Top tens for Seewer and Lieber in Italy

The Grand Prix of Italy was the scene of a positive double top-10 showing by Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe in its assault on the MX2 class of the FIM Motocross World Championship as Jeremy Seewer took his works RM-Z250 to seventh overall while Julien Lieber was 10th at Maggiora, north west of Milan.

After a busy weekend at the second round of the ADAC MX Masters championship in Austria, the team regrouped for its 10th GP of the campaign around the steep hills and hard-pack of the mythical Maggiora layout. Seewer also made the short journey across the border from his native Switzerland having completed his mechanical studies and examinations this week. The 19 year old newly-turned ‘Pro’ performed with gusto in front of a 35,000 crowd in two dramatic motos.

The first sprint saw a scary multi-rider crash on the first uphill with Seewer at the centre of the carnage. Luckily the Swiss was not hurt and quickly recovered the RM-Z to begin a comeback charge. He regained ground and positions with aplomb to reach the top-10. The second outing was more straightforward and a lively launch from the start gate put Seewer on the edge of the top five. He resisted the challenge of Arnaud Tonus and Tim Gajser for long stretches of the moto but eventually crossed the line in an encouraging eighth spot.

Lieber again experienced ranging luck. The Belgian was part of the same tangle in the first moto that claimed his team-mate and his progress was almost as eye-catching as he worked back to 13th. In the second he was also near the front – inside the top-10 – to give both distinctive yellow and black Rockstar bikes a healthy presence at the ‘sharp end’. The ‘#33’ rode out the race distance among the leaders and captured ninth position to go 13-9 on the day.

In total Seewer bagged 24 points at Maggiora which elevates him to 10th place in the MX2 World Championship table in what is his first full-time Grand Prix year. Lieber currently stands 14th.

Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe can now look towards its home event at Teutschenthal next weekend as FIM MXGP heads to Germany and for the last fixture of the month.

Jeremy Seewer:

“I was feeling really good today and without the sickness that troubled me in the last two GPs. I started well in the first moto but they ‘closed the door’ and then Guillod crashed just in front of me on the step-up. I jumped into him and crashed also. I was completely last and came back to 10th, which was really good. I passed a lot of guys and it was a lot of fun to ride. In the second race my start was great. My lap-times were in the 44s but the level was really high at the front; it was hard for me to stay with those riders. They passed me but it wasn’t quick like I was ‘nothing.’ They had to fight for it! Again it was fun. Overall I’m happy to make a top-10 again and now I’m looking forward to Teutschenthal.”

Julien Lieber:

“On Saturday I was struggling with the track. My lap-times were not good and my Heat race wasn’t either. In the first moto today I crashed again on the first lap but could come back to 13th; it was not great but then also not so bad. I was unlucky with the others crashing around me! My start was much better in the second heat but my rhythm was not that good and I lost some positions. I was ninth for pretty much the whole race: better…and no big mistakes!”

MX2 Moto1:

1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 34:59.483; 2. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Kawasaki), +0:16.222; 3. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), +0:29.958; 4. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:32.756; 5. Aleksandr Tonkov (RUS, Husqvarna), +0:36.815; 6. Romain Febvre (FRA, Husqvarna), +0:37.753; 7. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:38.583; 8. Max Anstie (GBR, Yamaha), +0:43.364; 9. Petar Petrov (BUL, Yamaha), +1:06.588; 10. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe), +1:18.881; 11. Maxime Desprey (FRA, Honda), +1:19.950; 12. Harri Kullas (FIN, KTM), +1:24.886; 13. Julien Lieber (BEL, Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe), +1:29.174;

MX2 Moto2:

1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 34:18.701; 2. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:32.011; 3. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), +0:35.589; 4. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Kawasaki), +0:36.284; 5. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:37.154; 6. Romain Febvre (FRA, Husqvarna), +0:38.568; 7. Valentin Guillod (SUI, KTM), +0:47.649; 8. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe), +0:50.646; 9. Julien Lieber (BEL, Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe), +0:57.312; 10. Damon Graulus (BEL, KTM), +1:00.811;

MX2 Overall result:

1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 50 points; 2. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), 40 p.; 3. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, KAW), 40 p.; 4. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, KAW), 36 p.; 5. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 34 p.; 6. Romain Febvre (FRA, HUS), 30 p.; 7. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe), 24 p.; 8. Aleksandr Tonkov (RUS, HUS), 24 p.; 9. Petar Petrov (BUL, YAM), 22 p.; 10. Julien Lieber (BEL, Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe), 20 p.;

MX2 FIM World Championship Standings (after 10 of 17 rounds):

1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 444 points; 2. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, KAW), 389 p.; 3. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), 331 p.; 4. Romain Febvre (FRA, HUS), 327 p.; 5. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, KAW), 314 p.; 6. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 269 p.; 7. Aleksandr Tonkov (RUS, HUS), 240 p.; 8. Valentin Guillod (SUI, KTM), 223 p.; 9. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), 213 p.; 10. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe), 192 p.; 11. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe), 176 p.; 12. Max Anstie (GBR, YAM), 169 p.; 13. Petar Petrov (BUL, YAM), 162 p.; 14. Julien Lieber (BEL, Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe), 136 p.;

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