Motocross

Febvre and Herlings do the double in Thailand

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Throttle control was the key to the race here at the second round of the FIM Motocross World Championship in Suphan Buri, Thailand, as the seemingly perfectly prepared track baked rock hard in the direct sunlight and became treacherous with deep ruts and patches of blue groove clay.

It was a test of the best that saw Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing‰Ûªs Romain Febvre and Red Bull KTM Factory Racing‰Ûªs Jeffrey Herlings win both motos, giving both riders an early break at the head of the championship standings.

MXGP

With two rounds in the bag and a MXGP class full of youth as well as experience, it‰Ûªs the young-guns who are turning heads. Both of last years world champions Romain Febvre and Honda Gariboldi‰Ûªs Tim Gajser have taken ownership of the top two steps of the podium for the second time in succession. While it was Gajser who posted a perfect score at the season opener in Qatar last weekend, this time the tables were turned as Romain Febvre upped the intensity and used his smoothness and precision to win both races for the his first overall win of the season and will now head to round three as the championship points leader.

"I'm happy to win the first moto, and the second was easier, because after the second corner I was in the lead, andåÊI could make a good gap, and ride safely to the finish," Febvre explained.åÊ"In the first moto I had a really long battle with Tony Cairoli, and you get the stones and the dust in your face, and here it's really difficult to pass."

"I was frustrated because I couldn't pass him, and even when I did I had to slow down a bit and take a break, because I was really tired."

"I'm really happy to take the red plate, but you know it's still a really long season ahead.åÊIt's really nice to have it, but there are still 16 rounds to go," the Frenchman concluded.

In contrast to Febvre‰Ûªs smoothness and meticulous approach to such an unforgiving track, Gajser used his incredible strength to control his flamboyant style as he battled the edginess of the clay. Despite a few heart-stopping moments, the young rookie took it all in his stride as he banked a third and a fourth for second overall.

A podium in Thailand back in 2014 started a dream season for Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing‰Ûªs Jeremy Van Horebeek who managed to nail eleven podiums on the bounce thereafter. After a rough year in 2015, things already appear to be looking up for the Belgian who was fourth at round one and has already gone one better with a podium performance here in Thailand.
Cairoli made his first visit ti the podium in 2016 with third place.
Team HRC‰Ûªs Evgeny Bobryshev laid low most of the day and avoided conflict enough to wrap up the day in fourth overall. In race one he started fifth and inherited fourth when the pole man Team Suzuki World MXGP‰Ûªs Ben Townley crashed out of fourth on lap nine. Meanwhile in race two, it was a similar story when he started eighth and came home in an eventual seventh.

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing‰Ûªs Antonio Cairoli looked sharp this weekend but he ended up dethroning himself of a chance to be on the box when he stalled the bike while up front in race two and dropped outside of the top 20. The Italian star did manage to fight back to twelfth, which in combination with his second place finish in the opening race was good enough for fifth overall.
Jeffrey Herlings has not lost an MX2 race so far in 2016. 4 wins from 4 starts.
MX2

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing‰Ûªs Jeffrey Herlings said after his season ending crash in the Czech Republic last year that he will be back in 2016 better, faster, stronger and so far he has been pretty accurate. Other than one extremely close call in Race Two, Herlings was pretty much flawless this weekend,

‰ÛÏin previous years I was not good with out a start‰Û
Jeremy Seewer was second overall and is now second in the MX2 Championship
Team Suzuki World MX2‰Ûªs Jeremy Seewer knows how to spin smooth and consistent laps which is exactly what he did on his way to his first podium finish of the season and best ever result in the FIM Motocross World Championship.

‰ÛÏLast year was not my best race here in Thailand! This year we did a lot better and all the work we did paid off. I‰Ûªm really happy," Seewer said.

