In the opening race of the weekend, Watson showed signs of a promising MXGP career as he powered his YZ450FM to a top-three start. The 24-year-old rookie was quickly relegated from second to third by the defending champion Tim Gajser but incredibly held his own inside the top-three for the first 10-minutes despite a tough challenge from Coldenhoff and former World Champion Romain Febvre.
At the halfway mark, the MXGP class veterans were able to capitalize on Watson’s limited experience inside the category. The 919 was shuffled back to 11th as his teammates Coldenhoff and Seewer raced hard to place inside the top-five at the checkered flag. Coldenhoff was fourth and Seewer was fifth.
A downpour of rain ahead of the final race meant the steep and challenging hills of the Loket circuit were wetter and trickier to navigate. Seewer got off to a brilliant start and was quickly back to his old self, as he made an impressive pass on Jorge Prado to move up into second position.
As Seewer stormed to an impressive second-place finish, Coldenhoff was forced to settle for fourth after a cut-throat battle with Prado for third.
Watson ended his day with mixed emotions, after a strong end to the final race where he managed to run the pace despite getting off to a mediocre start. The Brit finished 12th in the outing for 10th overall.
The next round of the FIM Motocross World Championship will take place in Lommel, Belgium, next weekend – August 1st.