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Febvre and Prado dominant at the MXGP of Czech Republic

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Frenchman Romain Febvre had a brilliant performance winning his first GP after St.Jean d‰ÛªAngely 2016.
The iconic world famous circuit of Loket hosted the 13th round of the 2019 FIM Motocross World Championship where Romain Febvre had a brilliant performance winning his first GP after St.Jean d‰ÛªAngely 2016 while Jorge Prado showed his dominance in MX2.

At the Gate drop of MXGP Race one Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing‰Ûªs Jeremy Seewer took the FOX Holeshot ahead of his teammate Romain Febvre and Team HRC‰Ûªs Tim Gajser, but Monster Energy Wilvo Yamaha Official MXGP rider Gautier Paulin pushed the HRC rider to the side and moved into third place. Gajser moved back past Paulin to get back into third place, and behind him came Paulin and Team HRC‰Ûªs Brian Bogers.

Febvre made gains with a pass on Seewer for first place at the opening lap. After three laps Febvre held just over a second to Seewer, followed by Gajser, Arminas Jasikonis who moved past Bogers for fifth. A lot happening mid pack as Pauls Jonass was all over Bogers for sixth place while Jasikonis was doing the same to Paulin for fourth position.


After eight laps it was still Febvre leading with around four seconds between himself and Seewer, with Gajser losing ground on the two Yamaha riders. Gajser started pushing harder at the end of the race and closed up on Seewer for second place.

After 13 laps Febvre held a four-second lead over Seewer with Gajser all over the Yamaha riders in third, then came Paulin and Jasikonis.

Gajser moved into second place after passing Seewer and added a few points to his championship lead. Gajser then easily pulled away from Seewer and seemed to be going after Febvre for the race win. Febvre though was too good and Gajser found himslef settled for the second place. Febvre went on for the win from Gajser with Seewer finishing third.

Race two started nearly identical for Seewer who again took the FOX Holeshot and led the way ahead of Gajser, Paulin, Febvre and Monster Energy Wilvo Yamaha Official MXGP Arnaud Tonus. Febvre was quickly into third place and passed Paulin. Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team‰Ûªs Tommy Searle also pushed hard as he moved into fifth place while Febvre moved forward in the early going of the race and looked to get to the front; the French moved into second place while Gajser seemed to back it down a little as both Seewer and Febvre were riding on the edge and very close. On lap three Febvre tried to make a pass on Seewer but couldn‰Ûªt get past.
Team HRC‰Ûªs Tim Gajser increased his lead at the top of the 2019 world motocross championship table to 177 points after finishing second overall at the MXGP of the Czech Republic.
Gajser, after taking a little rest started pushing again and was back onto the two front guys. A brilliant battle for first place between the two Monster Energy Yamaha riders was set leaving Gajser sitting back watching it all. Febvre managed to move into first place on lap six.

Gajser started putting massive pressure on Seewer for second and pushed to get past but had to wait. Gajser rode past Seewer to move into second and started chasing after the leader.

Back in 9th position Searle crashed into the wire fence and his bike was stuck dropping himself into 21st.

Top ten after seven laps was Febvre, Gajser, Seewer, Paulin, Tonus, Honda SR Motoblouz' Jeremy Van Horebeek, Jonass, Standing Construct KTM‰Ûªs Glenn Coldenhoff, Jasikonis and Standing Construct KTM‰Ûªs Max Anstie in 10th. After nine laps suddenly Gajser was onto Febvre with just two seconds separating them two front guys.
Jeremy Seewer's late season form continued in Loket with another podium.
Febvre settled and took command of the race, winning his third race of the season from Gajser and Seewer.

Febvre's' brilliant 1-1 performance saw him win his first Grand Prix victory in three years. Second overall was Gajser with 2-2 scores and third Seewer with 3-3 results. Tim Gajser goes to Lommel with 177 points ahead of Seewer and with a change to gain the title at the MXGP of Belgium.

