Riders are pushed to the limits at a venue like Lommel with the sea-deep and treacherous sand being extremely physically and mentally demanding. Seewer made some slight changes to the suspension on his YZ450FM after practice, which worked in his favour as he stormed to fourth position in the first race.
Coming off of a season-best result at the Grand Prix of Flanders in Lommel three-days ago, Paulin was handicapped in Race 1 by a poor start and a technical issue. The Frenchman did his best to nurse his YZ450FM to the flag and despite impressively fighting to tenth position, the bike expired in the third sector (from four) on the final lap.
The sun had lowered going into the final race of the day which casted deceiving shadows on the rough and rugged circuit. Mistakes were easy to make, and every error proved costly. Seewer powered his YZ450FM to another top-five start but in contrast to the first race, the added changes he made to the bike in the break between Race 1 and Race 2, did not work to his advantage.
After battling the bike and the track for 30 minutes plus 2-laps, fatigue kicked in and the Swiss star was edged from fourth position back to sixth and eventually finished seventh position.
Paulin usually thrives in rough and technical conditions, but with the MXGP class being so competitive in 2020, the ‘21’ had to fight hard from outside of the top-10 to finish sixth in Race 2.
Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP’s Arnaud Tonus was sidelined for one-month going into the first Grand Prix in Lommel. The number ‘4’ is still easing back into racing, and with the absence of ‘race-fitness’, the Swiss rider finished 23rd overall.