Frauenfeld in Switzerland hosted the 15th round of the 2017 World Motocross Championships and while rain hammered down on the track throughout the week proceeding, as race day came around, the clouds departed and the 30,000 Swiss supporters were left with a scorching day to watch the best MX2 and MXGP riders battle it out.

In what was a crazy day of action, the four motos produced four different winners, which if you include all the European classes as well, actually made it 10 different victors in the 10 motos.

The Swiss crowds were in ecstasy after the first batch of motos as home-riders Jeremy Seewer and Arnaud Tonus battled tooth and nail to get the win in front of their adoring fans. Seewer had a moto long battle to get through the pack and then hold off Benoit Paturel on the last lap, but he took the win and clawed back 5 points on Pauls Jonass at the top of the MX2 championship. That glory was short-lived though as a first turn crash in moto 2 meant that his chances at an overall were gone. He still gave the crowd plenty to cheer though as he charged from dead last all the way to 5th and claim second overall. The glory went to Paturel though as the French rider took the second moto victory, and the first overall in his MX2 career. Jonass would round out the podium as his continues his way towards the MX2 championship, leading Seewer now by 49 points with eight motos left.

Jeffrey Herlings 2017 MXGP of Switzerland
6-1 scores haven't usually been enough to win overalls this year in the MXGP class, but Jeffrey Herlings wasn't complaining as he took his second overall in a row, in much different conditions.David Bulmer

After Tonus’ unexpected first ever MXGP victory, all eyes were firmly placed on the #4 Yamaha for moto but on a track where passing was extremely hard for the 450 riders, a bad start meant that like Seewer, he would be unable to challenge for the overall. Unfortunately his day got worse when he crashed, and then was accidentally run into by Jasikonis, leaving the Swiss rider with a broken collarbone. With Tonus out of the picture, it was down to the usual contenders to battle it out and in the end it was Jeffrey Herlings who took the win with 6-1 moto scores. With his second overall in a row, the Dutch rider gave himself a bit of breathing space of Gautier Paulin who got second overall with 4-2 scores and moved into second place in the championship. Antonio Cairoli rounded off the podium with 3-4 results as the Italian continued his unstoppable path towards his 9th World Championship.

In the EMX250 class, Tristan Charboneau won his second overall in a row with 1-3 results as the American rider continues his good late season form, having three of the last eight motos.

The world championships now heads north to Sweden for next weekend, where the Uddevalla track makes a welcome return to the schedule in what will be round 16 of the series.

Max Anstie 2017 MXGP of Switzerland
After denying Seewer last year in the MX2 class, Max Anstie gave it everything he had to do the same too Tonus in the first moto, eventually settling for second behind the Swiss. He then got 12 in moto 2 for 5th overall.David Bulmer
Gautier Paulin 2017 MXGP of Switzerland
After sustaining an injury at Ottobiano, Gautier Paulin made a welcome return to the podium with 4-2 scores for 2nd overall, which also moved him into 3rd place in the MXGP championship.David Bulmer
Jeremy Seewer 2017 MXGP of Switzerland
From feeling on top of the world after winning the first moto, to despair after crashing in the first turn of moto 2. Jeremy Seewer gave his home fan plenty to cheer and his effort in race 2 to come back for a podium spot was great to watch.David Bulmer
Thomas Covington 2017 MXGP of Switzerland
On Saturday it was announced that Thomas Covington would riding for Team USA at the MXoN and he backed up that decision by going 7-2 for 4th overall.David Bulmer
Clement Desalle 2017 MXGP of Switzerland
Not a great GP for Clement Desalle, who struggled to make an impact in the top 10, in what was a difficult track for the 450 riders to make any passes.David Bulmer
Sebastian Vettel 2017 MXGP of Switzerland
Sebastian Vettel attended his second MXGP of Switzerland, and it is clear the F1 World Champ is a big fan of the two-wheeled discipline.David Bulmer
Antonio Cairoli 2017 MXGP of Switzerland
Antonio Cairoli marches on towards his 9th World Championship title, going 3-4 on a track he wasn't too comfortable on. He now leads by 97 points with eight motos remaining.David Bulmer
Tristan Charboneau 2017 MXGP of Switzerland
American Tristan Charboneau has now won the most EMX250 motos this year, going 1-3 to claim his second overall in a row in this difficult class.David Bulmer
Benoit Paturel 2017 MXGP of Switzerland
A great weekend for Benoit Paturel who finally got his maiden MX2 overall victory. The Frenchman pushed Seewer all the way in race 1 before taking victory in race 2 that was good enough to move him into 3rd in the MX2 championship.David Bulmer
2017 MXGP of Switzerland Pauls Jonass
He wasn't the fastest, but once again Pauls Jonass rode smart once again to go 3-3 for 3rd and drop just one point to title rival Seewer. He now leads by 49 points with four rounds left to race.David Bulmer
2017 MXGP of Switzerland Arnaud Tonus
Spectacular scenes in the first MXGP moto as Arnaud Tonus got the holeshot and held on to win his first ever MXGP race, made even more special by doing it in front of his home fans. Unfortunately a crash and collision in moto 2 left him with a broken collarbone.David Bulmer

MXGP Overall:
1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 40 points
2. Gautier Paulin (FRA, HUS), 40 p.
3. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 38 p.
4. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 36 p.
5. Max Anstie (GBR, HUS), 31 p.
6. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 30 p.
7. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 28 p.
8. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 25 p.
9. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, YAM), 25 p.
10. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 22 p.

MXGP Points Standings:
1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 605 points
2. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 508 p.
3. Gautier Paulin (FRA, HUS), 486 p.
4. Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 483 p.
5. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 406 p.

MX2 Overall:
1. Benoit Paturel (FRA, YAM), 47 points
2. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, SUZ), 41 p.
3. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 40 p.
4. Thomas Covington (USA, HUS), 36 p.
5. Jorge Prado Garcia (ESP, KTM), 36 p.
6. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 30 p.
7. Ben Watson (GBR, KTM), 23 p.
8. Darian Sanayei (USA, KAW), 23 p.
9. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, KTM), 23 p.
10. Michele Cervellin (ITA, HON), 22 p.

MX2 Points Standings:
1. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 629 points
2. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, SUZ), 580 p.
3. Benoit Paturel (FRA, YAM), 476 p.
4. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 467 p.
5. Julien Lieber (BEL, KTM), 428 p.

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