Switzerland’s Jeremy Seewer has displayed clear levels of improvement in just his second year as a Pro racer and his third as part of the MX2 Grand Prix pack and sits second in the FIM Motocross World Championship standings after his fourth podium result in Thailand three weeks ago.
The factory Suzuki racer finished fifth in 2015 after placing 10th in his first term in 2014 and is now gunning for higher.
Still just 21, Seewer now has to cope with the pressure of expectation. Race fans are accustomed to seeing the small #91 among the leaders in the MX2 class and on a more regular basis as the former EMX250 race winner has built up his strength and fitness and relocated more frequently to Belgium for testing and riding since he finished his studies midway through 2014.
“This is my third year in GPs, and second as a Pro so although I am not old I have done a few races and I’m getting more and more confident,” he explained in the run-up to the Grand Prix of Europe at Valkenswaard this weekend – a venue where he moved up from a 17th in 2014 to sixth last year. “My goal is to keep being at the front and I’m happy with what we have done in the first two Grands Prix. I’m in a good place and I need to keep it going and see if I can do even better.”
“Valkenswaard was one of my hardest Grands Prix last year but I am much better prepared this time,” he added. “I know the Belgian and Dutch riders will be strong – and Jeffrey [Herlings] of course – but I’m feeling good.”
Prospects for MX2 riders at Valkenswaard have looked bleak for over half a decade. Herlings won at his first attempt – just his third Grand Prix and as a 15-year-old in 2010 – and has been unbeaten at the Eurocircuit sand since. The Dutchman could notch his 15th career success on Monday if the likes of Seewer or Husqvarna’s Max Anstie cannot stop the Red Bull KTM man.