Motocross

Romain Febvre and Lucas Coenen Dominate Qualifying Races At MXGP of Sumbawa

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Photo of motocross rider Romain Febvre at the MXGP of Sumbawa
Romain Febvre swept to victory in Qualifying for the tenth round of the FIM World MXGP Motocross Championship on the Indonesian island of Sumbawa.

The MNC MXGP of Sumbawa – Indonesia began in style in Sumbawa with the Qualifying Race that saw Romain Febvre in MXGP and Lucas Coenen in MX2 both dominating their race from start to finish.

The circuit of Sumbawa-Samota, liked by many riders, allowed a great show throughout the day. Riders had to work hard under the hot and humid conditions that forced them to fight with themselves to stay focused until the end.

Romain Febvre made the best start after getting the advantage of the first pick thanks to his best time in time practice. The Frenchman kept going and increased the gap during the race to ten seconds and never looked back to win his second Qualifying Race of the season.

“It feels good to be here,” Febvre said. “It’s a really long trip but it makes sense to come here for the enthusiastic supporters and such a nice track. I really enjoy the weather too; for sure it’s hot but it’s the same for everyone. My KX450-SR gave me an awesome start; I was a bike length in front even before turn one. I found good lines, could make a comfortable gap and saved some energy for tomorrow riding my own race up-front. So let’s look for two more good starts tomorrow to do the same again.”

The fight for second place raged on between Rubén Fernández, Jeremy Seewer, Jorge Prado and Glenn Coldenhoff. Fernandez took the advantage early on in 2nd until lap 6 of 12, when he made a slight mistake in reading the ruts which Seewer capitalised on. Fernández then could not contain the pace of Prado and Coldenhoff on lap 8 and dropped down to 5th where he finished in the end.

Prado started to put pressure on Seewer but the Red Plate holder got picked up by Coldenhoff on lap eight. Coldenhoff now third started to increase his pace as he looked smooth on the Indonesia track. Prado followed but could not catch him up and had to settle for fourth in the end. Coldenhoff closed in on his teammate Seewer threatening him right until the last corner. Seewer kept his composure and finished second while Coldenhoff third.

Calvin Vlaanderen rode a strong race without getting worried by riders behind him or getting close enough to fight in front. Vlaanderen stayed sixth from start to finish to score five points.

Benoit Paturel took advantage of this Indonesian first round by strongly racing the whole race in seventh position where he finished in front of Mitch Evans. Evans is getting back close to his best as the Australian carded another top-ten finish and showed good flow.

“P8, my best Qualifying so far, so we continue to make steps in the right direction; I just made a little mistake on the first lap and almost took out some flagmen,” Evans Explained. “The weather’s nice, more like home in Australia; it actually felt warmer in Germany two weeks ago. I enjoyed today and I think they do a really good job with the track; just a few of the take-offs were a little sketchy by the end of the day but I’m sure they’ll be working on that overnight.”

Photo of motocross rider Lucas Coenen at the MXGP of Sumbawa
Lucas Coenen dominated MX2 Qualifying at the MXGP of Sumbawa

MX2

Lucas Coenen took the lead from the start of MX2 and displayed a dominant performance to lead until the end. Coenen never looked bothered by missing out on his first win at the last Grand Prix in Germany and stay confident until the end to win his first Qualifying Race.

Thibault Benistant had a great start with Kevin Horgmo and managed to control second after a few turns in front of Horgmo. Benistant had to stay on his toes to keep his second place in front of Horgmo where he got passed a couple of times but took his place straight back. Horgmo eventually made a mistake on lap 6 and dropped down to fifth where he finished.

Simon Laengenfelder capitalised on Horgmo’s mistake to move up to third but had to fend off an eager Liam Everts who kept sight of the German throughout the whole race. Laengenfelder maintained his third place but he had to concede to Everts on the very last lap as the recent winner in Germany showed great speed. Everts finished with a great third while Laengenfelder ended fourth on his return after getting injured after the MXGP of Spain which is very encouraging for the rest of the weekend.

Kay de Wolf recovered well from his foot issues in Germany to stay sixth the whole race. He even tried to pass Horgmo towards the end of the race but lost his front wheel and went down but that did not cost him any place in the as he finished sixth.

The other rider who is getting his rhythm back after his crash in France is Jago Geerts who got more pace as the race went on. ninth on lap one he managed to overtake his teammate Rick Elzinga on lap two for eighth and kept riding until the end to overtake Camden Mc Lellan on the last lap to finish seventh. McLellan showed good speed to get his first top-10 of the season and finished eighth. Elzinga settled in ninth in the end which is another good performance on his way to get his back to his best.

The MX2 Red Plate Andrea Adamo, unfortunately, crashed on the second turn after the start and picked himself up in twentieth position. The Italian who was the fastest in free and time practices managed to get to thirteenth in the end but was still short of getting any points. It was also not the ideal race for Roan Van de Moosdijk who could not find his rhythm and had to settle for eleventh just outside the points.

“The track is not easy, and I’m not used to riding under these hot conditions,” Coenen said. “The fact that I bruised my rib last week in training did not make it easier but if you want to win you need to keep going and that is what I have done”

MXGP – RAM Qualifying Race – Top 10 Classification:
1 Romain Febvre (FRA, Kawasaki), 24:59.527
2 Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Yamaha), +0:04.138
3 Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, Yamaha), +0:04.790
4 Jorge Prado (ESP, GASGAS), +0:09.483
5 Ruben Fernandez (ESP, Honda), +0:11.724
6 Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, Yamaha), +0:15.437
7 Benoit Paturel (FRA, Yamaha), +0:23.628
8 Mitchell Evans (AUS, Kawasaki), +0:26.995
9 Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Beta), +0:29.689
10 Valentin Guillod (SUI, Honda), +0:32.165

MXGP – World Championship – Top 10 Classification:
1 Jorge Prado (ESP, GAS), 460 Points
2 Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 386 Points
3 Romain Febvre (FRA, KAW), 357 Points
4 Ruben Fernandez (ESP, HON), 343 Points
5 Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 329 Points
6 Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, YAM), 312 Points
7 Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, YAM), 291 Points
8 Alberto Forato (ITA, KTM), 229 Points
9 Valentin Guillod (SUI, HON), 206 Points
10 Mattia Guadagnini (ITA, GAS), 203 Points

MX2 – RAM Qualifying Race – Top 10 Classification:
1 Lucas Coenen (BEL, Husqvarna), 25:47.209
2 Thibault Benistant (FRA, Yamaha), +0:04.276
3 Liam Everts (BEL, KTM), +0:05.549
4 Simon Laengenfelder (GER, GASGAS), +0:07.555
5 Kevin Horgmo (NOR, Kawasaki), +0:11.998
6 Kay de Wolf (NED, Husqvarna), +0:28.887
7 Jago Geerts (BEL, Yamaha), +0:31.473
8 Camden Mc Lellan (RSA, Honda), +0:34.347
9 Rick Elzinga (NED, Yamaha), +0:37.820

MX2 – World Championship – Top 10 Classification:
1 Andrea Adamo (ITA, KTM), 405 Points
2 Thibault Benistant (FRA, YAM), 401 Points
3 Kay de Wolf (NED, HUS), 393 Points
4 Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, HUS), 345 Points
5 Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 345 Points
6 Liam Everts (BEL, KTM), 337 Points
7 Simon Laengenfelder (GER, GAS), 266 Points
8 Lucas Coenen (BEL, HUS), 265 Points
9 Kevin Horgmo (NOR, KAW), 238 Points
10 Jan Pancar (SLO, KTM), 193 Points

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