Renaux arrived in Turkey 17-points shy of the bronze medal and determined to do all he could to clinch it at the final round. The young Frenchman got his weekend off to the perfect start with a stunning Qualifying Race win over Mitch Evans and teammate Seewer, while Coldenhoff was sixth at the flag.
After a stunning race win yesterday afternoon, Renaux carried his powerhouse form into race one today. The ‘959’ ran a scintillating pace from start to finish, charging past the likes of Romain Febvre, Seewer and Evans, on his way to a fabulous race win – his sixth of the season.
Chasing Renaux home, 4-seconds further adrift, Seewer put in a strong ride for second. At the same time, Coldenhoff recovered from a crash to finish 14th.
Going into the final race, Renaux had his sights set on a perfect 1-1 scorecard, just as he did in Spain earlier this year. But despite taking his first holeshot of the season, the result did not eventuate with a technical issue adding an unwanted element of difficulty to the race. Nevertheless, the young gun still pushed through the adversity to finish eighth after a ‘tip-over’ on the opening lap.
Seewer, on the other hand, charged through the field after a mid-pack start to finish fourth, as Coldenhoff struggled with an ‘off’ feeling for sixth.
This season, Yamaha enjoyed its best-ever season in MXGP. The Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP team celebrated seven Pole Positions, 14 race wins, and 22 podium finishes, of which five were Grand Prix victories. As a result, Yamaha clinched the Manufacturer’s World Championship for the first time since 2015 and third in the ‘MXGP-era’.