Seewer and Suzuki Take World MX2 Points Lead In Argentina

Off-Road Racing

Jeremy Seewer (5-2) for 3rd 
Hunter Lawrence (13-18) for 18th 
Bas Vaessen (36-DNS) for 36th 

Jeremy Seewer has taken over the lead of the MX2 World Championship after the third round of the season, held at the beautiful Argentinian track near Villa la Angostura. His results of a fifth and a second were good enough to see him on the third step of the podium, and were also good enough to grab the red plate; the first awarded to the newly-revamped Suzuki World MX2 team. 

Other MX2 team members, Hunter Lawrence and Bas Vaessen, unfortunately didnt have their best weekends with Lawrence struggling to stay consistent on this track, ending up 18th overall despite showing good speed all weekend. 

Vaessen suffered a nasty crash early in the first moto which ended his weekend with a broken collarbone. Overall, it was a mixed bag, but the credit definitely deserves to go to Seewer for how he and his RM-Z250 have started this campaign. 

General Manager Stefan Everts had this to say about his teams first red plate holder: For sure its the highlight of weekend for Jeremy to be taking over the red plate. Its been a couple of years since Suzuki last had one, and for Jeremy, its his first; so, its nice for him and its good for the team to see it on the bike at the next round in Mexico. However, it is a long season so we cant get ahead of ourselves and hopefully we can keep it longer than that one round. It wont be easy though, there is a lot of competition out there, the level between him and Pauls Jonass is very close and its down to very small details, so we will continue to work hard and keep trying to improve throughout the season. The first race he definitely didnt ride as well as he could, he left some passes out on the track so there is still room for improvement. 

The new MX2 championship leader agreed: I think the first moto could have been a lot better, said Seewer, but we did some changes for the second race and it worked out. I want to stay on the ground, not get hyped-up too much. We got the red plate and thats a positive point for sure to be leader after three GPs, but I think we have to look at weak points and work on them. It is an amazing feeling though to get the red plate for the first time in my life. Its what Ive been working for my whole career. First the overall in Indonesia and now the red plate here; just an amazing feeling. Its strange because I had a bad GP in Qatar, a really good one in Indonesia of course and now again, average in that first moto, so to be points leader is pretty good, I just need to keep working. 

Lawrence also feels he has work to do after a disappointing outing here. Once again speed wasnt the problem, it was just a few mistakes in each race that left the Australian unhappy with the weekend: He said: First race wasnt the best start but I made some passes, then I crashed, made some more passes and then crashed again, ending up 13th. Then pretty much the same story in race two. I think my riding speed was good this weekend, but obviously I have things to work on. I need to go back to the drawing board and come back at Mexico hopefully a bit better. 

Right now, it is unsure whether Vaessen will be joining them on the plane to Mexico after his injury. He had this to say about his race: My start was pretty good, even with the last gate pick and I worked my way up through the field. However, on the really fast section of the track I hit a slippery spot and high-sided, landing on the take-off of the next jump. I didnt really feel it immediately but when I got off the track, I realised I hit my shoulder really hard, so I rode back to the pits and went to the medical centre. They did an x-ray and saw that the collarbone was snapped. It was a clean break though, so that is good. Now when we get back, we will go to a good hospital in Holland and plan from there. 

It is disappointing for Vaessen to suffer this setback, but for Seewer and Lawrence, they head to Mexico both still motivated to improve upon their Argentinian performances. Even though he is leading the championship, Seewer is still looking to get better and better, especially as the GP in Mexico is at a circuit hes done well at previously. 

MX2 Moto 1: 1. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 35:21.092; 2. Benoit Paturel (FRA, Yamaha), +0:04.318; 3. Jorge Prado Garcia (ESP, KTM), +0:07.107; 4. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, Husqvarna), +0:08.386; 5. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki World MX2), +0:10.398; 6. Darian Sanayei (USA, Kawasaki), +0:24.237; 7. Brent Van doninck (BEL, Yamaha), +0:27.793; 8. Thomas Covington (USA, Husqvarna), +0:33.721; 9. Michele Cervellin (ITA, Honda), +0:35.480; 10. Vsevolod Brylyakov (RUS, Kawasaki), +0:35.534; 11. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), +0:50.727; 12. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, KTM), +0:55.191; 13. Hunter Lawrence (AUS, Suzuki World MX2), +0:57.75536. Bas Vaessen (NED, Suzuki World MX2), -17 lap(s). 

