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Romain Febvre Wins Swedish GP, Aussie Duo Both Inside Top Five

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Romain Febvre Wins Swedish GP, Aussie Duo Both Inside Top Five
22,000 spectators found a vantage point around the compact Uddevalla circuit for a sun-kissed Grand Prix of Sweden and Yamaha Factory Racing Yamalube's Romain Febvre dashed to his fourth consecutive victory, first 1-1 double and extended his lead in the premier class at the eleventh round of eighteen in the 2015 MXGP FIM Motocross World Championship.

Thermometers climbed to nearly thirty degrees at the venue north of Gothenburg and the dusty and hard-pack circuit was a typically frustrating and tricky track to judge and where extra importance was placed on the start.

The first moto saw Febvre sliding out of the opening corner in first position. From there the Frenchman was able to ride at easy race-winning pace ahead of HRC Honda's Evgeny Bobryshev and when the Russian crashed at mid-distance Yamaha's Van Horebeek was able to rise into second and mark his best finish of the season so far.

For Febvre it was a fifth moto victory from the last five Grands Prix and helped extend his championship advantage.
Romain Febvre Wins Swedish GP, Aussie Duo Both Inside Top Five
Honda's Evgeny Bobryshev ran up front with Febvre early in the first moto before a crash put him out of the running - Credit Honda
In the second outing Febvre seized the holeshot but ran a little wide in the first turn and Rockstar Suzuki's Kevin Strijbos was able to front the pack. Febvre stalked the Belgian as the duo broke away and assessed where he was faster, where he could improve and where the best overtaking opportunity would come.

He made his move on lap fifteen of nineteen with a block pass in the back section of the circuit and then pulled away from his rival to celebrate a stunning 1-1; the first of his career. Van Horebeek started in fifth and held the same rank to the flag that was enough for the second step of the 'box'.

"The weekend was really great." Febvre stated. "I had won three in a row coming here but had not gone 1-1, so to do that is so good.

"The start was important to be able to reach the lead, ride safe and find good lines. In the second race I had the holeshot but because I went a little bit wide Kevin came inside. I knew it would be difficult to pass him because we had a nice battle on Saturday.

"I made a couple of mistakes and in my mind I was thinking second was enough to win the GP but after two laps I was again on his rear wheel so I decided again to try and pass and made it happen with three laps to go.

"The start is getting very important every race and we all have the same speed. We had some testing last week and we improved a lot our performance for the starts and also on the track. We will see?this weekend went pretty good so we can be happy with the job we did."
Romain Febvre Wins Swedish GP, Aussie Duo Both Inside Top Five
Jeremy Van Horebeek made it a 1-2 result for Yamaha
Team-mate on the works YZ450FM, Jeremy Van Horebeek, finished second overall for a perfect score for the Italian crew and the Belgian toasted an emotional first rostrum appearance of the year.

"It has been a while! There was a lot of pressure at the beginning of the season but then I broke my foot and it was difficult to come back from that and I was struggling mentally and thinking 'why is this happening to me?'." Van Horebeek explained.

"I regrouped and have been working really hard and it has been starting to pay off in the last weeks. I am still not totally satisfied however?I know I can do better."
Romain Febvre Wins Swedish GP, Aussie Duo Both Inside Top Five
Rounding out the podium was Kevin Strijbos
Rounding out the podium was Strijbos who launched strongly out of the stony gate for the first moto of 30 minutes and two-lap duration.

Holding a top-three position he was pushed off the track in the second turn and the incident put him deep into the pack. Hurrying to regain positions he had a small crash and then embarked on a hard race to recover from 15th up to eighth place.

The 29 year old reversed his luck in the second moto. Romain Febvre seized the holeshot but Strijbos turned tight in the first left hander and emerged with the lead. From that moment the pair broke away from the pack in a re-run of their dice on Saturday.

Strijbos fended off the Frenchman for the majority of the dash but then could not respond to his rival‰Ûªs block-pass with three laps to go until the finish.

‰ÛÏA podium is good! I wasn‰Ûªt too happy with the first race though. I made a small mistake on the second corner and got pushed wide and dropped back to 15th. I made another mistake by myself and it was tough to pass." Strijbos said.

"You needed a good start and that's what I did in the second moto. I got into a fight with Febvre and it was tough because he was so fast in some places. I was trying to hold on and got some cramps in my legs by the end, which meant I was pushing the limit. I tried to fight back but couldn‰Ûªt but; anyway, it was a good ride by him and a good result for me to be on the podium again.‰Û
Romain Febvre Wins Swedish GP, Aussie Duo Both Inside Top Five
Claiming a season best overall result of fourth, Wilvo Nestaan Husqvarna Factory Racing‰Ûªs Dean Ferris delivered an impressive performance at the MXGP of Sweden
It was a sensational day for Australian motocross fans, with the Aussie factory Husqvarna pairing of Dean Ferris and Todd Waters rounding out the top five, finishing fourth and fifth respectivley.

Claiming a season best overall result of fourth, Wilvo Nestaan Husqvarna Factory Racing‰Ûªs Dean Ferris delivered an impressive performance at the MXGP of Sweden. Starting top three in both races, he placed well in the early stages of each race. Holding down a top three position for the first 20 minutes of race one, Ferris later lost a little momentum during the final laps and slipped back to sixth.

