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Team Suzuki Press Office – August 19.

Arminas Jasikonis – 11th MXGP
Kevin Strijbos – 13th MXGP
Jeremy Seewer – 2nd MX2
Hunter Lawrence – 9th MX2
Zach Pichon – 20th MX2

Jeremy Seewer led the five-man Suzuki World team to some strong finishes at the tricky Uddevalla track in Sweden. As rain showers persisted throughout the day, conditions were ever-changing but always proving difficult for all the riders. Hunter Lawrence made a lot of passes as he made his way into the top 10 right at the end of the moto. Zach Pichon also impressed on his first day in the MX2 class, finishing in 21st position but benefitting greatly from the increased track time that the class allows.

Meanwhile Arminas Jasikonis and Kevin Strijbos both put in solid performances in the MXGP division, but will both hope they can break into the top 10 in the points-scoring motos tomorrow.

For Seewer, it was another good ride through the field on a track was difficult to pass on in the extremely greasy conditions. “My start was good but I had some wheel-spin and got closed off so that wasn’t perfect. I was still around sixth though, but some guys cut the track big-time and they suddenly showed up in front of me out of nowhere. I was about to make some passes but then made a big mistake as I came up to a breaking-bump. I got kicked off my line, cross-rutted and lost some seconds but I’m really happy with how my RM-Z250 was setup and it didn’t take long to recover. I think I was the only guy to make passes so I was pleased with that. I hope I’m there at the start tomorrow and I think if I’m there, then it’ll be me and Pauls Jonass fighting for the win as he rode well today.”

Lawrence also made plenty of passes, to move into the top 10 and give himself a good gate pick when they line up for tomorrow’s motos. “I didn’t have the best start as I messed up my reaction out of the gate so I was probably outside the top 20 early on. I made some passes though, like I always do and made my way back up to ninth place. My riding was good and it gives us a good base to build on for tomorrow where I hope to do even better.”

RM-450WS rider Jasikonis also hopes to do better when the gate drops in Sunday’s motos, as he tries to adjust to the changing Uddevalla track. “All day I was feeling good on the bike and feeling physically strong, I just couldn’t get to show it on the track”, said Jasikonis. “I couldn’t find a good rhythm or flow on the track so I think we will make some changes for tomorrow and just go back to some of our settings from earlier in the year. I finished 11th but it’s not where I want to be in so I will reset myself for tomorrow and attack it much better and hopefully the results will improve.”

Fellow MXGP class rider Strijbos echoed AJ’s sentiments, believing that tomorrow will go a lot better than today’s qualification race. “It was a bad start and that was the main story today. My riding wasn’t the best, I didn’t feel comfortable on the track and it was strange because these are the sort of tracks that I should do well on. I normally feel good but today I didn’t feel good. I’m not sure why but we will change stuff and will improve I’m sure for tomorrow. I won’t accept this level, so I will make sure I will do better for the motos.”

With Bas Vaessen on the sidelines due to his collarbone injury, it was decided that Pichon would make the jump up from the EMX250 class at this Swedish GP and the young Frenchman acquitted himself admirably on his first day against MX2 riders. “I didn’t have the best gate pick as I wasn’t too good in timed practice. I tried to do my best for the start though and I actually did ok. I was went around the outside but still came out in about 20th place early on the race. I passed some guys in the race but then some top guys like Calvin Vlaanderen and Thomas Covington who had crashed early on passed me, so I tried to follow them. I passed a couple of guys near the end thanks to their lines and ended up 21st which I’m happy with. I look forward to more battles tomorrow.”

With the weather forecast predicting more rain showers tomorrow, the Uddevalla track will continue to challenge all the riders, but all five of the Suzuki World MXGP squad are looking to make some adjustments and improve upon today’s efforts at the 16th round of the World Motocross Championships.

MXGP Qualifying Results: 1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 24:01.339; 2. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), +0:00.709; 3. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:07.522; 4. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Husqvarna), +0:09.369; 5. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:10.762; 6. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Husqvarna), +0:22.883; 7. Clement Desalle (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:26.080; 8. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:27.920; 9. Shaun Simpson (GBR, Yamaha), +0:35.901; 10. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), +0:36.797; 11. Arminas Jasikonis (LTU, Suzuki World MXGP), +0:45.910; 12. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Honda), +0:47.695; 13. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki World MXGP), +0:53.270.

MX2 Qualifying Results: 1. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 24:37.104; 2. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki World MX2), +0:01.980; 3. Darian Sanayei (USA, Kawasaki), +0:02.669; 4. Benoit Paturel (FRA, Yamaha), +0:11.000; 5. Conrad Mewse (GBR, Husqvarna), +0:27.187; 6. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, Husqvarna), +0:29.218; 7. Julien Lieber (BEL, KTM), +0:33.068; 8. Jorge Prado Garcia (ESP, KTM), +0:33.571; 9. Hunter Lawrence (AUS, Suzuki World MX2), +0:34.721; 21. Zachary Pichon (FRA, Suzuki World MX2), +1:20.863.

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