The dust is starting to settle on the MXGP and MX2 championships, but as always in motorsport, it is never over until the final checkered flag is waved. Going into this weekend, the 17thround of 18, Seewer has a 43-point advantage over Paulin in the battle to be Vice World Champion. Both riders have contrasting opinions about the circuit in Afyon. Paulin enjoys everything about it, from the wide and jumpy layout to the grippy compound of the dirt, whereas Seewer tends to prefer classic old-school tracks as opposed to the more modern man-made ones, but nevertheless, he enjoys riding there and is looking forward to putting his YZ450FM on the box for a sixth time this season.
For Tonus, the Afyon circuit, which made its MXGP calendar debut last year, will pose an all new challenge. The 28-year-old Swiss rider has never seen the track as he was sidelined by a double shoulder reconstruction for the entire season last year, but he has done his homework and has looked at it online and believes that the track layout and surface will suit his riding style. He is currently fifth in the MXGP Championship Standings, 3-points shy of the rider in fourth.
Currently third in the MX2 World Championship Standings, Monster Energy Kemea Yamaha MX2's Jago Geerts is fully focused on securing the bronze medal. With two rounds remaining, the 19-year-old Belgian holds a slender 7-point advantage over the rider in fourth.
Unfortunately, Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP's Romain Febvre, who sustained a broken femur at the most recent round in Sweden, will miss the remainder of the 2019 season, as will Monster Energy Kemea Yamaha MX2's Ben Watson who suffered a broken wrist at the MXGP of Italy, in Imola, in the middle of August.
While the premier classes are set to contest their penultimate rounds, the women of the FIM Women's Motocross World Championship will line up for the season finale in Turkey. After four rounds, Yamaha Germany's Larissa Papenmeier is currently second position in the WMX Championship Classification, she trails the championship leader by 23-points, and holds a 3-point advantage over fellow YZ250F rider No Fear Yamaha WMX's Nancy van de Ven.