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Romain Febvre And Lucas Coenen Take Victory At MXGP of Sumbawa

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Photo of Romain Febvre At the 2023 MXGP of Sumbawa
Romain Febvre (3) took both holeshots in the MXGP races.

The tenth round of the 2023 FIM Motocross World Championship marked the first round of the double header in Indonesia in the stunning venue of Sumbawa – Samota for the MNC MXGP of Sumbawa – Indonesia.

In MXGP it was Romain Febvre who came out victorious for the first time in the season in front of Red Plate holder Jorge Prado and Jeremy Seewer.

In MX2 it was another first as Lucas Coenen took his first career victory in style with a perfect hat-trick ahead of his countrymen Liam Everts and Jago Geerts for the first full Belgium podium since 2014 in Talavera where Clement Desalle won in front of Jeremy Van Horebeek and Kevin Strijbos.

In MXGP race one, Romain Febvre was the quickest out of the gate as he took the FOX Holeshot and kept going with the lead. Febvre looked like he was going to continue his domination on the Sumbawa-Samota circuit. Jorge Prado who followed him from the start, never lost sight of the Frenchman for a while but Febvre kept a fast pace to create a five seconds gap. However, everything got shaken up on lap thirteen of seventeen when Febvre lost control of his bike on the downslope and went down only to see Prado pass him and take the lead. Prado was never caught and finished the race as the winner. Febvre had regrouped and was able to keep Jeremy Seewer at bay to stay second in the end.

Photo of Romain Febvre At the 2023 MXGP of Sumbawa
Romain Febvre moved second in the FIM World MXGP Motocross Championship standings with his first GP win of the season on the Indonesian island of Sumbawa.

Seewer had a strong race and was able to ride in third position for the whole race. His teammate Glenn Coldenhoff also made a very good showing as he quickly overtook Australian Mitch Evans on lap two to move up to fourth. Coldenhoff’s pace got better as the race went on but couldn’t manage to pass Seewer and finished fourth. Unfortunately for Evans, he could not contain Rubén Fernández and dropped down to 6th. As he gets his rhythm back the Australian started to fade a bit dropping down to ninth in the end but showed great pace.

In race 2, it was again Febvre who took his second FOX Holeshot of the day to hold the lead from the get-go. This time Febvre didn’t let his chance to win his first Grand Prix of the season go as he never looked back and kept his focus throughout the whole race to dominantly win and with it the GP of Sumbawa – Indonesia.

Photo of Jorge Prado At the 2023 MXGP of Sumbawa
Jorge Prado continued to control the narrative in the premier division – he extended his championship lead with second overall. Photo: Juan Pablo Acevedo

Behind him, Valentin Guillod started very fast and found himself behind the leader and kept a strong pace for over three laps. However, Prado and Vlaanderen behind him were quicker and passed him on lap four. Unfortunately, the Swiss made some mistakes and dropped down the rank, although he still grabbed ninth place for a ninth overall.

Prado went on to stay second until lap fourteen when an impressive Seewer came from fifth place on lap one and kept pushing to finally manage to make his way through Prado for second on lap fourteen. Seewer showed determination to go 3-2 and get another good podium. Prado rode cleverly and settled for third for second overall to keep scoring important points and keep his Red Plate.

Vlaanderen who was riding strongly behind Prado got caught up by Seewer on lap nine and finished at a good fourth for a fifth overall.

Photo of Jeremy Seewer At the 2023 MXGP of Sumbawa
 Jeremy Seewer battled intense heat and humidity to clinch his second podium finish in 2023 with third overall.

Coldenhoff was coming strong into this race too as he passed Guillod and was going to make his move on Vlaanderen when he caught Vlaanderen’s back wheel and fell. It was not too costly in the end but the ‘Hoff’ had to settle for fifth in the end and missed on the podium to finish fourth overall.

Evans made another solid race to finish seventh while Forato managed a good performance in eighth place for them to go 8th and 7th overall respectively.

“I needed this victory and it is always welcomed especially in these kind of conditions but I really like this track already from last year,” Febvre said. “I felt very comfortable in the first race, made my own mistake but I showed in the second that I was riding very well and that I was fast. I am happy to win here and I hope for more wins this season.”

Photo of Lucas Coenen At the 2023 MXGP of Sumbawa
Lucas Coenen delivered on his potential and stormed to the top of the podium at the first event of the Asian excursion.

