24MX Honda rider Ken De Dycker scored points at the 15th round of the FIM MXGP World Championship in Uddevalla, Sweden. Keeno, who won his first ever Grand Prix at the iconic Swedish track in 2007, finished 16th in the first moto and circulated in a points scoring position when his brake line got damaged.After a one-year absence the Uddevalla circuit in the south-west of Sweden made its return to the MXGP series this weekend. The organising club did a great job of revamping the track and bringing in fresh dirt. But those much improved conditions were by no means a synonym for an easy course! At certain sections the track remained slick and below the surface were lots of tricky square-edged bumps. All weekend long riders were facing changeable weather conditions with downpour one moment and sunshine the other. Nevertheless de Dycker immediately felt at ease at the “Glimminge Motorstadion”. In qualifying the lanky Belgian rode to a solid 16th after a slow start. 


Ken had a modest start in the first moto. Although de Dycker had felt under the weather during the moto it didn’t show in his speed. The former Belgian, British and German National MX1 champion put in a hard charge to climb up to 16th. 

Big Ken was keen to replicate his first moto result but an off-track excursion in the opening lap threw the proverbial spanner in the works. With 30 minutes left to go Ken worked hard to make his way back on the leaderboard. He actually returned to 18th but faced disappointment in the final stages of the race when a hole in his brake line damaged the brake and relegated him to 22nd. 

Ken De Dycker: My start were not so good this weekend but I was happy with my speed. In the first moto my stomach was playing tricks on me but at least the pace was allright. I came back well in the second moto after I had gone over the berm on the first lap. Unfortunately I ran into this problem with my brake, I know I had the speed for at least two top-16 finishes but mechanical issues are of course a part of racing.”


Next weekend Ken De Dycker will race at home at the Orp-Le-Grand International Motocross where he will line up against Clement Desalle, Jeremy Van Horebeek and Shaun Simpson.

MXGP Race

1. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), 34:57.413; 2. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), +0:09.286; 3. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Husqvarna), +0:12.301; 4. Clement Desalle (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:17.530; 5. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), +0:19.141; 6. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), +0:20.596; 7. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Yamaha), +0:22.919; 8. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:25.946; 9. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:27.326; 10. Arminas Jasikonis (LTU, Suzuki), +0:29.405; 11. Shaun Simpson (GBR, Yamaha), +0:38.198; 12. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Honda), +0:41.363; 13. Max Anstie (GBR, Husqvarna), +0:57.551; 14. Tanel Leok (EST, Husqvarna), +1:12.574; 15. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), +1:16.282; 16. Ken de Dycker (BEL, 24MX Honda), +1:19.108; 17. Damon Graulus (BEL, 24MX Honda), +1:23.556; 18. Rui Goncalves (POR, Husqvarna), +1:24.785; 19. Filip Bengtsson (SWE, KTM), +1:38.075; 20. Nikolaj Larsen (DEN, KTM), +1:54.884; 21. Jernej Irt (SLO, Husqvarna), +1:59.836; 22. Stefan Ekerold (GER, Suzuki), +2:02.440; 23. Jaromir Romancik (CZE, KTM), -1 lap(s); 24. Peter Irt (SLO, Yamaha), -1 lap(s); 25. Eddie Hjortmarker (SWE, Suzuki), -1 lap(s); 26. Anton Wallin (SWE, Yamaha), -2 lap(s); 27. Henrik Wahl (NOR, Honda), -3 lap(s); 28. Harri Kullas (EST, Husqvarna), -12 lap(s); 29. Nick Kouwenberg (NED, Yamaha), -13 lap(s); 30. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Husqvarna), -16 lap(s); 31. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki), -16 lap(s);

MXGP Race 2:

1. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), 35:40.541; 2. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:04.402; 3. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Husqvarna), +0:13.010; 4. Clement Desalle (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:16.251; 5. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), +0:18.148; 6. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Yamaha), +0:21.519; 7. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:35.840; 8. Max Anstie (GBR, Husqvarna), +0:38.986; 9. Arminas Jasikonis (LTU, Suzuki), +0:40.499; 10. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:44.403; 11. Tanel Leok (EST, Husqvarna), +0:45.500; 12. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), +0:46.602; 13. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki), +0:48.925; 14. Shaun Simpson (GBR, Yamaha), +0:52.420; 15. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Husqvarna), +1:12.513; 16. Harri Kullas (EST, Husqvarna), +1:14.281; 17. Filip Bengtsson (SWE, KTM), +1:30.884; 18. Nikolaj Larsen (DEN, KTM), +1:45.554; 19. Jernej Irt (SLO, Husqvarna), +1:56.325; 20. Nick Kouwenberg (NED, Yamaha), -1 lap(s); 21. Damon Graulus (BEL, 24MX Honda), -1 lap(s); 22. Ken de Dycker (BEL, 24MX Honda), -1 lap(s); 23. Jaromir Romancik (CZE, KTM), -1 lap(s); 24. Eddie Hjortmarker (SWE, Suzuki), -1 lap(s); 25. Anton Wallin (SWE, Yamaha), -1 lap(s); 26. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Honda), -2 lap(s); 27. Henrik Wahl (NOR, Honda), -2 lap(s); 28. Stefan Ekerold (GER, Suzuki), -3 lap(s); 29. Peter Irt (SLO, Yamaha), -7 lap(s); 30. Rui Goncalves (POR, Husqvarna), -9 lap(s); 31. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), -16 lap(s);


MXGP Uddevalla classification:

1. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 47 points; 2. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 40 p.; 3. Gautier Paulin (FRA, HUS), 40 p.; 4. Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 36 p.; 5. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 32 p.; 6. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 29 p.; 7. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 26 p.; 8. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 24 p.; 9. Arminas Jasikonis (LTU, SUZ), 23 p.; 10. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 22 p.; 11. Max Anstie (GBR, HUS), 21 p.; 12. Tanel Leok (EST, HUS), 17 p.; 13. Shaun Simpson (GBR, YAM), 17 p.; 14. Tommy Searle (GBR, KAW), 15 p.; 15. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, HON), 9 p.; 16. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, SUZ), 8 p.; 17. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 6 p.; 18. Filip Bengtsson (SWE, KTM), 6 p.; 19. Harri Kullas (EST, HUS), 5 p.; 20. Ken de Dycker (BEL, 24MX HONDA), 5 p.;21. Nikolaj Larsen (DEN, KTM), 4 p.; 22. Damon Graulus (BEL, 24MX HONDA), 4 p.;23. Rui Goncalves (POR, HUS), 3 p.; 24. Jernej Irt (SLO, HUS), 2 p.; 25. Nick Kouwenberg (NED, YAM), 1 p.;

FIM MXGP World Championship after 16 rounds:

1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 631 points; 2. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 530 p.; 3. Gautier Paulin (FRA, HUS), 526 p.; 4. Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 519 p.; 5. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 453 p.; 6. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 441 p.; 7. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 377 p.; 8. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 364 p.; 9. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 352 p.; 10. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 344 p.; 11. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, YAM), 328 p.; 12. Max Anstie (GBR, HUS), 328 p.; 13. Arminas Jasikonis (LTU, SUZ), 283 p.; 14. Tanel Leok (EST, HUS), 184 p.; 15. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, HON), 164 p.; 16. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, SUZ), 149 p.; 17. Shaun Simpson (GBR, YAM), 140 p.; 18. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), 122 p.; 19. Rui Goncalves (POR, HUS), 108 p.; 20. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KAW), 79 p.; 21. Valentin Guillod (SUI, HON), 61 p.; 22. Ken de Dycker (BEL, 24MX HONDA), 60 p.; 23. Damon Graulus (BEL, 24MX HONDA), 46 p.; 24. Harri Kullas (EST, HUS), 40 p.; 25. Maxime Desprey (FRA, KAW), 28 p.; 26. Tommy Searle (GBR, KAW), 26 p.; 27. Filip Bengtsson (SWE, KTM), 18 p.; 28. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), 15 p.; 29. Jaromir Romancik (CZE, KTM), 14 p.; 30. Jeffrey Dewulf (BEL, KTM), 14 p

Text; Tom Jacobs

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