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Romain Febvre And Liam Everts Back In The Winners Circle At The MXGP Of The Netherlands

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Photo of motocross rider Romain Febvre at the 2023 MXGP of Netherlands
In moto two Romain Febvre (3) took his fifth holeshot of the season and with consistently fast lap-times at the head of the field  – secured yet another overall GP victory – his sixth in the last seven rounds

Romain Febvre has raced to his sixth victory of the last seven GPs in the Dutch round of the FIM World MXGP Motocross Championship at a rugged track on the outskirts of Arnhem while Liam Everts took his second win of the season in MX2.

Febvre won ahead of Jorge Prado who keeps winning races to maintain his large points lead on Frenchman in the championship. Jeremy Seewer podiumed again after his win in Sweden with a back-to-back podium asserting his third place in the Championship.

In MX2, the solid and consistent Liam Everts won his second Grand Prix of the season in a last lap thriller that saw Lucas Coenen finish second overall thanks to his win in race two and fighting spirit in the first race. Simon Laengenfelder completed the podium with another race win to keep his podium streak going.

MXGP

In Race One Jorge Prado clinched his eleventh Holeshot of the season, levelling with Jeremy Seewer in the competition. Seewer was just behind Prado but Romain Febvre quickly overtook the Swiss in the opening lap to go second. Prado led the race but then was threatened by a fast Febvre who seemed to enjoy the tough track. On lap nine Febvre made a great move to overtake the Red Plate and took the lead.

Febvre was on the way to the win after pulling away quickly but on lap eleven, unfortunately, a stone got stuck into his rear brake stopping his flow. The Frenchman struggled with the bike and saw Prado and Seewer overtaking him. Febvre eventually got back to it and managed to get back to second on lap seventeen after passing Seewer again. Febvre pushed for the win but was too short and Prado got another important race win while Febvre settled for second and Seewer third.

Photo of motocross rider Romain Febvre at the 2023 MXGP of Netherlands
Romain Febvre went 2-1 on his way to win number six.

Behind the leading trio, Pauls Jonass started very well in fourth on the turn of lap one in front of Maxime Renaux but they both got overtaken by Glenn Coldenhoff who jumped to fourth place. Coldenhoff kept that place until the end. Jonass couldn’t keep his position as Renaux, Tim Gajser and Alberto Forato overtook him between laps five and seven. Jonass dropped down to eighth and finished in that position.

Renaux was fifth until lap nine when he made a mistake and dropped down to seventh. Both Gajser and Forato took that opportunity to finish fifth and sixth respectively. Earlier, Forato passed Calvin Vlaanderen for eighth and unwillingly forced him wide. Vlaanderen went off track and crashed and had to retire from the race on lap six.

Photo of motocross rider Jorge Prado at the 2023 MXGP of Netherlands
Despite finishing second overall Jorge Prado still holds a 91 point lead in the MXGP standings. Photo: Juan Pablo Acevedo

Unfortunately, Benoit Paturel and Rubén Fernández crashed on the first corner. Fernandez went to the pitlane for a goggle change and managed to get up to seventeenth which was really good considering how far back he was after that incident. Paturel could not go back on track after a bike issue.

In Race Two, Febvre took the best start to clinch the Holeshot and took the lead. This time the French rider would not make the same mistakes and raced superbly to keep a good cushion in the lead. Febvre finally got the race win to go 2-1 and win his sixth Grand Prix of the season.

Behind him, Seewer got a great start once again to place himself second. The Swiss managed to stay solid but got into a battle of the teammate with the home rider Coldenhoff with two laps to go. Coldenhoff showed great determination as he rode past Prado earlier in the race to go third and kept charging forward as he was supported hugely by the home crowd. Seewer’s podium was in jeopardy if Coldenhoff passed him. In the end, Seewer managed to keep his cool and battle off Coldenhoff to stay second and clinch the third spot on the podium and get a back-to-back podium after his win in Sweden. Coldenhoff who got tantalisingly close to the podium on his home GP had to settle for the third place and the fourth overall.