"We need to work on my starts a little bit because we missed out both times here but we have made so many changes to my bike this winter we have made big steps. I think we will make it work. So far it has been great working with Stefan because there is a new spirit in the team. It is helping me and is very positive. I want to keep consistent now, avoid crashing and keep in the top five. I‰Ûªm not too concerned about the championship yet because we are still so early in the season. It doesn't matter where you are at the start but more at the end.‰Û
Grand Prix of Thailand Results - Round 2
MXGP Moto1:
1. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), 34:04.313
2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:02.775
3. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:05.871
4. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:18.040
5. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Yamaha), +0:21.958
6. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), +0:33.137
7. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Honda), +0:36.125
8. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki MXGP), +0:47.200
9. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), +0:51.008
10. Christophe Charlier (FRA, Husqvarna), +0:59.191
11. Valentin Guillod (SUI, Yamaha), +1:02.840
12. Milko Potisek (FRA, Yamaha), +1:05.143
13. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), +1:13.586
14. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Honda), +1:16.599
15. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), +1:24.528
16. Clement Desalle (BEL, Kawasaki), +1:30.705
17. Tanel Leok (EST, KTM), -1 lap(s)
18. Kei Yamamoto (JPN, Honda), -1 lap(s)
19. Alex Snow (GBR, Yamaha), -1 lap(s)
20. Thanarat Penjan (THA, Honda), -3 lap(s)
21. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Husqvarna), -5 lap(s)
22. Chaiyan Romphan (THA, Yamaha), -5 lap(s)
23. Ben Townley (NZL, Suzuki MXGP), -11 lap(s).

MXGP Moto2:
1. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), 34:41.154
2. Ben Townley (NZL, Suzuki MXGP), +0:06.038
3. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Husqvarna), +0:07.876
4. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Yamaha), +0:10.723
5. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:20.508
6. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), +0:23.325
7. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:32.355
8. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), +0:36.229
9. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Honda), +0:38.176
10. Valentin Guillod (SUI, Yamaha), +0:41.132
11. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki MXGP), +0:43.047
12. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:47.932
13. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Honda), +0:50.244
14. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), +0:56.903
15. Milko Potisek (FRA, Yamaha), +1:04.770
16. Christophe Charlier (FRA, Husqvarna), +1:12.194
17. Tanel Leok (EST, KTM), +1:42.623
18. Kei Yamamoto (JPN, Honda), +2:02.034
19. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), -1 lap(s)
20. Clement Desalle (BEL, Kawasaki), -1 lap(s)
21. Alex Snow (GBR, Yamaha), -1 lap(s)
22. Chaiyan Romphan (THA, Yamaha), -2 lap(s)
23. Thanarat Penjan (THA, Honda), -5 lap(s).

MXGP Overall result:
1. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 50 points
2. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 36 p.
3. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 34 p.
4. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 32 p.
5. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 31 p.
6. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 27 p.
7. Gautier Paulin (FRA, HON), 26 p.
8. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki MXGP), 23 p.
9. Ben Townley (NZL, Suzuki MXGP), 22 p.
10. Tommy Searle (GBR, KAW), 22 p.
11. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), 21 p.
12. Valentin Guillod (SUI, YAM), 21 p.
13. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 20 p.
14. Christophe Charlier (FRA, HUS), 16 p.
15. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, HON), 15 p.
16. Milko Potisek (FRA, YAM), 15 p.
17. Tanel Leok (EST, KTM), 8 p.
18. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 8 p.
19. Kei Yamamoto (JPN, HON), 6 p.
20. Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 6 p.
21. Alex Snow (GBR, YAM), 2 p.
22. Thanarat Penjan (THA, HON), 1 p.
23. Chaiyan Romphan (THA, YAM), 0 p.

MXGP World Championship standings (after 2 of 18 rounds):
1. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 92 points
2. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 86 p.
3. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 74 p.
4. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 68 p.
5. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 64 p.
6. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 57 p.
7. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki MXGP), 48 p.
8. Tommy Searle (GBR, KAW), 47 p.
9. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 44 p.
10. Ben Townley (NZL, Suzuki MXGP), 42 p.
11. Gautier Paulin (FRA, HON), 37 p.
12. Valentin Guillod (SUI, YAM), 37 p.
13. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), 35 p.
14. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 33 p.
15. Milko Potisek (FRA, YAM), 28 p.
16. Christophe Charlier (FRA, HUS), 24 p.
17. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, HON), 23 p.
18. Tanel Leok (EST, KTM), 21 p.
19. Kei Yamamoto (JPN, HON), 11 p.
20. Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 9 p.
21. Alex Snow (GBR, YAM), 3 p.
22. Thanarat Penjan (THA, HON), 1 p.

