On a typical Swedish summer day, the weather changed almost as much as positions on the track as rain showers interspersed patches of sunshine which meant that the Uddevalla track was in a permanent state of flux. It all didn’t seem to affect the riders too much though as they put on a great show for the on-watching cliffside spectators.

In the MXGP class we finally got to witness the return of Tim Gajser to the winners’ circle and Romain Febvre to the podium as things had a decidedly ‘2016’ look to the overall results. Gajser seemed right at home with the surface, breaking away from the field in the first moto to take the win, before pressurising Romain Febvre in the second moto as the two battled for the lead position. Unfortunately, after getting second in race one, Jeffrey Herlings was absent from the podium spots after his chain derailed just after he overtook Gajser for second spot in moto two. It was actually quite an important incident as with Cairoli struggling with just 26 points in the two motos, Herlings missed the opportunity to take out a 20+ point chunk of his championship lead. Instead, with three rounds remaining, all Cairoli has to do be crowned champion is to beat Herlings’ points tally when the series heads to America in two weeks’ time.

Pauls Jonass MXGP of Sweden 2017
With just 3 rounds left, Pauls Jonass is 45 points ahead of Seewer, after his 3-3 results here in Sweden. He hasn't necessarily been at his fastest recently, but he is doing more than enough to secure the MX2 title.David Bulmer

The MX2 class provided even more drama as Team USA pick Thomas Covington showed his never-say-die attitude by diving up the inside of Jeremy Seewer in the very last corner and taking the win by just 0.05 seconds. It was a great result for Covington in what was his fourth moto win of the season so far, and further vindication that he was the right pick for America at the Motocross of Nations in October. It was obviously a big disappointment for Seewer to miss out on the victory as every point counts in his struggle to overturn Pauls Jonass’ 45-point championship lead. The Swiss Suzuki rider still took the overall with his 2-2 results but only closed the gap on Jonass by 4 points as the Latvian KTM rider went 3-3. The winner of the first race was Jorge Prado who once again ripped off two holeshots, giving him just enough breathing space in the first moto to hold onto the lead in his usual flamboyant style.

As mentioned, next up is the USGP which is now scheduled to be held at WW Ranch, just outside of Jacksonville, Florida. In what will be the first major event for the venue, all eyes are interested to see what American riders pick up the gauntlet as the MXGP calendar draws to a close.

Jeremy Seewer MXGP of Sweden 2017
Despite winning the MX2 overall, Jeremy Seewer will be disappointed to have missed out on the 2nd moto win on the very last corner. He'll definitely be hoping the championship battle doesn't come down to those 3 dropped points.David Bulmer
Conrad Mewse MXGP of Sweden 2017
A career best 4th overall for Conrad Mewse, going 4-8 in tough conditions and holding off some much bigger names in both races.David Bulmer
Darian Sanayei MXGP of Sweden 2017
Darian Sanayei put in two great results, going 6-9 for 8th overall, just 4 points away from 4th overall.David Bulmer
Thomas Covington MXGP of Sweden 2017
A desperate last corner dive up the inside saw Thomas Covington take the 2nd MX2 moto win by 0.05 seconds, his 4th moto win of the season and more proof that he will give everything for Team USA in the MXoN.David Bulmer
Jorge Prado MXGP of Sweden 2017
In pretty difficult conditions, Jorge Prado whipped and scrubbed his way to a first moto win, backing it up with a 5th in the second moto for 2nd overall.David Bulmer
Antonio Cairoli MXGP of Sweden 2017
On what was a real off-day for the Italian, Antonio Cairoli managed just 26 points in his two motos. Yet somehow, this was actually good enough to extend his championship lead to 101 points with three rounds remaining.David Bulmer
Jeffrey Herlings MXGP of Sweden 2017
An obviously frustrated Jeffrey Herlings had to withdraw from moto two after his chain derailed just as he moved into second position. With the way he was riding, he had a real opportunity to take the moto win and make a significant dent in Cairoli's title lead.David Bulmer
Tim Gajser MXGP of Sweden 2017
Tim Gajser hadn't won since Mexico, so it was a welcome return to top spot for the Slovenian rider who now finally looks back to his best after a series of injuries that ruined his chances of defending his MXGP title.David Bulmer
Romain Febvre MXGP of Sweden 2017
Finally Romain Febvre got the podium spot and moto victory that he has been craving for this year. For the French team, his return to form couldn't have happened at a better time as they look to make it four in a row at Matterley Basin, UK later this year.David Bulmer
Gautier Paulin MXGP of Sweden 2017
Gautier Paulin looks to have put his injury problems behind him, getting his second podium in a row and closing to within 4 points of Herlings for 2nd spot in the championship.David Bulmer
Clement Desalle MXGP of Sweden 2017
After a disastrous Switzerland, Clement Desalle looked much better here in Sweden as he worked his way to 4th overall.David Bulmer

MXGP Overall:
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.

MXGP Points Standings:
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.

MX2 Overall:
1. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, SUZ), 44 points
2. Jorge Prado Garcia (ESP, KTM), 41 p.
3. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 40 p.
4. Conrad Mewse (GBR, HUS), 31 p.
5. Thomas Covington (USA, HUS), 30 p.
6. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 30 p.
7. Benoit Paturel (FRA, YAM), 28 p.
8. Darian Sanayei (USA, KAW), 27 p.
9. Hunter Lawrence (AUS, SUZ), 24 p.
10. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), 23 p.

MX2 Points Standings:
1. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 669 points
2. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, SUZ), 624 p.
3. Benoit Paturel (FRA, YAM), 504 p.
4. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 497 p.
5. Julien Lieber (BEL, KTM), 436 p.

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