Seewer shrugs off Lommel crash for small career landmark

Monster Energy Yamaha’s Jeremy Seewer has recorded two Grand Prix wins for the first time in four seasons in the MXGP class. With his success in the Czech round Seewer doubled his tally for 2022 and after triumphing in France during June. The victory means the 28-year-old is the second most successful rider in the division this term behind Tim Gajser.

Seewer, who is famed for his consistency and has accumulated nearly 160 consecutive GP starts, was able to excel at Loket despite a heavy practice crash four days previously while circulating the sandy track of Lommel; scene of round fourteen of nineteen and the forthcoming Belgian Grand Prix. Seewer was fortunate to escape the blameless prang with only whiplash but still arrived in the Czech Republic stiff, sore and wearing recovery tape on Friday.

The Swiss started from Pole Position, won the first moto and had to follow teammate Maxime Renaux in the second outing.

“I tried a few times to catch him and I was a bit quicker but I couldn’t make it happen,” he said. “I took the GP, which is amazing after a tough week because I didn’t come here that well prepared. I’m not giving up yet and I want to fight for as many points as possible until the end of the season.”

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Seewer has classified 8th, 2nd, 2nd and 4th in four years in MXGP, all with Yamaha and has taken at least one GP win for the last three but has never been prolific. He is currently sitting as runner-up once more and a daunting 125 points behind Gajser with a maximum of 300 points remaining this season (250 once the doomed GP of Oman is sliced from the calendar) and a 10 point margin over Renaux. Seewer, who said he is riding better than ever, lost any serious hope of the crown when he crashed with Thomas Kjer Olsen and DNF-ed the second moto in Argentina and the third round of the year. For the following three Grands Prix he was trying to recover confidence from the fall that left him with a concussion and only entered the top three of a moto once in that six-race spell. He is now clear on his target for the remainder of 2022. “To get some more!” he said in reference to his Czech spoils.

“The points are calculated at the end, after the last round, and I’m never really too much into it. Many things went wrong this year but every time I went to the gate 100% then I’ve been on the podium and fighting for wins, so that’s what I am going to try and do in the next few GPs.”

Words: Adam Wheeler

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