Romain Febvre and Thomas Kjer Olsen head the winners list at MXGP of CittÌÊ di Mantova


Romain Febvre clinched his first MXGP victory of the season in stunning style in the tenth round of the FIM World MXGP Motocross Championship at Mantova..
Romain Febvre has celebrated as the Frenchman took his first overall victory of the season so far at the MXGP of CittÌÊ di Mantova in Italy while Thomas Kjer Olsen made it two in a row in MX2.

In the opening MXGP race, it was Jorge Prado who continued to show that he is the king of starts as he grabbed yet another FOX Holeshot. He was closely followed by teammate Antonio Cairoli, Jeremy Seewer and Romain Febvre.

Seewer though wasted no time as he quickly moved past Cairoli to move into second and then focused on Prado for the lead. Australian Mitch Evans had a good start and was sitting fifth ahead of his teammate and the current championship leader Tim Gajser.

Meanwhile Seewer looked to pick up the pace, setting the fastest lap time of the race as he chased down Prado. Though he needed to be careful as Febvre was also on a mission for the race win, which meant that the Swiss could not afford to make a mistake or relax.

The battle then heated up as the top three riders were all separated by a mere 1.6 seconds with still 19 minutes plus 2 laps to go. And Cairoli then looked to be stepping things up as he started to close in on Febvre, Seewer and Prado.

Meanwhile further down the field, Standing Construct GasGas MXGP rider Glenn Coldenhoff squeezed past Clement Desalle , to move into 7th.

With 11 minutes on the clock, the gap between Prado and Seewer was 2.016 seconds as Gajser started to close in on Cairoli for 4th. The fight for the win then intensified as Prado was getting caught by Seewer who was less than a second behind him.

With just a few laps to go, there was no change in the top 5, as Prado was able to keep control under pressure to take the opening MXGP race win, while Seewer finished second and Febvre third.

The second MXGP race saw Febvre perfectly time the start as he entered the first corner in the lead taking the FOX Holeshot. Febvre then led Gajser, Gautier Paulin, Seewer, Coldenhoff and Calvin Vlaanderen.

Gajser then put his focus on Febvre as the two were all over each other, while Seewer charged for Prado who was in 4th just ahead of him. Though he may have pushed too hard, as the Yamaha rider made a mistake which saw him crash out of 5th and things only got worse, as the Swiss had another big moment which saw him drop further down the order, outside the top 10.
Jorge Prado scored his fourth consecutive MXGP class podium with 2nd overall
Vlaanderen then went out of 9th, loosing several positions and dropping down to 15th.

With 10 minutes left, Febvre continued to control the race with Gajser still second and Paulin third. Paulin then passed Gajser, who immediately responded, but a lap later the Team HRC rider slipped the front and crashed out, allowing Paulin to inherit his position. He was however able to re-join just ahead of Cairoli.

As Paulin, Gajser and Cairoli battled it out, Coldenhoff was also looking to join in, on the mix as he edged closer to the top 4. While further down the field, Seewer was sitting in 11th as he looked to make up some positions in order to salvage some points.

Towards the end of the race, Febvre led by 6.978 seconds with Paulin holding on to second and Gajser third. Seewer then passed Dylan Walsh of JM Honda Racing for 10th.

With just a couple of laps to go Gajser put in a last effort to pass Paulin, though Paulin was able to hold on to the position, while Febvre took his first race win of 2020!
HRC‰Ûªs Tim Gajser retained his MXGP championship lead with third overall.
With that second race win, Romain Febvre secured his spot on the top step of the podium, while Jorge Prado finished second and Tim Gajser third. In terms of the championship, Gajser holds on to the red plate and now has a 5-point advantage to Antonio Cairoli, with Jeremy Seewer third on 334 points.

