Hutten Metaal Yamaha Racing reported for duty for they first race in a long time at the third round of the Swedish Championship in Uddevalla. After a long and intensive training period, the team was ready to gain some race rhythm with the EMX250 championship series fast approaching.
The riders were confronted with a challenging track after heavy rains. All three riders did well during qualification nonetheless, with all three to be found in the top five.
Jeremy Sydow’s first heat was mired by setback. The German had a good start and settled in with the leading group. After a few laps he crashed heavily, though, and broke his collarbone. He was immediately scheduled for an operation, so that he would not be out of action for too long.
Andrea Bonacorsi rode strongly, working his way from tenth to fifth. Dave Kooiker also maintained a place within the top ten, eventually crossing the line in tenth.
More rain between the heats turned the track into a quagmire. Bonacorsi managed the conditions well, and finished sixth in the second race. Kooiker was involved in a first race crash and retired to the pits for replacement gloves. He lost a lot of time and all hopes of a good result.
Bonacorsi was sixth overall and Kooiker was listed at 14th. The team will be in action again on Sunday at the same track for the back-to-back Swedish Championship events.
Overall Swedish Championship MX2 Uddevalla:
1 Rene Hofer 45 Pnt
2 Kay de Wolf 43 Pnt
3 Liam Everts 40 Pnt
4 Isak Gifting 38 Pnt
5 Simon Laengenfelder 35 Pnt
6 Andrea Bonacorsi 31 Pnt
14 Dave Kooiker 11 Pnt