MX2

In MX2 race 1, Jago Geerts clinched the first FOX Holeshot of the day as he started to lead the pack but fell on lap two and picked himself up in sixth position. Getting his rhythm back after his injury and his comeback in Germany, Geerts managed to gain position to finish fifth in the end. Capitalising on Geerts’ mistake, Liam Everts took the lead confidently and kept going to show impressive calmness along the way. However, it was Lucas Coenen’s day as the blistering pace of the 16-year-old was enough to make a great pass on Everts on the second last lap to win the race. Everts settled for a good second place in the end.

Andrea Adamo showed that we can always count on him to fight as he battled hard his way with Simon Laengenfelder as they overtook each other several times over the race. The last word went to Adamo on the very last lap as Adamo made the last pass to finish third and gained important points for the Championship. Laengenfelder had to settle for fourth in the end.

Kevin Horgmo looked strong and seemed to like this track, the Norwegian solidly finished seventh. The great performance of the race was Thibault Benistant who had to dig deep after a poor start to move up the rank from tenth place to a good seventh place before overtaking Horgmo to finish sixth.

Roan Van de Moosdijk and Kay de Wolf did not perform to their usual standards and had to settle for eight and ninth respectively. De Wolf also crashed on lap three while.

In race 2, Sacha Coenen showed how fast he can go as he grabbed the FOX Holeshot just in front his twin brother Lucas Coenen. But it was Lucas Coenen who took the lead on the second turn and kept pacing forward and never looked back as this was his day to shine. Lucas Coenen managed his first Grand Prix victory of his career with a perfect weekend going 1-1-1.

Photo of Liam Everts At the 2023 MXGP of Sumbawa
Liam Everts shows class-leading speed and potential once more as the Belgian climbed onto the rostrum for the fourth time in 2023 with second overall in MX2. Photo: Ray Archer

Geerts made another great start to find himself second and kept this place until Everts came knocking on the door on lap ten. After several unfruitful moves, Everts’s speed was too much for Geerts and Everts went on to finish second for another excellent performance with a 2-2 and second overall. Geerts after getting passed had to deal with his teammate Benistant until the very last stretch. Eventually, Geerts held his ground which was vital for him to stay on the podium. In the end, Geerts went 5-3 despite getting a fever on Saturday that made him feel not totally fit which makes his third overall place an incredible result. He also completed a historical full Belgium podium after the last one in Talavera in 2014 where Van Horebeek, Kevin Strijbos and Clement Desalle stepped up on the podium.

Benistant managed a good fourth place in the end as he battled a lot with Horgmo. Benistant went 6-4 for fifth overall and stay very much in contact with Red Plate holder Adamo in the Championship. Horgmo put in another great performance as he finished fifth. Van De Moosdijk increased his pace in the second race as he rode more confidently to finish sixth. He went eighth overall just in front again of his teammate de Wolf who went 9-9 for tenth overall.

“I think this win feels even better after what happened in Germany and it’s hard to describe how happy I am,” Lucas Coenen said. “I really want to thank everybody behind me, my manager, my physio, my mechanics and a special thanks to my dad for all his hard work. Next round is Lombok and we will get some fun.”

MXGP will remain in Indonesia this week. The paddock will rest and recover in the days before joining together for the Grand Prix of Lombok on the island of the same name and located west of Sumbawa. Perhaps best known for the new Mandalika Street circuit that hosted MotoGP for the first time in 2022, Lombok is now prepared for its MXGP inauguration.

Photo of Jago Geerts At the 2023 MXGP of Sumbawa
Jago Geerts made a remarkable return to the podium with third overall.

MXGP – Grand Prix Race 1 – Top 10 Classification:
1 Jorge Prado (ESP, GASGAS), 35:18.962
2 Romain Febvre (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:03.627
3 Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Yamaha), +0:04.956
4 Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, Yamaha), +0:15.790
5 Ruben Fernandez (ESP, Honda), +0:23.998
6 Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, Yamaha), +0:32.073
7 Alberto Forato (ITA, KTM), +0:37.236
8 Benoit Paturel (FRA, Yamaha), +0:44.659
9 Mitchell Evans (AUS, Kawasaki), +1:00.621
10 Valentin Guillod (SUI, Honda), +1:04.957