‰ÛÏFirst win of the year, especially with the new team, it‰Ûªs been awesome," Febvre said. "In the first race I had a good start, I was fourth and passed Tony [Cairoli] on the first lap but I couldn‰Ûªt take the rhythm. I made two mistakes, had a gap after 20 minutes and I closed that gap, but it wasn‰Ûªt good enough to make that pass. In the second race I took a big holeshot and of course that makes life easier because you can choose your lines and ride smooth. Seewer was pushing for the first 20 minutes I think, and then I think he made a mistake, so I had a comfortable gap on Gautier [Paulin] and after I was just by myself. I tried to stay calm to finish the race and win the GP‰Û
Thomas Kjer Olsen claimed impressive back-to-back MX2 Grand Prix wins following overall victory at the MXGP of CittÌÊ di Mantova
As the gate dropped for the opening MX2 race of the day, it was new commer Isak Gifting who claimed the first FOX Holeshot of the day. He was followed by Jago Geerts, as Mikkel Haarup slipped into second position.

Though Geerts led the way, with Maxime Renaux in second, and Tom Vialle third. A few moments later Geerts crashed out of 1st, to re-join in 7th behind his teammate Ben Watson.

As Vialle moved into second, he needed to be careful as a hard charging Thomas Kjer Olsen was catching up to the back of him.

Haarup then crashed out of 5th and looked to have re-join the race, before pulling into pitlane and eventually heading back to the paddock. Honda Racing Assomotor‰Ûªs Alvin Ostlund was another rider who retired from the race, as he walked back to the paddock.

Geerts then struggled to pass Watson, as Renaux led the race with Vialle and Olsen pushing on. The top 3 were only separated by 1.9 seconds and that point, which really made things interesting for the fans.

As the three continued to battle, Geerts was making a comeback as he caught on to Roan Van de Moosdijk. He eventually passed him with 4 minutes plus 2 laps to go. Then after making a mistake, Van de Moosdijk lost another position to Watson and was down in 6th.

For Geerts things only got worse as he crashed once more, to re-join in 8th with not much time left of the race in order to make up vital positions.

Back in the lead, Renaux continued his way onto a race win, while Vialle was coming under fire from Olsen. Olsen then forced the issue, passing Vialle and going after Renaux with just 2 laps to go of the race.

Olsen then put on two good laps to take the lead from Renaux on the final lap, though Renaux was not going to let him get away and the two almost collided. In the end Olsen confirmed his race win, with Renaux second and Vialle third.

In the second MX2 race, it was Vialle, Australian Jed Beaton and Van de Moosdijk who were the riders out in front while Renaux and Watson had a disastrous start, with both going down and having to pick themselves up in last.
Tom Vialle finishes 2nd, his eighth rostrum from ten and extends MX2 points lead
Van de Moosdijk then passed Beaton for 2nd, as Geerts moved into 4th. Olsen was also making moves as he got around Conrad Mewse, for 5th position. Though Beaton was able to fight back, taking the position back from van de Moosdijk not too long after. Van de Moosdijk then lost another position, and that time it was to Geerts, who was keen on making up for lost ground in the opening race.

A mistake from Geerts gave Beaton a bit more breathing room, though it didn‰Ûªt last long as a little later on, he lost 2 positions to Geerts and his teammate, Olsen. Beaton then continued to fall down the order as Mewse was able to find a way through.

Bailey Malkiewicz was having a great rider in 7th, as he passed Nathan Renkens.

Vialle then led the way by 3.332 seconds with just 2 minutes plus 2 laps to go. Renaux then passed Mathys Boisramefor 8th.

Geerts then crashed out once again, though was able to pick himself up in 5th, as Olsen moved into second.

In the end, Vialle took the race win, as Olsen crossed the line in 2nd and Van de Moosdijk finishing 3rd in the race.

Thomas Kjer Olsen confirmed his success in Mantova, with a back-to-back Grand Prix victory, as Tom Vialle made his return to the podium with 2nd overall and Roan Van de Moosdijk making his comeback to the box, to occupy the 3rd step.

As it stands, Vialle leads the MX2 championship on 431 points, with Geerts a further 46 points back and Renaux remaining in 3rd.

