The MXGP of Sweden returns to the world motocross championship calendar after a two-year absence, to give Team HRC’s Tim Gajser and Mitch Evans a chance to get back to their high levels of performance after a tough event last time out in Lommel, Belgium.
With just four rounds left of this 2022 campaign, Gajser sits in a commanding position, 122-points ahead of his nearest rival and excited to finish the season strongly. The deep sand of Lommel wasn’t kind to the #243, but he is looking to bounce back with a good result in Uddevalla, Sweden, a place he has won at before in 2017 (MXGP) and 2015 (MX2). After missing the Covid-affected seasons, the scenic track, just north of Gothenburg should see a lot of fans come out to cheer on the Honda riders and they will both be looking to respond by challenging for the podium positions once again.
Evans was riding in third position for the majority of the Lommel qualification race, but a crash a couple of laps from the end saw him drop down the field, and although he was able to tough out the first half of moto one in 13th, he then had to pull off the race track. It was decided for him to not line-up in race two and instead to give himself the best chance of recovery for this round in Sweden, where he should be feeling a lot better and where he should be able to get back to the form that saw him put in six strong finishes in a row in the three previous events.
With the good weather in Europe looking to remain, the Uddevalla track should be in prime condition, and with two years to work on everything for their next event, the facilities should also be up to their usual high standards as they welcome the best riders in the world. As with every event this year, the championship is back to a two-day format with free and timed practice followed by a qualification race on the Saturday, and then a morning warm-up and the two motos on the Sunday afternoon.