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Romain Febvre Wraps World Championship at Assen As Simpson Scores Round Win

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Romain Febvre Wraps World Championship at Assen As Simpson Scores Round Win
Factory Yamaha's Romain Febvre has wrapped up the 2015 World MXGP Championship after finishing second overall behind KTM mounted Shaun Simpson at the 16th round of the series held in Assen overnight.

Taking place on a man-made circuit rather than at one of their beloved and historic sand tracks, the event exceeded all expectations with 37,000 super enthusiastic fans coming out to witness the brand new and spectacular track shape up just as a true sand circuit would.

With his eleventh podium result from sixteen rounds of the 2015 series so far Febvre also aced a twelfth moto victory to mathematically secure the crown with two Grands Prix to spare. It was the first title for the 23 year old and former European Champion and the first for Yamaha in the MXGP premier class since 2009.

Febvre has headed all charts and statistics this season aside from Pole Positions. The Frenchman has led the most laps, won the most motos (12 from 32), Grands Prix (6 from 16), obtained the most podium results (11) and held the most red plates as series leader (7).

In his first year in MXGP and with the YZ450FM Febvre has left indelible impressions on motocross fans around the world and through owning rounds of the series in France, Italy, Germany, Sweden and Czech Republic.

"I started slowly on Saturday and showed good speed in qualifying already." Febvre said. "I knew with some good starts I could be on the podium again and that was the goal. I knew also if I finished in front of [Gautier] Paulin then the championship would be done.

"It didn't happen in the first moto but my start was a lot better in the second and I could pass everybody to win and the 2015 world championship!

"I cannot thank everybody enough. The team did such a good job and gave me a chance last winter. I'm so happy."
Romain Febvre Wraps World Championship at Assen As Simpson Scores Round Win
Shaun Simpson secured his second GP win of the season at Assen - Credit: R.Archer
It was also a memorable day for Hitachi Construction Machinery Revo KTM‰Ûªs Shaun Simpson who moved to fourth in the MXGP championship standings after landing on top of the box here in Assen.

The super charged crowd were right in behind their Dutch motocross sensation Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe‰Ûªs Glenn Coldenhoff who stood on the third step on the podium here at his home grand prix.

Team HRC‰Ûªs Evgeny Bobryshev had good speed all weekend but faded in both races while his teammate Gautier Paulin made a few too many errors. The Honda duo went fourth and fifth respectively.

For the Australian factory Husqvarna pair of Todd Waters and Dean Ferris, they had another solid outing both finising inside the top ten overall in 8th and 9th place respectively.
Romain Febvre Wraps World Championship at Assen As Simpson Scores Round Win
Tim Gajser now has the MX2 red plate after winning at Assen
The looming question in the MX2 class was as to whether Honda Gariboldi‰Ûªs Tim Gajser could simultaneously up his game in the sand and keep his head calm enough to take the red plate was answered this weekend with the Slovenian taking a win and a second place for the overall and the red plate.

Gajser now leads Red Bull KTM Factory Racing‰Ûªs Pauls Jonass in the MX2 championship by thirteen points.

Britain Max Anstie only managed to finish ninth in race one after he binned it and struggled to get his bike re-started. Nevertheless, he overcame the adversity he faced today with his convincing moto win in race two for second overall.

‰ÛÏIt was a difficult day today, we had a few issues in the first race and I crashed and even in this one I struggled in the last 10 minutes,‰Û
Romain Febvre Wraps World Championship at Assen As Simpson Scores Round Win
Romain Febvre is the 2015 MXGP World Champion
MXGP Overall Top Ten:
1. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 45 points
2. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 41 points
3. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, SUZ), 40 points
4. Gautier Paulin (FRA, HON), 40 points
5. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 36 points
6. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 30 points
7. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 28 points
8. Todd Waters (AUS, HUS), 24 points
9. Dean Ferris (AUS, HUS), 23 points
10. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), 20 points

MXGP Championship Top Ten:
1. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 638 points
2. Gautier Paulin (FRA, HON), 536 points
3. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 499 points
4. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 437 points
5. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 416 points
6. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 414 points
7. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 394 points
8. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, SUZ), 361 points
9. Clement Desalle (BEL, SUZ), 331 points
10. Todd Waters (AUS, HUS), 324 points

MX2 Overall Top Ten:
1. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 47 points
2. Max Anstie (GBR, KAW), 37 points
3. Brent Van doninck (BEL, YAM), 36 points
4. Julien Lieber (BEL, YAM), 35 points
5. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, SUZ), 31 points
6. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 30 points
7. Harri Kullas (FIN, HUS), 29 points
8. Benoit Paturel (FRA, YAM), 28 points
9. Thomas Covington (USA, KAW), 25 points
10. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), 22 points

MX2 Championship Top Ten:
1. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 518 points
2. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 505 points
3. Max Anstie (GBR, KAW), 474 points
4. Valentin Guillod (SUI, YAM), 446 points
5. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, SUZ), 440 points
6. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 423 points
7. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KAW), 393 points
8. Julien Lieber (BEL, YAM), 391 points
9. Benoit Paturel (FRA, YAM), 320 points
10. Petar Petrov (BUL, KAW), 301 points

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