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While the Grand Prix in Limburg is still fresh in our mind, the riders are already preparing for the next event in the calendar, the MXGP of Switzerland Presented by iXS. While Red Bull KTM Factory riders Jeffrey Herlings and Jorge Prado head to the Frauenfeld circuit with the red plates, local rider Jeremy Seewer is also excited to return to his home GP.
“Last year we had a bit of luck with the rain we had,” Herlings said. “Because most likely this year they need to water it a lot and rip it, to get some lines. Switzerland isn’t one of my favourites, but we then head to Bulgaria, which is a nice track, and also Turkey is meant to be a nice one. For me it doesn’t matter where we go, but for tracks I didn’t fit, like Russia, Arco and Loket, I won all three of them and I didn’t like those tracks, so we will see. Yes, I look forward to it.”
Prado, who has enjoyed the Frauenfeld circuit in the past can’t wait to fly high in the big jumps and increase his championship points lead. With his lead in the MX2 championship already 28 points, the Spanish rider will want to really put pressure on his closest rival, Pauls Jonass as the MX2 championship goes into the final few rounds.
“It is a nice track,” Prado said. “It is a track I enjoyed last year, and the second race was really good. I had a small crash but was pulling away and I felt really good there. This year I can see I have improved on hard pack track and I am I am looking forward to that a lot.”
Home rider, Jeremy Seewer is having a great season in his debut year in MXGP, and he knows that racing in front of his home crowd might bring him a special performance and give his fans something to enjoy. Holding down 8th place in the MXGP points standings, Seewer will want to get a little closer to Glenn Coldenhoff in seventh place, and a good result in Switzerland will help him do that.
“I know the area because I was racing there almost every year for the Swiss Championship on a track that is just a few kilometres away,” Seewer said. “So the ground will be the same and it is a similar grassy type of soil as Matterley Basin in the UK. We might have some good motocross tracks in Switzerland, but not many that can host a Grand Prix and all the set-up! I expect some decent soil that is quite sticky and grippy and not too hard. I hope we’ll have some nice ruts and it will be technical.”
So now, with just Switzerland, Bulgaria, Turkey, Holland and the final round in Italy, both the MXGP and MX2 championships are really getting into the serious rounds. Lets see if Herlings and Prado can remain the front men, or guys like Antonio Cairoli and Pauls Jonass can come back.
Copyright: Photo: Ray Archer