MXGP – Grand Prix Race 2 – Top 10 Classification:
1 Romain Febvre (FRA, Kawasaki), 35:57.623
2 Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Yamaha), +0:02.463
3 Jorge Prado (ESP, GASGAS), +0:14.192
4 Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, Yamaha), +0:18.102
5 Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, Yamaha), +0:32.890
6 Ruben Fernandez (ESP, Honda), +0:45.801
7 Mitchell Evans (AUS, Kawasaki), +0:57.181
8 Alberto Forato (ITA, KTM), +1:03.972
9 Valentin Guillod (SUI, Honda), +1:07.599
10 Alvin Östlund (SWE, Honda), +1:11.338

MXGP – Grand Prix Top 10 Classification:
1 Romain Febvre (FRA, KAW), 47 Points
2 Jorge Prado (ESP, GAS), 45 Points
3 Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 42 Points
4 Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, YAM), 34 Points
5 Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, YAM), 33 Points
6 Ruben Fernandez (ESP, HON), 31 Points
7 Alberto Forato (ITA, KTM), 27 Points
8 Mitchell Evans (AUS, KAW), 26 Points
9 Valentin Guillod (SUI, HON), 23 Points
10 Benoit Paturel (FRA, YAM), 23 Points

MXGP – World Championship Top 10 Classification:
1 Jorge Prado (ESP, GAS), 505 Points
2 Romain Febvre (FRA, KAW), 404 Points
3 Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 386 Points
4 Ruben Fernandez (ESP, HON), 374 Points
5 Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 371 Points
6 Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, YAM), 346 Points
7 Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, YAM), 324 Points
8 Alberto Forato (ITA, KTM), 256 Points
9 Valentin Guillod (SUI, HON), 229 Points
10 Mattia Guadagnini (ITA, GAS), 203 Points

MX2 – Grand Prix Race 1 – Top 10 Classification:
1 Lucas Coenen (BEL, Husqvarna), 36:03.223
2 Liam Everts (BEL, KTM), +0:05.592
3 Andrea Adamo (ITA, KTM), +0:14.758
4 Simon Laengenfelder (GER, GASGAS), +0:19.960
5 Jago Geerts (BEL, Yamaha), +0:28.771
6 Thibault Benistant (FRA, Yamaha), +0:32.031
7 Kevin Horgmo (NOR, Kawasaki), +0:33.749
8 Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, Husqvarna), +0:35.555
9 Kay de Wolf (NED, Husqvarna), +1:00.831
10 Jan Pancar (SLO, KTM), +1:14.278

MX2 – Grand Prix Race 2 – Top 10 Classification:
1 Lucas Coenen (BEL, Husqvarna), 34:26.014
2 Liam Everts (BEL, KTM), +0:03.873
3 Jago Geerts (BEL, Yamaha), +0:04.923
4 Thibault Benistant (FRA, Yamaha), +0:05.276
5 Kevin Horgmo (NOR, Kawasaki), +0:12.868
6 Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, Husqvarna), +0:19.428
7 Andrea Adamo (ITA, KTM), +0:29.614
8 Jan Pancar (SLO, KTM), +0:38.272
9 Kay de Wolf (NED, Husqvarna), +0:43.455
10 Simon Laengenfelder (GER, GASGAS), +0:50.453

MX2 – Grand Prix Top 10 Classification :
1 Lucas Coenen (BEL, HUS), 50 Points
2 Liam Everts (BEL, KTM), 44 Points
3 Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 36 Points
4 Andrea Adamo (ITA, KTM), 34 Points
5 Thibault Benistant (FRA, YAM), 33 Points
6 Kevin Horgmo (NOR, KAW), 30 Points
7 Simon Laengenfelder (GER, GAS), 29 Points
8 Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, HUS), 28 Points
9 Jan Pancar (SLO, KTM), 24 Points
10 Kay de Wolf (NED, HUS), 24 Points

MX2 – World Championship Top 10 Classification:
1 Andrea Adamo (ITA, KTM), 439 Points
2 Thibault Benistant (FRA, YAM), 434 Points
3 Kay de Wolf (NED, HUS), 417 Points
4 Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 381 Points
5 Liam Everts (BEL, KTM), 381 Points
6 Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, HUS), 373 Points
7 Lucas Coenen (BEL, HUS), 315 Points
8 Simon Laengenfelder (GER, GAS), 295 Points
9 Kevin Horgmo (NOR, KAW), 268 Points
10 Jan Pancar (SLO, KTM), 217 Points

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