‰ÛÏI‰Ûªm really happy about it," Febvre said of his win. "The road was long but I really had a perfect weekend. This means everything. A victory you can‰Ûªt describe, I stalled the bike in the second race and Tim closed the gap and I opened the gap. We had a good start in the first race, was second behind my team-mate and I passed him quickly, he was following me, but I was comfortable, and I didn‰Ûªt take pressure from them. I am happy to win for my team.‰Û
Spaniard Jorge Prado conquered the Grand Prix of Czech Republic at Loket for the second year in a row in MX2.
In MX2 Class Jorge Prado scored the 27th Grand Prix win of his short career with a perfect 1-1 result at the Grand Prix of Czech Republic. The win also extended Prado‰Ûªs points lead in the series points, with 90 points separating Prado from second placed man Thomas Kjer Olsen. Second overall at Loket was F&H Racing Kawasaki‰Ûªs Henry Jacobi and third Olsen.

Just as he does so often Prado took the FOX Holeshot in the opening MX2 race followed by Tom Vialle, Team HRC‰Ûªs Calvin Vlaanderen, Jacobi, and Iker Larranaga in fifth place. Vlaanderen battled hard with Vialle and was looking to get past the French teenager.

After a lap the lead was one second and further back in the pack Monster Energy Kemea Yamaha Official MX2‰Ûªs Jago Geerts moved into eight position. F&H Racing Kawasaki‰Ûªs Adam Sterry was into the top ten as he was in ninth place. Two laps in and Prado was still just a second ahead and Vlaanderen looked desperate to get past Vialle and get a crack at the leader. Not a lot of position changes in the top ten and the lead went to nearly three seconds as Prado led Vialle and Vlaanderen.
Henry Jacobi finished second in MX2
Olsen moved into fifth position as he passed Larranaga, and Vialle continued to keep Vlaanderen from the leader. Beaton went past Larranaga and began his chase of his team-mate Olsen while Geerts was also looking to pass Larranaga. Prado continued to lead Vialle by three seconds, and the second placed man had moved away from Vlaanderen.

Sterry was pushing hard to get past Larranaga, and the two nearly collided on a couple of occasions. After seven laps it was Prado, Vialle, Vlaanderen, Jacobi, Olsen, Australian Jed Beaton, Geerts, Larranaga, Sterry and Bud Racing's Kawasaki's Brian Moreau in 10th.

Vialle and Vlaanderen collided and both went down hard. Vlaanderen picked himself up in 10th place, but Vialle was out of the race as he cruised back to the mechanics area with a busted bike.

With the accident for second and third positions Prado suddenly had a big lead over Jacobi, then came Olsen, Beaton and Geerts in fifth. Prado eventually won it from Jacobi and Olsen.

Prado‰Ûªs FOX Holeshot power was shown also in race two as he led the second MX2 race from Vialle, Jacobi and Vlaanderen. Sterry was also in amongst the leaders in fifth place and Olsen was back in seventh place.
Thomas Kjer Olsen delivered impressive form around the Loket circuit to bounce back onto the overall MX2 class podium thanks to 3/4 results.
After four laps the lead by Prado was more than two seconds with Vialle in safe second ahead of Jacobi, Vlaanderen and Sterry. Olsen continued to struggle a little in sixth place.

Jacobi moved past Vialle for second place and Vlaanderen started to put pressure on the young Frenchman. Vlaanderen and Sterry also moved past Vialle and then Olsen started to push for a passing move on Vialle. Prado in the meantime was miles ahead up front.

After 10 laps Prado held a 13 second lead over Jacobi, then came Vlaanderen, Sterry, and Olsen in fifth. Vlaanderen slipped over and was passed by Sterry, Olsen and Vialle. Geerts was also all over Vlaanderen for sixth position.

Vlaanderen came back on Vialle and was looking for a way past and on lap 13 he managed to pass the KTM rider. Geerts also passed Vialle as the Frenchman‰Ûªs disappointing day continued. Sterry started to close up on Jacobi for second place, and further back Olsen was fourth, Vlaanderen fifth, Geerts sixth and Vialle seventh.

Prado remained in command as the race closed down, holding a 15 second lead over Jacobi and Sterry, with Olsen and Vlaanderen continuing to remain inside the top five. Great move by Sterry to move into second place as he blasted past Jacobi in a corner. Prado won his 22ndrace from Sterry and Jacobi.

Prado won the MX2 class overall, with 1-1 results, with Jacobi second overall and Olsen third overall.

‰ÛÏIt was unbelievable. Another two solid races and I enjoyed getting back to Europe and winning after the Asian rounds," Prado said. "I felt way better in the second race, got a good gap and pushed to get it home. Last year I got the red plate here, so it was nice to come back. Now I am looking forward to the Grand Prix in Lommel.

