Presented with a spectacular, lengthy, fast-paced circuit at an all-new location in Indonesia, Coldenhoff and Seewer arrived at the Samota-Sumbawa circuit optimistic for good results. The brand-new track gave an excellent first impression with its soft surface and spectacular layout. But unfortunately, Seewer, who arrived in Indonesia in second position in the Championship Standings, could only complete four laps on Saturday due to illness.
Coldenhoff hugely enjoyed the first practice session, in which he posted the second-fastest time, but also fell ill soon after lunch, and by the time the Qualifying Race rolled around, he was struggling for energy. He managed to fight through the discomfort to Qualify fourth, while Seewer did a lap and withdrew from the race to rest and recover for race day.
Despite their best efforts to rest and rehydrate, both riders lined up for the opening race low on energy and in “survival mode.” Coldenhoff got off to a top-five start and put in a phenomenal ride to finish fourth after fending off a couple of tough challenges from former MXGP and MX2 World Champions Romain Febvre and Pauls Jonass. At the same time, Seewer battled from last position to 12th after hitting the gate on the start.
Going into race two, the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP duo suffered the effects of racing in hot and humid conditions without adequate food and hydration, which, paired with a very physically demanding sand track, proved incredibly difficult. Both riders gave their all but had to ride defensively due to the energy required to push forward on a high-speed, soft, and technically demanding circuit such as Samota-Sumbawa. Coldenhoff started and finished sixth, which was enough for fifth overall, while Seewer finished ninth for ninth overall.
Seewer was happy to finish inside the top-10 under the circumstances but has dropped to third in the MXGP Championship Standings. At the same time, Maxime Renaux and Glenn Coldenhoff remain fourth and fifth, respectively.
The Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP team will now return to Europe for a two-week break ahead of round 13 that will take place in Loket, Czech Republic on July 16th & 17th.
For full results from the MXGP of Indonesia, click here.