Jeremy Seewer - Winner
Posted on May 22, 2023
When Monster Energy Yamaha factory rider Jeremy Seewer crossed the finish line for the 11th Grand Prix victory in his career, the likeable rider from Switzerland must have felt huge relief and a surge of confidence. He has had the speed, but things have been missing, from big crashes, a bashed up body and of course, the sensational form of Jorge Prado and Jeffrey Herlings.
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Now back on top of the podium, after starting the year with 7-6-11-11-5-6 overall in the first six rounds of the championship, for Seewer round seven turned his season around. The Yamaha man came into the French Grand Prix rested and ready to go after a nice rest at home.
“I enjoyed the weekend off at home," Seewer said. "Relaxing and working on my jeep. I know Villars, I have raced there in the past for the GPs and also for the Swiss Championship, but I have heard that they have changed it a lot. So, I am curious to see, and I look forward to it. I have lots of happy memories from the French GP, especially last year. I always love racing in France, the French fans are very loud and passionate, and I love this. The goal this weekend is to be back on the box. That is what I am working for.”
A frantic start to the French Grand Prix, round seven of the FIM Motocross World Championship in Villars Sous Ecot, France, saw Seewer finish second after a brilliant ride in qualification race on Saturday. Seewer pulled an incredible holeshot but was quickly shuffled back to second position by the current MXGP Championship leader Jorge Prado, which is where he remained for all 11-laps of the ‘sprint style’ Qualifying Race.
On the Sunday, it was a different story. The multiple World number two demonstrated exceptional skill in both races, achieving a 1-2 finish for the overall win – his first since the MXGP of Sweden in August 2022.
“Too long, way too long (to win a GP). Where I came from, the crashes I have had, and my body destroyed. The second race hats off to Romain, he was quick, but I knew I had to overall and rode smart. Lucky the season is still long, and I will keep working, thanks guys. I mean, I wanted to win, and I never had a 1-1 and I had a good flow and everything. Romain was quicker in some sectors, but this is amazing, and I forget about all the things that went wrong. The fans are amazing here today. This gives me some energy again. It is close to Switzerland and a bit like revenge and so many Swiss fans.”
Determined to impress, Seewer displayed a remarkable return to form and demonstrated his true potential in Race One. The '91' skilfully powered his YZ450FM to an incredible holeshot and delivered a masterful performance. Despite briefly losing the lead to Jorge Prado at the beginning of the race, he reclaimed the top spot-on lap five and stormed to his first race win of the season.
In the second and final race of the day, Seewer pulled off another fantastic holeshot. The Swiss sensation put forth another extraordinary performance, setting the fastest lap and leading the first 12 laps before conceding to Romain Febvre. He eventually settled for a safe and comfortable second, which ensured the Grand Prix win.
“This weekend I managed to stay out of trouble, and it looks like we have solved the problem with the starts because I have been upfront on the start for the last few races. It was amazing today. The fans were incredible, and I have never seen the start straight that full. This track is close to Switzerland, so there were many Swiss fans and French fans for Romain (Febvre). The atmosphere was amazing, and it felt like a kind of revenge after the Swiss GP didn’t go to plan. To race in front of so many Swiss fans and to give them a win feels so good. They deserve it, and looking ahead, I want to keep building my form and going ahead with a smile.”
Now onto Latvia in a couple of weeks’ time, a place that Seewer hasn’t always gelled with, going 7-8-13-2-4-4-10-9-3-4 in his appearances there. With his extra confidence and his always lightning speed, don’t be surprised if he puts together one of his best races at the Kegums circuit.
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