Yamaha MXGP riders set for Sweden
Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP’s YZ450FM mounted riders Jeremy Seewer and Romain Febvre are excited for the return of the Swedish Grand Prix after it was missing from the calendar in 2018. Staging the final stop on European soil, the MXGP of Sweden will take place this weekend at the old and familiar circuit of Uddevalla as the 16th round of the FIM Motocross World Championship. Seewer and Febvre will be joined in the hunt for glory by Monster Energy Wilvo Yamaha MXGP’s duo of YZ450F riders Gautier Paulin and Arnaud Tonus.
Currently in line to be vice World Champion, Jeremy Seewer secured a career best second overall finish at the previous round and looks to keep that same momentum going for the final three rounds of the championship. The 24-year-old Swiss rider is second position in the championship chase, he carries a 41-point advantage over Gautier Paulin in third.
After narrowly missing out on a champagne celebration at the MXGP of Italy despite finishing on the same points as the rider in third, Paulin is determined to make a greatly anticipated return to the box. Ironically, the ’21’ has a 21-point buffer over his teammate Arnaud Tonus.
As a rider that excels on slick and slippery surfaces, Romain Febvre is looking forward to returning to Uddevalla, a track he has had a lot of success at in the past. Febvre still leads the ‘Fastest Lap’ competition, but after missing four rounds of the championship due to injury, he is seventh in the Championship Standings. Over the next three rounds, he can claw back 15-points on Arminas Jasikonis to move up into sixth, or 37-points on Glenn Coldenhoff to finish the season inside the top-five.
Like Febvre, Tonus also enjoys the Uddevalla circuit for the same reasons. It is slick and tricky and tends to favour riders that are silky smooth on the throttle and under brakes. The number ‘4’ hopes to redeem himself after an ‘off’ performance in the final race last weekend.
In MX2, Monster Energy Kemea Yamaha MX2’s Jago Geerts will solely represent the team this weekend as his teammate Ben Watson is sidelined with a broken wrist. Geerts reclaimed third place in the MX2 Championship Standings last weekend in Imola, Italy, and now has a 25-point advantage over the rider in fourth. The goal for the remaining three rounds will be to secure the bronze medal. Consistency and ‘race-smarts’ will be key.
2nd MXGP Championship Standings, 481-points
“I love going to Uddevalla. It always has cool atmosphere, and it is a nice country with nice people. The track is pretty cool there too, it’s a big strange, like the dirt is a bit slippery and stuff, but I have done well there in the past, so I am looking forward to going there, back to a proper motocross track. The game plan for this weekend will be to post solid results and hopefully end up on the podium. I’ll keep taking each race as it comes, and hope to keep the ball rolling.”
3rd MXGP Championship Standings, 440-points
“The expectation is the same going into all GP’s. It is the same expectation and same dedication. Going into Uddevalla it’s a special track, as always, the goal is to be up front and try to continue the work I did in Imola. This is definitely the goal.”
4th MXGP Championship Standings, 419-points
“Uddevalla is a cool place. It is a long time since I have been there. It should be cool to go back there, I like the track, I feel good out there. I am looking forward to rebounding from last weekend and having a good weekend. I will go out there, have fun and will do my best, it should be good.”
7th MXGP Championship Standings, 362-points
“I like the track in Sweden. I have won a few races there, and I was second overall the last time we were there. I am really looking forward to this GP. I think the track suits me really well, it’s a little bit like Loket. The weather is also expected to be a bit colder, which will be better for me. I am hoping to have a really good weekend there.”
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