Team Suzuki Press Office – August 5.
Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe relied on the skills and promise of young Swiss star Jeremy Seewer at the Grand Prix of Czech Republic and the teenager took his RM-Z250 to fourth position in the fourth round of seven in the European EMX2 championship.
The competitive feeder series to the FIM Motocross World Championship took place on the Loket GP circuit and a slippery, fast and naturally-set course saw similar lap-times and close battles throughout the field as overtaking proved a tricky prospect.
Seewer worked up from a mediocre start in a hot and sunny first moto on Saturday afternoon to capture fifth position. It was a positive race for ‘#91’ as he rounded the first lap in 11th place and then gained time and ground to reach the top five. In the second outing on Sunday – in similar decent weather conditions – a better start saw an excellent run by Seewer who set the pace along with Mel Pocock and Tim Gasjer. The Suzuki man tried to make a challenge for second spot but just couldn’t slide a wheel past his rival and cement an overtaking move before the finish.
Seewer missed the podium by just four points but his current form bodes well for the remaining races in England, Holland and Italy. With the European calendar now in the second phase, he holds fourth in the standings and is just one point from the top three.
Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe will now have another break from international commitments but the bonanza MXGP Festival at the British Grand Prix over four days from August 16-19th will see the team’s full line-up of stars together in action for the first time with Brian Hsu (85cc) and Jorge Zaragoza (European 125cc) joining Seewer as 10 classes descend on the spectacular English race-track near Winchester.
“Yesterday my start was good but I tangled with Desprey in the first corner and I fell back to 14th. My riding was fast and my lap-times were good enough so I could come back to fifth. Today my start was better for the first corner, and with Gasjer and Pocock we broke away. Gasjer had the same pace and it was hard to get close enough to pass. I did it once but he got me back. We were together for most of the race so I’m happy with my speed and the overall result.”
EMX2 Overall result: 1. Mel Pocock (GBR, Yamaha), 47 points; 2. Tim Gajser (SLO, KTM), 42 p.; 3. Maxime Desprey (FRA, Kawasaki), 40 p.; 4. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki), 36 p.; 5. Stefan Kjer Olsen (DEN, Yamaha), 34 p.; 6. Alessandro Battig (ITA, Yamaha), 25 p.; 7. Mike Kras (NED, Suzuki), 23 p.; 8. James Dunn (GBR, KTM), 23 p.; 9. Jordan Lacan (FRA, Kawasaki), 23 p.; 10. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), 22 p.
EMX2 Championship Standings (after 4 of 7 rounds): 1. Mel Pocock (GBR, Yamaha), 197 points; 2. Stefan Kjer Olsen (DEN, Yamaha), 158 p.; 3. Mike Kras (NED, Suzuki), 126 p.; 4. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki), 125 p.; 5. Tim Gajser (SLO, KTM), 110 p.; 6. Maxime Desprey (FRA, Kawasaki), 105 p.; 7. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), 84 p.; 8. Alessandro Battig (ITA, Yamaha), 80 p.; 9. Vsevolod Brylyakov (RUS, KTM), 73 p.; 10. Robin Kappel (FRA, KTM), 58 p.