Coldenhoff Nears Podium in Portugal as Seewer Secures Good Points
Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP’s Glenn Coldenhoff made a positive stride in his 2022 MXGP campaign at the MXGP of Portugal, round four of the FIM Motocross World Championship, this weekend. The Dutchman took a commanding Qualifying Race win, his first since 2020, and followed up Pole Position with a fourth and a third-place finish for fourth overall – narrowly missing the podium by 2-points. Still suffering the after-effects of a heavy fall in Argentina two weeks ago, Jeremy Seewer did his best for sixth overall. At the same time, Maxime Renaux could not get comfortable around the Agueda circuit and ended the Grand Prix 11th.
Starting the Grand Prix with a confidence-boosting Qualifying Race win, Coldenhoff looked sharp aboard his YZ450FM. But arm-pump has been a predominant issue for Dutchman this season, and after battling inside the top three for the first 25-minutes of the first race, he had no choice but to relinquish third position to Tim Gajser in the final throws. Fortunately, the gritty 32-year-old still found the strength required to battle through the pain barrier to keep fourth.
At the same time, Seewer, who is still suffering the effects of a heavy fall in Argentina less than two weeks ago, put in a gladiator performance to round out the top five in Race 1, while Renaux was 11th after a mistake-ridden ride.
Taking a more relaxed approach to Race 2 in hopes of combatting the dreaded arm-pump, Coldenhoff powered his YZ450FM to another great start. And, after a calmer start to the race, he had power left in his arms in the final throws to challenge the leaders.
The '259' posted his personal best lap time on the 19th and final lap of Race 2 and achieved his goal of finishing inside the top three, hot on the heels of the eventual Grand Prix winner, Jorge Prado.
Seewer finished seventh after clipping the wheel of Pauls Jonass and falling from fifth on lap 15 but was content with the points scored given his circumstances.
As for the rookie, Renaux felt out of his comfort zone after a big crash in the Qualifying Race. The young Frenchman tried to regroup throughout the day but could not shake the feeling and settled for another 11th place finish.
After a challenging yet productive day in Portugal, the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team has already shifted its focus to the next round of the FIM Motocross World Championship that will take place in Pietramurata, Italy, on the 7th and 8th of April. Renaux will arrive in Italy third in the MXGP Championship Standings, 20-points clear of Seewer in fourth and 35-points ahead of Coldenhoff in fifth.
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