With its dark and grainy volcanic soil, the Patagonia Race Track proved tricky to navigate. The hidden square-edged bumps and hard-to-read surface caught out many of the world’s best riders.
Renaux opened his 2023 MXGP campaign with consistently fast lap times and a solid display of awe-inspiring fighting spirit as he bounced back from a spectacular crash to finish third in Race One.
At the same time, Coldenhoff started and finished seventh, while Seewer’s hopes of a good result were spoiled by an unavoidable crash with two other riders on the opening lap that caused some damage to his front brake disc. The Swiss rider pulled into pit-lane hoping it could be repaired, but it was to no avail. Left with no option but to withdraw or continue, he impressively raced with a buckled disc from last position to 17th.
In the second and final race of the day, Coldenhoff powered his YZ450FM to an impressive holeshot but felt uncomfortable on the tricky circuit and was quickly shuffled back to eighth. Renaux moved up into fourth before suffering another heavy knock, which proved hard to recover from. Seewer, however, was back! The ‘91’ showed an incredible return to form as he put in a mind-blowing ride from outside of the top ten to a third-place finish.
Renaux braved the remainder of the race to finish ninth, while Coldenhoff was fortunate to finish 14th after a gnarly crash on lap-13.
After a day of mixed emotions, Renaux and Seewer finished the Grand Prix of Patagonia-Argentina sixth and seventh in the classification, while Coldenhoff rounded out the top 10.
But, with the addition of the points scored in the Qualifying Race yesterday, Renaux will head to Round Two of the FIM Motocross World Championship fifth in the Championship Standings. At the same time, Coldenhoff and Seewer will arrive ninth and 10th, respectively.
The next round will take place in Riola-Sardo, Sardinia, on the 25 – 26 March.
Click here for full results from the MXGP of Patagonia-Argentina.