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Febvre Wins Home GP

FIM MX World Champs 2016

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MXGP Highlights

Monster Energy Yamaha rider Romain Febvre put in a brilliant performance to go 2-1 and win his home Grand Prix today. The Frenchman showed amazing speed as he and red plate owner and MX2 world champion Tim Gajser battled all weekend long.

“I am so happy,” Febvre said. “It’s a long time I didn’t win and to win in France. It is nice to be on the top step of the podium. I had pain from Spain, but I am so happy to win a GP a week later

In both motos they left their competition miles back, and with Antonio Cairoli struggling somewhat after a crash in the second moto, and going 3-7 he is now 60 points behind in third place.

Gajser rode a brilliant opening moto to win with just a bike length seperating himself and Febvre, it was one of the best battles of this year.

“It was unbelievable racing,” Gajser said. “Nice racing, clean racing and the public was unbelievable, you could heard them all the way around the circuit. I am so happy with the result. I was waiting at the start and didn’t go straight away. I hope the second moto is the same as this one.”

Cairoli took the holeshot of moto one, but Febvre just burst past him to take the lead after 300 metres. Gajser was fourth, and also looking strong.

Cairoli is right on Febvre though and clearly doesn’t want Febvre to get away, and Gajser moved into third place. Top three in the championship top three in this race.

Febvre turned it up a notch and move two seconds away from Cairoli, and Gajser was all over the Italian, clearly faster, but can’t get around him.

Cairoli and Gajser are doing their best to keep with Febvre and have made a break on Bobryshev who is fourth. Van Horebeek was fifth, and Coldenhoff, Guillod and Desalle fight over sixth place. Nagl, Tixier, Butron and Charlier came next.

Gajser made a brilliant pass on Cairoli and also clocked the quickest lap of his race. Gajser is closing on Febvre quickly and drops Cairoli quickly.

Gajser was all over Febvre and went for a pass and Gajser made a brilliant pass to fly past the Frenchman. Febvre tried to fight back, but once in front Gajser quickly pulled away to give him no hope.

Febvre though found some extra speed and closed back up on Gajser and as they started lapping riders the distance between the two got even closer. Cairoli was 13 seconds back.

The last two laps and Gajser and Febvre continue to push hard and a mistake seem imminent as they rode much quicker than the other MXGP riders.

Gajser ran slightly off the track, but kept the lead and lapped riders were causing all sorts of problems for the two leaders. Febvre right on the back wheel of Gajser.  Febvre seemed gutted that he didn’t get the win.

Gajser and Febvre nearly collide in the first corner of the second moto, as they were first and second and Cairoli crashes in the opening corner. A disaster for the former world champion as his season goes from bad to worse.

Once again Gajser and Febvre got into a battle for the lead and they completely dropped the competition. Febvre dived up the inside of Gajser as he made a small mistake. Cairoli who was in 29th at the start of the second lap moved to 13th in a brilliant charge.

While the two front runners kept pulling away from third place Bobryshev, who was 30 seconds back, Cairoli struggled to move closer to the top ten, in fact on lap 14 he remained in 12 position.

Febvre got the moto and GP win, Gajser was second in the moto and second in the overall and the rider who was also in contention for the MXGP series lead, Antonio Cairoli went 3-7, losing valuable points on the two front runners.

MXGP – Overall Classification

1 461 Febvre, Romain FRA FFM YAM 22 25 47
2 243 Gajser, Tim SLO AMZS HON 25 22 47
3 777 Bobryshev, Evgeny RUS MUL HON 18 20 38
4 222 Cairoli, Antonio ITA FMI KTM 20 14 34
5 25 Desalle, Clement BEL FMB KAW 13 18 31
6 259 Coldenhoff, Glenn NED KNMV KTM 12 16 28
7 92 Guillod, Valentin SUI FMS YAM 15 13 28
8 12 Nagl, Maximilian GER DMSB HUS 14 11 25
9 911 Tixier, Jordi FRA FFM KAW 11 10 21
10 149 Ullrich, Dennis GER DMSB KTM 4 15 19
11 89 Van Horebeek, Jeremy BEL FMB YAM 16 3 19
12 17 Butron, Jose ESP RFME KTM 9 9 18
13 23 Charlier, Christophe FRA FFM HUS 10 7 17
14 100 Searle, Tommy GBR ACU KAW 0 12 12
15 32 Potisek, Milko FRA FFM YAM 3 8 11
16 45 Nicholls, Jake GBR ACU HUS 8 0 8
17 71 Graulus, Damon BEL FMB HON 7 0 7
18 903 Aubin, Nicolas FRA FFM SUZ 0 6 6
19 121 Boog, Xavier FRA FFM KAW 6 0 6
20 999 Goncalves, Rui POR FMP HUS 0 5 5

