The 49,000 population of Uddevalla, Sweden will almost double this weekend when the Motocross World Championship paddock descends for round nine of the 2006 season.

After three races in three weekends the Motocross stars have enjoyed a much deserved weekend 'off' to recharge before Sweden - and the MX1 riders certainly needed something if they are to beat Stefan Everts, the nine times world champion who has won each of the eight rounds of the championship so far.

The Yamaha rider is now almost 100 points ahead of countryman Kevin Strijbos and the Suzuki star - who recently signed a new two year contract - must now realistically lower his sights to simply trying to beat the #72 for a race win in the seven remaining rounds before he retires.

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That target is also true of Kawasaki's Tanel Leok, CAS Honda's Ken de Dyker and Strijbos' team-mate Steve Ramon - third, fourth and fifth in the championship respectively - but is could be returning 2005 championship runner-up Josh Coppins, due to ride in his second race of the season this weekend, that beats them all to it.

Meanwhile, the MX2 class hasn't been short of winners - but young Frenchman Christophe Pourcel has still managed to build a solid 34 point lead over nearest rival, and reigning world champion, Antonio Cairoli.

Surprisingly, Cairoli is yet to take an overall grand prix victory this season, but those that have joined Pourcel on the top step so far are David Philippaerts (third in the championship), Marc de Reuver (fourth) Tyla Rattray (fifth) and Billy Mackenzie (sixth).

Meanwhile, Sweden will also host the second round of the 2006 Women's Motocross World Cup.