Motocross

Romain Febvre Makes It Four In A Row As Jago Geerts Dominates MX2 At MXGP of Flanders

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Photo of motocross rider Romain Febvre at the 2023 MXGP of Flanders
Romain Febvre (3) has reduced his points deficit to the series leader Jorge Prado to ninety-nine points.

The thirteenth round of the 2023 FIM Motocross World Championship that took place in the mythical sands of Lommel held all its promises. The Monster Energy MXGP of Flanders witnessed incredible racing throughout the weekend and the new layout gave another huge challenge to the riders.

In MXGP it was Romain Febvre who kept his winning streak going, extending it to four. MXGP Red Plate Racing’s Jorge Prado finished second overall with a race win while pole winner Glenn Coldenhoff returned to the podium to confirm his recent form.

In MX2, it was once again Jago Geerts who won a perfect Grand Prix with a 1-1 in front of Lucas Coenen while Simon Laengenfelder continues to perform to very high standards with third.

The passionate Belgian fans showed up in large numbers during the weekend and showed amazing support to their heroes. The deep sandy track of Lommel proved again that it is a special place for all motocross fans as the show delivered by the riders was simply incredible.

In MXGP Race One, Jeremy Seewer took the Holeshot but it was Glenn Coldenhoff who took the lead in front of Romain Febvre and Seewer. Coldenhoff was looking very good although Febvre started to close in on him. Maybe under pressure, Coldenhoff made a slight mistake and missed a rut on a turn leaving the door open for Febvre who took the inside and the lead with it. Febvre was the quickest on track and it showed as he pulled away quickly to lead the race until the checkered flag and win the race with a fifteen-second cushion.

Coldenhoff kept a really strong pace as after getting passed by Febvre, he cruised in second position until the end. However, the third place was disputed throughout the race. Seewer held the spot and looked very composed until he made a mistake and crashed on lap six. Benefitting from this mishap were Calvin Vlaanderen and Jorge Prado. Prado got caught in the traffic at the start and found himself sixth on lap one but made his way back up quickly to fifth behind Vlaanderen on lap two. Both riders kept following each other until an immense last lap by Prado saw him overtake Vlaanderen to finish third while the Dutch rider settled fourth. Seewer could only continue the race in 5th place and finished there in the end.

Photo of motocross rider Romain Febvre at the 2023 MXGP of Flanders
Romain Febvre stormed to a fourth consecutive GP victory with a sensational ride in the second moto of the FIM World MXGP Motocross Championship round at Lommel.

Alberto Forato was one rider who managed to tame the unpredictable sand of Lommel as he stayed consistent during the race to go from ninth to sixth in the end overtaking along the way Rubén Fernández and home hero Jeremy Van Horebeek. Race one was not as smooth as hoped for Fernandez who made several mistakes to only be able to salvage the eleventh place. Van Horebeek on the other side showed that he was not competing at home for figuration but to make the most of it as the Belgian finished seventh.

Australian Mitch Evans was feeling good on the track as he gained many places throughout races going from thirteenth to eighth after a great battle with another rider who found his flow this weekend, Ben Watson battled well and found himself eighth but Evans put pressure behind and make a successful move on lap fifteen which left Watson in ninth which was a good performance for the British rider.

Brian Bogers showed that he liked the track and place as he managed a good tenth place. Tim Gajser, unfortunately, fell in the first lap picking himself up in twenty-sixth but showed many positives as he climbed his way to fifteenth in the end.

Photo of motocross rider Jorge Prado at the 2023 MXGP of Flanders
Jorge Prado (61) maintained his podium run with 3-1 scores for second and still has a ninety nine point championship lead with six rounds to go. Photo: Juan Pablo Acevedo

In Race Two, Fernandez took the second Holeshot and his first of the season but it was his countryman Prado who took the lead directly after that and rode superbly. Prado never put a foot wrong during the second race and won the race comfortably.

Getting a poor start Febvre had a mountain to climb when he found himself around the twentieth place after a few corners. However, the determination of the Frenchman to win was incredible to witness. On a tough track where it is difficult to overtake, Febvre simply showed all his skills and talent to move up to fourth by lap seven. Febvre was behind Seewer and Coldenhoff and needed to pass to climb onto the top step of the podium, and this is exactly what he did. He first picked up Coldenhoff on lap ten to go third and quickly put pressure on Seewer. Febvre kept charging and powered through Seewer a lap later to go second and finish in that place. With a 1-2 and a heroic run, Febvre superbly won his fourth GP in a row.

Seewer could not contain his teammate’s speed and Coldenhoff got a better drive on a straight to pass him and finish third to go 2-3 and get the 3rd overall. Seewer had to settle for fourth and fourth overall.

Behind them, Vlaanderen rode solidly in fifth. Except for one lap when Fernandez managed to pass him but the race winner of Loket answered quickly to take the sixth place back and finish sixth in the end while Fernandez, who crashed earlier on lap seven while he was third, had to settle for sixth overall.

Photo of motocross rider Glenn Coldenhoff at the 2023 MXGP of Flanders
After winning the Saturday qualifying, Glenn Coldenhoff finished third overall at the MXGP of Flanders with a 2-3 scorecard.

