Despite the rainfall leading into the third and final stop in Mantova, the track was drier, flatter and faster than the previous two rounds. Most of the riders were running more or less the same pace, which placed extreme importance on a good start.
After a mid-pack start in Race 1, Seewer put in a phenomenal opening lap to move up into sixth from outside of the top-15. With all of the riders evenly matched in speed, passing proved incredibly difficult. Even the slightest mistake was costly. The ‘91’ capitalised on others' errors to move up into fourth but was shuffled back to sixth when he made an error of his own.
Faced with the same struggle of passing other riders running a similar lap-time, Paulin had the pace of the leaders but could only fight back to seventh.
In the final race of the day, both Seewer and Paulin got off to much better starts. Seewer made up the top-five while Paulin emerged from the turn in eighth. Jorge Prado fell from the lead, which bumped both riders up a position on the opening lap.
Again, there was not a lot separating the top-five riders as they navigated the one-lined course like slot cars. Seewer waited for a chance to move up into third and when the opportunity arose on the final lap, he took it with both hands.
As the ‘91’ soared to his 11th top-three race finish of the season, Paulin felt he could have improved his bike's handling with better suspension settings. He ended up finishing seventh.
Seewer has strengthened his position inside the top-three in the Championship Standings while Paulin has moved up to seventh. The next round of the FIM Motocross World Championship will occur on Sunday 11th October in Madrid, Spain.