‰ÛÏFor sure, ever since we came here, I have been feeling a lot better and it‰Ûªs great to have that aggressive riding back," Thomas Kjer Olsen said. "To be back on top of the podium today is just amazing and I would say I really had to battle hard for it, especially in that second race. My fitness seems to be good and it‰Ûªs really nice to be on top‰Û
Roan van de Moosdijk was back on the podium with third place and the fastest lap in MX2.
MXGP - Grand Prix Race 1 ‰ÛÒ Top 10 Classification:
1. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 35:13.182
2. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Yamaha), +0:01.152
3. Romain Febvre (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:04.142
4. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:11.098
5. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:13.368
6. Mitchell Evans (AUS, Honda), +0:25.884
7. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, GASGAS), +0:33.761
8. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Honda), +0:41.780
9. Clement Desalle (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:45.223
10. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Yamaha), +0:49.814

MXGP - Grand Prix Race 2 ‰ÛÒ Top 10 Classification:
1. Romain Febvre (FRA, Kawasaki), 34:59.172
2. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Yamaha), +0:01.667
3. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:03.880
4. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:06.557
5. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, GASGAS), +0:07.281
6. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), +0:07.577
7. Mitchell Evans (AUS, Honda), +0:32.148
8. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Honda), +0:35.818
9. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Yamaha), +0:37.490
10. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), +0:43.488

MXGP - GP Top 10 Classification:
1. Romain Febvre (FRA, KAW), 45 Points
2. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 40 Points
3. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 36 Points
4. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 36 Points
5. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 34 Points
6. Gautier Paulin (FRA, YAM), 33 Points
7. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, GAS), 30 Points
8. Mitchell Evans (AUS, HON), 29 Points
9. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, HON), 26 Points
10. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), 21 Points

MXGP - World Championship Top 10 Classification:
1. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 352 Points
2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 347 Points
3. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 334 Points
4. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 317 Points
5. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, GAS), 303 Points
6. Romain Febvre (FRA, KAW), 275 Points
7. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 263 Points
8. Gautier Paulin (FRA, YAM), 257 Points
9. Arminas Jasikonis (LTU, HUS), 248 Points
10. Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 238 Points

MX2 - Grand Prix Race 1 ‰ÛÒ Top 10 Classification:
1. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, Husqvarna), 35:56.454
2. Maxime Renaux (FRA, Yamaha), +0:01.490
3. Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), +0:03.279
4. Ben Watson (GBR, Yamaha), +0:04.536
5. Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, Kawasaki), +0:11.427
6. Jed Beaton (AUS, Husqvarna), +0:13.050
7. Conrad Mewse (GBR, KTM), +0:18.569
8. Jago Geerts (BEL, Yamaha), +0:30.411
9. Ruben Fernandez (ESP, Yamaha), +0:32.272
10. Isak Gifting (SWE, GASGAS), +0:33.590

MX2 - Grand Prix Race 2 ‰ÛÒ Top 10 Classification:
1. Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), 35:28.261
2. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, Husqvarna), +0:03.400
3. Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, Kawasaki), +0:10.067
4. Conrad Mewse (GBR, KTM), +0:15.077
5. Jago Geerts (BEL, Yamaha), +0:22.379
6. Jed Beaton (AUS, Husqvarna), +0:26.071
7. Bailey Malkiewicz (AUS, Honda), +0:46.888
8. Isak Gifting (SWE, GASGAS), +0:50.391
9. Maxime Renaux (FRA, Yamaha), +0:44.340
10. Mathys Boisrame (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:52.712

MX2 - GP Top 10 Classification:
1. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 47 Points
2. Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), 45 Points
3. Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, KAW), 36 Points
4. Maxime Renaux (FRA, YAM), 34 Points
5. Conrad Mewse (GBR, KTM), 32 Points
6. Jed Beaton (AUS, HUS), 30 Points
7. Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 29 Points
8. Isak Gifting (SWE, GAS), 24 Points
9. Ben Watson (GBR, YAM), 24 Points
10. Ruben Fernandez (ESP, YAM), 22 Points

MX2 - World Championship Top 10 Classification:
1. Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), 431 Points
2. Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 385 Points
3. Maxime Renaux (FRA, YAM), 329 Points
4. Jed Beaton (AUS, HUS), 316 Points
5. Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, KAW), 279 Points
6. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 275 Points
7. Ben Watson (GBR, YAM), 252 Points
8. Conrad Mewse (GBR, KTM), 217 Points
9. Mathys Boisrame (FRA, KAW), 215 Points
10. Ruben Fernandez (ESP, YAM), 186 Points

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