Adam Sterry consolidated his sixth place in the FIM World MX2 Motocross Championship with two strong rides for fourth overall in the Swedish round of the series at Uddevalla in Sweden.
The Welshman, already impressive for his third place in Qualifying, got elbowed out in the sweeping opening turn in race one to emerge eighth but, brimming with confidence, he quickly started to make moves, taking over seventh on the opening lap and making more good passes on his F&H Racing Team Kawasaki to advance by lap six to fifth, a position he held until the chequered flag. He was even more impressive in race two; from a third-placed start he took over second place on lap two and continued to put pressure on the leader until the first of two small slips dropped him to third. The two solid finishes earnt him fourth overall on the day and the thirty-six-point championship haul means he has strengthened his hold on sixth in the series standings.
Adam Sterry: “I’m a little frustrated to again just miss the podium and to finish fourth in the GP but I was really happy with my riding. Particularly in the second race I had good lines and was riding very easy in second position behind Vialle; maybe it felt too easy as I made a small mistake when I didn’t see a rut in the shadows. I went down and after that I was too far back to catch Vialle and take a podium; that was my mistake. I’m disappointed but I was happy with my speed and my riding and there are still two more GPs to get that elusive podium.”
It was a bitter-sweet Grand Prix for F&H teammate Henry Jacobi. The German held a superb race-long third place in the first moto to move to within twelve points of third in the series points standings and was making more headway in race two as he quickly moved forward to fifth before a fateful incident on lap three; he was forced to withdraw in intense pain to seek medical attention after damaging his right knee in one of the deep furrows which were developing as the weekend continued. The incident has dropped him to fifth in the series standings, still only twenty-five points behind third with two GPs remaining on the schedule.
Bike It DRT Kawasaki’s Darian Sanayei was tenth overall after two leaderboard rides. The American advanced rapidly to fifth during the opening laps of race one but was under constant pressure in a tightly-bunched leaderboard and was eventually relegated to ninth. A holeshot in race two saw him lead for half a lap and he maintained a strong fourth for seven laps before a fall dropped him to ninth and he eventually finished eleventh in the moto and tenth overall.
Darian Sanayei: “Today was a little bit more difficult for me as I used a lot of energy yesterday. My first start was not that good but I pushed really hard for a couple of laps to get to fifth place. Then I made a mistake; some riders passed me but we had some nice battles and I finished ninth. I wasn’t feeling so good for the second race but I did my best; I got a great start and was fourth for a couple of laps but then it was just a matter of survival. It’s not so bad considering the situation, but I know I am capable of more; I know my speed is better than tenth….”
Bud Racing Kawasaki’s Mitchell Harrison once again rode two good races after poor starts. After chasing forward to fifteenth in moto one, he made a series of solid moves in race two to advance from eighteenth on the opening lap to tenth at the finish to claim thirteenth overall. Teammate Brian Moreau again showed his speed when he outfoxed the series third-placeman in a race-long duel in race one to advance from fifteenth to twelfth but he crashed out of thirteenth early in race two.