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Romain Febvre Steps Closer To 2015 MXGP Title With 1-1 Result At Mantova
Yamaha Factory Racing Yamalube's Romain Febvre took a step closer to securing the FIM Motocross World Championship title at a cloudy Mantova overnight by acing both motos and earning his sixth round win of 2015

Mantova last hosted a Grand Prix in 2010 and the Lombardian date slotted nicely into the calendar to replace the cancelled trip to Brazil. The compact, flat and sandy course was jumpy and full of tight turns.

Febvre took third place on his works YZ450FM in Saturday's Qualification Heat after recovering from a second lap fall.

In the opening phases of the first race run under cloudy skies but in warm temperatures Romain chased Honda's Evgeny Bobryshev for the lead after a top five start. Although claiming later that he was not happy with his rhythm he made a move on lap eight of seventeen and was never headed to go on to win his tenth moto of the year.

Febvre followed his chequered flag with a virtuoso performance in the second race. The 23 year old burst through to the lead on the opening lap and controlled a ten second margin to make it eleven moto triumphs from the last seventeen and it was his third 'double' of the year.

Febvre leads the world by 101 points and only needs to defend the same gap next weekend at Assen to make sure of Yamaha's first premier class title since 2009.

"It was a really good weekend and started from Saturday when I saw that I had the speed. My starts were not great today but I managed to pass and lead both motos." Fevbre reflected. "I'm really happy to be back on top of the box.

"We are getting close now to the end [of the season] and the title can be won next weekend. We will see. I think next weekend will be even sandier and it will be easy to make a mistake.

"We need to stay on two wheels and keep pushing. I'm happy that Jeremy is back on the podium and for sure it is good for the team, for Yamaha and all the crew. We've all worked hard."
Romain Febvre Steps Closer To 2015 MXGP Title With 1-1 Result At Mantova
Jeremy Van Horebeek made it a 1-2 result for Yamaha
Yamaha team-mate Jeremy Van Horebeek didn't have the best getaway from the gate in race one and had to work hard to get into a position to pass a tiring Shaun Simpson for third place with two laps remaining of the first moto. It was a re-assuring result for the Belgian who entered the top three for the first time since the Grand Prix of Sweden.

In the next moto he was again efficient and fast - especially along the start straight with the holeshot - and moved into second place by the second lap whereby he kept steady to make sure of 3-2 and his second podium finish of the season.

"I'm really happy. The weekend did not start well and I didn't feel comfortable but the team has been working so hard for me with many changes and I have to give this [the result] to them because they worked so much." Van Horebeek commented.

"I managed to take the holeshot in the second moto and it has been a while! I had some stomach problems that made it a bit tougher but I am really happy to be on the box again. I hope I can keep going like this and I'm pleased we could go 1-2. I hope Romain can do it [win the championship] next weekend because it will be awesome for the team and Yamaha."
Romain Febvre Steps Closer To 2015 MXGP Title With 1-1 Result At Mantova
Evgeny Bobryshev took his third overall Grand Prix podium of the season
Evgeny Bobryshev took his third overall Grand Prix podium of the season, continuing his impressive run in what is his most successful year in the MXGP class.

Two good starts saw him launch into the top five on both occasions, although the tight hairpin turn two bunched the field and saw him jostled down to ninth in the second race. Nevertheless, with two consistent motos aboard the CRF450RW, he finished second in race one having led the early stages, and fought back to fourth in race two to take third overall and climb the podium.

‰ÛÏYesterday I made a few mistakes, but today I learned from those so it‰Ûªs great to be on the podium again" Bobryshev said. "It was a hard second race pushing Simpson and sometimes I was really on the limit, but I‰Ûªm very happy I didn‰Ûªt make any mistakes and collected good points from the weekend.

