JEREMY SEEWER – THE CHANGE

Apart from the fact that Kawasaki Factory rider Jeremy Seewer is yet to clinch a Motocross World Championship, he has to be pretty happy with his career, a career filled with top two finishes in the MX World Championships and 13 Grand Prix victories, five in MX2 and eight in MXGP. Most riders would dream of such an achievement. 

Seewer, who arrived on the Grand Prix scene back in 2015 was able to finish second in the in the MX2 class in 2017, then followed that up with eighth in MXGP in 2018, second in MXGP in 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022, before finishing third last year and that third place came after he struggled in around 10th early in the season points standings.

The always friendly and open Kawasaki rider made the big move from the Yamaha factory team, where he had raced for the last six years, to the green machines and while he feels it might take a while to get his true speed on the new bike, he is very excited for the coming season.

“I rode it just after the season ended,” Seewer said of the new bike. “Just to get to know each other and try some things, but nothing serious, just to get a base set-up, just to try some things. Then I took some time off, because that is necessary with the season we have. I rode the bike in December for a bit, just to get some laps in, get used to the bike and now I am in Sardinia, doing some suspension stuff and now we really get into testing and start to make the bike the way I want it.”

His time in Sardinia will take in a lot of work. Seewer knows that hard work is needed as setting up any factory bike to your liking is going to take time and patience and the rider from Switzerland doesn’t want to get frustrated in this process.

“First of all, I need to dial the bike in. It will take time and I can’t expect to be ready now or within two weeks. I am not stressed, I take my time, be patient, do my homework and hopefully get it all ready, but without putting myself under pressure, because that won’t make it better. Get the bike ready and physically I am preparing since November with my body. I am pushing hard and trying to put another step on top of it and get stronger and stronger each year. Hard, hard work and then we go there.”

And of course, his team-mate, former MXGP World Champion Romain Febvre is one rider he will need to focus on, but with so many fast guys in the 450 class, Seewer knows that he better get on well with the Frenchman, than have personal problems with each other. 

“Me and Romain respect each other, we were team-mates in Rinaldi in 2019 and, you know, we are both guys who are individual, and he does his thing to go fast, and I do my thing to go fast. Maybe our paths cross and we end up doing something small together, but overall, I go my way and he goes his way. Not in a negative way, it isn’t like I will do what he doesn’t do. He knows what he needs, and I know what I need. We are both professional enough to not disturb each other. I think it is very healthy between us and we will probably push each other in some kind of way. We are not super close, which is normal, but we are also not hating each other. It is a healthy relationship.”

Now keep an eye on the green Kawasaki of Seewer in the coming weeks and months and let’s see if he can improve on that seemingly always bridesmaid role, a position he just seems to find himself in, season after season.

Photo Credit: Kawasaki

Author: 
Geoff Meyer

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