MXGP: Monster Yamaha ready for the start of the season

Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing is ready to kick off the season in style next weekend for the first round of the MXGP Championship Series.

When the gate drops the talk stops and with the opening round of the FIM Motocross World Championship fast approaching, the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP and MX2 teams are ready to kick off the new season. Returning to a familiar but solid roster in 2022, both teams look fit, fast and motivated for the new MXGP season, which kicks off next weekend at the spectacular Matterley Basin venue in Winchester, England.

As announced in 2021, reigning MX2 World Champion Maxime Renaux has moved up from the 250cc, MX2, class to the 450cc, MXGP class. The 21-year-old “Power Rookie” was drafted into the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP team at the end of 2021 and is set to race a YZ450FM in the premier class alongside new teammates Jeremy Seewer and Glenn Coldenhoff.

Seewer will again spearhead the charge in MXGP. The five-time FIM Motocross World Championship silver medalist is hoping to build on the same form of Grand Prix victory he showed at the end of last season. “The MXGP class will once again be super tough this year, so my goal for 2022 is to do my best in every race to be on the podium as much as possible,” he explained, “I feel like I’m at a level right now where I’ve never really been before so that feels good to me but you know after we’ll see the competition cause no one ever sleeps they’re improve all!

Seewer’s search for World Championship glory won’t come without a challenge from his highly acclaimed teammate Coldenhoff, who is also motivated to collect more silverware on the podium. “The ultimate goal has always been the same,” said the Dutchman, “I live to win. Of course it’s difficult, I mean if you look at the peloton you know it’s very very competitive, but I think the most important thing is to stay consistent, to be up there all the time every weekend with one goal, and that is to win.”

As for the rookie, Renaux quickly became the standard bearer for Yamaha’s strong strategy to develop the next generation of MXGP champions from within its own ranks. The young Frenchman has been with Yamaha for over a decade and won two world titles as he rose to the top of the Yamaha Racing pyramid. “It’s really nice to be a factory rider in my rookie season in 450,” he smiles, “I really like the bike and the engine behavior really suits my style, so I can be cleaner and safer and more secure on the bike. I think I’m going to take a big step and I’m going to make a big improvement again this season.

Last year was one of the stories for the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2 team, as they enter their 25th year in blue this season. The team won its first ever MX2 World Championship with Maxime Renaux in 2021 and became the first ever Yamaha team to win both gold and silver medals within the MX2 World Championship in the same season. As a result, Yamaha also successfully defended the constructors’ world title.

Returning for more in 2022, the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2 team has retained young stars Jago Geerts and Thibault Benistant. As one of the most decorated riders in the lower ability class, MX2, with 53 top-three finishes, 20 race wins and 27 podiums to his name, Geerts enters his fifth season with Yamaha and the team. is determined to achieve the goal of winning the world championship. “I’m really determined to do well this season,” he reiterated, “I’m in very good physical shape and I feel good on the bike, so I’m looking forward to the new season. I was second in 2020 and second in 2021, so of course I want a little more this year and hopefully I can make it happen.

Rounding out the Yamaha Factory lineup after an impressive rookie season where he celebrated a maiden podium and two race wins, Benistant is excited to continue climbing the MX2 ranks. “I feel really good on the YZ250FM,” he said, “the more I ride this bike the better I feel, so it’s nice. In 2022 my goal for this season is to be more consistent, more on the box and getting off to a good start.”

Motocross fans don’t have long to wait for the racing action to begin; MXGP and MX2 riders will line up for the first Grand Prix of 2022 next weekend. Each class will have two practice sessions and a qualifying race on Saturday February 19, followed by two championship races on Sunday February 20. Join us on the official Yamaha Racing social media platforms, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Seewer will again spearhead the charge in MXGP. The five-time FIM Motocross World Championship silver medalist is hoping to build on the same form of Grand Prix victory he showed at the end of last season. “The MXGP class will once again be super tough this year, so my goal for 2022 is to do my best in every race to be on the podium as much as possible,” he explained, “I feel like I’m at a level right now where I’ve never really been before so that feels good to me but you know after we’ll see the competition cause no one ever sleeps they’re improve all!

Seewer’s search for World Championship glory won’t come without a challenge from his highly acclaimed teammate Coldenhoff, who is also motivated to collect more silverware on the podium. “The ultimate goal has always been the same,” said the Dutchman, “I live to win. Of course it’s difficult, I mean if you look at the peloton you know it’s very very competitive, but I think the most important thing is to stay consistent, to be up there all the time every weekend with one goal, and that is to win.”

As for the rookie, Renaux quickly became the standard bearer for Yamaha’s strong strategy to develop the next generation of MXGP champions from within its own ranks. The young Frenchman has been with Yamaha for over a decade and won two world titles as he rose to the top of the Yamaha Racing pyramid. “It’s really nice to be a factory rider in my rookie season in 450,” he smiles, “I really like the bike and the engine behavior really suits my style, so I can be cleaner and safer and more secure on the bike. I think I’m going to take a big step and I’m going to make a big improvement again this season.

Last year was one of the stories for the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2 team, as they enter their 25th year in blue this season. The team won its first ever MX2 World Championship with Maxime Renaux in 2021 and became the first ever Yamaha team to win both gold and silver medals within the MX2 World Championship in the same season. As a result, Yamaha also successfully defended the constructors’ world title.

Returning for more in 2022, the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2 team has retained young stars Jago Geerts and Thibault Benistant. As one of the most decorated riders in the lower ability class, MX2, with 53 top-three finishes, 20 race wins and 27 podiums to his name, Geerts enters his fifth season with Yamaha and the team. is determined to achieve the goal of winning the world championship. “I’m really determined to do well this season,” he reiterated, “I’m in very good physical shape and I feel good on the bike, so I’m looking forward to the new season. I was second in 2020 and second in 2021, so of course I want a little more this year and hopefully I can make it happen.

Rounding out the Yamaha Factory lineup after an impressive rookie season where he celebrated a maiden podium and two race wins, Benistant is excited to continue climbing the MX2 ranks. “I feel really good on the YZ250FM,” he said, “the more I ride this bike, the better I feel, so it’s nice. In 2022, my goal for this season is to be more consistent, more on the box and getting off to a good start.”

Motocross fans don’t have long to wait for the racing action to begin; MXGP and MX2 riders will line up for the first Grand Prix of 2022 next weekend. Each class will have two practice sessions and a qualifying race on Saturday February 19, followed by two championship races on Sunday February 20. Join us on the official Yamaha Racing social media platforms, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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