The final piece of the silly season puzzle has finally dropped, as Wilvo Yamaha MXGP have announced that they have signed a two-year deal with Jeremy Seewer. Seewer, who finished second in the MX2 class this season, will pilot the YZ450F during his first year in the premier division.
"I am happy that Yamaha had interest in me immediately because I feel like I have a bit of a connection with them through my support network and iXS, my gear brand," Seewer stated in a press release. "This made the decision to sign with Yamaha really easy. I have been to the Wilvo Yamaha team's headquarters in The Netherlands and it looked really good to me. It seems they have big plans for the future. It's not like they only want to be involved for a few years, they've really invested and have a strong plan to be successful. They are so passionate about motocross and very professional and that's why it made an easy decision to choose this team.
"I’ve already been riding on Arnaud Tonus’ bike, which was a bit strange because I have been riding a different manufacturer my whole life," Seewer continued. "Changing to Yamaha I was really excited and interested to know how it will be. I was so surprised at how my first ride on the bike went. After a few laps, I felt at home already and that was without making any changes to the bike. I didn’t even change the handlebars or anything, I just rode it how Arnaud rides it. It was quite funny; with no changes I could already throw some scrubs and stuff after only a few laps. I felt good immediately; it’s a good bike. I will only need to make some changes to make it more comfortable for me and to suit my riding style, but I already know the base is really good."
"I am happy and proud to welcome Jeremy Seewer to the team at Wilvo Yamaha MXGP," said Louis Vosters, the team manager at Wilvo Yamaha MXGP, in the same press release. "As a two-time vice World Champion in the MX2 class and with five GP wins in the last season, I am convinced that he has the ability to surprise everyone as a rookie in the MXGP class. I am also very thankful to everyone at Yamaha Motor Europe as well for making this happen. It has left us with a good feeling with Yamaha and with the team, and I feel this is another big step forward for us."
Jeremy Seewer will join Arnaud Tonus and Shaun Simpson beneath the Wilvo Yamaha MXGP awning next year, so the relatively-new team will undoubtedly be one of the strongest and most popular. Tonus signed an extension on his deal earlier this year, so will be with the team for the next two years at least, but Simpson's contract will expire in twelve months.
Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: Yamaha Racing