Forato confirmed his form in race 1 with another good display that saw him climbing up the ranks to finish 7th and an encouraging 6th overall. What a race it was for Harri Kullas who had a great start and rode the whole race within the top 10. Kullas in the end got his season’s best finish in 8th. Similarly to race 1, Van Horebeek and Bogers stayed consistent to finish 9th and 10th respectively. Van Horebeek got a really good 7th overall and a 3rd top 10 in a row while Bogers took 9th overall.

“It was again a great weekend as I felt really good on the bike and the track since Saturday,” Febvre said. “The new layout made it more technical which helped to make the difference. The first race was really good as I made a comfortable gap at the front to win the race. In the second race after the bad start I worked some magic in the sand with a good pace until the end. I was exhausted in the end so I could not catch Prado. I’m very happy, four wins in a row is really something”

Photo of motocross rider Jago Geerts at the 2023 MXGP of Flanders
Jago Geerts closed the gap in the MX2 title fight with a dominant double-race win in MX2.

MX2

In MX2 race One, Jago Geerts took the Holeshot and the lead at the same time in front of his countryman Lucas Coenen. Both Belgian riders pushed each other for a good part of the race with L.Coenen not allowing Geerts to relax for a second. mid-race Geerts started to edge away from L.Coenen and found a good rhythm to race to victory while L.Coenen took an excellent second place.

Behind the front two, it was Simon Laengenfelder and Andrea Adamo who also showed great control and speed. Laengenfelder got the better of Adamo on lap two and kept racing his race to finish third comfortably while Adamo displayed a solid performance demonstrating his huge improvement on sand.

Oriol Oliver was an impressive performer as the Spaniard was on course to finish there until Liam Everts, Andrea Bonacorsi and Kevin Horgmo charged him on the last couple of laps. Oliver still finished in a good eighth place. For Everts, the performance was astonishing as he fell at the start and had to battle his way up from sixteenth on lap one to finish in an impressive fifth place.

Racing in MX2 for the first time this season, Bonacorsi showed that he has the speed to compete with the other riders as he went on to a great sixth place. Horgmo stayed very consistent waving on his great result and finished seventh.

Rick Elzinga is getting more consistent as he gets used to his bike and managed to ride within the top ten the whole race to finish ninth while Sacha Coenen showed that he can bounce back after a fall. S.Coenen went down in lap two to drop down from sixth to twelfth but he didn’t give up and fought back up to tenth in the end.

In Race Two, the surprising Haakon Osterhagen took his first Holeshot but unfortunately crashed a few corners later and didn’t finish the race. It was Geerts who took the command of the race once again to fly to victory with panache to win another dominating Grand Prix and his third GP in a row to close in on Adamo in the Championship and reduce the gap to 13 points.

Photo of motocross rider Lucas Coenen at the 2023 MXGP of Flanders
Lucas Coenen took second in MX2 in front of his home crowd. Photo: FullSpectrum

Fighting for second were Laengenfelder and L.Coenen. Laengenfelder took the advantage and rode second until lap ten. L.Coenen showed incredible speed after an average start that saw him seventh. L.Coenen felt really good on this track and had the speed which he let speak to charge forward and pass many riders to get to third on lap six behind Laengenfelder. L.Coenen got closer and closer and finally made a successful pass to move up to second on lap ten. L.Coenen finished second, in the end, to go second overall and climb back on the podium after his victory in Sumbawa.

Laengenfelder had to settle for third and third overall but the German continues to get on the podium. It was all the more impressive given that Laengenfelder only trained on the sand once before coming to Lommel, one of the toughest sand tracks in the world.

Everts got a better start this time and got to fourth on lap one behind a very good Ferruccio Zanchi third. Everts showed his skills to pass Zanchi on lap three to go third. He then only got passed by L.Coenen and finish fourth to get fourth overall. Zanchi faded a bit during the race and had to settle for eleventh in the end.

Elzinga kept building on his good performance in race one and managed to be consistent and fast to finish fifth and got an encouraging sixth overall. Horgmo continued to display a really good performance as after finding himself ninth on lap one he showed again that he can always gain positions during races and finished sixth for fifth overall.

After finishing twelfth in race one, David Braceras managed to get a good result and finish seventh which was his season’s best finish. It was similar for Ivano Van Erp who managed ninth place in his first MX2 GP.

Adamo got a great start to find himself third but crashed during the first lap, picking himself up in twentieth place. The MX2 Red Plate still showed impressive riding to finish thirteenth at the end with seventh place overall.

Kay de Wolf, unfortunately, crashed in the first race and tried to get back to it but had to retire without completing the first lap. Thibault Benistant didn’t take part in the races on Sunday in the end after picking an injury in the MX2 Qualifying Race.

“I’m really happy with the weekend, I couldn’t be happier with 60 points in front of my home fans,” Geerts said. “It was a really nice weekend; the track was tough but I enjoyed every seconds out there. It is also looking good for the Championship and I have to continue like this for the next races and we’ll see how it goes”

Travelling north is the task for the temas now. The Grand Prix of Finland, run at Vantaa, will mark round fourteen and the end of a gruelling triple header.