MX2 Moto1:
1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 34:33.241
2. Aleksandr Tonkov (RUS, Yamaha), +0:32.233
3. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki MX2), +0:37.283
4. Benoit Paturel (FRA, Yamaha), +0:41.235
5. Thomas Covington (USA, Husqvarna), +0:59.709
6. Petar Petrov (BUL, Kawasaki), +1:12.586
7. Vsevolod Brylyakov (RUS, Kawasaki), +1:26.229
8. Samuele Bernardini (ITA, TM), +1:34.550
9. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), +1:39.392
10. Roberts Justs (LAT, KTM), -1 lap(s)
11. Alvin ÌÐstlund (SWE, Yamaha), -1 lap(s)
12. Jorge Zaragoza (ESP, Honda), -1 lap(s)
13. Karel Kutsar (EST, KTM), -1 lap(s)
14. Jens Getteman (BEL, KTM), -1 lap(s)
15. Maykal Grisha Ivanov (BUL, KTM), -1 lap(s)
16. Freek van der Vlist (NED, Kawasaki), -1 lap(s)
17. Damon Graulus (BEL, Honda), -1 lap(s)
18. Nozomu Yasuhara (JPN, Yamaha), -1 lap(s)
19. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), -2 lap(s)
20. Ben Hallgren (THA, Yamaha), -2 lap(s).

MX2 Moto2:
1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 34:48.194
2. Max Anstie (GBR, Husqvarna), +0:24.954
3. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki MX2), +0:26.854
4. Aleksandr Tonkov (RUS, Yamaha), +0:39.636
5. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), +0:43.934
6. Benoit Paturel (FRA, Yamaha), +0:50.686
7. Alvin ÌÐstlund (SWE, Yamaha), +1:30.625
8. Brent Van doninck (BEL, Yamaha), +1:35.213
9. Vsevolod Brylyakov (RUS, Kawasaki), +1:36.124
10. Petar Petrov (BUL, Kawasaki), +1:39.906
11. Jorge Zaragoza (ESP, Honda), +2:05.574
12. Samuele Bernardini (ITA, TM), +2:21.573
13. Roberts Justs (LAT, KTM), -1 lap(s)
14. Ben Watson (GBR, Husqvarna), -1 lap(s)
15. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), -1 lap(s)
16. Karel Kutsar (EST, KTM), -1 lap(s)
17. Damon Graulus (BEL, Honda), -1 lap(s)
18. Maykal Grisha Ivanov (BUL, KTM), -1 lap(s)
19. Nozomu Yasuhara (JPN, Yamaha), -1 lap(s)
20. Shota Ueda (JPN, Kawasaki), -1 lap(s).

MX2 Overall result:
1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 50 points
2. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki MX2), 40 p.
3. Aleksandr Tonkov (RUS, YAM), 40 p.
4. Benoit Paturel (FRA, YAM), 33 p.
5. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 28 p.
6. Vsevolod Brylyakov (RUS, KAW), 26 p.
7. Petar Petrov (BUL, KAW), 26 p.
8. Alvin ÌÐstlund (SWE, YAM), 24 p.
9. Max Anstie (GBR, HUS), 22 p.
10. Samuele Bernardini (ITA, TM), 22 p.
11. Jorge Zaragoza (ESP, HON), 19 p.
12. Roberts Justs (LAT, KTM), 19 p.
13. Thomas Covington (USA, HUS), 16 p.
14. Brent Van doninck (BEL, YAM), 13 p.
15. Karel Kutsar (EST, KTM), 13 p.
16. Maykal Grisha Ivanov (BUL, KTM), 9 p.
17. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), 8 p.
18. Damon Graulus (BEL, HON), 8 p.
19. Ben Watson (GBR, HUS), 7 p.
20. Jens Getteman (BEL, KTM), 7 p.

MX2 World Championship standings (after 2 of 18 rounds):
1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 100 points
2. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki MX2), 74 p.
3. Aleksandr Tonkov (RUS, YAM), 70 p.
4. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 68 p.
5. Petar Petrov (BUL, KAW), 56 p.
6. Samuele Bernardini (ITA, TM), 47 p.
7. Benoit Paturel (FRA, YAM), 46 p.
8. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, KAW), 44 p.
9. Brent Van doninck (BEL, YAM), 44 p.
10. Vsevolod Brylyakov (RUS, KAW), 38 p.
11. Alvin ÌÐstlund (SWE, YAM), 37 p.
12. Max Anstie (GBR, HUS), 33 p.
13. Thomas Covington (USA, HUS), 32 p.
14. Jorge Zaragoza (ESP, HON), 30 p.
15. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), 25 p.
16. Jens Getteman (BEL, KTM), 24 p.
17. Ben Watson (GBR, HUS), 21 p.
18. Damon Graulus (BEL, HON), 20 p.
19. Roberts Justs (LAT, KTM), 19 p.
20. Karel Kutsar (EST, KTM), 19 p.

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