Romain Febvre Makes It Five In A Row While Andrea Adamo Dominates at MXGP of Finland


Photo of motocross rider Jorge Prado at start of the  the 2023 MXGP of Finland
Jorge Prado (61) was once again a fast starter but couldn’t take the overall from Romain Febvre (3). Photo: Juan Pablo Acevedo

The fourteenth round of the 202three FIM Motocross World Championship in Vantaa for the MXGP of Finland witnessed some eventful races throughout the whole day.

The worlds best riders deliver incredible performances for the third week in a row and gave the Finnish public a lot to cheer on.

In MXGP, Romain Febvre got a personal record with five Grand Prix victories in a row and continues to be the top rider at the moment while Jorge Prado finished second again and scored a lot of points thanks to his win in race two. Closing the podium was once again Glenn Coldenhoff who gets a back-to-back podium confirming his current good form.

In MX2, Andrea Adamo managed to get his first perfect GP win with an excellent 1-1 that extended his lead in the Championship. Finishing second overall and getting his fourth podium in a row was Simon Laengenfelder in front of Liam Everts who climbed back on the podium since Sumbawa-Indonesia after being very consistent over the weekend.

In MXGP race one, Jeremy Seewer took his tenth Holeshot of the season and kept the lead in front of Jorge Prado and Romain Febvre. Febvre quickly charged on Prado in the opening lap to overtake his closest rival and move up to second. Febvre kept his impressive level as he found the way past Seewer to take the lead on lap two. On the tough track, Seewer stayed in touch the whole race with the Frenchman but could do nothing to prevent Febvre’s sixth victory of the season. Seewer managed a strong race as he had to defend on Prado for most of the race with the front three riders separated by three seconds for many laps. In the end, Seewer finished second and Prado third.

Glenn Coldenhoff had a quiet race as he trailed further back from the top three riders but still got a comfortable cushion from his pursuers. In the end, Coldenhoff managed a podium-hopeful fourth place.

The fifth place on the other hand got fought for during the whole race. Rubén Fernández showed a good start in third but got overtaken in the opening lap by Prado and Coldenhoff to move down to fifth. Jeffrey Herlings was behind Fernandez after the start and took two laps to dive on the inside of the Spanish rider and moved up to fifth. However, Fernandez didn’t throw the towel and came back on the back wheel of the ‘bullet’ on lap seven. Fernandez dig deep and was able to get the fifth place back. We thought that he was going to go all the way but crashed again and had to retire from the race and the GP in the end. Herlings had goggles issues and had to stop to change them on lap ten while he was sixth. He dropped down to eleventh and had to battle back again to finish eighth in the end.

Photo of motocross rider Romain Febvre at the 2023 MXGP of Finland
Romain Febvre’s purple patch continued in Finland with hos fifth MXGP round win In a row.

Calvin Vlaanderen and Tim Gajser who were seventh and eighth since the opening lap respectively followed each other and befitted from Fernandez and Herlings misfortunes to move up one position and finish fifth and sixth.

It was a strong showing for Alberto Forato after his sixth place in Flanders as the young Italian managed to pass riders regularly during the race and remained mistake-free to finish seventh. Jeremy Van Horebeek and Brian Bogers did very well again to get a top ten as they managed to finish ninth for Van Horebeek and tenth for Bogers.

Photo of motocross rider Jorge Prado at the 2023 MXGP of Finland
Second place was enough to see Jorge Prado maintains a firm grip on the championship leader’s red plate in MXGP. Photo: Juan Pablo Acevedo

In race Two, Prado took also his tenth Holeshot to go level with Seewer. Prado kept going at the lead with Febvre on his tail but with both riders riding at the same speed it was difficult for Febvre to find a way to pass Prado. Prado’s consistent and strong pace made him win the race to go three-one and get on another podium, regaining some lost points on Febvre from race one. Febvre knew that he was winning the overall in second place and despite trying to find an opening he settled for second in the end. Febvre went 1-2 to incredibly get his personal record of five GP wins in a row.

