After a tough Grand Prix only two days ago, the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP team had much higher hopes for the second round of the Turkish doubleheader. The MXGP of Afyon today, Wednesday 8th September, started well for Coldenhoff. The Dutchman qualified inside the top-10, while his teammates, Seewer and Watson, were disappointed to qualify 14th and 22nd, respectively.
As always, a good start is essential to a decent result. Seewer powered his YZ450FM to a top-five start but had a violent high-side on lap four while maintaining the fifth position. Fortunately, the ‘91’ was unhurt in the incident. Still, a significant knock to the body, in addition to the chronic fatigue he was suffering as a result of Epstein Barr Virus, meant he could only fight back to 14th position.
Coldenhoff started inside the top-10 but made a big mistake on the opening lap that shuffled him back to 18th position. From there, the ‘259’ had to get creative with his line selection as he diced his way through the field. He was feeling good out on the fast-paced, rough and bumpy circuit, and after a high-spirited performance, the 30-year-old managed to finish the race in eighth.
In the final race of the day, more adversity followed for all three riders.
Coldenhoff crashed amidst a battle for 10th on lap five and could only recover for 19th position due to low energy levels.
As a strong rider that is usually good at charging forward and making passes, Seewer felt too weak to push his limits. With his current physical condition, the ‘91’ knew the day would not be easy, and while he wishes things were different, his goal was just to score points. He finished 13th.
Watson’s results were 100% dependent on his starts. Despite feeling well out of his comfort zone, the 24-year-old emerged from turn-one in 12th position in the opening race and managed to finish 11th. Meanwhile, in the final race, he started and finished in 21st position.
After an incredibly challenging day, the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP team has shifted its focus to the next Grand Prix, which will take place in Riola Sardo, Sardinia, on Sunday 19th September.
All three riders remain in the top-10 in the championship. Seewer is sixth, Coldenhoff is eighth and Watson is 10th