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Jeremy Seewer And Jago Geerts Victorious At GP Of The Czech Republic

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Photo of Jeremy Seewer at the 13th round of the 2022 FIM Motocross World Championship at Lecket, Czech Republic
Jeremy Seewer scored his second Grand Prix win of 2022 after a masterclass performance at the 13th round of the FIM Motocross World Championship in Loket, Czech Republic. Photo: Bavo Swijgers

Following a short break in the MXGP calendar racing resumed for the 13th round of the FIM Motocross World Championship in sunny Loket where Jeremy Seewer and Jago Geerts stood atop of the MXGP and MX2 podiums respectively.

Thousands of fans, which included those from the Czech Republic, Switzerland, and Slovenia, among others, made the trip to Loket and lined the edges of the circuit as they cheered on their heroes, making for a loud and colourful display throughout the weekend.

It was a big weekend for Yamaha as they went on to win all of the races, with Thibault Benistant and Jeremy Seewer winning the first races in MXGP and MX2, while Jago Geerts and Maxime Renaux were victorious in races two. Additionally, Geerts went on to claim the red plate in MX2 and now leads the championship by eight points over Tom Vialle.

A couple of main competitors were missing from the grid, as Ruben Fernandez did not line up after a big crash in practice, and Romain Febvre made the decision to sit out MXGP race two, due to illness.

In MXGP, the Holeshot in race one went to Jeremy Seewer though it was Jorge Prado who got himself straight into the lead ahead of Championship leader Tim Gajser, Seewer, and Maxime Renaux.

Australian Mitch Evans also started well as he passed Calvin Vlaanderen for sixth.

Seewer then closed in on Prado and Gajser and took second from the Slovenian on the third lap. Gajser looked to respond but could not get the drive. The Swiss then set the fastest lap of the race as he began applying pressure onto Prado. It took him just three laps to pass him.

Photo of the MXGP start at the 13th round of the 2022 FIM Motocross World Championship at Lecket, Czech Republic
Jorge Prado (61) Once again leads the MXGP class through the first turn. Photo: Juan Pablo Acevedo

Gajser was also improving his pace as he looked to stay with the leaders. The Slovenian managed to pass Prado on lap 10 and focused his attention on Seewer in first place.

For Prado, this was just the beginning as Renaux began to close in. Prado held third place for just a lap before being passed by the Frenchman and by the end of the race was also caught by Glenn Coldenhoff.

Australian Jed Beaton was forced out of the race as a result of a broken wheel.

In the end, Seewer was able to gold off Gajser and win his third race of the 2022 season. Gajser was second ahead of Renaux, Coldenhoff, and Prado.

In race two, the Holeshot went to Prado, though it was Seewer who got himself into the lead, as Renaux, Coldenhoff, Prado, and Gajser followed.

Photo of Maxime Renaux at the 13th round of the 2022 FIM Motocross World Championship at Lecket, Czech Republic
Maxime Renaux made an incredible return to action, ending the Czech Grand Prix on the second step of the podium. Photo: Bavo Swijgers

Gajser was able to make some fast passes on the opening lap as he got around Prado and Coldenhoff, and found himself on the rear wheel of Renaux and Seewer.

Seewer’s time in the lead was short, as Renaux charged past his teammate by the end of the first lap and began to open up a gap to the rest of the field.

Meanwhile, Evans, once again, started well and was pushing Coldenhoff for fourth, while further down the order Vlaanderen was making some nice passes as he made his way through the field. The Yamaha rider first passed Valentin Guillod, then later made a move on Mattia Guadagnini and then Beaton, followed by Evans as he ultimately finished in sixth just behind Prado.

There were not many other passes, as Renaux looked totally in control and was not letting Seewer or Gajser come any closer. In the end, the Frenchman won with a 3.257 second advantage over his teammate as Gajser crossed the line third ahead of Coldenhoff and Prado.

Photo of Tim Gasjer at the 13th round of the 2022 FIM Motocross World Championship at Lecket, Czech Republic
Despite finishing third in MXGP Tim Gajser leaves Loket with his massive points lead the same as when he entered the Czech Republic, with a five-moto advantage over his nearest rivals. 

A 1-2 result gave Seewer his second Grand Prix win of the season, as Renaux made one epic come back from injury with second overall, his sixth podium of the year, ahead of Gajser who was third.

Gajser continues to lead the MXGP standings with a 125-point advantage over Seewer, while Prado remains third ahead of Renaux who is fourth.

