Romain Fevbre Races To 2nd Straight MXGP Round Win

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Round nine of the FIM Motocross World Championship was held in Italy overnight with a mud race adding to the already extremely diverse series in 2015.

Torrential rain flooded the premises earlier this morning, which left the track drenched and the riders caked in mud. Thankfully, the rain stopped around 11:30 in the morning and managed to hold off for all of the races.

Although it wasn‰Ûªt the worst mud race ever, it was still extremely tricky especially with the classic track of Maggiora being clay based with a lot of elevation and cambered turns. Mud is known to be a bit of an equalizer in motocross circles, which may have been a contributing factor to the results in MXGP, but nevertheless the deserving overall victories went to Yamaha Factory Racing Yamalube‰Ûªs Romain Febvre in MXGP and Honda Gariboldi‰Ûªs Tim Gajser in MX2.

Yamaha Factory Racing Yamalube‰Ûªs Romain Febvre is on fire at the moment. The Frenchman is definitely a legitimate threat for the MXGP crown this year, which he confirmed with his heel-clicker sealed win in race one.

Despite having a humungous crash in race two where he clipped Hitachi Construction Machinery Revo KTM‰Ûªs Shaun Simpson, he bounced back for sixth and his second consecutive MXGP overall victory.

‰ÛÏI am happy for my team because it is Yamaha‰Ûªs 60th anniversary and we are in yellow, so that is nice." Febvre commented. "In race two there was a little bit of sun on the hill so I had to change my line quick and I crashed. I had to ride with no front brake, on this track you can‰Ûªt imagine how hard it was but I wanted to win the GP so I kept pushing.‰Û
Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MXGP‰Ûªs Kevin Strijbos put in an outstanding performance on his return from injury with an epic last lap pass on the championship leader, Max Nagl, to win the final race of the day. Strijbos doesn‰Ûªt appear to have lost much speed in his time off and was stoked to have made such a solid come-back,

‰ÛÏI was happy to be back here and with my thumb and my wrist everything was fine. I was pretty happy it rained because I like that a lot.‰Û
It was an amazing weekend for the former FIM Motocross World Champion DP19 Yamaha Racing‰Ûªs David Philippaerts who played a huge part in the marvelous atmosphere here at his almost local circuit of Maggiora. Philippaerts was unfortunately edged off the podium with Strijbos‰Ûª last minute pass on Nagl. Nevertheless, the Italian who tied with Todd Waters on points, was undoubtedly a winner in the eyes of the public.

Yamaha Factory Racing Yamalube‰Ûªs Jeremy Van Horebeek had a rusty start to the season which was topped off with a broken foot at MXGP of Trentino. The injury vanquished all hopes of bettering last year‰Ûªs result of vice-world champion.

The Belgian is mounting his come back which is seemingly moving in the right direction with a third place in race one that was followed by a remarkable ninth in race two, which he obtained after stacking it on the first corner. Van Horebeek rounded out the top five.
With torrential rain being a huge factor in how the results shaped up today, the red plate holder, Red Bull IceOne Husqvarna Factory Racing‰Ûªs Max Nagl was forced to do some damage control after he went down on the opening lap in race one. After only coming home in fifteenth, the German evened out his day with a near race win in the final moto but it was only enough for seventh overall.

As for the defending champion Red Bull KTM Factory Racing‰Ûªs Antonio Cairoli, the Italian star put in a brave performance today riding with a broken hand. Tony said on the heels of race two, ‰ÛÏThe first moto was the hardest of my career, the track was so bumpy and rutty and I could hardly hold on to my bike but it was good for the championship.‰Û
Honda Gariboldi‰Ûªs Tim Gajser mastered the slip and slide circuit at a very slick and treacherous Maggiora to take the win in the MX2 class.

The Slovenian had the balance between attack and respect dialed on the chewed up track, which saw him awarded with the grand prix victory.

‰ÛÏI had a couple of bad weeks where I was crashing and not riding so well but then everything changed and I‰Ûªm back at the front again. It was great to win another GP.‰Û
Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe‰Ûªs Jeremy Seewer is one rider who always has his head screwed on. He doesn‰Ûªt take a lot of risks yet is extremely talented. His smooth and smart riding style landed him on the third step of the podium for the second time in his MX2 career.

‰ÛÏI am happy to get my second ever podium today, the track was really difficult with the weather, so the start was actually the key. I got two really good starts and two really good finishes, so I am really happy and I‰Ûªm already looking forward to the next GP‰Ûªs.‰Û
MXGP Overall Top Ten:
1. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 40 points
2. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, SUZ), 37 points
3. Todd Waters (AUS, HUS), 36 points
4. David Philippaerts (ITA, YAM), 36 points
5. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 32 points
6. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 31 points
7. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 28 points
8. Gautier Paulin (FRA, HON), 27 points
9. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 23 points
10. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), 22 points

MXGP Championship Top Ten:
1. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 360 points
2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 330 points
3. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 322 points
4. Clement Desalle (BEL, SUZ), 291 points
5. Gautier Paulin (FRA, HON), 279 points
6. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 270 points
7. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 200 points
8. Todd Waters (AUS, HUS), 174 points
9. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 158 points
10. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), 155 points
MX2 Overall Top Ten:
1. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 42 points
2. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 40 points
3. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, SUZ), 38 points
4. Aleksandr Tonkov (RUS, HUS), 38 points
5. Brent Van doninck (BEL, YAM), 30 points
6. Max Anstie (GBR, KAW), 27 points
7. Julien Lieber (BEL, YAM), 25 points
8. Petar Petrov (BUL, KAW), 24 points
9. Benoit Paturel (FRA, YAM), 22 points
10. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), 22 points

MX2 Championship Top Ten:
1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 398 points
2. Valentin Guillod (SUI, YAM), 259 points
3. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 259 points
4. Aleksandr Tonkov (RUS, HUS), 256 points
5. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 251 points
6. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KAW), 251 points
7. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, SUZ), 246 points
8. Max Anstie (GBR, KAW), 210 points
9. Julien Lieber (BEL, YAM), 209 points
10. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, KAW), 205 points

Top Image: Romain Febvre on his way to his second straight MXGP Round win


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