INTERVIEW: Jeremy Seewer
Jeremy Seewer was a great distance from house. The night earlier than, the 2022 Swiss-born MXGP vice-champion was holding station at K1 Pace in downtown San Diego, California, and in tandem with Yamaha Motor Company teammates Eli Tomac and Dylan Ferrandis (Monster Vitality AMA Supercross and AMA Professional Motocross) and Fabio Quartararo (Monster Vitality Yamaha MotoGP), unveiled the brand new international Monster Vitality Yamaha race crew livery.
The 67th annual FIM Motocross World Championship will open with the Patagonia Argentina Grand Prix in March, but it surely already has Seewe’s full focus.
“Our MXGP season begins in March, so January is the month to place within the exhausting work,” he stated. “It’s means being in type of a boot camp for one month within the south of Europe in Sardinia, doing testing and coaching and biking and doing quite a lot of motos and placing quite a lot of hours on the bike. It may be wet days and sunny days and it’s simply placing in laps and getting the bike to work and getting my physique to be in high form. That’s what this January is for.
“It’s not like I’ve days to waste. You understand, what we do is greater than a traditional job, as a result of I can’t cease at 5:00pm or begin at 8:00am day-after-day. Monday is not any completely different from Saturday or Sunday for me, you understand? I imply, it’s a dream that we live, however loads comes with it that the folks don’t see. There’s quite a lot of exhausting work. And it is rather exhausting work. You need to go to absolutely the restrict together with your physique.
“The opposite factor we take care of is the stress. We go on the market and on the finish, OK, we have now an entire crew and a complete crew behind us and to help us, however after we are behind the beginning gate, it’s me and the bike.”
A world-class racer each lives and dies on their GP outcomes. Unhealthy races hold you up at evening.
“It may be robust,” stated Seewer. “Racing may give you a sense that nothing else on the planet may give you. Once you win or when you could have a profitable race, the vitality you get from that’s irreplaceable. However the reverse is that when you could have a foul day or when you could have a number of dangerous races, it almost kills you from the within as a result of you are attempting to determine how and why. It’s not a pleasant feeling. That is the alternative. Nonetheless, these emotions make you stronger and make you need to do higher the following time.”
Seewer is changing into accustomed to ending runner-up within the FIM world championship. In 2017 he positioned second general in MX2, whereas 2019, 2020 and 2022 introduced Seewer FIM Silver Medals within the premier MXGP classification.
“I imply, the primary time I grew to become the vice world champion, I used to be proud.. I used to be like, ‘Wow! I’m the vice world champion! I received someplace! Wow!’,” he stated.
“After which after I received it thrice, it was like, ‘Okay, I need to win now.’ You’re not proud of second anymore. Seeing the entire image final yr, I misplaced loads at first of the season. With out that, I feel I’d have been preventing for the world title. The method for the 2023 season is that I need to win, you understand? I need to exit and be the very best. I don’t need to out myself in a spot the place I have to win as a result of then an excessive amount of stress goes within the flawed approach.
“I need to get pleasure from what I do. I need to win with out feeling like I’ve to. These are two various things. I’m prepared for it. I’m trying ahead to it. MXGP is the hardest of the hardest. There are various, many good guys on the market. You don’t get anywhere on the observe free of charge. That is my purpose – to win. I do know I can’t win each race, however I need to be up there constantly and getting podiums and preventing for wins. I’ll see race by race. I don’t look too far forward. I undoubtedly need to be within the combine and have the purpose to win the world championship.”