“It’s incredible to win this one, even though I could have gone 1-1, but I just made one mistake in the opening lap where Maxime got me,” Seewer explained. “He was riding really well and I tried to catch him. I was a bit quicker, but I couldn’t make it happen. I took the GP win, which is amazing. I’m not giving up yet, I will try to fight for as many points as possible and we have a few GP’s to go, so let’s see where we get and I will try to win some more”.

MX2

Photo of Jago Geerts at the 13th round of the 2022 FIM Motocross World Championship at Lecket, Czech Republic
Jago Geerts reclaimed the MX2 Championship Lead at the 13th round of the FIM Motocross World Championship in Loket, Czech Republic. Photo: Bavo Swijgers

In the opening MX2 race, it was Thibault Benistant who grabbed the Holeshot as he led Simon Längenfelder and Tom Guyon.

Jago Geerts managed to get himself into third quickly, as Tom Vialle started in around 11th position.

Stephen Rubini had a good opening lap as he made some nice passes to land himself in third as Geerts dropped back to fourth, while Vialle was up to seventh.

Benistant had the constant pressure of Längenfelder and despite setting some fast laps, could not shake the German. Further behind, Geerts battled with Rubini and finally, after seven laps, he was able to make the pass stick.

Vialle meanwhile started to fade as Kay de Wolf passed him and then so did Andrea Adamo and Liam Everts.

Photo of the MX2 start at the 13th round of the 2022 FIM Motocross World Championship at Lecket, Czech Republic
The MX2 class gets underway. Photo: Juan Pablo Acevedo

Mikkel Haarup was the next rider to push Vialle further down the order, as the Frenchman found himself down in 10th by lap 9. Haarup was able to get around Adamo soon after that.

In the end, Benistant was the race winner, Längenfelder crossed the line in second, while Geerts ended his lonely ride in third ahead of Rubini and de Wolf. Vialle finished 10th.

In race two, it was Geerts with the Fox Holeshot that time around with Vialle, Längenfelder just behind. It did not take long for Vialle to find his way into the lead as he passed Geerts and took control by the end of the first lap.

Once again, Kevin Horgmo and Rubini started well in fourth and fifth, though Rubini was caught by Benistant who was looking to make his way up the order after a poor start.

de Wolf meanwhile made up two spots after he got around Jeremy Sydow and Tomas Kohut for eighth.

Vialle and Geerts maintained a steady gap that was less than two seconds for much of the race, until lap 10, when Vialle made a mistake and went off the track, which allowed Geerts into the lead.

Photo of Thibault Benistant at the 13th round of the 2022 FIM Motocross World Championship at Lecket, Czech Republic
Thibault Benistant finished second overall in MX2 after a sensational race win and a hard-fought fourth place. Photo: Bavo Swijgers

Benistant then caught Horgmo and passed him for third, while Jan Pancar had a very good race in sixth after passing de Wolf in the early stages of the race.

Geerts went on to win the race, Vialle finished second ahead of Benistant and Horgmo.

A 2-1 result gave Geerts the overall win over his teammate Benistant who finished second, while Längenfelder celebrated his fourth podium of the season.

With Vialle finishing 10th in race one and behind Geerts in race two, this meant that for the eighth time this season we saw the red plate change hands as Geerts now leads the MX2 Championship by eight points, while Längenfelder remains third.

“I’m happy for sure. In the first heat, I didn’t have the best start and I was struggling a bit with the track, but then for the second race, I made a small change on the bike, and I took the Fox Holeshot, so I was happy with that,” Geerts said. “Then in the first lap I made a mistake and Tom passed me, but after that I felt strong on the bike and good on the track, so after like 15 minutes I passed Tom and then pushed until the end and won the race. I’m really happy with that and I’ve also got the championship lead back, so it will be nice to ride with the red plate in Lommel next week”.

The next round of the FIM Motocross World Championship will take place at the MXGP of Flanders in Lommel next weekend.

Photo of Simon Langenfelder at the 13th round of the 2022 FIM Motocross World Championship at Lecket, Czech Republic
Not far from his home nation, Simon Langenfelder gave the passionate crowd a lot to cheer about with a third-placed podium in MX2. Photo: Juan Pablo Acevedo

MXGP – Grand Prix Race 1 – Top 10 Classification:
1 Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Yamaha), 35:32.284 Points
2 Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:07.283 Points
3 Maxime Renaux (FRA, Yamaha), +0:14.721 Points
4 Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, Yamaha), +0:17.730 Points
5 Jorge Prado (ESP, GASGAS), +0:19.496 Points
6 Mitchell Evans (AUS, Honda), +0:28.327 Points
7 Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, Yamaha), +0:30.901 Points
8 Mattia Guadagnini (ITA, GASGAS), +0:33.576 Points
9 Ben Watson (GBR, Kawasaki), +0:34.684 Points
10 Brian Bogers (NED, Husqvarna), +0:36.406 Points

