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Jeremy Seewer and Jago Geerts on the Top Step at the MXGP of Sweden

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Photo of motocross rider Jeremy Seewer at the 2022 MXGP of Sweden
Jeremy Seewer sprayed victory champagne for the third time this season with victory in the MXGP class. Photo: Full Spectrum

The 15th round of the FIM Motocross World Championship saw Jeremy Seewer and Jago Geerts dominate the podium in MXGP and MX2 as the pair secured Grand Prix victories at the MXGP of Sweden.

Chilly temperatures and occasional showers made for tricky conditions in Uddevalla, a track and location that has welcomed the FIM Motocross World Championship no fewer than 19 times in the past quarter century, although COVID restrictions have seen it absent for the past two years.

In the MXGP class, Tim Gajser made his return to the box with second place after a tough GP in Belgium, while Glenn Coldenhoff made it back-to-back podiums with third in Sweden, making his fifth visit to the box this season.

Meanwhile, in MX2, Tom Vialle was forced to settle for the second step after finishing the weekend tied on points with Geerts, who got the win after his second heat victory. Simon Längenfelder rounded out the podium.

In MXGP race one, Valentin Guillod was the Holeshot winner, but Maxime Renaux, Jeremy Seewer and Glenn Coldenhoff were quick to pass the Swiss and take the first, second, and third positions. Guillod dropped to fourth but was ahead of Tim Gajser and Jorge Prado.

Saturday’s qualifying race winner Mitch Evans struggled in the first few laps of the race after crashing but managed to get going again and was making very strong progress throughout the race.

Photo of motocross rider Jeremy Seewer at the 2022 MXGP of Sweden
Jeremy Seewer (91) lead from start to finish in moto 2 after finishing second in the first moto. Photo: Full Spectrum.

Renaux then began to come under strong pressure from his teammate Seewer who was trying everything to get by. Meanwhile, Guillod remained impressive in fifth after being passed by Gajser. Prado was looking to do the same, but the Swiss put up a strong fight for much of the race.

Further down the field, Evans was making strong moves towards the top 10, where he eventually finished after what was a strong effort from the Aussie.

After six laps, Prado was finally able to pass Guillod, as Renaux opened up the gap to 2.020 seconds over Seewer and Coldenhoff.

Calvin Vlaanderen went out of the race after what looked like a mechanical issue.

Photo of motocross rider Tim Gajser at the 2022 MXGP of Sweden
Tim Gajser made a welcome to the podium after his four-two moto scores gave him second overall, in another good weekend for his championship standings. Photo: @shotbybavo

Towards the latter stages of the race, we saw Seewer get back onto the rear wheel of Renaux, as Gajser attempted to get by Coldenhoff who was able to fend off the Slovenian.

In the end, it was a Yamaha 1-2-3 as Renaux took the win from Seewer and Coldenhoff as Gajser was forced to settle for fourth ahead of Prado. Meanwhile, Guillod crashed on the final lap and dropped from 6th to 9th.

Photo of motocross rider Glenn Coldenhoff at the 2022 MXGP of Sweden
Glenn Coldenhoff finished third overall in MXGP with a 3-5 result. Photo: Full Spectrum

In race two, the Holeshot went to Seewer, his third of the season, who initially led Romain Febvre, Vlaanderen, Evans, Gajser, and Coldenhoff but before we even got to the end of the first lap, Gajser was able to make some quick passes to land himself in second place.

Renaux though had a big crash on one of the tabletops on the opening lap and did not carry on with the race. The Frenchman was able to walk away injury-free and it was confirmed that he is feeling banged up and bruised but nothing more serious.

Seewer was looking fast in the first two laps, as he set two consecutive fastest laps of the race as he opened a small margin of 1.599 seconds to Gajser, Febvre, and Evans.

Evans was on a charge as he clocked the fastest lap of the race, a 1:50.808 as he began to close in on Febvre and Gajser. At that point, the top four were nicely bunched up together and it looked like we had an intense battle for the race win on our hands.

