Race Report:
FIM Grand Prix of Sweden

Staying true to form with every other time that Swap has visited Europe for a race, the vast majority of Saturday’s practice sessions and qualifiers were met by some level of precipitation. By mid afternoon on Saturday, however, the skies began closing up, and remained dry through the event’s conclusion on Sunday evening. Though some heavy rutting resulted on the track, the racing action was still superb, starting with Sunday morning’s “Warm-up sessions, featuring fast lap times by France’s Sebastien Pourcel and Italy’s Antonio Cairoli in the MX1 and MX2 classes, respectively.

Uddevalla marked the ninth of 15 rounds of the 2007 FIM Motocross World Championship series, thus Swap and Cooley decided it was about time to check in on our friends in Europe to see who’s doing what, and what can be expected when the 2007 Motocross of Nations takes place at Budds Creek in September. Heading into the event, Yamaha’s Josh Coppins held a commanding lead in the MX1 Championship series of almost 100 points; the Kiwi is the only rider to have podiumed in every round thus far in 2007. In the “Lites-equivalent MX2 class, Yamaha de Carli’s Antonio Cairoli has found himself walking away with the championship—what should result in his second MX2 title in three years—as he’s taken seven of the first eight overall wins.

So, with the stage set and the two TransWorld goons brushed up on their Euro knowledge, round number nine of the FIM Motocross World Championship series went off without a hitch, and here’s how the day’s events went down…

MX2 – Grand Prix Race 1

With the sun finally peaking through Uddevalla’s overcast skies, the first holeshot of the day went to Rui Goncalves of Portugal, while heavy-hitters Antonio Cairoli and Tyla Rattray of the Red Bull KTM squad found themselves starting from dead last after colliding in turn number one. Up front, Kenneth Gundersen of Norway took over the lead early on lap number one, and looked to be in complete control of the first half of the race. By about the midday point, however, Red Bull KTM’s Tommy Searle of Great Britain put in an impressive ride to take over the lead, and once out front, slowly began pulling away from the field.

Meanwhile, a determined Cairoli looked to be in a league of his own, as the speedy Italian piloted his YZ250F through the entire field after starting dead last, taking over the second spot with roughly twelve minutes left to go in the moto. Once in second, Cairoli quickly began closing the gap on Searle, and with three laps to go, looked to possibly put himself in a position to make a pass for the win. Cairoli’s charge was too little too late, however, as the young Brit held on to win by just under three seconds.


  1. Tommy Searle (GBR)
  2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA)
  3. Kenneth Gundersen (NOR)
  4. Pascal Leuret (FRA)
  5. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL)
  6. Davide Guarneri (ITA)
  7. Marcus Schiffer (GER)
  8. Rui Goncalves (POR)
  9. Anthony Boissiere (FRA)
  10. Xavier Boog (FRA)

MX 1 – Grand Prix Race 1

When the gate dropped for moto one of the premier MX1 class, it was none other than former 125cc National Champion and U.S. patriot Mike Brown who snatched the holeshot ahead of Europe’s best. A small bobble while rounding turn number one was all it took for Browny to hand over the lead, however, and it was Belgium’s Ken De Dycker aboard the number nine Honda who welcomed it with open arms. De Dycker wasted no time once out front, as he quickly opened up a comfortable gap ahead of fellow countryman Kevin Strijbos, France’s Sebastien Pourcel, and Estonia’s Tanel Leok.

Looking impressively strong aboard his Kawasaki Racing Team Europe KX450F, Leok made the pass for second on lap ten over Suzuki’s Strijbos, and never turned back. Behind the lead two, Strijbos held on ttake the third spot, with current championship point’s leader Josh Coppins making a pass just a few laps from the end to cross the checkers in fourth. Leading the moto from the exit of turn number one on, De Dycker went wire to wire for what appeared to be a seemingly easy win.

The lone American rider in the field, Brown struggled a bit with the incredibly rough and rutted Uddevalla circuit, but battled his way in to finish the moto in 11th.


  1. Ken De Dycker (BEL)
  2. Tanel Leok (EST)
  3. Kevin Strijbos (BEL)
  4. Josh Coppins (NZL)
  5. Steve Ramon (BEL)
  6. David Philippaerts (ITA)
  7. Billy Mackenzie (GBR)
  8. Sebastien Pourcel (FRA)
  9. Jonathan Barragan (ESP)
  10. James Noble (GBR)

MX 2 – Grand Prix Race 2

Redemption was on the mind of Italy’s Antonio Cairoli as the gate dropped for moto number two, and redemption is exactly what Cairoli earned. After taking over the lead in the early stages of lap number one, the super quick Sicilian checked out, never to be challenged. The 23-second win marked his eighth overall victory of the series, and he now has a 102-point cushion between himself and defending champ Christophe Pourcel for the 2007 MX2 World Championship.