MXGP – Grand Prix Race 2 – Top 10 Classification:
1 Maxime Renaux (FRA, Yamaha), 35:34.878 Points
2 Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Yamaha), +0:03.257 Points
3 Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:11.975 Points
4 Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, Yamaha), +0:23.177 Points
5 Jorge Prado (ESP, GASGAS), +0:29.285 Points
6 Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, Yamaha), +0:33.632 Points
7 Mitchell Evans (AUS, Honda), +0:35.697 Points
8 Brian Bogers (NED, Husqvarna), +0:36.955 Points
9 Valentin Guillod (SUI, Yamaha), +0:44.873 Points
10 Jed Beaton (AUS, Kawasaki), +0:48.247 Points

MXGP – GP Top 10 Classification:
1 Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 47 Points
2 Maxime Renaux (FRA, YAM), 45 Points
3 Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 42 Points
4 Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, YAM), 36 Points
5 Jorge Prado (ESP, GAS), 32 Points
6 Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, YAM), 29 Points
7 Mitchell Evans (AUS, HON), 29 Points
8 Brian Bogers (NED, HUS), 24 Points
9 Mattia Guadagnini (ITA, GAS), 23 Points
10 Valentin Guillod (SUI, YAM), 20 Points

MXGP – World Championship Top 10 Classification:
1 Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 577 Pointss
2 Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 452 Points
3 Jorge Prado (ESP, GAS), 442 Points
4 Maxime Renaux (FRA, YAM), 410 Points
5 Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, YAM), 399 Points
6 Ruben Fernandez (ESP, HON), 342 Points
7 Pauls Jonass (LAT, HUS), 287 Points
8 Brian Bogers (NED, HUS), 287 Points
9 Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, YAM), 268 Points
10 Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, BET), 239 Points

MX2 – Grand Prix Race 1 – Top 10 Classification:
1 Thibault Benistant (FRA, Yamaha), 33:51.558 Points
2 Simon Längenfelder (GER, GASGAS), +0:05.407 Points
3 Jago Geerts (BEL, Yamaha), +0:21.636 Points
4 Kevin Horgmo (NOR, Kawasaki), +0:25.956 Points
5 Stephen Rubini (FRA, Honda), +0:29.163 Points
6 Kay de Wolf (NED, Husqvarna), +0:30.290 Points
7 Liam Everts (BEL, KTM), +0:30.884 Points
8 Mikkel Haarup (DEN, Kawasaki), +0:31.679 Points
9 Andrea Adamo (ITA, GASGAS), +0:48.509 Points
10 Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), +0:50.857 Points

MX2 – Grand Prix Race 2 – Top 10 Classification:
1 Jago Geerts (BEL, Yamaha), 35:31.638 Points
2 Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), +0:02.059 Points
3 Simon Längenfelder (GER, GASGAS), +0:31.955 Points
4 Thibault Benistant (FRA, Yamaha), +0:40.002 Points
5 Kevin Horgmo (NOR, Kawasaki), +0:44.513 Points
6 Jan Pancar (SLO, KTM), +1:07.122 Points
7 Kay de Wolf (NED, Husqvarna), +1:12.212 Points
8 Mikkel Haarup (DEN, Kawasaki), +1:16.009 Points
9 Liam Everts (BEL, KTM), +1:19.141 Points
10 Andrea Adamo (ITA, GASGAS), +1:25.350 Points

MX2 – GP Top 10 Classification:
1 Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 45 Points
2 Thibault Benistant (FRA, YAM), 43 Points
3 Simon Längenfelder (GER, GAS), 42 Points
4 Kevin Horgmo (NOR, KAW), 34 Points
5 Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), 33 Points
6 Kay de Wolf (NED, HUS), 29 Points
7 Mikkel Haarup (DEN, KAW), 26 Points
8 Liam Everts (BEL, KTM), 26 Points
9 Stephen Rubini (FRA, HON), 25 Points
10 Andrea Adamo (ITA, GAS), 23 Points

MX2 – World Championship Top 10 Classification:
1 Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 543 Points
2 Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), 535 Points
3 Simon Längenfelder (GER, GAS), 437 Points
4 Kevin Horgmo (NOR, KAW), 390 Points
5 Mikkel Haarup (DEN, KAW), 358 Points
6 Thibault Benistant (FRA, YAM), 347 Points
7 Andrea Adamo (ITA, GAS), 337 Points
8 Stephen Rubini (FRA, HON), 302 Points
9 Kay de Wolf (NED, HUS), 273 Points
10 Isak Gifting (SWE, KTM), 255 Points

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