Romain Febvre takes hard earned home win at French MXGP


Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing‰Ûªs Romain Febvre and the Flying Dutchman, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing‰Ûªs Jeffrey Herlings put in two mind blowing performances each to stand on the top step of the podium in their respective classes at the conclusion of the MXGP of France

An exuberant French crowd was treated to some of the best racing of the season as their home soil hero Romain Febvre threw everything but the kitchen sink at Tim Gajser for the win in race 1. There wasn‰Ûªt a lot in it at the checkers as the duo went hand in hand across the finish line, but it was the championship leader, Gajser who was deemed the winner by a very narrow margin.

Fired up, the Frenchman and defending world champion, Febvre, some how turned it up a notch in race two when passed Gajser for the lead and got his head down. On the fence line, Febvre Fever was spreading like wildfire as the 461 laid it all on the line in bid for victory here at his home grand prix.

No words will do the racing today any justice as it was just unreal with Febvre getting the job done to have the national anthem played for his nation as the winner of the MXGP of France.
Romain Febvre
"To celebrate my new contract by winning at home makes me very happy. I'd like to thank Yamaha with this victory today. To win a GP, especially the home GP, in front of the crowd is awesome," Febvre said,

"We had a good feeling in the morning and worked hard on the start for the track here at Saint Jean d'Ang̩ly. The mechanics and directors saw every detail in the paddock and every turn on the course and we won this all together."

As for the Slovenian‰Û_ or maybe we should say ‰Û÷Fast-venian‰Ûª? The nineteen-year-old rookie sensation was nothing short of incredible as he tied on 47 points with Febvre and maintained his 24-point championship lead.

Team HRC‰Ûªs Evgeny Bobryshev had to fly the flag for HRC after his teammate Gautier Paulin withdrew from racing this morning after his ridiculously massive crash yesterday. The Russian, Bobryshev, was the top qualifier here in France but couldn‰Ûªt quite work out how the youngsters were riding so fast ‰ÛÏI don‰Ûªt know how those young guys were riding so fast, I have to check because I tried to follow them but I couldn‰Ûªt, they were really quick.‰Û
Tim Gajser scored the same pints as Febvre but the Frenchman took the win with the better second moto
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing‰Ûªs Antonio Cairoli looks hungry for wins but he seems to be just left scratching his head at the pace the youngsters are running. The eight-time world champ put in a solid ride in race one, but didn‰Ûªt have anything for the young guns, Febvre and Gajser. who stormed away for the top two spots. The day was made a little more frustrating for the Italian in race two when he hit the deck at turn one and then dumped it again while trying to pass Rockstar Energy Husqvarna‰Ûªs Max Nagl for tenth. TC222 battled back to seventh in that race, which was enough for fourth overall.
Evgeny Bobryshev rounded out the MX1 podium
Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team‰Ûªs Clement Desalle is slowly but surely gaining momentum. The Belgian is starting to look more comfortable on the green machine as he inches closer to the box, 5th today was a top effort.

"I wasn‰Ûªt so happy with my riding and we changed some settings for the second race," Desalle explained. "My start was even worse than the first one and I was eleventh after one lap but I had some good lines and came back fourth which is not so bad; the rhythm is really high now in MXGP and if you are not in the top five at the start it‰Ûªs tough to get on the podium.‰Û
The MX2 class head for the first corner.
Meanwhile, since Team Suzuki World MX2‰Ûªs Jeremy Seewer made Herlings work for the win at the MXGP of Germany last month, he has been fired up to lead races. While his all-new aggressive approach to racing has been outstanding to watch, it‰Ûªs not been an easy pace to run for the Swiss star. This weekend though, he managed to keep his Suzuki rubber side down, for the first time since Teutschenthal and finished third overall which is his seventh podium appearance this year.

‰ÛÏI‰Ûªm happy to be back on the podium because I missed it in the last two GPs because of some crashes and some bad luck and bad starts," Seewer said.

"That‰Ûªs part of it! We worked hard on the starts and to almost have two holeshots was amazing for me. There was some great racing. I wasn't feeling so good in the first moto but I managed to finish third and in the second it was a great battle. A little mistake cost me third position but I pushed hard. I also had some bad luck by finding a tuff bloc in the middle of the track that cost me a few seconds; and on a track like this it is so hard to make it back.‰Û
Jeremy Seewer was on the podium in MX2 taking 3rd
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing‰Ûªs Pauls Jonass lost 6 points to Seewer in the battle for the spot of vice-world champion while Monster Energy Kawasaki racing Team‰Ûªs Dylan Ferrandis had to learn the hard way just how important starts are. It is common knowledge to most people within the sport that starts are the make or break of a race. Unfortunately, two bad starts made life difficult for the Frenchman, who should have been up front battling for the win, and he only finished in fifth overall here at his home grand prix.

