Jeremy Seewer had a lot to take in this winter. A last-minute switch from Suzuki, which he had ridden his whole career, to Wilvo Yamaha as well as jumping up from the 250 to the 450 meant a lot of adjustment, but the intelligent Swiss rider has taken it all in his stride and came out swinging in his first season on the 450.
Seewer has shown the speed to battle in the top five right from the first round in Argentina and in Spain he was fast once again with a sixth in moto one. An unfortunate first lap crash meant Seewer had to come from dead last to 15th but he did it without a front brake to show he has the will and the skill to adapt to whatever is thrown at him.
We spoke to Jeremy on Sunday evening to discuss his day, riding for a new team and the adaption to the MXGP class from MX2.
A pretty impressive performance this weekend, you had a crash in that last one but your speed was very good, how do you sum the GP up?
Very positive weekend except the negative thing in the second race. We struggled with technical problems off the start, so that’s why I messed up the start and as everyone knows it’s very dangerous to be in the pack and I came together in the air in the first table-top and had a huge crash – I couldn’t do anything about it. My front brake broke off completely so I had no front brake, I was happy to keep riding and come back to 15th.
I would have loved to have been battling again for a good spot up front but that’s how it goes but my speed was there all weekend and I felt great on my bike. I could run with those top guys, sixth in the first moto, eighth yesterday and I had good lapitmes in practice. I feel better and better expect for the alst moto everything went really well and I just try to keep going and not let this stuff like what happened in the second moto get to me too much.
The first three rounds overall, you have had to adjust to a new bike and new team and you have still been quick from the first round this season. Has it surprised you just how quick you have been – around top five speed in all three GPs and in different conditions.
I am a bit surprised yes, it was a toug winter figuring out many small little problems and things just because the team is new and not used to me, it just takes time to adapt and everyone needs to learn. It looked like we just found everything in time for the first GP, okay we weren’t 100% where I wanted to be but it seems to be working very good in every condition and even tho I crashed in Argentina, I recovered well from it, it’s going good.
Watching the championship I am quite off because I had the bad moto today and one DNF already, but the rest is looking very positive and that is good for the future I think.
How do you find he Yamaha compared to the Suzuki, did it take you a while to adapt to the different characteristics?
It’s for sure different but from the first moment it was a good bike to me, it handles well and has good power. It’s just how you set it up, that’s the main thing and how much effort the team puts in for the weight, I think we are in a good way – it’s competitive. Like I said we did a lot of work in the winter and many small things and still now we are struggling with some small things but it’s going in a good way and that’s important.
How do you find the jump in level from MX2 to MXGP?
It’s just different. I was not surprised but I can ride their speed, everyone knows the level in MXGP is so, so high and four or five of them are world champions, I found out it works better than expected and I can go that speed but the difference from MX2 is the intensity. In MX2 you have five or six laps to battle for your position and then the rest of the race if you re fit and stuff, you are there and about top 3 and you have your own race with the same two or three guys every weekend. We saw today it was same guys always up there. In MXGP there are eight or nine from third to tenth, one guy can be fourth one moto then ninth the other moto, there is always someone there and it is so intense.
Does that make it hard mentally, lap after all you are having to push so hard?
Yeah that’s the difference, the intensity and being there lap after lap. That’s what I had to get used to and still have to get used to a bit.