"I can't thank enough my team as they‰Ûªre working so hard and testing so hard and improving every month so we can see it‰Ûªs always going in the right direction. The target has always been consistency, so I continue to focus on staying healthy and keeping this position in the championship.‰Û
Romain Febvre Steps Closer To 2015 MXGP Title With 1-1 Result At Mantova
Max Anstie was once again in a league of his own
In the MX2 class Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki‰Ûªs Max Anstie was once again in a league of his own.

The British rider overcame some adversity, clutch issues and a small crash in race one, to dominate both races for his third perfect weekend and grand prix overall. As a result, the number 99 has leap frogged from seventh in the championship to third.

It was far from a perfect weekend for Honda Gariboldi‰Ûªs Tim Gajser but fair play to the young Slovenian who managed to bounce back nicely from a rough day of qualifying to tie in points with the championship leader Pauls Jonass.

The saying ‰Û÷consistency wins championships‰Ûª is on repeat in Red Bull KTM Factory Racing‰Ûªs Pauls Jonass‰Ûª head and it is working to his benefit. The young Latvian, who is trained and mentored by the ten-time FIM Motocross World Champion Stefan Everts, put in another solid performance this weekend for third overall and has maintained his four point lead in the championship.

Kemea Yamaha Yamalube‰Ûªs Benoit Paturel wrapped up fourth. As the reserve rider for Team France, the young Frenchman has been out training with Romain Febvre and Gautier Paulin in the two-week break. Evidently, riding with the two fastest MXGP riders in the world has done him a world of good and the results are already starting to appear.

Meanwhile it was another tough day in the office for Standing Construct Yamaha Yamalube‰Ûªs Valentin Guillod who was more of a gymnast this weekend as he cartwheeled his way around the track. Despite eating it way too many times, the Swiss rider still managed to round out the top five.

The Grand Prix of the Netherlands will take place in an unusual location next week. The hallowed asphalt of the Assen circuit will get dirty for a temporary motocross course for round sixteen of the calendar.
Romain Febvre Steps Closer To 2015 MXGP Title With 1-1 Result At Mantova
Febvre and Van Horebeek celebrate a Yamaha 1-2 result
MXGP Overall Top Ten:
1. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 50 points
2. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 42 points
3. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 40 points
4. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 36 points
5. Gautier Paulin (FRA, HON), 33 points
6. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, SUZ), 31 points
7. Dean Ferris (AUS, HUS), 27 points
8. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 24 points
9. Tyla Rattray (RSA, KAW), 23 points
10. Todd Waters (AUS, HUS), 22 points

MXGP Championship Top Ten:
1. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 597 points
2. Gautier Paulin (FRA, HON), 496 points
3. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 463 points
4. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 416 points
5. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 392 points
6. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 384 points
7. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 366 points
8. Clement Desalle (BEL, SUZ), 331 points
9. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, SUZ), 321 points
10. Todd Waters (AUS, HUS), 300 points

MX2 Overall Top Ten:
1. Max Anstie (GBR, KAW), 50 points
2. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 42 points
3. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 42 points
4. Benoit Paturel (FRA, YAM), 33 points
5. Valentin Guillod (SUI, YAM), 25 points
6. Brent Van doninck (BEL, YAM), 23 points
7. Petar Petrov (BUL, KAW), 23 points
8. Henry Jacobi (GER, KTM), 20 points
9. Damon Graulus (BEL, YAM), 20 points
10. Adam Sterry (GBR, KTM), 19 points

MX2 Championship Top Ten:
1. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 475 points
2. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 471 points
3. Max Anstie (GBR, KAW), 437 points
4. Valentin Guillod (SUI, YAM), 433 points
5. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 423 points
6. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, SUZ), 409 points
7. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KAW), 393 points
8. Julien Lieber (BEL, YAM), 356 points
9. Benoit Paturel (FRA, YAM), 292 points
10. Petar Petrov (BUL, KAW), 285 points

Top Image: Romain Febvre takes another step towards winning the MXGP championship with his sixth round win of 2015

Credit: Yamaha

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