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Romain Febvre Continues To Stretch Championship Lead With Czech Republic Win

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Yamaha Factory Racing Yamalube's Romain Febvre is now the most successful rider so far in the 2015 FIM Motocross World Championship after claiming another overal round win in the Czech Rebublic overnight.

The 23 year old rookie in the premier MXGP class won both motos to claim his fifth overall victory from the thirteen rounds of eighteen so far.

The Frenchman has now has the most moto race wins (nine, and at least one for the last seven GPs in a row), led the most laps, and earned the most podiums. The YZ450FM racer celebrated his second 1-1 of the year overnight and extended his lead in the championship standings.

Loket may have remodelled their layout to include a new jump and corner section and moved the start gate back to the original position but the course was still stony and slippery and tested the full range of a rider's feel for traction and grip. The technical edge was increased by the hard-pack around what is otherwise a flowing and relatively easy racing course.
Febvre set-off from his second Pole Position of the season won through Saturday's Qualification Heat. He settled into second place behind HRC Honda's Evgeny Bobryshev and bided his time until the Russian slightly dropped his pace before taking control on lap six. From there Romain built a comfortable advantage to seize his eighth moto triumph.

In the second race Febvre had to work a bit harder and found some resistance to his designs on victory from Rockstar Suzuki's Clement Desalle. The duo swapped positions briefly and enjoyed an intense scrap before '461' was able to make the break on lap seven of nineteen. Bobryshev was also part of the leading trio.

"It was a really good weekend for me." Febvre commented. "I knew I had the speed to win the GP from Saturday and the goal was to make good starts. In the first moto I had a sketchy moment together with Jeremy but passed Evgeny quite soon and it was an easier race than the second.

"We had a nice battle with Clement and he was really strong. Evgeny came back as well and I could not rest even for a little bit; I had to push all the moto. I'm really happy and I'm excited about what we are doing but there is still a long way to go."
Team HRC‰Ûªs Evgeny Bobryshev overcame his fear of the Loket track to take two second places - Credit: Honda
Team HRC‰Ûªs Evgeny Bobryshev overcame his fear of the Loket track to take two second places and second position overall, and his second podium of the season aboard his Honda CRF450RW.

His weekend was one of consistent pace: he took the holeshot in race one and set the fastest lap, before settling into a groove to finish second. Again in race two, he was second from the start, slipped to third but then came back strongly to finish second.

In doing so, the Russian collected 44 World Championship points, his single highest haul of the season, and moves himself into fourth in the overall standings.

‰ÛÏTo be honest I was a little scared of this track so I‰Ûªm so happy it ended up like this on the podium." Bobryshev commented. "I‰Ûªm happy I had two consistent races and kept it on two wheels because the track was tricky in both motos.

"We‰Ûªre moving up in the championship but there are still five races to go so I still want to take it just race by race and get as many points as I can each time, and then for sure it‰Ûªs possible to finish in the top three.

"I was a bit sad with my start from yesterday as it was really bad and it made it so difficult to come through. Today I changed a little bit my style and position and I was feeling much better. I‰Ûªm really happy to get the holeshot in race one and race two I was in the top three, so it was really good.

"I‰Ûªm really happy with this weekend," he concluded.
Clement Desalle in his first race back in seven weeks made a great start to his return to racing finishing in third place in the opening moto.
Clement Desalle in his first race back in seven weeks made a great start to his return to racing finishing in third place in the opening moto.

The second race was again graced with some sunshine and Desalle wasted no time making his intentions clear as he aced the holeshot and held-off Evgeny Bobryshev and had a fun brief battle with Romain Febvre.

Desalle could not contain the Frenchman or the Russian but a 3-3 meant a seventh podium finish of the season.

‰ÛÏIn one way I am happy about the weekend because I was seven weeks away from the bike and only rode twice before deciding to come here and it is a great feeling to be at the front." Desalle commented.

"On the other hand I‰Ûªm sad about the season because it started very good and I had everything under control.

"I came here to have a good feeling and I leave with that so I‰Ûªm happy‰Û_especially with my holeshot in the second moto!‰Û
Standing Construct Yamaha Yamalube toasted a third Grand Prix victory of the 2015 FIM Motocross World Championship as Valentin Guillod raced to Victory
Standing Construct Yamaha Yamalube toasted a third Grand Prix victory of the 2015 FIM Motocross World Championship as Valentin Guillod rode with style, ferocity and courage to seal the overall round win in the MX2 class.

