With the ‘Zelta-Zirgs’ venue in Kegums hosting three back-to-back races, Infront Moto Racing made some minor changes to the track for the third and final round of the Latvian tripleheader today. The changes introduced a new tight and twisty section which required some of the riders to change the gearing on their 450cc motorcycles.
Paulin was one rider who made some fundamental changes to the setting of his YZ450FM, and those adjustments proved positive with the ‘21’ coming close to a holeshot in the opening race of the day.
Nursing a broken right index finger, and in what was an intense and action-packed race, Paulin finished sixth after banging-bars with the protagonists for the entire 30 minute plus 2-Lap race duration.
After celebrating the previous Grand Prix on the second step of the podium – just three days ago - Seewer’s silverware hopes were spoiled by a crash on the opening lap of Race 1 where he was run over by another rider. The ‘91’ had the wind knocked out of him and could not move for approximately 25-seconds. As soon as he could breathe, the determined Swiss rider remounted his YZ450FM and put in some more fast laps before crashing out of the race in the wave section on Lap-3.
Starts were the nemesis in the final race of the day with all three riders starting outside of the top-10. The speed and competitiveness of the premier class riders is extremely high, which makes passing incredibly difficult. Despite riding with an achy body, Seewer was able to fight his way back from 15th to finish seventh position, 10-seconds clear of Paulin in eighth.
Tonus struggled to find his rhythm all-day. The ‘4’ was claimed by the chaotic first turn in the opening race where he recovered for 17th and only managed to score 9-points for 14th place in Race 2.
At the end of a difficult day, Paulin was classified seventh overall, while Seewer and Tonus were 13th and 14th respectively.
Heading into the next round of the FIM Motocross World Championship which is scheduled to take place on September 6th in Turkey, Seewer sits sixth in the MXGP Championship Standings 5-points clear of teammate Paulin in eighth. Tonus is currently 13th.