MXGP – Championship Points

1 243 Gajser, Tim SLO HON 432
2 461 Febvre, Romain FRA YAM 408
3 222 Cairoli, A. ITA KTM 372
4 12 Nagl, M. GER HUS 342
5 777 Bobryshev, E. RUS HON 333
6 89 Van Horebeek, J. BEL YAM 293
7 24 Simpson, Shaun GBR KTM 210
8 92 Guillod, V. SUI YAM 208
9 22 Strijbos, K. BEL SUZ 204
10 259 Coldenhoff, G. NED KTM 184
11 100 Searle, Tommy GBR KAW 162
12 23 Charlier, C. FRA HUS 159
13 25 Desalle, C. BEL KAW 148
14 17 Butron, Jose ESP KTM 130
15 8 Townley, Ben NZL SUZ 119

Herlings takes 57th GP

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Red Bull KTM Factory rider Jeffrey Herlings climbed a little closer to his third world motocross championship and picked up his 10th GP win of the season, and his 57th Grand Prix victory in his career, to move into third place in the all-time GP winners list along with Joel Smets. Only Stefan Everts with 101 GP wins and Antonio Cairoli with 76 GP wins are ahead of him.

“It hasn’t been easy,” Herlings said. “Somebody cut my off at the start (of the second moto) pretty bad and I got hit by some rocks coming through, and that was pretty painful. To equal the same number of GP wins as Joel Smets, and it is also my fathers 60th birthday today, so it’s a nice day to get the 57th win. I came back from bad starts and on a track like this that is pretty special. I try to be a champion, and going crazy at the start of races has cost me and I made mistakes. It was tough because I was 15th and got first and I couldn’t have done it without the KTM team.”

Herlings won the opening moto of the Grand Prix of France. Herlings played it smart on a circuit that had a lot of water put down before the start of the MX2 moto.

“They overwatered the track again, so I took my time. I shut off the throttle in the start and two guys got past me. I didn’t want to take risks and hopefully in the second moto the track is dryer and I can get on top.”

Ferrandis crashed on the first corner, and Seewer took a brilliant start to lead from Paturel and Herlings.Seewer and Paturel quickly made a break from Herlings and on lap two Paturel took the lead with the massive crowd screaming their approval.

After two laps Ferrandis had already worked his way into 16th place. The top ten was Paturel, Seewer, Herlings, Tonkov, Jonass, Bernardini, Mewse, Zaragoza, Justs, and Brylyakov.

After six laps Paturel held a five second lead over Seewer and Herlings was a further two seconds back. Ferrandis was up to ninth place.

Ferrandis moved past Mewse, moving into seventh, and while Herlings had caught Seewer, the distance to Paturel was still nine seconds.

On lap nine Herlings went past Seewer and set out after Paturel, who was clocking the quickest lap times of the moto.

With three laps to go Herlings started closing on Paturel at an alarming rate as he clocked the quickest lap of the race. Suddenly Herling was onto the leader and the French crowd started going crazy.

Herlings tried to pass Paturel, but the Frenchman blocked him, then two corners later the Dutchman went past in the inside to take the lead. Very smart riding by Herlings.

Herlings wins it from Paturel, Seewer, Tonkov and Jonass. Ferrandis got up to sixth place.

Seewer led the second MX2 moto from Anstie, Paturel, Jonass, Bogers, Justs, Covington, Tonkov, Herlings, and Cervellin in 10th. Ferrandis was back in 18th place.

The top three were in a nice battle for the lead, and Herlings up to sixth spot after two laps. Tonkov and Justs went down together and dropped back.

Anstie takes the lead on lap three, and Paturel also went past Seewer, but Herlings was closing fast in fourth place after he had passed Jonass.

Paturel passed Anstie, but Anstie passed to retake the lead. Paturel and Anstie swapped the lead and Seewer was all over them as well. Herlings then arrive on the scene and started putting pressure on the top three.

Seewer goes into second and Herlings goes past Paturel and soon after passes both Seewer and Anstie for the lead.

Herlings extended his lead to two seconds over Anstie, with Seewer in third, and followed by Paturel, Jonass, Bogers, Ferrandis, Petrov, Bernardini, Brylyakov in 10th.

Herlings wins from Anstie and Paturel.

MX2 – GP Classification

1 84 Herlings, Jeffrey NED KNMV KTM 25 25 50
2 6 Paturel, Benoit FRA FFM YAM 22 20 42
3 91 Seewer, Jeremy SUI FMS SUZ 20 18 38
4 41 Jonass, Pauls LAT LAMSF KTM 16 16 32
5 4 Ferrandis, Dylan FRA FFM KAW 15 14 29
6 59 Tonkov, Aleksandr RUS KNMV YAM 18 11 29
7 189 Bogers, Brian NED KNMV KTM 12 15 27
8 321 Bernardini, Samuele ITA FMI TM 14 10 24
9 99 Anstie, Max GBR ACU HUS 0 22 22
10 152 Petrov, Petar BUL QMMF KAW 7 13 20

MX2 – World Championship Classification

1 84 Herlings, J. NED KTM 497
2 91 Seewer, Jeremy SUI SUZ 363
3 41 Jonass, Pauls LAT KTM 332
4 6 Paturel, B. FRA YAM 293
5 59 Tonkov, A. RUS YAM 269
6 152 Petrov, Petar BUL KAW 230
7 4 Ferrandis, D. FRA KAW 229
8 321 Bernardini, S. ITA TM 228
9 99 Anstie, Max GBR HUS 227
10 18 Brylyakov, V. RUS KAW 209
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