In the opening race of the day, Seewer rocketed out of the gate onboard his YZ450FM and set his sights on the usual hole-shotting suspect, Jorge Prado. While keeping the Spaniard in view, the ‘91’ faced stiff competition from Romain Febvre but eventually fended off all advances to finish comfortably in second position.
A good start is incredibly important at a tight, compact and jumpy circuit such as Mantova. Without the speed or flow of a wide-open hillside circuit, it’s hard to make passes stick. After setting the third fastest lap time in the Qualifying Practice session, Paulin could not challenge a place inside the top-three after suffering from wheel-spin off the start. Despite having the pace and ability to be upfront, the Frenchman was forced to settle for 10th.
In contrast to the opening race, Paulin got off to a phenomenal start in the final outing and caught a sniff of the lead. After making some positive changes to his suspension after Race 1, the ‘21’ felt comfortable and was able to ride to his potential in Race 2.
Turning his season around with his first top-three race result in 2020, Paulin set the race's fastest lap as he tried to catch the final race holeshotter, Febvre. Although the YZ450FM mounted Frenchman was faster in the final throws, he ran out of time to attack and eventually finished 1-second shy in second position.
Seewer started fifth but faced instant pressure from Prado. As Seewer began to launch an attack on the top-five, he got cross-rutted entering the wave-section and crashed spectacularly. His YZ450FM cartwheeled down the track and over the fence, which cost the Swiss rider valuable time.
Fortunately, the motorcycle remained in one piece and Seewer was able to race back to a decent eighth place.
Seewer remains third in the MXGP Championship Standings, 18-points off of the leader, Tim Gajser. Paulin has moved up to eighth.
Both riders will use the short time between Grands Prix to rest up and get ready for the third and final stop in Mantova, Italy, round 11 of the FIM Motocross World Championship. The event will take place on Sunday 4th October.
For full results from the MX2 Grand Prix of Città di Mantova, click here.