Heated Results for Febvre & Tonus in Italy
On a rough sand circuit and in exceedingly hot and humid conditions, the eleventh round of the FIM Motocross World Championship at Ottobiano saw Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing's Romain Febvre post his best grand prix finish this season, fourth. Wilvo Yamaha Official MXGP's Arnaud Tonus also withstood the sweltering heat as he battled back from two crashes for eighth overall.
Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing's Romain Febvre continued his steady climb up the ranks at the tight and compact sand circuit of Ottobiano - which hosted its first ever round of world championship racing this weekend. The Frenchman's hunger and motivation was undeniable as he carved his way from outside the top ten to eventually pass the defending world champion, Tim Gajser, for fourth place in the opening race of day.
After a promising start to proceedings, a podium finish was hopeful although it was always going to be a challenge with mediocre starts being his downfall. An average start in the final race of the day was detrimental to his result, especially since Ottobiano embodies a loathed 180 degree first-turn. After banging bars with an abundance of riders on the first lap of Race 2, he had to dig deep. As expected, he did, and his 'never give up' attitude rewarded him with sixth place, and fourth overall for the grand Prix.
The Wilvo Yamaha Official MXGP team had a heartbreaking start to the weekend with Shaun Simpson's return to racing being limited to 18-Laps. The likeable Scot was the unlucky victim of a first turn crash in the Qualifying Race, which resulted in a broken arm.
Simpson returned to Belgium yesterday evening, and had an operation on his left arm this morning. He is in good spirits and sent a message to his team saying, "I'll come back stronger, one team, one goal." His return is yet to be decided and more information will be released when available.
Flying the flag for the Wilvo squad, YZ450F mounted Arnaud Tonus had lap-times that proved he means business. The Swiss talent ran a torrid pace in both races but was set back by crashes. Despite the adversity, he handled the conditions with the same speed and style he is so well known for and managed to rebound for two top ten finishes, 9-8, for eighth overall.
The next round of the FIM Motocross World Championship will kick off in six days' time - July 1st & 2nd - at a returning venue, Agueda, Portugal.
4th GP Overall, 6th MXGP Championship Standings
"It was ok. My speed was good, in the first race my start was bad, I was outside the top 15 and then I came back to fourth. So the speed was good and I made some good passes. In the second race I came from tenth back to sixth. It was a tough race, but I am happy. I hope next weekend will be an even better result."
6th GP Overall, 10th MXGP Championship Standings
"I felt pretty good today. It was quite challenging because of the weather and I crashed in both races, but I came back strong and I know the speed is there. Yeah, the result is not what I want, but like I said, my speed is ok. I just need some better luck."