Making amends for his previous mistake, he attacked hard during the early stages of race two. Locked in a lengthy battle for third with defending champion Antonio Cairoli, Ferris ‰ÛÒ unable to find a way past him ‰ÛÒ was forced to settle for fourth, just missing out on the overall podium by two points.

‰ÛÏIt‰Ûªs hard to fault this weekend." Ferris stated. "Getting my best overall result of the season here in Uddevalla for Husqvarna is brilliant.

"I would love to have got onto the podium ‰ÛÒ that‰Ûªs my goal every time I race ‰ÛÒ but to end this MXGP just two points shy of it is very pleasing.

"I feel like I‰Ûªve got my starts dialled in now ‰ÛÒ I was top three both races ‰ÛÒ and that was a massive help on a tricky track like this. I rode great in race two and had a long battle with Antonio Cairoli while holding off pressure from behind. So overall it‰Ûªs been good and I‰Ûªm already keen to get to Latvia for next weekend.‰Û
Romain Febvre Wins Swedish GP, Aussie Duo Both Inside Top Five
Red Bull IceOne Husqvarna Factory Racing‰Ûªs Todd Waters finished 5th
Red Bull IceOne Husqvarna Factory Racing‰Ûªs Todd Waters began race one in seventh. Gelling with the loose and technical Swedish track, the Husqvarna rider found some good lines as it deteriorated and worked his way up to fourth.

An overly watered course for race two left things more difficult for him. Not making the best of starts, Waters was unable to attack like he wanted to. Settling into things as the racing line improved, Waters progressed to seventh and ended his weekend fifth overall.

‰ÛÏI definitely feel like the confidence is building every time I‰Ûªm out on track." Waters stated. "The team has been working hard and with a few things we‰Ûªve changed and stepped up in training the results are coming more consistently.

"Race one was real good. My start wasn‰Ûªt perfect but I was picking good lines and riding a smart race to work my way forward. Coming from about seventh or eighth to fourth on a difficult track like this was good.

"I wanted the same in race two but the watering of the track made it like an ice rink in places and the early laps were a bit sketchy. Once things settled down I wasn‰Ûªt able to gain any ground and had to settle for seventh. But top five overall is a good positive to bring into Latvia.‰Û
Romain Febvre Wins Swedish GP, Aussie Duo Both Inside Top Five
Honda Gariboldi‰Ûªs Tim Gajser was on top again in Sweden
Honda Gariboldi‰Ûªs Tim Gajser is starting to become a fixture on top of the MX2 podium. After keeping the championship leader, Jeffrey Herlings, honest in race one, Gajser capitalized on the error of Jeffrey Herlings, and left everyone in a cloud of crumbled rock roost for the race win and overall victory.

Gajser now matches Herlings in overall grand prix victories this season but still trails him by seventy-eight points.

Despite having two lousy starts, Yamaha Standing Construct Yamalube‰Ûªs Valentin Guillod was one of the fastest guys on the track.

‰ÛÏHerlings went down in front of me and I hit him and bent my gear shifter so I had to ride changing gears with my heel. On the first laps I had to learn to use it like that so it took me some time to figure out how to do it‰Û
Romain Febvre Wins Swedish GP, Aussie Duo Both Inside Top Five
Yamaha claimed the top two steps on the MXGP podium
MXGP Overall Result:
1. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 50 points
2. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 38 points
3. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Rockstar Energy Suzuki), 35 points
4. Dean Ferris (AUS, HUS), 33 points
5. Todd Waters (AUS, HUS), 32 points
6. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 30 points
7. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 28 points
8. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, Rockstar Energy Suzuki), 27 points
9. Gautier Paulin (FRA, HON), 27 points
10. David Philippaerts (ITA, YAM), 26 points

MXGP World Championship Standings (after 11 of 18 rounds):
1. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 419 points
2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 380 points
3. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 360 points
4. Gautier Paulin (FRA, HON), 351 points
5. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 319 points
6. Clement Desalle (BEL, Rockstar Energy Suzuki), 291 points
7. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 257 points
8. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 232 points
9. Todd Waters (AUS, HUS), 224 points
10. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, Rockstar Energy Suzuki), 196 points
Romain Febvre Wins Swedish GP, Aussie Duo Both Inside Top Five
Despite further bad luck Jeffrey Herlings continues to lead the MX2 world championship
MX2 Overall Top Ten:
1. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 47 points
2. Valentin Guillod (SUI, YAM), 38 points
3. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, SUZ), 36 points
4. Vsevolod Brylyakov (RUS, HON), 32 points
5. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), 26 points
6. Brent Van doninck (BEL, YAM), 25 points
7. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 25 points
8. Roberts Justs (LAT, KTM), 22 points
9. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KAW), 20 points
10. Benoit Paturel (FRA, YAM), 20 points

MX2 Championship Top Ten:
1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 423 points
2. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 345 points
3. Valentin Guillod (SUI, YAM), 335 points
4. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, SUZ), 311 points
5. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 307 points
6. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KAW), 306 points
7. Max Anstie (GBR, KAW), 262 points
8. Julien Lieber (BEL, YAM), 259 points
9. Aleksandr Tonkov (RUS, HUS), 256 points
10. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, KAW), 205 points

Top Image: Romain Febvre on his way to winning his fourth straight MXGP and first ever 1-1 result

Credit: Yamaha

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