Febvre Celebrates From the Second Step of the Podium in Switzerland
The sixteenth round of the FIM Motocross World Championship in Frauenfeld-Gachnang, Switzerland brought joy to Romain Febvre and the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team with the Frenchman celebrating two fantastic races from the second step of the podium. Wilvo Yamaha Official MXGP's duo of Shaun Simpson and Jeremy Seewer made up the top-ten in the Grand Prix overall classification, while Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP's Jeremy Van Horebeek had a challenging weekend for fifteenth-place.
Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP's Romain Febvre knows the importance of getting out of the gate in quickly, and after working hard on his starts over the one-weekend break it was well worth the time and effort invested as he almost took the holeshot onboard his YZ450FM in the opening race of the weekend.
While he fronted the field going into turn-one, the championship leader Jeffrey Herlings was able to run the '461' wide at turn-two and that allowed for Clement Desalle take claim of second-place. The twenty-six-year-old knuckled down and put chase to Desalle but was unable to get close enough to challenge for second position.
Febvre took home a third-place finish in the opening race, while Wilvo Yamaha Official MXGP's hometown hero Jeremy Seewer bought the Swiss fans to their feet with a hard charge for fifth. It was his fourth top-five race finish this season.
Wilvo Yamaha Official MXGP's Shaun Simpson has had a year that has been plagued by injuries and misfortune. The Scot is confident he can make a return to the top-ten and proved his promise with a powerful surge forward from fifteenth place and up into ninth in race-one.
In the final race of the weekend, Febvre was dynamite off the gate once again and wasted no-time in pushing past Julien Lieber to take over second-place on the first lap before engaging in one of the most breath-taking battles of the 2018 season with Jeffrey Herlings and his main rival in the battle for third place in the MXGP Championship Standings, Clement Desalle.
Finishing the 17-lap race behind a rampant Herlings, Febvre received a tumultuous applause as he crossed the finish line in second-place, which was enough for a season best Grand Prix finish, second overall. Following this weekends result, he has gained one position in the MXGP Championship Classification and is now fourth-place.
Meanwhile, Seewer had the fans out of their seats as he stormed forward from outside of the top-ten and up into seventh-place before a small technical issue saw him drop outside of the top-twenty and the points, on lap-five. His teammate Simpson inherited the position and flew the flag high for the Wilvo Yamaha team as he drove home another ninth place finish for ninth overall.
Seewer refused to give up despite the issue, and somehow managed to claw back to sixteenth place which was enough for tenth overall.
Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP's Jeremy Van Horebeek's day was almost a carbon copy of his Qualifying Race right here in Frauenfeld-Gachnang last year. The Belgian went down at turn one in both races and on a track that has the entire field running a similar pace; it was difficult to fight forward, especially since he was feeling under the weather. After digging deep for 30-minutes plus two-laps, the number '89' managed to salvaged a small amount of points with a sixteenth place finish in race-one and thirteenth place in race-two. He was fifteenth-place in the Grand Prix classification.
The next round of the FIM Motocross World Championship will take place next weekend, August 26th, in Sevlievo, Bulgaria.
2nd MXGP Overall, 4th MXGP Championship Standings
"I'm really happy with this weekend. Since Lommel, and before as well we have been working on the start, so I was really happy to start inside the top-three in both races today. It is much easier to start up front in this class. This weekend I felt I had the speed. I felt good and fast all weekend so it is good that I was able to finish on the podium as that is the goal every weekend."
9th MXGP Overall, 16th MXGP Championship Standings
"After a disappointing qualifying race, I got up this morning, regrouped and made some small changes to the bike. I felt good in warm-up. Today I came from outside the top-ten to ninth, and I really feel like I have done myself justice today with two top-ten finishes. I am definitely happy with how this weekend went, and looking forward to next week."
10th MXGP Overall, 8th MXGP Championship Standings
"I had a lot of fun this weekend racing in front of the Swiss fans. It's always something special and an amazing feeling. I like this track; I had good speed and felt good on it all weekend. Even in the second race, I was riding solid. I came back from way back in the field and up into seventh-place before I had an issue with the bike. It was really disappointing to finish the weekend this way, but it's motocross and these things happen. I just wish I could have finished inside the top-five because I knew I had the speed to do it today. I just need to focus on the positives and look forward to the next GP in Bulgaria."
Jeremy Van Horebeek
15th MXGP Overall, 9th MXGP Championship Standings
"I had a tough weekend. I am sick at the moment and then I crashed in turn-one in both races and that made it really hard for me. I just did what I can do this weekend."