SEEWER 4TH IN LATVIAN MX2 AS HSU PODIUMS IN EMX250

Team Suzuki Press Office – July 12.

Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe faced a wet and difficult Grand Prix of Latvia at the Kegums circuit and while they could take satisfaction from Brian Hsu winning the second moto of the EMX250 European Championship and claiming his third podium finish in a row with second overall, MX2 rider Jeremy Seewer also rode well and just missed the rostrum with fourth place on the RM-Z250.

It rained and poured through the morning at Kegums, around 70km outside of the capital city of Riga; and 23,000 fans braved the erratic weather and changing skies. A stiff breeze helped dry the terrain throughout the afternoon and the surface was bumpy and challenging with varying levels of grip.

Seewer rode to a strong fourth position in the opening moto. He completed 15 of the 17 laps in the same place following Davy Pootjes. In the second outing another vibrant start again saw him in the top-four and he was only bumped to fifth by Tim Gajser; winner of the three previous Grands Prix. At one stage he was in contention for a second successive rostrum appearance and fourth of the season but could not demote Harri Kullas; the difference was just two points when the last berms had been hit. He sits fifth in the MX2 standings and only four points from the top four.

Hsu celebrated his third podium finish of the season in the seventh round of nine in the EMX250 European Championship and also toasted his first chequered flag in the category in what is his maiden term on the RM-Z250. The German teenager didn't get the best of starts and finished eighth in a dry first moto on Saturday while fighting a poor choice of suspension setting. But the sandy nature of the terrain suited team-mate Bas Vaessen and he rode to a career-best fifth place.

Vaessen’s all-action style was one of the highlights of the second moto on Sunday morning but his attacking philosophy carried a price with a small crash while pushing Hsu for third position. The Dutchman then became engaged in a brief scrap with Maxime Desprey for fifth place until the Frenchman suffered a spectacular crash. Vaessen concentrated on his lap-times and reeling-in Hsu to take part in a frantic four-rider tussle for the win in the final two minutes of the moto. Hsu was superb to force his way to the front and claim a maiden EMX250 victory and Vaessen desperately unlucky to fall again heavily on the last lap while charging for third spot. The youngster was able to pick himself up and take 15th for seventh overall.

Hsu is now fifth in the championship while Vaessen is 18th. The penultimate fixture of the series will take place in the sand of Lommel for the Grand Prix of Belgium at the beginning of August.

For Seewer and the rest of Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe the Grand Prix of Czech Republic at Loket will represent their next MXGP date, a week after the fifth round of the ADAC MX Masters Championship coming up in a few days at the sandy Tensfeld circuit.

Jeremy Seewer:

“I’m pretty happy about today. I was close to the podium and just couldn't catch Kullas in the second race but the results – fourth and fifth - were solid and good for the championship. In the past I have always struggled in conditions like these. My sand riding is much better now but when there were races in the sand and the rain when it was a struggle, big-time! So I’m happy with my speed and my feeling. Up to Loket now and hard-pack again.”

Brian Hsu:

“I’m very happy! It was very tough this weekend and in the first race I made the wrong decision with my suspension because it was terrible. It was like a wild horse kicking me all the way! I took a lot of risks to finish eighth without crashing. I didn’t expect I could be that good in the second race. There was only one line and it was difficult to pass. I had to wait for the right moment. I did not think I would be second with an 8-1 so I’m really happy. ADAC now and Lommel next. Sand is still difficult for me because I lack a bit of strength…but we will see.”

Bas Vaessen:

“I made a pretty good start, had a little crash but then came back to third; I was the fastest on the track in that second moto. It was a big bummer but mistakes happen. I’m feeling fitter and more confident. My riding was really ‘off’ at the beginning of the season due to a lot of crashes and injuries and now things are starting to turn around.”

MX2 Moto1: 1. Max Anstie (GBR, Kawasaki), 35:51.424; 2. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), +0:07.869; 3. Davy Pootjes (NED, KTM), +0:13.274; 4. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Rockstar Energy Suzuki) +0:14.611; 5. Harri Kullas (FIN, Husqvarna), +0:23.594; 6. Jordi Tixier (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:29.166; 7. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:55.725; 8. Ben Watson (GBR, KTM), +0:57.750; 9. Roberts Justs (LAT, KTM), +0:58.728; 10. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), +0:59.584.

MX2 Moto2: 1. Max Anstie (GBR, Kawasaki), 34:44.364; 2. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), +0:13.123; 3. Harri Kullas (FIN, Husqvarna), +0:21.819; 4. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:24.819; 5. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Rockstar Energy Suzuki), +0:28.107; 6. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), +0:30.405; 7. Jens Getteman (BEL, Honda), +0:33.825; 8. Jordi Tixier (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:36.567; 9. Thomas Covington (USA, Kawasaki), +0:44.559; 10. Julien Lieber (BEL, Yamaha), +0:47.071.

MX2 Overall result: 1. Max Anstie (GBR, KAW), 50 points; 2. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 44 p.; 3. Harri Kullas (FIN, HUS), 36 p.; 4. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Rockstar Energy Suzuki), 34 p.; 5. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 32 p.; 6. Davy Pootjes (NED, KTM), 30 p.; 7. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KAW), 28 p.; 8. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), 26 p.; 9. Ben Watson (GBR, KTM), 20 p.; 10. Thomas Covington (USA, KAW), 19 p.

MX2 FIM World Championship Standings (after 12 of 18 rounds): 1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 423 points; 2. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 377 p.; 3. Valentin Guillod (SUI, YAM), 352 p.; 4. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 351 p.; 5. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Rockstar Energy Suzuki), 345 p.; 6. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KAW), 334 p.; 7. Max Anstie (GBR, KAW), 312 p.; 8. Julien Lieber (BEL, YAM), 278 p.; 9. Aleksandr Tonkov (RUS, HUS), 256 p.; 10. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, KAW), 205 p.

EMX250 European Championship overall result: 1. Damon Graulus (BEL, YAM), 43 points; 2. Brian Hsu (GER, Rockstar Energy Suzuki), 38 p.; 3. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, KTM), 38 p.; 4. Nick Kouwenberg (NED, HON), 36 p.; 5. Lars van Berkel (NED, KAW), 34 p.; 6. Pontus Jönsson (SWE, HUS), 26 p.; 7. Bas Vaessen (NED, Rockstar Energy Suzuki), 22 p.; 8. Adam Sterry (GBR, KTM), 22 p.; 9. Luca Nijenhuis (NED, KAW), 20 p.; 10. Ken Bengtsson (SWE, KTM), 18 p.

EMX250 European Championship Standings (after 7 of 9 rounds): 1. Nick Kouwenberg (NED, HON), 255 points; 2. Damon Graulus (BEL, YAM), 240 p.; 3. Adam Sterry (GBR, KTM), 222 p.; 4. Maxime Desprey (FRA, KAW), 217 p.; 5. Brian Hsu (GER, Rockstar Energy Suzuki), 169 p.; 6. Ander Valentin (ESP, YAM), 154 p.; 7. Alvin Östlund (SWE, YAM), 146 p.; 8. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, KTM), 132 p.; 9. Steven Clarke (GBR, HUS), 118 p.; 10. Simone Zecchina (ITA, KAW), 112 p. 18. Bas Vaessen (NED, Rockstar Energy Suzuki), 56 p.

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