Suzuki Europe MX2’s Valentin Teillet wasted no time in getting back to Grand Prix pace by taking eighth position in qualification for the Swedish round and the eighth meeting of 15 in the FIM Motocross World Championship.
The Frenchman attacked the shallow soil and hard-pack of Uddevalla on his RM-Z250 and gated well to run within the top 10 and dispute seventh position at one stage. The weather conditions were true to the grim forecast in the morning but the large Saturday crowd were rewarded with their patience by brighter skies in the afternoon.
Teillet, who added a notch of stiffness on the front suspension to help ride-out the bumps, was encouraged by what was only his second qualification performance of the season since recovering from a shoulder injury sustained in Bulgaria in the first meeting of the year.
“It is so good to be back! I had a good start – top five I think – and because this is my first GP for quite a while it took me a few laps to find a rhythm. I was slow at the beginning but I stayed cool. I know my level at the moment is not enough for the top five so I found my position among the guys I want to be running with and concentrated from there. The track here is very difficult. It is different to previous years because they have ripped the terrain and it is hard underneath making it slippery. I think a top-10 place is possible tomorrow because I was not pushing out there and I don’t feel tired. We will see.”
MX2 Qualification Heat: 1. Ken Roczen (GER, KTM), 25:27.402; 2. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Yamaha), +0:01.351; 3. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), +0:02.960; 4. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), +0:08.526; 5. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, KTM), +0:24.337; 6. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Yamaha), +0:30.046; 7. Zachary Osborne (USA, Yamaha), +0:34.050; 8. Valentin Teillet (FRA, Suzuki Europe MX2), +0:36.815; 9. Christophe Charlier (FRA, Yamaha), +0:42.254; 10. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), +0:44.886.