In MXGP, the round represents another opportunity for YZ450FM riders Maxime Renaux and Jeremy Seewer to add to their podium tallies as they battle over third position in the championship standings. Narrowly separated by 3-points, Renaux has the advantage over his teammate after celebrating his first-ever premier class podium from the second step of the box just 11 days ago.
While Renaux has only raced in Argentina once previously, and it was in MX2 in 2019, for Seewer, the Patagonia Race Track has been a place of many memorable moments. In 2016, the Swiss star made his first-ever podium appearance in MX2, celebrating the Grand Prix from the second step of the podium. The following year, he added another milestone achievement to the memory bank on Argentine soil by claiming the MX2 Championship Leaders red plate.
After a challenging start to his 2022 MXGP campaign, Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP’s Glenn Coldenhoff strives to find a bike set-up that compliments his riding style. The 31-year-old Dutchman tested some different settings at the Dutch Masters last weekend, where he finished third overall and feels that progress has been made. This weekend, the ‘259’ hopes to significantly improve his current place in the MXGP Championship Standings - he is currently ninth.
In MX2, the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2 team will arrive in Argentina with the red-plate firmly attached to Jago Geerts’ YZ250FM as the MX2 Championship leader. Geerts was astonishing at the previous Grand Prix in Mantova, Italy, where he dominated both races to secure his first round win of 2022 and 11th of his career. Looking to keep momentum at the MXGP of Patagonia-Argentina, the 21-year-old Belgian now leads the MX2 World Championship by 4-points over Simon Laengenfelder.
Nestled in the greenery of the Correntoso and Nahuel Huapi lakeshores, approximately 70 kilometers north of Bariloche, the Patagonia Race Track is one of the most spectacular on the calendar. The track itself is a dark and grainy volcanic soil, unlike anything seen in Europe, and is fast, wide and flowing. It comprises 12 corners, six left and six right, but is most loved for its huge jumps and fun obstacles.