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Third Straight Win For Romain Febvre Snares MXGP Red Plate

Tim Gajser Wins MX2 As Jeffery Herlings Hits The Operating Table

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Yamaha Factory Racing Yamalube‰Ûªs Romain Febvre‰Ûªs superb form in the 2015 MXGP Motocross World Championship continued across the deceptive and punishing hard-pack of Teutschenthal overnight as the Frenchman rode to his third win in row.

With the ‰Û÷red plate‰Ûª as series leader by nine points over Max Nagl ‰Û÷461‰Ûª is now firmly in the hunt for the MXGP title in his rookie season in the class and his maiden term with the works YZ450FM. Team-mate Jeremy Van Horebeek was fourth overall and tied for the last step of the podium.

The Talkessel turns and combination of step-up and step-down jumps once more threaded through a narrow trajectory where premier class athlete were firmly on the gas and similar lap-times meant overtaking and position swapping often depended on mistakes among the group.

32,000 spectators enjoyed a warmer climate compared to the cold wind of Saturday for practice and qualification and MXGP rattled into the second half of the eighteen round campaign with an exciting second moto where rostrum positions were not decided until the last lap.
Dean Ferris showed strong form leading both races - Credit:
Febvre had taken a strong second position on Saturday during the Qualification Heat ‰ÛÒ just one place in front of Jeremy Van Horebeek ‰ÛÒ and used the power of the YZ450FM to slot straight behind Dean Ferris at the start of the first moto.

Febvre hounded the Australian until he took control on lap two and then tried to minimise his errors while maintaining the pace and distance over Evgeny Bobryshev. With the chequered flag Romain celebrated another win for the fourth round in a row.

After the break and the second MX2 outing Febvre was part of a front-running trio that included Dean Ferris and Gautier Paulin. Once into second place ‰ÛÒ thus a ranking sufficient for the overall win ‰ÛÒ Febvre tried to pass his countryman but a dislodged goggle lens impeded his progress and he eased-off to confirm second spot and another overall triumph.

‰ÛÏHaving the red plate is really nice but this is the tenth GP and there are still sixteen motos to go." Febvre calmly said. "There is something like four hundred points still up for distribution so we need to keep consistent.

"Dean was difficult to pass today and in the second moto we had a nice battle with Gautier but I knew I needed second to win the GP so I made sure of that until the end.

"We had a lot of crashes this weekend and this is not only because of the riders but the track preparation. They put too much water on the track before our race. We need to take risks for nothing. We have the red plate, but there are eight GPs to go and anything can happen‰Û_like we saw this weekend.‰Û
Gautier Paulin put his HRC Honda on the to the second step of the podium with a second moto win - Credit: Honda
Gautier Paulin made his way back onto the again in Germany with a fantastic performance that saw him finish third in the opening race and take a race victory in the second.

‰ÛÏIt‰Ûªs great to be back on the podium again, and when I can ride like this I really enjoy the feeling on the bike." Paulin said. "It‰Ûªs very positive to have made a good job today.

"In the second moto the track was much better, and we did a really good job with Team HRC and Honda and I feel really good now on the bike. In the first moto I made a few mistakes and couldn‰Ûªt do better than third, but then in the second moto I had a really good battle with Romain to keep the lead, so today has just been fun.‰Û
Kevin Strijbos rounded out the podium
Australia's Dean Ferris after leading both races finished the day in a very strong 6th position, followed by Shaun Simpson and Christophe Charlier in 7th and 8th.

Red Bull KTM's Antonio Cairoli kept himself in the championship hunt, finishing the day 9th despite riding with a broken arm, while Gelnn Coldenhoff rounded out the top ten.

Australia's Todd Waters finished the day in 12th position after crashing with Cairoli in the opening moto.

Febvre, now holds a 9 point championship lead over the injured Max Nagl, with Cairoli a further eight points back despite his injuries.
Tim Gajser won the MX2 class and moved into second place in the championship standings - Credit: MXGP.com
Honda Gariboldi‰Ûªs Tim Gajser has moved into second place in the MX2 championshp standings after winning his third MX2 round over night.

The win combined with a double DNF from Jeffrey Herlings has moved Gajser to 100 points behind the championship leader.

Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki‰Ûªs Max Anstie‰Ûªs incredible skill base helped him land on the podium for the first time this year with his first race win of the year in the final moto.

After a couple of rough grand prix‰Ûª Standing Construct Yamaha Yamalube‰Ûªs Valentin Guillod is on the bounce back. Guillod was throwing down some of the fastest lap times of the weekend and was a good bet for the win.

Unfortunately the chances of his third grand prix victory diminished when he nailed the gate in race two and had to start from the back of the pack.

Meanwhile Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team‰Ûªs Jordi Tixier also smashed the gate and went down in the final race. Like Guillod, the defending champ put in a remarkable performance, which was also combined with a small crash.
Jeffery Herlings crashed on the opening lap and will underwent surgery on a broken collarbone - Credit: R.Archer
Nevertheless he managed to take home fourth overall ahead of Standing Construct Yamaha Yamalube‰Ûªs Julien Lieber who put a wrap on his first top five finish since his amazing second step performance at the season opener in Qatar.

Championship leader Red Bull KTM Factory Racing‰Ûªs Jeffrey Herlings clipped his handle bar on the top of a jump while throwing a massive scrub out of turn one in the opening race. It has been confirmed that he has sustained a broken collarbone and is already on the operating table to have it plated.

Like Herlings Wilvo Nestaan Husqvarna Factory Racing‰Ûªs Aleksandr Tonkov also had a big get off and went to hospital with a suspected broken collar-bone or shoulder.
MXGP Podium
MXGP Overall Top Ten:
1. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 47 points
2. Gautier Paulin (FRA, HON), 45 points
3. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, SUZ), 36 points
4. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 36 points
5. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 36 points
6. Dean Ferris (AUS, HUS), 30 points
7. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 27 points
8. Christophe Charlier (FRA, HON), 24 points
9. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 22 points
10. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, SUZ), 21 points

MXGP Championship Top Ten:
1. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 369 points
2. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 360 points
3. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 352 points
4. Gautier Paulin (FRA, HON), 324 points
5. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 306 points
6. Clement Desalle (BEL, SUZ), 291 points
7. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 227 points
8. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 194 points
9. Todd Waters (AUS, HUS), 192 points
10. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, SUZ), 169 points
Romain Febvre is the new MXGP points leader - Credit: Yamaha
MX2 Overall Top Ten:
1. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 47 points
2. Max Anstie (GBR, KAW), 38 points
3. Valentin Guillod (SUI, YAM), 38 points
4. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KAW), 35 points
5. Julien Lieber (BEL, YAM), 34 points
6. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, SUZ), 29 points
7. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 29 points
8. Benoit Paturel (FRA, YAM), 27 points
9. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), 22 points
10. Henry Jacobi (GER, KTM), 22 points

MX2 Championship Top Ten:
1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 398 points
2. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 298 points
3. Valentin Guillod (SUI, YAM), 297 points
4. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 288 points
5. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KAW), 286 points
6. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, SUZ), 275 points
7. Aleksandr Tonkov (RUS, HUS), 256 points
8. Max Anstie (GBR, KAW), 248 points
9. Julien Lieber (BEL, YAM), 243 points
10. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, KAW), 205 points

Top Image: Romain Febvre

Credit: Yamaha

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