In the first moto Guillod was already rampaging near the front and passed Pauls Jonass to take third place before he lost control in a slow left hairpin and had to retrieve his YZ250F. From that point he attacked again and kept pushing to finally pass Jordi Tixier for second position on the last lap with a measured manoeuvre at the bottom of Loket's vast step-down.

In afternoon sunshine the second moto got underway and the MX2 elite again had to contend with a track that had been freshly watered. Guillod was cautious in the opening exchanges and when Max Anstie crashed out of the lead the Yamaha man engaged in a fruity exchange with Gajser that involved a few block passes.

Eventually Guillod was able to demonstrate his superior speed. Due to Gajser's first moto DNF he did not need to overtake the Slovakian to claim the Grand Prix but saw the importance of gaining championship points on the teenager.

Guillod is now level on points with Gajser as both have 399, just 24 away from the absent Herlings who suffered a season ending injury on Saturday.

"I was feeling good throughout the weekend and the more I rode the better I became and it was the same story in the races." Guillod said. "I took it easy in the beginning and waited for the track to dry a bit from the watering and when the good lines popped up I started to push really hard. I lost the rear wheel when it slid out of the line in the first moto and had to work to third.

"On the last lap I tried to pass Jordi and almost made it to Max.

"My start was better in the second moto and when Max had his crash I had a nice fight with Tim. It felt really good to get that third victory. When I saw that Tim did not take points in the first race then I wanted to push to finish in front of him and get as close as I could in the championship.

"Now we will see. We have five GPs left and two of those are overseas. I need to make big points every GP. For sure I am thinking about the title and working towards having it at the end of the year."
MXGP Podium
MXGP Overall result:
1. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 50 Pts
2. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 44 Pts
3. Clement Desalle (BEL,Suzuki), 40 Pts
4. Kevin Strijbos (BEL,Suzuki), 34 Pts
5. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 34 Pts
6. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 30 Pts
7. Gautier Paulin (FRA, HON), 28 Pts
8. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED,Suzuki), 23 Pts
9. Tyla Rattray (RSA, KAW), 22 Pts
10. Nathan Watson (GBR, HUS), 22 Pts

MXGP World Championship Standings (after 13 of 18 rounds):
1. Romain Febvre - 507 Pts
2. Gautier Paulin - 419 Pts
3. Antonio Cairoli - 416 Pts
4. Evgeny Bobryshev - 389 Pts
5. Maximilian Nagl - 360 Pts
6. Clement Desalle - 331 Pts
7. Shaun Simpson - 306 Pts
8. Jeremy Van Horebeek - 294 Pts
9. Glenn Coldenhoff - 266 Pts
10. Kevin Strijbos - 257 Pts
11. Todd Waters Husqvarna - 250 Pts
12. Dean Ferris Husqvarna - 189 Pts
Valentin Guillod stands on top of the MX2 Podium
MX2 Overall result:
1. Valentin Guillod (SUI, YAM), 47 Pts
2. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 38 Pts
3. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KAW), 36 Pts
4. Benoit Paturel (FRA, YAM), 34 Pts
5. Petar Petrov (BUL, KAW), 30 Pts
6. Julien Lieber (BEL, YAM), 27 Pts
7. Max Anstie (GBR, KAW), 25 Pts
8. Jeremy Seewer (SUI,Suzuki), 24 Pts
9. Brent Van doninck (BEL, YAM), 24 Pts
10. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 22 Pts

MX2 World Championship Standings (after 13 of 18 rounds):
1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 423 Pts
2. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 399 Pts
3. Valentin Guillod (SUI, YAM), 399 Pts
4. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 389 Pts
5. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KAW), 370 Pts
6. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki), 369 Pts
7. Max Anstie (GBR, KAW), 337 Pts
8. Julien Lieber (BEL, YAM), 305 Pts
9. Aleksandr Tonkov (RUS, HUS), 256 Pts
10. Benoit Paturel (FRA, YAM), 236 Pts

Top Image: Romain Febvre on his way to his 5th round win of the year

Credit: Yamaha

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