An electrifying opening race saw the Oss-born Coldenhoff put on an impressive show for his home crowd. The ‘259’ got off to a blistering start aboard his YZ450FM and quickly took the lead on the opening lap. From there, the Dutchman had the fans on the edge of their seats as he kept former world champions Romain Febvre, Tim Gajser and Jeffrey Herlings, at bay. With 2-minutes left on the clock, an incredible late-race duel saw ‘The Hoff’ lose the lead to Herlings. He still defended a narrow margin from Gajser to finish second place.
In exceptionally hot and sunny conditions, Seewer was smooth and consistent around the rough and bumpy sand circuit. The Swiss star found his place in fifth position on the opening lap and remained unchallenged as he kept the front runners in his sights for the entire 30 minute plus 2-lap race duration.
Continuing a notable curve of progression, Watson challenged a plethora of former World Champions on his way to ninth position.
Motocross is a sport of peaks and troughs, and unfortunately, the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP team experienced it all in one day. Seewer and Coldenhoff ended up at the bottom of a multi rider pile-up at turn-two in the final race of the weekend. Seewer was the first to fall after another rider made a mistake and drifted into his line and ended up getting hit by an abundance of riders behind him.
Fortunate to come away unscathed, Seewer’s performance back to 10th place was nothing short of heroic. Coldenhoff was not so lucky. The Dutch star took a hefty knock and was unable to return to his usual speed. He ended up finishing outside of the points.
On a bright note, Watson proved his potential as he challenged the top five for the entire race. Although the young Brit feels he is still learning his craft on the 450cc, he has already built a solid foundation. He finished sixth in race two, which was enough for a career-best fifth overall.
Watson is currently the best-placed rookie in MXGP. The 24-year-old has moved up into the top-10 in the championship standings. Seewer and Coldenhoff remain sixth and seventh, respectively.
The next round of the FIM Motocross World Championship will take place next weekend in Loket, Czech Republic.