Photo of motocross rider Jeremy Seewer at the 2023 MXGP of Netherlands
Jeremey Seewer backed up his win from the previous round with a third at the MXGP of the Netherlands.

Prado had a pretty quiet race as he rode for most of the race in fourth place to get another podium with the second overall. The only test for the Red Plate holder was to keep Gajser at bay for a couple of laps. Gajser in the end threw the towel with a couple of laps to go knowing it would be hard to chase after Prado and settled for another good fifth place and the fifth overall.

Renaux got a good start and placed himself in third position but made a mistake on lap four and dropped down to sixth. The French rider kept the sixth spot until the end to go sixth overall. Forato and Fernandez battled it out for the seventh place which Forato grasped on lap six and never gave it up again to go 6-7 for seventh overall while Fernandes showed that without a crash, he was well worthy of the top ten as he finished eighth. Jonass rode pretty much the whole race in ninth place to finish eighth overall.

Photo of motocross rider Romain Febvre at the 2023 MXGP of Netherlands
With his sixth win, Romain Febvre remains second in the MXGP standings.

Mitch Evans, second in the morning Warm-up, rode a solid first moto to maintain his lap times throughout the moto as he moved forward to finish tenth. Race two was following a similar pattern as he came from twelfth to challenge for tenth before fading to fifteenth in the closing laps as the effects of the sickness which had laid him low all week kicked in. The Australian was twelfth overall in the GP and has consolidated that ranking in the Championship standings.

“The second race was so much better,” Febvre said. “I pulled the FOX Holeshot and rode my own race. I was feeling good, the track was heavy but I could make the difference. It’s a shame for the first race that I could not win because I got a stone stuck in the rear brake but anyway, win number 6 so I am really happy about it.”

Photo of motocross rider Liam Everts at the 2023 MXGP of Netherlands
Liam Everts won a close contest for the sixteenth round of nineteen in MXGP and through the rough sand of Arnhem for his seventh podium of the year and consolidates 2nd spot in the championship. Photo: Ray Archer.

MX2

In MX2 race One, Simon Laengenfelder took the Holeshot and flew off with the lead. No one could catch the German and he went on to win race one comfortably continuing on his recent impressive outings.

Behind him was a battle that we are now used to seeing between the top two in the Championship and teammates Andrea Adamo and Liam Everts. Everts started the best of the two in second position while Adamo followed closely in third. Everts felt comfortable until Adamo got closer which made the Belgian get a little untidy and had a close call on a turn. The riders went wheel to wheel but Everts kept his second place while Adamo also made a mistake, costing him some time. On lap ten of eighteen, Everts made a mistake and nearly fell off his bike but salvaged it very well although Adamo capitalised on that mistake to move up to second.

Everts (80) took the holeshot in MX2 Moto 2. Photo: Juan Pablo Acevedo

From then on Adamo pulled away to put pressure on Laengenfelder but made a mistake that resulted in him having to throw his goggles. Adamo kept riding very strong goggle-less and was going to threaten Laengenfelder over the last lap but made another mistake that kept him in second place until the end. Adamo got an excellent second place while Everts settled for third.

To mark his return after his broken collarbone, Jago Geerts displayed an impressive performance as he went sixth after the turn of lap one and took his time to get into his usual flow but then found his tempo and overtook a very good Kevin Horgmo for fifth on lap thirteen and then capitalised on the unfortunate crash of his teammate and also great performer Rick Elzinga to move up to fourth. Horgmo stayed solid once again to finish fifth while Elzinga who was riding at home picked himself up in ninth position to finish there.

Photo of motocross rider Lucas Coenen at the 2023 MXGP of Netherlands
Lucas Coenen has proven time and time again that he has an inordinate amount of raw speed in his back pocket and that was showcased in The Netherlands with second overall.