Simon Längenfelder clinched his third MX2 podium in a row with third. Photo: Juan Pablo Acevedo

MXGP – Grand Prix Race 1 – Top 10 Classification:
1 Romain Febvre (FRA, Kawasaki), 35:24.776
2 Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, Yamaha), +0:13.310
3 Jorge Prado (ESP, GASGAS), +0:17.629
4 Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, Yamaha), +0:18.909
5 Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Yamaha), +0:24.623
6 Alberto Forato (ITA, KTM), +1:19.883
7 Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Honda), +1:22.943
8 Mitchell Evans (AUS, Kawasaki), +1:28.790
9 Ben Watson (GBR, Beta), +1:29.917
10 Brian Bogers (NED, Honda), +1:32.020

MXGP – Grand Prix Race 2 – Top 10 Classification:
1 Jorge Prado (ESP, GASGAS), 35:38.681
2 Romain Febvre (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:06.549
3 Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, Yamaha), +0:08.576
4 Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Yamaha), +0:10.909
5 Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, Yamaha), +0:32.123
6 Ruben Fernandez (ESP, Honda), +0:39.668
7 Alberto Forato (ITA, KTM), +0:43.613
8 Harri Kullas (EST, Yamaha), +0:44.670
9 Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Honda), +0:59.801
10 Brian Bogers (NED, Honda), +1:02.146

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), 42 Points
4 Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 34 Points
5 Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, YAM), 34 Points
6 Alberto Forato (ITA, KTM), 29 Points
7 Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, HON), 26 Points
8 Ruben Fernandez (ESP, HON), 25 Points
9 Brian Bogers (NED, HON), 22 Points
10 Ben Watson (GBR, BET), 21 Points

MXGP – World Championship Top 10 Classification:
1 Jorge Prado (ESP, GAS), 665 Points
2 Romain Febvre (FRA, KAW), 566 Points
3 Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 506 Points
4 Ruben Fernandez (ESP, HON), 481 Points
5 Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, YAM), 480 Points
6 Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, YAM), 444 Points
7 Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 386 Points
8 Alberto Forato (ITA, KTM), 331 Points
9 Valentin Guillod (SUI, HON), 276 Points
10 Mattia Guadagnini (ITA, GAS), 203 Points

MX2 – Grand Prix Race 1 – Top 10 Classification:
1 Jago Geerts (BEL, Yamaha), 35:17.877
2 Lucas Coenen (BEL, Husqvarna), +0:07.597
3 Simon Laengenfelder (GER, GASGAS), +0:25.306
4 Andrea Adamo (ITA, KTM), +0:51.511
5 Liam Everts (BEL, KTM), +0:54.335
6 Andrea Bonacorsi (ITA, Yamaha), +0:57.784
7 Kevin Horgmo (NOR, Kawasaki), +1:03.826
8 Oriol Oliver (ESP, KTM), +1:08.473
9 Rick Elzinga (NED, Yamaha), +1:21.219
10 Sacha Coenen (BEL, KTM), +1:24.008

MX2 – Grand Prix Race 2 – Top 10 Classification:
1 Jago Geerts (BEL, Yamaha), 35:28.603
2 Lucas Coenen (BEL, Husqvarna), +0:20.636
3 Simon Laengenfelder (GER, GASGAS), +0:39.030
4 Liam Everts (BEL, KTM), +0:50.215
5 Rick Elzinga (NED, Yamaha), +1:13.586
6 Kevin Horgmo (NOR, Kawasaki), +1:18.723
7 David Braceras (ESP, Kawasaki), +1:35.344
8 Isak Gifting (SWE, GASGAS), +1:41.969
9 Ivano Van Erp (NED, Yamaha), +1:45.877
10 Oriol Oliver (ESP, KTM), +1:50.221

MX2 – Grand Prix Top 10 Classification:
1 Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 50 Points
2 Lucas Coenen (BEL, HUS), 44 Points
3 Simon Laengenfelder (GER, GAS), 40 Points
4 Liam Everts (BEL, KTM), 34 Points
5 Kevin Horgmo (NOR, KAW), 29 Points
6 Rick Elzinga (NED, YAM), 28 Points
7 Andrea Adamo (ITA, KTM), 26 Points
8 Oriol Oliver (ESP, KTM), 24 Points
9 David Braceras (ESP, KAW), 23 Points
10 Isak Gifting (SWE, GAS), 23 Points

MX2 – World Championship Top 10 Classification:
1 Andrea Adamo (ITA, KTM), 564 Points
2 Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 551 Points
3 Kay de Wolf (NED, HUS), 501 Points
4 Liam Everts (BEL, KTM), 487 Points
5 Thibault Benistant (FRA, YAM), 462 Points
6 Simon Laengenfelder (GER, GAS), 438 Points
7 Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, HUS), 433 Points
8 Lucas Coenen (BEL, HUS), 425 Points
9 Kevin Horgmo (NOR, KAW), 361 Points
10 Jan Pancar (SLO, KTM), 253 Points

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