In race one, Seewer got off to a fantastic start and was able to challenge for the lead on the opening three laps before high siding spectacularly after a rock hit his goggles hard enough to split his eyelid. As the Swiss rider remounted his YZ450FM inside the top-five, Paulin tried to find his form after he was shuffled back to eighth despite a decent start to the race.
With blood from the eyelid injury affecting his vision, Seewer fell a second time but still made an inspirational recovery to finish fourth after passing former MX2 World Champion Pauls Jonass with 10-minutes left on the clock. Paulin could not find his usual rhythm and labored home eighth.
The pressure of the championship had been completely lifted for Seewer going into the final race of the season after he scored enough points to secure the silver medal in race one. The '91' pulled an enormous holeshot but instantly lost the lead to the race one winner, Glenn Coldenhoff. Never one to back off the throttle, the 25-year-old established his speed and skill as he kept Coldenhoff in his sights while defending a hasty Jeffrey Herlings.
With 8 minutes remaining, Herlings nudged Seewer back to third position, which is where he finished, while Paulin had to fight hard to move up into sixth after starting eighth.
Both teams missed some representation at the inaugural Chinese Grand Prix. Monster Energy Wilvo Yamaha MXGP's Arnaud Tonus had to withdraw after sustaining a minor fracture to his left hand in the Qualifying Race yesterday, while Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP's Romain Febvre was not in attendance after he suffered a broken Femur at Swedish Grand Prix three-weeks ago. Tonus still ended his 2019 MXGP season in fifth overall, while Febvre was classified ninth despite missing six rounds.
Between the two teams and four riders, Yamaha and the YZ450F celebrated a whopping 21 podium finishes in 2019.
Both Seewer and Paulin will now shift their focus to the biggest event of the season, the Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations in Assen, The Netherlands, where Seewer will spearhead the efforts of Team Switzerland, while Gautier Paulin will lead the defending champions, Team France.
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