Coldenhoff showed up again as he did in Flanders with a great start to go third on the turn of lap one. He then had to manage Herlings pushing behind him the whole race. Coldenhoff kept his cool and composure to bring the third place home synonymous of third overall. It was a back-to-back podium for the ‘Hoff’ that will give him even more confidence for the next GP in Sweden. Herlings settled for fourth to go 8-4 and a good fifth overall on his return to the competition.

Seewer had a sense of urgency in race two after an average start compared to his usual standards as he found himself seventh on the turn of Lap one. He rode with a strong pace to overtake first Gajser on lap eleven of nineteen for sixth and then a lap later Vlaanderen to move up to fifth and finish there. Unfortunately, although level on points with Coldenhoff, the Swiss rider just missed out on the podium to his teammate.

Photo of motocross rider Glenn Coldenhoff at the 2023 MXGP of Finland
Glenn Coldenhoff collected his fifth piece of podium silverware with third overall.

Gajser showed that he is getting back his flow and speed as after getting overtaken by Seewer and Vlaanderen on lap eleven and dropping down to seventh, the Slovenian managed to stay in touching distance and capitalised on Vlaanderen’s fall to finish sixth in the end. Going 6-6 for sixth overall which is his best finish of the season. Vlaanderen had to settle for seventh in the end, and seventh overall maintaining his perfect run of top ten’s this season.

Van Horebeek managed to overtake several times in race two which was an impressive feat given that it was not easy to pass. He finished eighth for an eighth overall. Coming out of retirement to replace Pauls Jonass after his injury for the last three European GPs Van Horebeek showed that he did more than just fill the gap as he got three top tens.

Australian Mitch Evans managed to go 11-10 to get another top-ten to bounce back from the struggles of Lommel.

“It was a good weekend overall,” Febvre reflected. “I had the speed every time I was on the track. I just feel one with the bike and my confidence is growing, that’s the most important. I managed some good moves, but in the second race, it was just harder. I came close a few times but could not pass. But I knew it was going to be enough for a GP victory. That is five in a row I beat my personal record so let’s keep it like this for a few more GPs.”

Photo of motocross rider Andrea Adamo at the 2023 MXGP of Finland
Andrea Adamo’s second win and eighth podium finish from fourteen rounds in 2023 was achieved thanks to his maiden career 1-1. Photo: Ray Archer


In MX2 race one, the Holeshot was taken by Simon Laengenfelder as he took also the lead in front of Andrea Adamo. After the first couple of corners, behind them were Liam Everts, Hakon Osterhagen and Jago Geerts. Osterhagen who made a great start crashed on a landing and Geerts could not avoid him and crashed too. Unfortunately, Geerts got injured on the spot and had to retire from the Grand Prix which puts a blow in his chase after the MX2 Title.

Osterhagen kept going for a while but had to retire with a bike problem in the end. The race however kept going and Adamo put immense pressure on race leader Laengenfelder. On lap three of nineteen, Adamo dived on the inside of Laengenfelder to take the lead. The German rider didn’t give up and tried to answer straight away but Adamo was not giving in and kept the lead until the end. Laengenfelder settled for second.

Everts managed to stay out of trouble and rode a consistent race to get to the finish line in third place. Behind him Kevin Horgmo also showed that when he gets a good start, he is a rider that knows how to ride at the front. Horgmo finished fourth.

Photo of motocross rider Andrea Adamo at the 2023 MXGP of Finland Start
MX2 was a close fought battle. Photo: Ray Archer

Lucas Coenen had some race as he found himself in tenth position on the turn of lap one but showed that he is a rider who can overturn a bad situation. L.Coenen quickly found his flow and on lap seven really started his charge forward. The young Belgian found himself sixth on lap sixteen after getting the better of his brother Sacha Coenen on lap eleven and of Rick Elzinga a couple of laps later. He kept charging on to get on the back wheel of Oriol Oliver and overtake him to finish an excellent fifth place. Oliver also managed a strong race, as he only got overtaken by L.Coenen to finish sixth.

