In Race 1, Tonus and Seewer used the undeniable power of their YZ450FMs to complete the opening lap in third and fourth position, respectively, as Paulin made some brilliant passes to move from eighth up into sixth.
The ‘Ciclamino Circuit’ in Pietramurata has been a happy hunting ground for Tonus in the past. It was the site of his first-ever premier class podium, and he made it obvious how much he still enjoys the circuit as he controlled third position for the first 12 minutes of the opening race.
On Lap-6, Seewer executed an inside line to perfection to pass Tonus for third position. The ‘91’ aired a small gap to secure his place inside the top-three at the flag.
Paulin picked up the pace in the final throws to steal fifth position with 4-minutes left on the clock. The '21' kept his speed to the checkers where he passed Tonus for fourth on the final lap.
In the final race of the day, Paulin carried his momentum from the end of Race 1 right into Race 2 where he charged forward from a fifth place start to finish third after fending off his teammate, Seewer, and the Championship Leader, Tim Gajser.
Seewer rocketed to the holeshot line but fell from the lead when he unseated himself on the exit of a bumpy rut. After a quick remount, the Swiss rider used his incredible speed and style on the slick and technical clay track to race back to a fifth place finish.
Tonus had to find new lines on the edgy clay circuit while conserving energy after a poor start. The ‘4’ admitted he is struggling with the intense new Grand Prix format after missing an entire month of training due to a concussion that was sustained at the MXGP of Lombardia. The Swiss rider had to push hard to finish 13th in the final race.
With two rounds of MXGP remaining, Seewer maintains third in the Championship Standings, Paulin is sixth and Tonus is 17th.
The penultimate round of the MXGP World Championship will take place in two-days’ time, on Wednesday 4th November, here in Pietramurata, Italy.