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action at the MXGP Russia event

Milestone trophy for Seewer through Russian MXGP rollercoaster

Jun 102019

Two Yamahas, two Swiss: one for the very first time in MXGP. Monster Energy Yamaha’s Jeremy Seewer wore a sizeable grin through his maiden premier class podium ceremony in Russia. In just his second MXGP season the former MX2 series runner-up battled through the Orlyonok heat and a slick, sketchy and fast hard-pack track to drop his milestone on the shores of the Black Sea.

Seewer joined countryman and brandmate Monster Energy Wilvo Yamaha’s Arnaud Tonus as two blue/black bikes were coated with the ‘sweet stuff’ for the second Grand Prix in a row: Seewer taking the place of teammate Romain Febvre, who grabbed Pole Position on Saturday in the Russian swelter but could not scale the box for the second race on the spin.

"It's amazing to make it onto the MXGP podium,” Jeremy said. “It feels like it is much harder to get here, much harder that even some of my MX2 wins. There are a lot of fast guys and especially on a track like we had today where there are a lot of guys riding a similar speed. I feel like it takes time to move from the 250cc to the 450cc and to get comfortable on the bike, but in the past few weeks I have been feeling good. My crew on the Yamaha Factory team have done an amazing job, and I owe a big thanks to them for making it happen. It feels like we are moving in a really good direction."


Seewer was the ninth different rider to swipe an MXGP trophy in what was the eighth round of eighteen in 2019. Tonus, who missed the whole of 2018 due to injury, is still knee-deep in his purple-patch renaissance with his third uncorking of the champagne. #4 came closest to demoting eventual winner Tim Gajser with a determined second moto charge.

“There were not too many opportunities to pass on this track, so I came close - and I went for it - but I ended up making a small mistake,” he recounted. “I am happy I tried and was able to recover and still finished second. I am still super-thankful to be up here on the podium three times in a row."


In MX2 Monster Energy Kemea Yamaha’s Jago Geerts was again in the top three with third overall: another gong for the special young Belgian after his thriller in France two weeks ago.