Febvre and Covington Enjoy Mexican Success


2015 FIM Motocross World Champion Romain Febvre has continued on his winning way, adding the Grand Prix of Mexico to his yearly scorecard.

By Hayden Gregory


The victory marked Febvre’s 14th race win for the season including 12 consecutive podiums and seven grand prix overall’s. The statistics continue to add up for the Yamaha rider who made easy work of the muddy track for a perfect 50 point score; his fourth of the season.

It’s never easy but this one was really good, I enjoyed the track”, Febvre said. “This morning it was really muddy but the second race the track was perfect and I had a lot of fun.”

Hitachi Construction Machinery Revo KTM’s Shaun Simpson was able to finish with two second placings following consistent and mature rides. The Great Britain rider currently sits in fourth place with one round left to race.

The track in the second race was how every grand prix should be. There were a lot of lines to pass and I didn’t feel stressed, I felt smooth and comfortable. Overall it’s just nice to show I can run up front and I can be on the podium and show good speed, not only in the sand,” Simpson said.

Simpson sits 58 points behind third placed Evgeny Bobryshev meaning he will not be able to contend for the overall championship podium in Glen Helen with only 50 points up for grabs. The battle will continue between Bobryshev and Frenchman Gautier Paulin to decide the remaining two podium places. Paulin currently holds onto a 27 point buffer.

Australian riders Dean Ferris (6-10) and Todd Waters (11-11) finished in eighth and eleventh places respectively. Waters is currently positioned ninth overall in the championship.

The MX2 saw a new round victor in Thomas Covington. The Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team member produced a brilliant result with a fourth place finish in moto one before taking out the chequered flag in moto two.

Championship leader Tim Gajser recovered from a first race crash to finish with a (5-2) result. Gajser’s hold on the championship lead looked to be under enormous pressure following victory in moto one by second placed Pauls Jonass. The Red Bull KTM rider gained 9 points on Gajser and was looking like a man on a mission before a horrific second race crash saw him drop a number of places. Jonass can count himself lucky he walked away from the crash unharmed.

With one round remaining the MX2 will make for an exciting spectacle in Glen Helen. Less than 20 points separates Gajser and Jonass while Max Anstie will look to cement his third placing.


MXGP Overall Top Ten

Romain Febvre (FRA) 50
Shaun Simpson (GBR) 44
Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS) 40
Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL) 32
Glenn Coldenhoff (NED) 32
Gautier Paulin (FRA) 30
Maximilian Nagl (GER) 28
Dean Ferris (AUS) 26
Tyla Rattray (RSA) 25
Jose Butron (ESP) 25

MXGP Championship Top Ten

Romain Febvre (FRA) 688
Gautier Paulin (FRA) 566
Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS) 539
Shaun Simpson (GBR) 481
Maximilian Nagl (GER) 442
Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL) 426
Antonio Cairoli (ITA) 416
Glenn Coldenhoff (NED) 393
Todd Waters (AUS) 344
Clement Desalle (BEL) 331


MX2 Overall Top Ten

Thomas Covington (USA) 43
Tim Gajser (SLO) 38
Benoit Paturel (FRA) 36
Pauls Jonass (LAT) 33
Max Anstie (GBR) 32
Valentin Guillod (SUI) 29
Calvin Vlaanderen (NED) 29
Harri Kullas (FIN) 28
Julien Lieber (BEL) 27
Jeremy Seewer (SUI) 27


MX2 Championship Top Ten

Tim Gajser (SLO) 556
Pauls Jonass (LAT) 538
Max Anstie (GBR) 506
Valentin Guillod (SUI) 475
Jeremy Seewer (SUI) 467
Jeffrey Herlings (NED) 423
Julien Lieber (BEL) 418
Jordi Tixier (FRA) 393
Benoit Paturel (FRA) 356
Petar Petrov (BUL 304


Damien Ashenhurst
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