Elzinga displayed great pace and also gained many positions as the young Dutch rider is getting more consistent. He finished seventh in front of a solid David Braceras who consistently rode well into the top one0. S.Coenen in the end finished ninth but he is getting the measure of his potential over the last GPs.

In Race two, the fastest out of the gate to clinch the Holeshot was Adamo, taking his third but it was his teammate Everts who took the lead after that. Elzinga made a great start to find himself second on the turn of lap one. Adamo found himself fourth behind his teammate S.Coenen but passed him in the opening lap and continued on his excellent pace setting the fastest lap along the way. Adamo made a perfect move to pass Elzinga for second on lap two of nineteen to get closer to his other teammate and race leader Everts.

While Adamo was on the charge to get the lead, Laengenfelder on his side, crashed in the opening lap and had to make his way back up from tenth on a hard track that does not facilitate passes.

Photo of motocross rider Simon Laengenfelder at the 2023 MXGP of Finland
The fastest qualifier in MX2 Simon Laengenfelder finished second overall on race day. Photo: Juan Pablo Acevedo

Adamo got closer and closer to Everts and swept on the inside of the Belgian on lap seven to take the lead. After that Adamo continued at the lead, keeping a cushion of four seconds at all times. Adamo flew to victory to get a perfect one-one and win the GP by a great margin. Extending at the same time his lead to the Championship.

While Adamo was riding at the top, Laengenfelder displayed one of the most impressive performances of his season as he put his head down, passed nearly every rider in front of him with ease and set several fastest laps. The German had to fight with L.Coenen over three laps to finally pass him for third in the end on lap one6. He then closed in on Everts for the battle of the second overall. Nothing could stop Laengenfelder in this second race, and Everts could not hold him back on lap seventeen. Laengenfelder finished second in the end going 2-2 for his fourth podium in a row showing how good he feels at the moment.

Everts was under pressure from his countryman L.Coenen on the very last lap and finished fourth, in the end, to go 3-4 for third overall and getting his first Podium since Sumbawa-Indonesia. L.Coenen narrowly missed out on the podium to finish fourth overall but his riding was impressive.

Photo of motocross rider Andrea Adamo at the 2023 MXGP of Finland
Liam Everts took third in MX2 for his fifth trophy of the season and is now third in the championship. Photo: Ray Archer

Elzinga’s performance was also impressive and managed a strong and solid race to finish fifth for sixth overall which is his best finish since returning from injury in Germany.

S.Coenen continues on showing positive things as he managed to finish sixth in race two to get seventh overall again after Flanders. Horgmo is another rider confirming his form as he finished seventh in race two to go fifth overall and get his third top-five in a row.

”I already won my first GP in Trentino but doing it like this with two race wins is really special and I’m so happy,” Adamo said. “I didn’t expect this because it was still a sand track but I made it work. Now I want to keep working and keep going on this way.”

MXGP finally has time to breathe next weekend but the championship remains in northern Europe with the hard-pack of Uddevalla staging the Grand Prix of Sweden in two weeks.

Championship contender Jago Geerts was involved in an unfortunate incident when another rider fell in front of him on the opening lap of MX2 Race One and is suspected to have suffered a broken collar bone.

MXGP – Grand Prix Race 1 – Top 10 Classification:
1 Romain Febvre (FRA, Kawasaki), 34:11.808
2 Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Yamaha), +0:01.341
3 Jorge Prado (ESP, GASGAS), +0:04.529
4 Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, Yamaha), +0:20.353
5 Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, Yamaha), +0:29.129
6 Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:32.550
7 Alberto Forato (ITA, KTM), +0:34.128
8 Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), +0:37.678
9 Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Honda), +0:41.939
10 Brian Bogers (NED, Honda), +0:45.907

MXGP – Grand Prix Race 2 – Top 10 Classification:
1 Jorge Prado (ESP, GASGAS), 33:50.401
2 Romain Febvre (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:02.319
3 Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, Yamaha), +0:03.755
4 Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), +0:05.683
5 Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Yamaha), +0:11.470
6 Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:38.334
7 Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, Yamaha), +0:43.163
8 Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Honda), +1:03.007
9 Alvin Östlund (SWE, Honda), +1:04.857
10 Mitchell Evans (AUS, Kawasaki), +1:05.648