The most impressive performance of the race was definitely from Lucas Coenen who crashed in the first corners to find himself at the back of the group. However, we know that L.Coenen never gives up and pulled an incredible comeback on the tough track to salvage sixth place in the end.

In Race Two, The Holeshot went to Everts who took the lead in front of L.Coenen. L.Coenen made a successful move on lap two to pass Everts for the lead although he nearly fell off his bike but somehow saved it superbly. L.Coenen pulled away and kept pushing, setting the fastest lap but entered into a wild rodeo and lost control to fall off the bike this time. Everts and Horgmo passed the young Belgian. However, it only took a bit more than a lap for L.Coenen to overtake once more Horgmo first and Everts with a sublime pass full of confidence on the outside.

L.Coenen this time did not give his lead away and flew to victory in a great manner to go 6-1 for second overall. L.Coenen could have also won the overall due to the immense and intense battle between Everts and Geerts over the last couple of laps.

Geerts once again impressively showed up in race two as he found himself fifth on lap one. The Belgian overtook Horgmo on lap seven for third and kept going to fight for the second spot with Everts over the last lap. Geerts momentarily passed Everts on the last lap which would have put him on the podium and would have denied Everts a GP victory. However, Everts’ willpower saw him fight until the very last corners to pass Geerts back on the penultimate corner on a jump and clinched second place and the Grand Prix victory with it.

Photo of motocross rider Simon Laengenfelder at the 2023 MXGP of Netherlands
Simon Längenfelder shone brightly with a win in moto one for second overall on the day. Photo: Juan Pablo Acevedo

Everts won his second Grand Prix with a 3-2 while Geerts finished fourth overall which is impressive. Horgmo settled for fourth place and sixth overall.

Adamo rode strongly and fought with Laengenfelder over the fifth place. Adamo made a mistake that allowed Laengenfelder to nab fifth on lap seven. Adamo didn’t give up and came back to put pressure on Laengenfelder and overtook him on lap twelve to show that he can perform very well also on the sand. Adamo finished fifth to go 2-5 and fifth overall while Laengenfeler, thanks to his win in race one, went 1-6 for third overall, extending his podium streak to six.

“I didn’t expect to have the win today. I should have been 2nd in the first moto but made that clumsy mistake with two laps to go. I pumped myself up for the second moto and got the holeshot. I needed to keep Jago [Geerts] behind me and that’s what I did.” Everts said.

MXGP moves a hefty distance east in the coming week with the annual trip to Afyon and for the Grand Prix of Turkey on the first weekend of September.

Photo of motocross rider Andrea Adamo at the 2023 MXGP of Netherlands
Andrea Adamo was 5th overall in the Netherlands and holds a 72-point lead in the MX2 standings with three events and a maximum of 180 points to win. Photo: Ray Archer

MXGP – Grand Prix Race 1 – Top 10 Classification:
1 Jorge Prado (ESP, GASGAS), 35:18.978
2 Romain Febvre (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:04.399
3 Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Yamaha), +0:16.442
4 Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, Yamaha), +0:31.853
5 Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:37.696
6 Alberto Forato (ITA, KTM), +0:41.573
7 Maxime Renaux (FRA, Yamaha), +0:59.313
8 Pauls Jonass (LAT, Honda), +1:05.777
9 Brian Bogers (NED, Honda), +1:20.069
10 Mitchell Evans (AUS, Kawasaki), +1:26.880

MXGP – Grand Prix Race 2 – Top 10 Classification:
1 Romain Febvre (FRA, Kawasaki), 33:53.464
2 Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Yamaha), +0:00.987
3 Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, Yamaha), +0:01.866
4 Jorge Prado (ESP, GASGAS), +0:24.691
5 Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:27.809
6 Maxime Renaux (FRA, Yamaha), +0:37.166
7 Alberto Forato (ITA, KTM), +0:39.251
8 Ruben Fernandez (ESP, Honda), +1:09.327
9 Pauls Jonass (LAT, Honda), +1:22.180
10 Brian Bogers (NED, Honda), +1:34.106

