An explosive start to the opening MXGP race saw all four Yamaha YZ450F riders force their way into the top-7. Paulin had the initial advantage but was quickly passed by Seewer and Tonus as Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP's Romain Febvre railed around the outside of five riders on his way to sixth, from tenth position.
Up front, Seewer chased the Championship Leader Tim Gajser as Tonus, Paulin & Febvre engaged in an epic three-way battle for fourth. On lap four, Febvre switched up most of his lines in search a way past his French compatriot Paulin. .
Seewer managed to retain second position despite a small fall when he ran into the back of Gajser. Unfortunately, he lost some time in the incident which allowed Julien Lieber to make a pass with 11-minutes left on the clock.
On Lap-9, Febvre out-dragged Paulin down a rutted straight for a place inside the top-five, while Tonus dramatically picked up the pace after Lieber crashed and made second position available.
The number '4' reeled in his smooth riding Swiss compatriot and was able to capitalize on an error on the final lap to finish as the runner-up. Seewer, Febvre and Paulin rounded out the top-five in that order.
A frantic start to the second and final race saw Febvre crash at speed on the start straight while his teammate Seewer looped out at turn-two.
Tonus was quick to move into third position after a top-five start where he remained unchallenged for the entire 30-minute plus 2-lap duration of the race, while his teammate chased him around turn-one and had to dig deep to steal fourth position from Max Anstie on the final lap.
Seewer and Febvre were impressively resurgent. The '91' wasted little time clawing back a place inside the top-ten, and was able to finish a hard fought eighth, while Febvre put in an awe-inspiring charge from last position to finish 12th.
Seewer's incredible race revival saw him miss the podium by 1 single point. He tied on points for fourth overall and has retained third in the Championship Standings. Tonus and Paulin are tied for fourth in the Championship Standings. The duo trails Seewer by 1-point, while Febvre has moved up to 11th after missing four rounds due to injury.
The next round of the MXGP World Championship will take place in Palembang, Indonesia, on the weekend of July 7th.