The MXGP of Citta di Mantova got off to a promising start for the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP trio, particularly Seewer, who scored himself a great place on the gate after posting the third-fastest time in Timed Practice, while Coldenhoff and Watson qualified ninth and 14th respectively.
After qualifying inside the top-three, Seewer proved he had the speed to challenge the podium at the final round of the 2021 MXGP series. In race one, the Swiss star rocketed out of the gate and challenged the front runners for the lead before tipping over and falling from third on lap three. The ‘91’ rejoined the race in seventh and impressed as he power-surged forward before colliding with Antonio Cairoli while battling for fifth. After another quick remount, the YZ450FM rider bounced back once again to finish the penultimate race of the season in fourth position.
With the final round of the FIM Motocross World Championship returning to Mantova for the second Grand Prix in the space of three days, Coldenhoff used the knowledge gained at the MXGP of Lombardia to make some valuable changes to the set-up of his YZ450FM. In the opening race, the Dutchman charged back from a mid-pack start to pass his teammate, Watson, for eighth, while Watson struggled to find his rhythm and was shuffled from a top-seven start back to ninth.
With the top-three in the MXGP Championship unreachable in points today, the best Seewer could hope for was fourth in the standings. After Cairoli withdrew from the opening race, the ‘91’ inherited fifth and lined up for the final race tied on points with Jorge Prado for fourth.
After a top-six start, Seewer made a quick pass on Brian Bogers for fifth, and within five laps, he knew the battle was won when he made a successful pass on Prado to finish fourth in race two. Meanwhile, Coldenhoff and Watson battled to eight and 14th, respectively.
After an intense and challenging 18 rounds of Grand Prix racing, the 2021 FIM Motocross World Championship is now complete. Seewer ends the season fourth, while Coldenhoff finished seventh, and Watson ends his first full season in the premier class in 11th.
The Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP team now looks forward to a short period of downtime before embarking on an off-season of testing ahead of the 2022 campaign.