The Grand Prix of Sweden this weekend sees the FIM Motocross World Championship enter its second phase with the ninth round of sixteen. The race at the Uddevalla circuit will see Monster Energy Yamaha significantly strengthened with the maiden appearance this season of Zach Osborne on the YZ250F in MX2-GP and the return of a stronger Christophe Charlier to action. In a small reshuffle for the six-man factory squad across both principal classes Britain’s Shaun Simpson will move into the Rinaldi awning to steer Steven Frossard’s YZ450FM for the rest of the season.
The exciting prospect of Osborne making his first Grand Prix outing of 2012 is a boost for the Dixon-led division of Monster Energy Yamaha. The American has been recovering over the past eight weeks from surgery to his collarbone and shoulder following a pre-season injury. The 23 year old made a fantastic impression during the first month of the year with excellent results in the West Coast AMA Lites Supercross category and is hoping some of that speed and confidence will soon return for his European adventure. “I feel good on the bike,” he said. “I feel as if I never stopped riding. I'm sure in a race situation it would be different but I have a good start and am getting better and better. Before my injury I had a lot of momentum. I was fitter and faster than ever before so to get back to that level could take a little time. I just have to do my best to get back to a high level of fitness and competition form.”