The MXGP of Charente Maritime got off to a phenomenal start for Seewer. The Swiss rider set the fastest lap of the Qualifying Race by a full second but finished third after a fall while challenging the newly crowned World Champion Tim Gajser for second. Coldenhoff ran a smooth and consistent pace for fifth, while Renaux fought back to 11th after a poor start.
Seewer’s speed around the hard and slick hillside of Saint Jean d’Angely was mind-blowing. The ‘91’ powered his YZ450FM to an incredible holeshot in the opening race and led all 19-laps for a stunning victory.
Renaux got off to a decent start and made some brilliant passes en route to fifth. At the same time, Coldenhoff had to fight back from a mediocre start for sixth.
Renaux got off to a much better start in race two and brought the hugely partisan crowd to life as he tripled past French compatriot Romain Febvre to take second position on the opening lap. The ‘959’ ran a fierce pace but was shuffled back to fourth by some of the most experienced MXGP riders in the class.
Seewer treated the fans to a spectacular race as he launched jumps no one else was jumping on his way from fifth to second. The ‘91’ was one of the major players in an intense three-way battle for the win but made a mistake at a crucial moment and ended up finishing third.
A good start was vital to a good result in Saint Jean d’Angely, with the narrow circuit proving very difficult to pass on. Coldenhoff started outside of the top 10 and could only fight back to eighth in race two despite an excellent performance.
With Seewer securing the MXGP World Championship silver medal today, the focus at the 18th and final round of the series will be on Coldenhoff and Renaux and the battle for third.
The Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP team will have one weekend off before heading to Afyonkarahisar, Turkey for the final round.
For full results from the MXGP of Charente Maritime, click here.