Photo of motocross rider Mitch Evans at the 2022 MXGP of Sweden
Aussie Mitch Evans (43) showed plenty of speed through the day after crashing in the second corner of the first moto with a 10-4 result for 6th overall. Photo: @shotbybavo

Though as the race went on, Seewer was looking more and more comfortable in first as Gajser was not looking to take any risks after a big crash in time practice on Saturday.

It looked like everyone began to settle into their pace, as not many passes were being made until Prado began to charge for Vlaanderen and ultimately passed the Yamaha rider for sixth.

In the end, Seewer secured his fourth race win of the season ahead of Gajser, Febvre, Evans, and Coldenhoff! A 2-1 result gave Seewer his third GP victory of the season, while Gajser finished second and Coldenhoff made it back-to-back podiums in Sweden.

Photo of motocross rider Jeremy Seewer at the 2022 MXGP of Sweden
It was a good day for the factory Yamaha squad with Maxime Renaux taking a moto win and Glenn Coldenhoff and Jeremy Seewer on the podium. Photo: Full Spectrum

Heading into the 16th round of the series, Gajser holds 115 points lead over Seewer who remains second ahead of Prado who is third. Coldenhoff is just a further 18 points behind and has a chance to challenge the Spaniard for the bronze medal over the next three Grand Prix.

“Yeah, starting yesterday, I felt really good in time practice. And for some reason that went away in the qualifying race,” Seewer explained. “Of course, we don’t show everything in qualifying, but still, I didn’t get the feeling that I wanted. In the second race today, I took a good start, which made it easier, especially on a track that is hard to pass. I felt a bit quicker than Maxime in race one but couldn’t find my way around. Anyways, amazing weekend, I’m trying to collect more of those first place trophies… and try not to break them too!”.

After a pretty solid cash during practice on Saturday Gajser was happy with second place considering he was not 100%.

“Yesterday, I had a big one, in timed practice. Luckily, thankfully, I was able to walk away from that without any big injuries, just a bit sore on the wrist,” Gajser said. “Today was good, the speed was there though the starts were not the best and like Jeremy said it was not easy to pass because the top ten guys are all basically on the same speed. But in the end, happy to finish on the box and looking forward to Finland”.

MX2

Photo of motocross rider Jago Geerts at the 2022 MXGP of Sweden
Jago Geerts held off his main title rival to claim a crucial Grand Prix win and as a result, he maintains a 23-point lead in the MX2 championship.  Photo: Full Spectrum

In the first MX2 race of the day, the Holeshot went to Kevin Horgmo who briefly led before being passed by Tom Vialle. Jago Geerts was third ahead of Simon Längenfelder, Andrea Adamo and Mikkel Haarup.

Geerts then got alongside Horgmo and passed him for second on the second lap, while Roan van de Moosdijk passed Haarup for sixth.

Geerts was looking fast as he set a couple of fastest laps of the race, though Vialle was quick to respond as he improved the fastest lap time and stretched out the lead to 2.127 seconds.

On lap four we saw Geerts go down and out of second, though he managed to pick himself up quickly and re-join the race just behind Horgmo.

Adamo went out of the race early on, as he rode back in pain to the pitlane. He also did not line up for race two.

Photo of the MX2 Start at the 2022 MXGP of Sweden
The MX2 class saw Geerts and Vialle tie on points with Geerts getting the win on account of the win in moto 2. Photo: Full Spectrum

By that point in the race, Vialle had a comfortable 7-second lead, as Geerts looked to get back past Horgmo for second.

Moosdijk then found himself in trouble as a problem with his rear brake saw him lose several positions before he was able to find his rhythm and manage the situation. He eventually finished in 13th place.

Haarup meanwhile was setting up a pass on Längenfelder who was not making it easy for the Dane.

