Tough Race for Seewer and HSU in Mexico

Tough Race for Seewer and HSU in Mexico (PresseBox) (Bensheim, ) Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe saw their participation in the MX2 class of the FIM Motocross World Championship boosted by the presence of teenager Brian Hsu at Leon in Mexico and both the German and teammate Jeremy Seewer weathered to reasonable positions at the penultimate round of 18..

Around 32,000 fans strapped on rain boots and gripped umbrellas for a wet and muddy 17th Grand Prix of the year as the Leon hard-pack transformed from a fast and slick circuit on Saturday to slushy and tacky ooze on Sunday due to relentless showers. The flat venue is situated some 1800m above sea level and the altitude had repercussions on the performance of the RM-Z250s. The team were able to use data and recordings from the inaugural event at Leon 12 months previously to fine-tune but the sapping consistency of the mud for the first race in particular did not help.

In the first sodden moto of 30 minutes and two laps duration it was a game of survival for the two youngsters. Seewer had to pick up his bike at least four times and Hsu, making his second Grand Prix appearance, also struggled with the extra weight and after one crash retired four laps into the moto. Seewer persevered to eighth position.

Hsu was out of action for the second sprint. A hard impact to the upper muscle of his right leg left him struggling to walk and he lacked the strength to complete the Grand Prix. The rookie should make a recovery for the last GP of 2015 next weekend. Seewer made a better start and was threatening the top five on the first lap until he could not avoid the fallen Max Anstie and also went down. The Leon terrain was drier and more manageable – less of a lottery – after some good maintenance work in the break and Seewer gave all he could to ride back to seventh place for 10th overall.

Seewer is fifth in the MX2 World Championship standings and only eight points behind countryman Valentin Guillod. With an advantage of 49 points over Julien Lieber he is almost certain to attain his objective of a top-five finish for 2015. The Monster Energy U.S. Grand Prix will draw the shutter on the MXGP series and the contest will return to the loose soil and steep hills of Glen Helen in California for the third time this century next week.

Jeremy Seewer:

“I felt good about coming here and I was really motivated to show some good speed and make results but I’m actually really disappointed with how the day turned out. It was so muddy in the first Heat and my riding was good – even if I did crash four times and damaged my radiator shroud so my steering was stuck. I pulled a good start in the second race and was fourth. I kept out of trouble until Max [Anstie] had a big crash in front of me and I crashed into his bike. There was nothing I could do. I felt terrible. My top five goal for the championship is still there but I want to make some good results.”

Brian Hsu:

“The first moto was a bit of a nightmare even if my start was amazing. I was sixth and just wanted to keep going. The track was so heavy and I jammed my front wheel in a corner. It just became stuck and I couldn't even lift the bike. I hit my right quadricep quite badly and I didn't have any power. I can barely walk. I think it will bruise and be OK in a few days. I also found it hard today with my wrist and overall I knew it was better to sit out the second race with a view towards being fitter for Glen Helen.”

MX2 Moto1: 1. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 35:48.318; 2. Max Anstie (GBR, Kawasaki), +0:04.477; 3. Benoit Paturel (FRA, Yamaha), +0:26.170; 4. Thomas Covington (USA, Kawasaki), +0:32.672; 5. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:34.821; 6. Harri Kullas (FIN, Husqvarna), -1 lap(s); 7. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, KTM), -1 lap(s); 8. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Rockstar Energy Suzuki), -1 lap(s); 9. Brent Van doninck (BEL, Yamaha), -2 lap(s); 10. Valentin Guillod (SUI, Yamaha), -2 lap(s); 16. Brian Hsu (GER, Rockstar Energy Suzuki), -10 lap(s).

MX2 Moto2: 1. Thomas Covington (USA, Kawasaki), 34:34.352; 2. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:06.836; 3. Julien Lieber (BEL, Yamaha), +0:22.502; 4. Valentin Guillod (SUI, Yamaha), +0:24.846; 5. Benoit Paturel (FRA, Yamaha), +0:25.601; 6. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, KTM), +0:45.919; 7. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Rockstar Energy Suzuki i), +1:03.913; 8. Harri Kullas (FIN, Husqvarna), +1:14.447; 9. Ivo Monticelli (ITA, KTM), +1:46.917; 10. Samuele Bernardini (ITA, TM), +2:00.450.

MX2 Overall result: 1. Thomas Covington (USA, KAW), 43 points; 2. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 38 p.; 3. Benoit Paturel (FRA, YAM), 36 p.; 4. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 33 p.; 5. Max Anstie (GBR, KAW), 32 p.; 6. Valentin Guillod (SUI, YAM), 29 p.; 7. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, KTM), 29 p.; 8. Harri Kullas (FIN, HUS), 28 p.; 9. Julien Lieber (BEL, YAM), 27 p.; 10. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Rockstar Energy Suzuki), 27 p.; 17. Brian Hsu (GER, SUZ), 5 p.

MX2 World Championship Standings (after 17 of 18 rounds): 1. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 556 points; 2. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 538 p.; 3. Max Anstie (GBR, KAW), 506 p.; 4. Valentin Guillod (SUI, YAM), 475 p.; 5. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Rockstar Energy Suzuki), 467 p.; 6. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 423 p.; 7. Julien Lieber (BEL, YAM), 418 p.; 8. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KAW), 393 p.; 9. Benoit Paturel (FRA, YAM), 356 p.; 10. Petar Petrov (BUL, KAW), 304 p.

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