Daylight lingers longer around Uddevalla than any other round of the MXGP series but it was also Monster Energy Yamaha’s Romain Febvre who shone that bit brighter at a busy Grand Prix of Sweden and the sixteenth chase of nineteen. The FIM World Championship journeyed to the further point north on its global trek and as the season hurries to a conclusion with events in the USA, Holland and France still to go. Uddevalla came back into the MXGP picture after a year in the shade and the thundery climate and frequent showers helped churn the undulating hard-pack layout into a slick but attackable layout.
Thundering on his own accord was 2015 World Champion Febvre. The Frenchman had taken fourth position overall the previous weekend in Switzerland and looked hungry for silverware after a barren ’17 campaign in which he had been searching for set-up, confidence and inspiration. #461 was able to count on some rapid starts in Sweden to assist his chase to 6-1 finishes (blasting back from a fall in the first moto) and some exciting action scenes with Tim Gajser; the Slovenian eventually going on to walk the top step of the box.