MX2 Moto 2: 1. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 34:04.845; 2. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki World MX2), +0:03.278; 3. Jorge Prado Garcia (ESP, KTM), +0:25.893; 4. Darian Sanayei (USA, Kawasaki), +0:29.301; 5. Julien Lieber (BEL, KTM), +0:34.137; 6. Brent Van doninck (BEL, Yamaha), +0:36.225; 7. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, Husqvarna), +0:40.989; 8. Vsevolod Brylyakov (RUS, Kawasaki), +0:42.865; 9. Benoit Paturel (FRA, Yamaha), +0:46.656; 10. Adam Sterry (GBR, Kawasaki), +0:48.515; 11. Michele Cervellin (ITA, Honda), +0:49.421; 12. Samuele Bernardini (ITA, TM), +0:51.042; 13. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, KTM), +0:53.097; 14. Ivo Monticelli (ITA, KTM), +0:57.836; 15. Iker Larranaga Olano (ESP, Husqvarna), +1:01.930; 16. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), +1:07.795; 17. Ben Watson (GBR, KTM), +1:17.806; 18. Hunter Lawrence (AUS, Suzuki World MX2), +1:18.172.

MX2 Overall: 1. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 50 points; 2. Jorge Prado Garcia (ESP, KTM), 40 p.; 3. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki World MX2), 38 p.; 4. Benoit Paturel (FRA, YAM), 34 p.; 5. Darian Sanayei (USA, KAW), 33 p.; 6. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 32 p.; 7. Brent Van doninck (BEL, YAM), 29 p.; 8. Vsevolod Brylyakov (RUS, KAW), 24 p.; 9. Michele Cervellin (ITA, HON), 22 p.; 10. Julien Lieber (BEL, KTM), 21 p.; 11. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, KTM), 17 p.; 12. Samuele Bernardini (ITA, TM), 16 p.; 13. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), 15 p.; 14. Thomas Covington (USA, HUS), 14 p.; 15. Iker Larranaga Olano (ESP, HUS), 12 p.; 16. Adam Sterry (GBR, KAW), 11 p.; 17. Ivo Monticelli (ITA, KTM), 11 p.; 18. Hunter Lawrence (AUS, Suzuki World MX2), 11 p.; 36. Bas Vaessen (NED, Suzuki World MX2), 0 p

MX2 Points Standings (after 3 rounds): 1. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki World MX2), 110 points; 2. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 107 p.; 3. Benoit Paturel (FRA, YAM), 104 p.; 4. Julien Lieber (BEL, KTM), 99 p.; 5. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 99 p.; 6. Brent Van doninck (BEL, YAM), 73 p.; 7. Samuele Bernardini (ITA, TM), 70 p.; 8. Jorge Prado Garcia (ESP, KTM), 67 p.; 9. Michele Cervellin (ITA, HON), 62 p.; 10. Vsevolod Brylyakov (RUS, KAW), 59 p.; 11. Darian Sanayei (USA, KAW), 57 p.; 12. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), 49 p.; 13. Adam Sterry (GBR, KAW), 43 p.; 14. Davy Pootjes (NED, KTM), 42 p.; 15. Thomas Covington (USA, HUS), 40 p.; 16. Hunter Lawrence (AUS, Suzuki World MX2), 34 p.; 17. Ben Watson (GBR, KTM), 34 p.; 18. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, KTM), 32 p.; 19. Iker Larranaga Olano (ESP, HUS), 26 p.; 20. Ivo Monticelli (ITA, KTM), 25 p.; 21. Alvin stlund (SWE, YAM), 19 p.; 22. Caleb Ward (AUS, HUS), 14 p.; 23. Freek van der Vlist (NED, KTM), 14 p.; 24. Anton Gole (SWE, HUS), 14 p.; 25. Magne Klingsheim (NOR, KAW), 11 p.; 26. Bas Vaessen (NED, Suzuki World MX2), 11 p