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Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Targets MXGP World Title in 2023

Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Targets MXGP World Title in 2023

After a productive off-season spent testing and developing the all-new YZ450FM, the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP team and its trio of MXGP title contenders Jeremy Seewer, Maxime Renaux and Glenn Coldenhoff are geared up and ready to put the new bike through its paces at the opening round of the FIM Motocross World Championship in Villa la Angostura, Argentina, this weekend.

Yamaha enters 2023 as the defending champions in the Manufacturer’s World Championship after a memorable year in 2022 that saw the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory team secure seven pole positions, 14 race wins, and 22 podium finishes, of which five were Grand Prix victories, between its three riders Seewer, Renaux and Coldenhoff enroute to the crown.  
Continuing with the same potent line-up and armed with a new weapon, the all-new YZ450FM, the team is fired up and focused on reaching the top step of the podium. 

The 2023 MXGP title chase starts here! And, it is no secret, the three Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP riders are going for it. 
Seewer enters his sixth year inside the premier class and sixth season in blue with his sights set firmly on a maiden world title. With 49 podium finishes, 10 Grand Prix wins and five Championship silver medals to his credit, and after a hugely successful pre-season in which he celebrated three, from four, race wins, on his way to the Internazionali d’Italia crown, the Swiss star is bound to be a force to be reckoned with this year.
After an impressive rookie season, in which he celebrated a maiden Grand Prix win in the 450 class as one of his seven podium appearances in 2022, Renaux will be targeting the title in 2023. The young Frenchman has spent the past few months refining his race set-up on the new bike and arrives in Argentina buoyed by the memory of his very first MXGP-class race win, which was in Race 1 at the MXGP of Patagonia-Argentina, last year.
The new season begins with added motivation for MXGP veteran Coldenhoff, who has instantly gelled with the new YZ450FM right from his first ride. The Dutchman started 2023 with a stunning victory against a few of MXGP’s toughest at his first and only pre-season race in England a few weeks ago, and arrives at the stunning Patagonia Race Track revved up and ready to fight for his first-ever world title. 
The track, located in the greenery of the Correntoso and Nahuel Huapi lakeshores approximately 70 kilometers north of Bariloche, is one of the most spectacular on the calendar. Unlike anything seen in Europe, the track's base is dark and grainy volcanic soil, and the layout is fast, wide and flowing. This weekend, the venue that has hosted six MXGP rounds since its introduction in 2015 will also see the start of a new era with Championship Points being awarded to the top 10 finishers in the Qualifying Race on Saturday for the first time ever. The rider that wins the Qualifying Race will earn 10 points; second place gets 9 points, third gets 8, and so on. 

The first opportunity for the riders to go out on track will be on Saturday (11th March), starting with MX2 Free Practice at 10:45 followed by MXGP Free Practice at 11:15. Gates will drop for the points paying Qualifying Races at 15:25 (MX2) and 16:10 (MXGP). All timings are local (GMT - 3).  

Jeremy Seewer

Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Rider

“My winter and off-season was honestly one of the best I have ever had in my career. It was very busy with a lot of things happening like sponsor events among other things. The new bike meant there was a lot of work to do. So we had a lot of extra days testing in comparison to our usual off-season to try and get the bike ready for the season. Overall, I had a really solid off-season with no setbacks. Going into Argentina, the goal is clear. I want to win, but I also know it’s a long season. I will just line-up relaxed and without pressure and do what I’ve trained all winter for. I love the place in Argentina, it’s always been special to me, it’s actually where I had my first ever podium in MX2, so I always feel a special buzz when I come here.”

Maxime Renaux

Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Rider

“I definitely feel ready for the season to start. The winter was good. We did a lot of testing and training, so I am ready for it. The goal for the first round is to relax, give my best and look to build my season from there. I really like the track in Argentina. Obviously, I have some great memories from there last year after taking my first race win in the MXGP class during my rookie season after some good battles. There are also a lot of fans, and they always create an amazing atmosphere, and this is something I love.”

Glenn Coldenhoff

Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Rider

“I had a really good winter with some solid weeks of training both physically and on the bike. We did a lot of testing with the new bike, as you would expect. I am really happy with where we are at. I can’t wait to start. The goal is to have fun, enjoy the racing and that way I’m sure a good result will come. I haven’t had the best results in Argentina in the past, but I hope to change that this weekend.”