The Grand Prix series has a new winner - and in the first event to take place in Sweden since the retirement of the great Tony Rickardsson, it was his successor as Swedish No.1 who finally broke his duck.
Andreas Jonsson, having been knocking on the door for some years now, won the Scandinavian Grand Prix at Malilla amidst scenes of celebration as the World's finest riders braved appalling conditions to put on a thrilling
Jonsson was the best of the best in terms of machine control on a treacherous surface that had been put into a raceable state by the hard-working track staff, who were kept busy throughout a meeting that was run in gradually worsening rain.
On several occasions the Swede had to battle his way through from the back, and that included the Final itself when he took advantage of race leader Hans Andersen picking up unwanted drive at the end of lap two to make a
passing move on the inside.
By that stage, the race had already lost series leader Jason Crump, who fell on turn three but sportingly cleared the track - after previously coming to grief on the first bend with all four riders being called back for a re-run.
And Crump took another step towards the title, extending his overall lead to 61 points with just 75 available from the last three events - the Australian knocking closest challenger Greg Hancock out of the Final by finshing second
ahead of him in the semi.
Hancock now faces a battle to hold on to second place as four riders are covered by 15 points, Jonsson moving into contention for a medal, Nicki Pedersen adding 11 points and Leigh Adams staying in touch with a third place finish in the Final.
Pedersen's strong performance came to an end when he was excluded in the second semi-final after falling on turn four having been moved out by a hard-charging Scott Nicholls. But Nicholls himself was destined for a controversial exit from the meeting as he clashed with arch-rival Andersen down the pits straight as the two
disputed second place. Andersen fell, and an angry Nicholls was thrown out with the Dane and Adams moving into the Final by default.