Vialle stretched out his lead to over 10 seconds while Geerts looked like he was settling into second and happy to take the points rather than any unnecessary risks. In the end, Vialle won the race ahead of Geerts, Horgmo and Längenfelder who was able to hold off Haarup until the chequered flag.

In race two, the Holeshot was secured by Längenfelder who was ahead of Horgmo, Thibault Benistant, Vialle and Geerts. Benistant was quick to get himself into second after passing Horgmo on the opening lap, as Vialle did the same shortly after.

Photo of motocross rider Tom Vialle at the 2022 MXGP of Sweden
After finishing second and on equal points Tom Vialle remains 23 points from Geerts with 150 remaining in the 2022 season. Photo: Ray Archer

Meanwhile, Geerts found himself battling with Moosdijk, as the pair swapped positions a couple of times, though the Belgian was able to make it stick and secure fifth as he set his sights on Horgmo.

On the second lap, Benistant crashed out of second and got going again in eighth which meant that it was Längenfelder, Vialle, Geerts, Horgmo, and Moosdijk who were in the top five.

Geerts got sight of Vialle and began to push, setting the fastest lap of the race. Though the pass came easy in the end, as Vialle made a small mistake and crashed. The Frenchman was able to get going quickly just behind Geerts.

Moosdijk passed Horgmo for fourth, as Geerts closed right in on Längenfelder, but the German was not going to give up the lead so easily as he made Geerts work hard at it until lap 11. By that point, Vialle was right there too, which meant Geerts could not put a foot wrong if he wanted to win the race.

Vialle had a much easier pass on Längenfelder who made a mistake and then it was game on between the two title contenders until the chequered flag. Despite the pressure, Geerts was able to bring it home, to win his 11th race of the season.

Photo of motocross rider Simon Langenfelder at the 2022 MXGP of Sweden
Simon Langenfelder returned to the podium in the MX2 class. Charging to 4-3 scores to claim third overall and yet another trophy. Photo: Juan Pablo Acevedo

A 2-1 result also put Geerts on the top step, as he and Vialle ended the weekend tied on points. Vialle was forced to stand on the second step, while Längenfelder made his fifth podium appearance to finish third.

After 15 rounds, Geerts maintains a 23-point lead over Vialle, while Längenfelder stays third. Three rounds remain and it will be a tight battle for the MX2 title between Geerts and Vialle.

“I’m really happy about today,” Geerts said. “In the second heat, Simon was really tough to pass, I really needed a couple of laps to find a good spot. But in the end, I managed to pass him, and I won the GP. So, I’m really happy about that, the points have stayed the same, so it was a really positive weekend for me and now I am looking forward to the next weekend in Finland, again on a sand track, which is always fun to ride”.

Racing returns next weekend for the MXGP of Finland at Hyvinkää.

Photo of motocross rider Jago Geerts at the 2022 MXGP of Sweden
Jago Geerts still leads the MX2 Championship and is focused on bringing it home with 3 rounds of the season remaining. Photo: Full Spectrum

MXGP – Grand Prix Race 1 – Top 10 Classification:
1 Maxime Renaux (FRA, Yamaha), 34:01.852
2 Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Yamaha), +0:01.181
3 Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, Yamaha), +0:05.368
4 Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:08.595
5 Jorge Prado (ESP, GASGAS), +0:16.260
6 Romain Febvre (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:20.153
7 Pauls Jonass (LAT, Husqvarna), +0:26.262
8 Brent Van doninck (BEL, Yamaha), +0:29.711
9 Valentin Guillod (SUI, Yamaha), +0:34.638
10 Mitchell Evans (AUS, Honda), +0:40.728

MXGP – Grand Prix Race 2 – Top 10 Classification:
1 Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Yamaha), 35:23.814
2 Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:01.990
3 Romain Febvre (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:06.503
4 Mitchell Evans (AUS, Honda), +0:07.646
5 Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, Yamaha), +0:07.908
6 Jorge Prado (ESP, GASGAS), +0:09.726
7 Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, Yamaha), +0:16.238
8 Brian Bogers (NED, Husqvarna), +0:20.671
9 Brent Van doninck (BEL, Yamaha), +0:23.820
10 Alberto Forato (ITA, GASGAS), +0:25.624

