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Romain Febvre And Simon Laengenfelder Qualify Fastest For MXGP of Trentino

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Motocross rider Romain Febvre at the 2023 MXGP of Trentino
Romain Febvre dominated Qualifying in the fourth round of the FIM World MXGP Motocross Championship at Pietramurata in the north Italian province of Trentino.

The MXGP of Trentino saw some intense battles for the RAM Qualifying Races which in the end were won by Romain Febvre in MXGP and Simon Laengenfelder in MX2.

The stunning circuit of Pietramurata delivered some ferocious competition which bodes well for an epic day on Sunday.

For the first time this season, someone other than Jorge Prado clinched the win with Romain Febvre leading from start to finish. The Frenchman looked very quick and tidy on his bike all way throughout the race winning with a 15 seconds gap in front of Maxime Renaux.

For Jeremey Seewer it was another story as the Swiss got a very good start and kept his 3rd place until lap 8 but had to concede to Ruben Fernandez. Fernandez remained 3rd until the end while Seewer finished 4th but had to battle towards the end with the other good performer of the day and countryman Valentin Guillod. Guillod who found himself 8th on lap 1 successively overtook Mattia Guadagnini and Brent Van doninck to get 6th by lap 3 behind Prado. He then benefitted from Prado’s mistake to get to 4th by the race end.

Van Doninck had an excellent start but had to concede a few spots along the way but settled for a very good 6th place. Guadagnini who was 8th on lap 4 got overtaken by Glenn Coldenhoff and Jeffrey Herlings on lap 5 and 6. He found himself 9th after Prado’s mistake and never gave up and managed to re-take his 8th spot to Coldenhoff on the last lap. Coldenhoff who climbed as high as 7th during lap 6 and 7 had to settle for 9th in the end.

MXGP Class start at the 2023 MXGP of Trentino
The MXGP Class battles it out at the MXGP of Trentino. Photo: Juan Pablo Acevedo

Prado who got an unusual less-than-perfect start found himself 6th on lap 1 but looked very sharp as he passed Van doninck for 5th and was looking to charge on Fernandez. However, the Red Plate holder made a mistake and dropped to 10th. He settled there in the end to take 1 point which halted his perfect record in the Qualifying Races so far.

After an average start, 12th after one lap, Herlings showed all his well-known qualities as he powered through the race to overtake 5 times and get himself to an honourable 7th position and gain some points on Prado along the way.

“It’s always nice to have such a good race, and for sure this one was easier as I could take the holeshot and could then choose my lines,” Febvre said. “I found my lines easily and after a few laps I saw that I was increasing the gap to my rivals; each lap I was faster and my rhythm was very good so during the race I told myself ‘this one is for me’ and I did it! Tomorrow will be another day but my feeling has always been good on this track and the bike was working perfectly again this weekend. I felt a little sick last weekend so I had a quiet week, concentrating mainly on cycling to recover and be fit for this GP.””

Motocross rider Simon Laengenfelder at the 2023 MXGP of Trentino
Simon Laengenfelder took his first qualifying win for the season in MX2. Photo: Juan Pablo Acevedo

In MX2 RAM Qualifying Race, Simon Laengenfelder showed amazing control Similar to Febvre in MXGP, he flew to victory leading from the start and never got worried by riders behind to win.

Behind him, Jago Geerts and Thibault Benistant followed each other the whole race. While Geerts would hold 2nd the whole way, Benistant’s determination and technique kept him within striking distance. Under pressure, Geerts fell in the last lap and Benistant was ready to scoop up the second place. Andrea Adamo also passed Geerts to finish 3rd. Adamo was on a mission as he breezed past a few riders to go from 6th on lap 1 to 3rd. Geerts settled in for 4th.

Liam Everts showed good consistency. He found himself 5th on lap 1 and got overtaken by Adamo and dropped to 6th. But the Belgian went on to stay close to Roan Van de Moosdijk. After a few attempts, he finally rebounded to 5th as he passed van de Moosdijk. Van de Moosdijk 6th for the last 3 laps had to pick up his pace to stay in front of his two teammates, Lucas Coenen and Kay de Wolf. While Coenen kept his 7th position all race long,

De Wolf on the other side made a great climb from the 13th position after lap 1 to methodically pass five riders including Mikkel Haarup (14th in the end), Cornelius Tøndel (11th in the end), and Kevin Horgmo on lap 10 to get to 8th in the end. Horgmo had a pretty quiet but solid race as stayed 8th through the race until De Wolf passed him to end up 9th in the end.

The other rider that had to fight his way up was Rick Elzinga. Following a poor start, Elzinga who was 18th after the first lap rode an amazing race to get into the points and finish 10th in the end. It also showed that the rookie does not give up and is always up to battle his way up.

“I finally get to be in front after the first turn and I get 10 points so I am very happy. The track is a little bit harder and more technical and I really think I like it!” Laengenfelder said.

MXGP – RAM Qualifying Race – Top 10 Classification
1 Romain Febvre (FRA, Kawasaki), 24:26.574
2 Maxime Renaux (FRA, Yamaha), +0:08.087
3 Ruben Fernandez (ESP, Honda), +0:09.594
4 Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Yamaha), +0:10.519
5 Valentin Guillod (SUI, Honda), +0:11.679
6 Brent Van doninck (BEL, Honda), +0:21.355
7 Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), +0:22.699
8 Mattia Guadagnini (ITA, GASGAS), +0:24.190
9 Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, Yamaha), +0:25.081
10 Jorge Prado (ESP, GASGAS), +0:28.134

MX2 – RAM Qualifying Race – Top 10 Classification:
1 Simon Laengenfelder (GER, GASGAS), 24:34.234
2 Thibault Benistant (FRA, Yamaha), +0:07.355
3 Andrea Adamo (ITA, KTM), +0:10.317
4 Jago Geerts (BEL, Yamaha), +0:13.380
5 Liam Everts (BEL, KTM), +0:16.390
6 Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, Husqvarna), +0:19.609
7 Lucas Coenen (BEL, Husqvarna), +0:20.260
8 Kay de Wolf (NED, Husqvarna), +0:21.394
9 Kevin Horgmo (NOR, Kawasaki), +0:31.898
10 Rick Elzinga (NED, Yamaha), +0:38.521

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