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Team Suzuki Press Office – July 23.

Jeremy Seewer – 5-2 for 2nd
Hunter Lawrence – 8-8 for 7th
Bas Vaessen – 17-20 for 18th

Jeremy Seewer continued his podium run with a second overall at the Czech GP this weekend in what were some extremely tricky conditions at the Loket facility. Hard rain before the first MX2 moto made the track very slick and slippery but Seewer battled hard in both races to finish second overall as he continues his assault on the MX2 World Championship.
Hunter Lawrence also impressed on his return to action after missing the last two rounds with a back injury. The Australian rider got two eighth place finishes for seventh overall in what was a really good comeback after such little riding time.

Unfortunately, things didn’t go quite so well for Bas Vaessen, but luck just wasn’t on his side today in the first few corners.
For Seewer though, it was certainly a tough day at the office and although he lost ground in the points race, he is still confident he can turn it around in this upcoming string of back-to-back races. He gave his verdict on the action today: “In the first moto I got an ok start and was going around the first corner in fifth position but on the outside. That meant that I got squeezed out, as the leaders slid out in the wet conditions, so a decent start turned into a bad start. In the beginning I could make a lot of passes as there was still rain on the track and there were some lines available, but then it started to dry and it turned into one fast dry line which made it so difficult to pass. With all the roost I ended up running out of tear-offs so I had to take the goggles off and that meant I could only finish fifth as passing any riders was so difficult. In the second race, I changed my start strategy a little bit and lined-up on the inside and it worked really well. I almost made the holeshot and then made some quick passes to get into third, but then I got stuck behind Jorge Prado Garcia almost the entire moto. I ended up crashing because of him as he braked in a corner and I ran into the back of him and Benoit Paturel ran into the back of me. I still came back strong though and passed him eventually to get second position but unfortunately Pauls Jonass was gone by then. The championship isn’t over yet though. Today wasn’t a good day, however there are still plenty of races left and we won’t give up.”

Lawrence’s attendance this weekend wasn’t guaranteed despite the doctor’s clearance as his two training sessions in the build-up for the GP proved a real struggle. However, despite his lack of race fitness, he gritted-out two extremely impressive top 10 finishes, moving through the pack well on this tight track. “I got out of the gate quite well in the first moto but lost ground in the first corner and had to work my way up from outside the top 20. I got back to eighth and I was happy with that, I was feeling good, especially considering it was my first race back and my first 30 minutes plus two in the last five weeks. In the second moto I had a similar start which made my life a bit harder but I got to work and passed as many guys as I could and finished eighth again. After that I was completely finished as it’s so hard to come back to racing GPs with such little seat-time under my belt. I almost didn’t ride this weekend as I thought I’d embarrass myself so I’m delighted to have got two top-10 results and it gives me a great platform for the upcoming rounds where I’ll hopefully be much stronger.”

Things weren’t quite so positive for Vaessen, but with Lommel coming up as the next round, it gives the young Dutch rider the perfect chance to bounce back and put in the kind of displays we are used to seeing from the RM-250 rider. “I didn’t have a great start in the first race and had to pass a bunch of riders in the first few laps. I was happy with how it was going and was riding at a good pace. Unfortunately, on a track that is so difficult to pass, I ended up crashing when attempting some more passes and dropped back to finish 17th. I started off really well in the second moto, around ninth or 10th but someone then ran right into my leg and that hurt me so much that it was a real struggle to continue to ride. I was just trying to save the moto really and finish the race. Now I need to make sure my leg is ok and then prepare myself for Lommel which I am really looking forward to.”

General Manager Stefan Everts also gave his opinion on his three MX2 riders, in what was definitely a mixed weekend for the Suzuki World MX2 team. “It was another tough GP as Jeremy got stuck behind Prado and it was almost impossible to pass him. He tried a lot and put in a lot of effort but unfortunately he lost some more points in the championship. However, it’s not over yet and I think he can bounce back in the next few rounds.

“For Hunter, it was a really impressive comeback after being off the bike so much. Two eighth places after just two days of practice is really good for him and a good sign for the rest of the season. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a good weekend for Vaessen as he got two bad starts which made it very difficult for him to come through, so he will definitely have better weekends than this one. Hopefully that will start with Lommel for the next round where he should go well in the deep sand.”
The championship now takes a weekend off before a run of three GPs in a row, starting with Suzuki World MX2 team’s “home” race at the Belgian sand track in Lommel on August 6th.

MX2 Moto 1: 1. Thomas Covington (USA, Husqvarna), 35:24.193; 2. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), +0:10.380; 3. Jorge Prado Garcia (ESP, KTM), +0:16.628; 4. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, Husqvarna), +0:20.439; 5. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki World MX2), +0:21.297; 6. Benoit Paturel (FRA, Yamaha), +0:22.144; 7. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), +0:39.982; 8. Hunter Lawrence (AUS, Suzuki World MX2), +0:41.061; 9. Brian Hsu (GER, Husqvarna), +0:42.595; 10. Conrad Mewse (GBR, Husqvarna), +1:02.800; 17. Bas Vaessen (NED, Suzuki World MX2), +1:59.504.

MX2 Moto 2: 1. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 35:26.231; 2. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki World MX2), +0:01.763; 3. Benoit Paturel (FRA, Yamaha), +0:02.702; 4. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), +0:13.398; 5. Julien Lieber (BEL, KTM), +0:20.078; 6. Jorge Prado Garcia (ESP, KTM), +0:23.970; 7. Darian Sanayei (USA, Kawasaki), +0:26.308; 8. Hunter Lawrence (AUS, Suzuki World MX2), +0:27.890; 9. Jed Beaton (AUS, Honda), +0:34.264; 10. Thomas Covington (USA, Husqvarna), +0:43.453; 20. Bas Vaessen (NED, Suzuki World MX2), +1:22.624.

MX2 Overall: 1. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 47 points; 2. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki World MX2), 38 p.; 3. Thomas Covington (USA, HUS), 36 p.; 4. Benoit Paturel (FRA, YAM), 35 p.; 5. Jorge Prado Garcia (ESP, KTM), 35 p.; 6. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), 32 p.; 7. Hunter Lawrence (AUS, Suzuki World MX2), 26 p.; 8. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 26 p.; 9. Marshal Weltin (USA, KAW), 20 p.; 10. Conrad Mewse (GBR, HUS), 20 p.; 20. Bas Vaessen (NED, Suzuki World MX2), 5 p.

MX2 Points Standings: 1. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 548 points; 2. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki World MX2), 501 p.; 3. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 403 p.; 4. Benoit Paturel (FRA, YAM), 398 p.; 5. Julien Lieber (BEL, KTM), 374 p.; 6. Thomas Covington (USA, HUS), 339 p.; 7. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), 273 p.; 8. Jorge Prado Garcia (ESP, KTM), 268 p.; 9. Brent Van doninck (BEL, YAM), 226 p.; 10. Hunter Lawrence (AUS, Suzuki World MX2), 225 p.; 18. Bas Vaessen (NED, Suzuki World MX2), 119 p.

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