Romain Febvre goes 1-1 for the MXGP win at the GP of Lombardia. Max Anstie wins MX2.
Yamaha Factory Racing Yamalube’s Romain Febvre of France continued his march toward his first career FIM Motocross World Championship title at the GP of Lopmbardia in Italy, Sunday, winning both motos to earn his sixth FIM Motocross World Championship MXGP victory of 2015.
The 23=year-old Febvre qualified third fastest during Saturday’s qualification heat after falling down on the rough, sandy Mantova circuit on the second lap, but he got off to a good start in the first MXGP moto on Sunday and ran in the top five before moving up to challenge Team HRC Honda’s Evegeny Bobryshev of Russia for the race lead. In the second MXGP moto, took the lead on the opening lap and built a 10-second advantage throughout the race to earn his 11th MXGP moto win in the last 17 and claim his third clean sweep of the year.
“It was a really good weekend and started from Saturday when I saw that I had the speed” Febvre said. “My starts were not great today, but I managed to pass and lead both motos. I’m really happy to be back on top of the box. We are getting close now to the end [of the season], and the title can be won next weekend. We will see. I think next weekend will be even sandier, and it will be easy to make a mistake. We need to stay on two wheels and keep pushing. I’m happy that Jeremy is back on the podium and for sure it is good for the team, for Yamaha and all the crew. We’ve all worked hard.”
Febvre now leads the MXGP World Championship standings by 101 points, and if he can maintain that lead or add to it next weekend at the GP of Assen in the Netherlands, he will clinch the first premier class World Championship Motocross title for Yamaha two rounds before the end of the season. It would also be Yamaha’s first MXGP class title since 2009.
Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki’s Max Anstie overcame clutch issues and a small crash in race one to dominate both races for his clean sweep and third MX2 win of the season. The result also vaulted him from seventh place to third place in the MX2 championship points standings, in which the title is still up for grabs among multiple riders.
One of them, Honda Gariboldi’s Tim Gajser had a rough day during Saturday qualifying, but he put together solid 3-2 moto performances to finish second overall on Sunday, tying in points with the series championship leader Pauls Jonass, who went 2-3 for third overall on his Red Bull KTM. Jonass still holds a four-point lead over Gasjer, 475-471, in the overall standings.
Kemea Yamaha Yamalube’s Benoit Paturel finished fourth. The reserve rider for Team France in the upcoming Motocross of Nations, Paturel trained with Romain Febvre and Gautier Paulin during the two-week break, and it showed as he put together 6-4 moto finishes. Meanwhile, it was another tough day for Standing Construct Yamaha Yamalube’s Valentin Guillod, who crashed multiple times during the motos but managed to net a top-five overall finish to remain in contention for the MX2 title.
The Grand Prix of the Netherlands is scheduled to take place at the legendary Assen road racing circuit August 30.
2015 FIM Motocross World Championship
Citta’ di Mantova
Results: August 23, 2016 (Round 15 of of 18)
1. Romain Febvre (FRA)-Yam/101
2. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL)-Yam/3-2
3. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS)-Hon/2-4
4. Shaun Simpson (GBR)-KTM/5-3
5. Gautier Paulin (FRA)-Hon/4-6
6. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED)-Suz/6-5
7. Dean Ferris (AUS)-Hus/7-8
8. Max Nagl (GER)-Hus/8-10
9. Tyla Rattray (RSA)-Kaw/10-9
10. Todd Waters (AUS)-Hus/9-11
FIM MXGP Championship Points Standings (After 14 of 18 rounds)
1. Romain Febvre-597
2. Gautier Paulin-496
3. Evgeny Bobryshev-463
4. Antonio Cairoli-416
5. Shaun Simpson-392
6. Max Nagl-384
7. Jeremy Van Horebeek-366
8. Clement Desalle-331
9. Glenn Coldenhoff-321
10. Todd Waters-300
1. Max Anstie (GBR)-Kaw/1-1
2. Tim Gajser (SLO)-Hon/3-2
3. Pauls Jonass (LAT)-KTM/2-3
4. Benoit Paturel (FRA)-Yam/6-4
5. Valentin Guillod (SUI)-Yam 4-14
6. Brent Van doninck (BEL)-Yam 11-8
7. Petar Petrov (BUL)-Kaw/7-12
8. Henry Jacobi (GER)-KTM/13-9
9. Damon Graulus (BEL)-Yam/5-17
10. Adam Sterry (GBR)-KTM/10-13
FIM MX2 Championship Points Standings (After 14 of 18 rounds)
1. Pauls Jonass-475
2. Tim Gajser-471
3. Max Anstie-437
4. Valentin Guillod-433
5. Jeffrey Herlings-423
6. Jeremy Seewer-409
7. Jordi Tixier-393
8. Julien Lieber-356
9. Benoit Paturel-292
10. Petar Petrov-285