MXGP – GP Top 10 Classification:
1 Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 47 Points
2 Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 40 Points
3 Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, YAM), 36 Points
4 Romain Febvre (FRA, KAW), 35 Points
5 Jorge Prado (ESP, GAS), 31 Points
6 Mitchell Evans (AUS, HON), 29 Points
7 Brent Van doninck (BEL, YAM), 25 Points
8 Maxime Renaux (FRA, YAM), 25 Points
9 Alberto Forato (ITA, GAS), 21 Points
10 Valentin Guillod (SUI, YAM), 21 Points

MXGP – World Championship Top 10 Classification:
1 Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 645 Points
2 Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 530 Points
3 Jorge Prado (ESP, GAS), 496 Points
4 Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, YAM), 478 Points
5 Maxime Renaux (FRA, YAM), 466 Points
6 Ruben Fernandez (ESP, HON), 354 Points
7 Brian Bogers (NED, HUS), 351 Points
8 Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, YAM), 326 Points
9 Pauls Jonass (LAT, HUS), 306 Points
10 Mitchell Evans (AUS, HON), 264 Points

MX2 – Grand Prix Race 1 – Top 10 Classification:
1 Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), 34:01.886
2 Jago Geerts (BEL, Yamaha), +0:06.750
3 Kevin Horgmo (NOR, Kawasaki), +0:10.957
4 Simon Längenfelder (GER, GASGAS), +0:13.213
5 Mikkel Haarup (DEN, Kawasaki), +0:13.604
6 Thibault Benistant (FRA, Yamaha), +0:14.253
7 Kay de Wolf (NED, Husqvarna), +0:32.575
8 Liam Everts (BEL, KTM), +0:33.621
9 Stephen Rubini (FRA, Honda), +0:54.730
10 Kay Karssemakers (NED, KTM), +0:57.669

MX2 – Grand Prix Race 2 – Top 10 Classification:
1 Jago Geerts (BEL, Yamaha), 35:16.594
2 Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), +0:01.636
3 Simon Längenfelder (GER, GASGAS), +0:20.261
4 Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, Husqvarna), +0:22.737
5 Kevin Horgmo (NOR, Kawasaki), +0:23.763
6 Jan Pancar (SLO, KTM), +0:30.258
7 Kay de Wolf (NED, Husqvarna), +0:31.756
8 Mikkel Haarup (DEN, Kawasaki), +0:32.395
9 Thibault Benistant (FRA, Yamaha), +0:34.477
10 Liam Everts (BEL, KTM), +0:51.617

MX2 – GP Top 10 Classification:
1 Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 47 Points
2 Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), 47 Points
3 Simon Längenfelder (GER, GAS), 38 Points
4 Kevin Horgmo (NOR, KAW), 36 Points
5 Mikkel Haarup (DEN, KAW), 29 Points
6 Kay de Wolf (NED, HUS), 28 Points
7 Thibault Benistant (FRA, YAM), 27 Points
8 Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, HUS), 26 Points
9 Jan Pancar (SLO, KTM), 24 Points
10 Liam Everts (BEL, KTM), 24 Points

MX2 – World Championship Top 10 Classification:
1 Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 637 Points
2 Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), 614 Points
3 Simon Längenfelder (GER, GAS), 507 Points
4 Kevin Horgmo (NOR, KAW), 446 Points
5 Thibault Benistant (FRA, YAM), 405 Points
6 Mikkel Haarup (DEN, KAW), 387 Points
7 Andrea Adamo (ITA, GAS), 365 Points
8 Kay de Wolf (NED, HUS), 348 Points
9 Stephen Rubini (FRA, HON), 342 Points
10 Isak Gifting (SWE, KTM), 255 Points

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