With Antonio Cairoli withdrawing from the remainder of the series, Jeremy Seewer is next in line to move up into second position in the Championship Standings. The 25-year-old is currently third in the championship, 9-points clear of Gautier Paulin in fourth, and is looking forward to the Grand Prix this weekend where he aims for more podium success.
Paulin is building towards his early-season form where he was able to uncork four bottles of champagne at four different Grand Prix rounds. The Frenchman is currently 14-points clear of his teammate Arnaud Tonus.
Unlike Febvre, Seewer and Paulin, Tonus has never been to Semarang as he missed an entire year of racing last season due to a double shoulder re-construction. The wide, fast and hard-packed venue is expected to suit his style of riding and should be the perfect location for the 27-year-old Swiss rider to bounce-back from a luckless weekend in Palembang with a podium finish, which if he succeeds, will be a sixth this season.
In MX2, spirits are still high under the awning despite the adversity they have faced at the previous two Grands Prix where Ben Watson broke his hand in Germany and Jago Geerts had a high-speed crash in the opening race in Palembang last weekend. Surprisingly, Geerts bounced back in Race 2 in astonishing fashion as he moved from third to first position before the end of lap-2 and led every lap for 25-minutes before a small fall cost him a second race win of the season. He finished fourth, which was enough for the 19-year-old YZ250F ace to retain third position in the MX2 Championship Standings heading into Semarang this weekend.
Whether teammate Watson will line up is yet to be decided and will be announced on our Social Media platforms on Saturday morning.