MXGP – Grand Prix Top 10 Classification:
1 Romain Febvre (FRA, KAW), 47 Points
2 Jorge Prado (ESP, GAS), 45 Points
3 Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, YAM), 38 Points
4 Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 38 Points
5 Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 31 Points
6 Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 30 Points
7 Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, YAM), 30 Points
8 Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, HON), 25 Points
9 Alvin Östlund (SWE, HON), 21 Points
10 Mitchell Evans (AUS, KAW), 21 Points

MXGP – World Championship Top 10 Classification:
1 Jorge Prado (ESP, GAS), 720 Points
2 Romain Febvre (FRA, KAW), 622 Points
3 Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 550 Points
4 Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, YAM), 525 Points
5 Ruben Fernandez (ESP, HON), 489 Points
6 Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, YAM), 477 Points
7 Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 418 Points
8 Alberto Forato (ITA, KTM), 350 Points
9 Valentin Guillod (SUI, HON), 276 Points
10 Benoit Paturel (FRA, YAM), 204 Points

MX2 – Grand Prix Race 1 – Top 10 Classification:
1 Andrea Adamo (ITA, KTM), 34:53.171
2 Simon Laengenfelder (GER, GASGAS), +0:02.805
3 Liam Everts (BEL, KTM), +0:16.381
4 Kevin Horgmo (NOR, Kawasaki), +0:18.547
5 Lucas Coenen (BEL, Husqvarna), +0:25.722
6 Oriol Oliver (ESP, KTM), +0:28.851
7 Rick Elzinga (NED, Yamaha), +0:34.335
8 David Braceras (ESP, Kawasaki), +0:48.293
9 Sacha Coenen (BEL, KTM), +0:52.001
10 Camden Mc Lellan (RSA, Honda), +1:00.386

MX2 – Grand Prix Race 2 – Top 10 Classification:
1 Andrea Adamo (ITA, KTM), 34:36.893
2 Simon Laengenfelder (GER, GASGAS), +0:07.299
3 Lucas Coenen (BEL, Husqvarna), +0:07.569
4 Liam Everts (BEL, KTM), +0:10.835
5 Rick Elzinga (NED, Yamaha), +0:15.789
6 Sacha Coenen (BEL, KTM), +0:17.331
7 Kevin Horgmo (NOR, Kawasaki), +0:21.015
8 Isak Gifting (SWE, GASGAS), +0:39.789
9 Oriol Oliver (ESP, KTM), +0:50.091
10 Jan Pancar (SLO, KTM), +1:20.158

MX2 – Grand Prix Top 10 Classification:
1 Andrea Adamo (ITA, KTM), 50 Points
2 Simon Laengenfelder (GER, GAS), 44 Points
3 Liam Everts (BEL, KTM), 38 Points
4 Lucas Coenen (BEL, HUS), 36 Points
5 Kevin Horgmo (NOR, KAW), 32 Points
6 Rick Elzinga (NED, YAM), 30 Points
7 Sacha Coenen (BEL, KTM), 27 Points
8 Oriol Oliver (ESP, KTM), 27 Points
9 Jan Pancar (SLO, KTM), 20 Points
10 Jorgen-Matthias Talviku (EST, HUS), 20 Points

MX2 – World Championship Top 10 Classification:
1 Andrea Adamo (ITA, KTM), 619 Points
2 Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 559 Points
3 Liam Everts (BEL, KTM), 532 Points
4 Kay de Wolf (NED, HUS), 501 Points
5 Simon Laengenfelder (GER, GAS), 492 Points
6 Thibault Benistant (FRA, YAM), 462 Points
7 Lucas Coenen (BEL, HUS), 461 Points
8 Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, HUS), 433 Points
9 Kevin Horgmo (NOR, KAW), 395 Points
10 Jan Pancar (SLO, KTM), 273 Points

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