The 14th round of the FIM Motocross World Championship is taking place in Lommel, Belgium in 1-week time.
Australian Jed Beaton placed a strong sixth finishing 4-9 in the two motos. Photo: Juan Pablo Acevedo
MXGP - Grand Prix Race 1 Top Ten:
1. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), 35:16.428
2. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:01.767
3. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Yamaha), +0:03.019
4. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Yamaha), +0:04.994
5. Arminas Jasikonis (LTU, Husqvarna), +0:06.234
6. Pauls Jonass (LAT, Husqvarna), +0:11.778
7. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Honda), +0:23.045
8. Max Anstie (GBR, KTM), +0:29.981
9. Brian Bogers (NED, Honda), +0:36.277
10. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Yamaha), +0:39.366

MXGP - Grand Prix Race 2 Top Ten:
1. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), 35:24.868
2. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:02.779
3. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Yamaha), +0:07.399
4. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Yamaha), +0:10.737
5. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Yamaha), +0:12.992
6. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Honda), +0:14.782
7. Pauls Jonass (LAT, Husqvarna), +0:16.522
8. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), +0:26.870
9. Arminas Jasikonis (LTU, Husqvarna), +0:29.205
10. Max Anstie (GBR, KTM), +0:50.995

MXGP - GP Top Ten:
1. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 50 points
2. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 44 points
3. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 40 points
4. Gautier Paulin (FRA, YAM), 36 points
5. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, HON), 29 points
6. Pauls Jonass (LAT, HUS), 29 points
7. Arminas Jasikonis (LTU, HUS), 28 points
8. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, YAM), 27 points
9. Max Anstie (GBR, KTM), 24 points
10. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 21 points

MXGP - World Championship Top Ten:
1. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 582 points
2. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 405 points
3. Gautier Paulin (FRA, YAM), 379 points
4. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, YAM), 373 points
5. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 358 points
6. Arminas Jasikonis (LTU, HUS), 327 points
7. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 309 points
8. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, HON), 300 points
9. Pauls Jonass (LAT, HUS), 297 points
10. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 293 points

MX2 - Grand Prix Race 1 Top Ten:
1. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 33:47.804
2. Henry Jacobi (GER, Kawasaki), +0:08.007
3. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, Husqvarna), +0:11.631
4. Jed Beaton (AUS, Husqvarna), +0:17.866
5. Jago Geerts (BEL, Yamaha), +0:23.742
6. Adam Sterry (GBR, Kawasaki), +0:31.285
7. Iker Larranaga Olano (ESP, KTM), +0:35.625
8. Brian Strubhart Moreau (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:38.545
9. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, Honda), +0:38.910
10. Brent Van doninck (BEL, Honda), +0:42.142

MX2 - Grand Prix Race 2 Top Ten:
1. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 35:33.413
2. Adam Sterry (GBR, Kawasaki), +0:10.244
3. Henry Jacobi (GER, Kawasaki), +0:17.878
4. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, Husqvarna), +0:20.837
5. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, Honda), +0:25.531
6. Jago Geerts (BEL, Yamaha), +0:32.755
7. Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), +0:40.264
8. Mathys Boisrame (FRA, Honda), +0:48.725
9. Jed Beaton (AUS, Husqvarna), +0:49.242
10. Kevin Horgmo (NOR, KTM), +0:56.925

MX2 - GP Top Ten:
1. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 50 points
2. Henry Jacobi (GER, KAW), 42 points
3. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 38 points
4. Adam Sterry (GBR, KAW), 37 points
5. Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 31 points
6. Jed Beaton (AUS, HUS), 30 points
7. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, HON), 28 points
8. Mathys Boisrame (FRA, HON), 23 points
9. Kevin Horgmo (NOR, KTM), 19 points
10. Brent Van doninck (BEL, HON), 19 points

MX2 - World Championship Top Ten:
1. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 594 points
2. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 504 points
3. Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 391 points
4. Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), 380 points
5. Henry Jacobi (GER, KAW), 377 points
6. Adam Sterry (GBR, KAW), 279 points
7. Jed Beaton (AUS, HUS), 250 points
8. Ben Watson (GBR, YAM), 246 points
9. Maxime Renaux (FRA, YAM), 242 points
10. Mitchell Evans (AUS, HON), 228 points

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