Speaking of Pourcel, the Frenchman got out to a much better start in moto two, and after working his way passed a few riders, took over the second spot, where he would eventually finish. In third was South Africa’s Tyla Rattray, who looked much better than he did when having to pull of in moto number one. Finishing comfortably in the fourth spot was fellow South African Gareth Swanepoel aboard his Molson Kawasaki.

Behind Cairoli in the day’s overall standings came Tommy Searle with 1-5 moto scores, and in third overall was a surprised Marcus Schiffer of Germany who went 6-7 for third.


  1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA)
  2. Christophe Pourcel (FRA)
  3. Tyla Rattray (RSA)
  4. Gareth Swanepoel (RSA)
  5. Tommy Searle (GBR)
  6. Marcus Schiffer (GER)
  7. Shaun Simpson (GBR)
  8. Matti Seistola (FIN)
  9. Carl Nunn (GBR)
  10. Davide Guarneri (ITA)


  1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA)
  2. Tommy Searle (GBR)
  3. Marcus Schiffer (GER)
  4. Christophe Pourcel (FRA)
  5. Davide Guarneri (ITA)
  6. Pascal Leuret (FRA)
  7. Gareth Swanepoel (RSA)
  8. Matti Seistola (FIN)
  9. Tyla Rattray (RSA)
  10. Carl Nunn (GBR)

MX 1 – Grand Prix Race 2

Ken De Dycker rocketed out of the gate once again to grab the moto two holeshot, and quickly extended a three-second lead over Belgium’s Steve Ramon. Behind Ramon, Sabastien Pourcel was looking to make up for some mistakes made in moto number one, as he settled into the third spot early on. Pourcel’s top-three ride was not to be, however, as he once again had problems with fading back into the pack, and his day eventually ended prematurely after his muffler caught on fire in the middle of the track. Yes, his muffler caught on fire!

Back up front, De Dycker was slowly being reeled back in by Ramon just over the halfway point in the moto, and by lap number 13, the Belgian stole the position and quickly opened up a comfortable margin. Behind the top two, Italy’s David Philippaerts and Great Britain’s Billy Mackenzie battled it out for the third spot, with Philippaerts eventually taking the honors. Leok crossed the checkers in fifth, and championship leader Coppins had to settle for sixth.

Ramon’s 5-1 finishes earned him second overall for the day, but it was De Dycker’s 1-2 that took the Uddevalla win—his first ever GP victory.


  1. Steve Ramon (BEL)
  2. Ken De Dycker (BEL)
  3. David Philippaerts (ITA)
  4. Billy Mackenzie (GBR)
  5. Tanel Leok (EST)
  6. Josh Coppins (NZL)
  7. Jonathan Barragan (ESP)
  8. Mike Brown (USA)
  9. Kornel Nemeth (HUN)
  10. James Noble (GBR)


  1. Ken De Dycker (BEL)
  2. Steve Ramon (BEL)
  3. Tanel Leok (EST)
  4. David Philippaerts (ITA)
  5. Josh Coppins (NZL)
  6. Billy Mackenzie (GRB)
  7. Jonathan Barragan (ESP)
  8. Kevin Strijbos (BEL)
  9. Mike Brown (USA)
  10. James Noble (GRB)

Steve Ramon (BEL)

  • Ken De Dycker (BEL)
  • David Philippaerts (ITA)
  • Billy Mackenzie (GBR)
  • Tanel Leok (EST)
  • Josh Coppins (NZL)
  • Jonathan Barragan (ESP)
  • Mike Brown (USA)
  • Kornel Nemeth (HUN)
  • James Noble (GBR)

    1. Ken De Dycker (BEL)
    2. Steve Ramon (BEL)
    3. Tanel Leok (EST)
    4. David Philippaerts (ITA)
    5. Josh Coppins (NZL)
    6. Billy Mackenzie (GRB)
    7. Jonathan Barragan (ESP)
    8. Kevin Strijbos (BEL)
    9. Mike Brown (USA)
    10. James Noble (GRB)