MXGP – Grand Prix Top 10 Classification:
1 Romain Febvre (FRA, KAW), 47 Points
2 Jorge Prado (ESP, GAS), 43 Points
3 Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 42 Points
4 Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, YAM), 38 Points
5 Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 32 Points
6 Maxime Renaux (FRA, YAM), 29 Points
7 Alberto Forato (ITA, KTM), 29 Points
8 Pauls Jonass (LAT, HON), 25 Points
9 Brian Bogers (NED, HON), 23 Points
10 Ben Watson (GBR, BET), 20 Points

MXGP – World Championship Top 10 Classification:
1 Jorge Prado (ESP, GAS), 821 Points
2 Romain Febvre (FRA, KAW), 729 Points
3 Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 652 Points
4 Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, YAM), 600 Points
5 Ruben Fernandez (ESP, HON), 542 Points
6 Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, YAM), 498 Points
7 Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 456 Points
8 Alberto Forato (ITA, KTM), 414 Points
9 Valentin Guillod (SUI, HON), 295 Points
10 Maxime Renaux (FRA, YAM), 260 Points

MX2 – Grand Prix Race 1 – Top 10 Classification:
1 Simon Laengenfelder (GER, GASGAS), 35:37.472
2 Andrea Adamo (ITA, KTM), +0:04.062
3 Liam Everts (BEL, KTM), +0:13.357
4 Jago Geerts (BEL, Yamaha), +0:22.893
5 Kevin Horgmo (NOR, Kawasaki), +0:29.163
6 Lucas Coenen (BEL, Husqvarna), +0:33.499
7 Camden Mc Lellan (RSA, Honda), +0:40.191
8 Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, Husqvarna), +0:43.760
9 Rick Elzinga (NED, Yamaha), +0:58.107
10 Isak Gifting (SWE, GASGAS), +1:11.670

MX2 – Grand Prix Race 2 – Top 10 Classification:
1 Lucas Coenen (BEL, Husqvarna), 34:13.330
2 Liam Everts (BEL, KTM), +0:04.503
3 Jago Geerts (BEL, Yamaha), +0:05.663
4 Kevin Horgmo (NOR, Kawasaki), +0:14.156
5 Andrea Adamo (ITA, KTM), +0:26.546
6 Simon Laengenfelder (GER, GASGAS), +0:30.162
7 Camden Mc Lellan (RSA, Honda), +0:59.877
8 Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, Husqvarna), +1:03.227
9 Isak Gifting (SWE, GASGAS), +1:14.310
10 Oriol Oliver (ESP, KTM), +1:16.718

MX2 – Grand Prix Top 10 Classification:
1 Liam Everts (BEL, KTM), 42 Points
2 Lucas Coenen (BEL, HUS), 40 Points
3 Simon Laengenfelder (GER, GAS), 40 Points
4 Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 38 Points
5 Andrea Adamo (ITA, KTM), 38 Points
6 Kevin Horgmo (NOR, KAW), 34 Points
7 Camden Mc Lellan (RSA, HON), 28 Points
8 Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, HUS), 26 Points
9 Isak Gifting (SWE, GAS), 23 Points
10 Oriol Oliver (ESP, KTM), 21 Points

MX2 – World Championship Top 10 Classification:
1 Andrea Adamo (ITA, KTM), 705 Points
2 Liam Everts (BEL, KTM), 633 Points
3 Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 603 Points
4 Simon Laengenfelder (GER, GAS), 595 Points
5 Lucas Coenen (BEL, HUS), 511 Points
6 Kay de Wolf (NED, HUS), 501 Points
7 Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, HUS), 462 Points
8 Thibault Benistant (FRA, YAM), 462 Points
9 Kevin Horgmo (NOR, KAW), 460 Points
10 Rick Elzinga (NED, YAM), 325 Points

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