‰ÛÏI‰Ûªm disappointed with the results, I had two very bad starts as I was last in the first corner. I couldn‰Ûªt get good starts on this ground, and then I had to fight for the entire thirty-five minutes to come back in the top eight. I had no fun riding on this track, and everything seems to go wrong at the moment as I‰Ûªm still waiting for my knee braces and equipment as the airplane company lost my luggage from Spain. Now we have two weeks to recover before Matterley; let‰Ûªs hope that they will do a good track preparation," Ferrandis lamented.

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing‰Ûªs Max Anstie took charge of the Fox Holeshot competition with a massive holey in race two. The Brit didn‰Ûªt finish the first race but turned it all around with an epic ride in the second race for second place.

Main Photo: Romain Febvre
Credit: Yamha Racing

MXGP Race 1 Top Ten:
1. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), 34:27.904
2. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), +0:00.610
3. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:30.146
4. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:32.629
5. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Yamaha), +0:33.644
6. Valentin Guillod (SUI, Yamaha), +0:34.752
7. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Husqvarna), +0:45.554
8. Clement Desalle (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:53.290
9. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), +1:00.223
10. Jordi Tixier (FRA, Kawasaki), +1:08.587.

MXGP Race 2 Top Ten:
1. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), 34:12.917
2. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:09.643
3. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:40.344
4. Clement Desalle (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:50.143
5. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), +0:57.961
6. Dennis Ullrich (GER, KTM), +1:01.484
7. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +1:03.894
8. Valentin Guillod (SUI, Yamaha), +1:06.361
9. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), +1:07.314
10. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Husqvarna), +1:07.815.

MXGP Overall Top Ten:
1. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 47 points
2. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 47 points
3. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 38 points
. 4. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 34 points
5. Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 31 points
6. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 28 points
. 7. Valentin Guillod (SUI, YAM), 28 points
8. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 25 points
9. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KAW), 21 points
10. Dennis Ullrich (GER, KTM), 19 points

MXGP Championship Top Ten:
1. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 432 points
2. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 408 points
3. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 372 points
4. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 342 points
5. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 333 points
6. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 293 points
7. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 210 points
8. Valentin Guillod (SUI, YAM), 208 points
9. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, SUZ), 204 points
10. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 184 points

MX2 Race 1 Top Ten:
1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 35:23.550
2. Benoit Paturel (FRA, Yamaha), +0:05.794
3. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki), +0:20.716
4. Aleksandr Tonkov (RUS, Yamaha), +0:29.759
5. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), +0:31.054
6. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:58.984
7. Samuele Bernardini (ITA, TM), +1:06.212
8. Conrad Mewse (GBR, Husqvarna), +1:09.192
9. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), +1:14.232
10. Thomas Covington (USA, Husqvarna), +1:17.675.

MX2 Race 2 Top Ten:
1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 35:03.580
2. Max Anstie (GBR, Husqvarna), +0:02.509
3. Benoit Paturel (FRA, Yamaha), +0:10.217
4. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki), +0:12.117
5. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), +0:12.457
6. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), +0:24.525
7. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:36.326
8. Petar Petrov (BUL, Kawasaki), +0:39.605
9. Vsevolod Brylyakov (RUS, Kawasaki), +0:50.409
10. Aleksandr Tonkov (RUS, Yamaha), +0:51.098

MX2 Overall Top Ten:
1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 50 points
2. Benoit Paturel (FRA, YAM), 42 points
3. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, SUZ), 38 points
4. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 32 points
5. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, KAW), 29 points
6. Aleksandr Tonkov (RUS, YAM), 29 points
7. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), 27 points
8. Samuele Bernardini (ITA, TM), 24 points
9. Max Anstie (GBR, HUS), 22 points
10. Petar Petrov (BUL, KAW), 20 points

MX2 Championship Top Ten:
1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 497 points
2. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, SUZ), 363 points
3. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 332 points
4. Benoit Paturel (FRA, YAM), 293 points
5. Aleksandr Tonkov (RUS, YAM), 269 points
6. Petar Petrov (BUL, KAW), 230 points
7. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, KAW), 229 points
8. Samuele Bernardini (ITA, TM), 228 points
. 9. Max Anstie (GBR, HUS), 227 points
10. Vsevolod Brylyakov (RUS, KAW), 209 points

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