalle
3 2 1:55.676 12 Christophe Pourcel
4 30 1:56.108 2 Antonio Cairoli
5 5 1:56.154 2 Shaun Simpson
6 4 1:56.275 11 Tanel Leok
7 11 1:56.883 19 Ken de Dycker
8
6 1:57.310 14 Sebastien Pourcel
9 9 1:57.673 4 Gautier Paulin
10 8 1:58.383 8 Xavier Boog

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Super Tony lost a 47-point lead in Sweden.
Ray Archer photo


Grand Prix MX2 Class
Moto 1

Lap Rank Finish Best Lap In Lap Rider
1 2 2:01.951 4 Tommy Searle
2 1 2:02.727 2 Jeffery Herlings
3 5 2:02.898 5 Zach Osborne
4 31 2:03.433 6 Jeremy van Horebeek
5
3 2:04.013 4 Joel Roelants
6 4 2:04.427 5 Dylan Ferrandis
7 6 2:06.395 5 Jake Nicholls
8 8 2:07.127 9 Jordi Tixier
9 19 2:07.884 8 Christophe Charlier
10 16 2:08.052 3 Jens Getterman


Moto 2

Lap Rank Finish Best Lap In Lap Rider
1 16 1:57.450 16 Joel Roelants
2 2 1:57.999 8 Jeremy van Horebeek
3 1 1:58.081 4 Tommy Searle
4 5 1:58.477 15 Zach Osborne
5
7 1:59.801 10 Jeffery Herlings
6 3 1:59.969 8 Dylan Ferrandis
7 4 2:00.039 12 Jake Nicholls
8 10 2:01.065 18 Alessandro Lupino
9 6 2:01.096 11 Christophe Charlier
10 11 2:01.506 14 Romain Febvre

 


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Tommy Searle cut Jeffery Herlings lead down to sixteen with an overall win in Sweden.
Ray Archer photo

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