Febvre celebrates seventh Grand Prix victory with dominance in Mexico

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MXGPRace Report - 14/09/2015
Febvre celebrates seventh Grand Prix victory with dominance in Mexico

MXGP World Champion Romain Febvre used his works Yamaha Factory Racing YZ450FM to plough through muddy conditions and score his seventh victory (and fourth double) at Leon for the Grand Prix of Mexico and the second-to-last round of the 2015 FIM Motocross World Championship. 32,000 spectators braved the largely wet and slippery circuit in the Parque Metropolitano as thunderstorms and heavy rain threatened a washout.
On a drier and warmer Saturday Febvre made good use of recent tests in the wake of his fantastic title success at Assen to blast to his third Pole Position of the season with a commanding performance across the fast hard-pack. Teammate Jeremy Van Horebeek was unlucky to suffer a fall on the first lap that meant he needed to charge through the diminished pack (the entry list hindered by injury) to eighth.
The terrain and playing field changed entirely after Saturday evening's weather reversal. First into the gate Febvre knew he had to ride a smart race even if it wasn't the quickest. The new No.1 unveiled a performance of both virtues. In second place on the first lap he chased Glenn Coldenhoff until the Dutchman made a mistake and crashed. Enjoying the challenge of the track he then pulled away from Shaun Simpson to win by more than forty-five seconds: it was his thirteenth moto chequered flag of the year. Van Horebeek didn't make the best getaway and endured to seventh position.
Sunshine did its best to dry the track for the second moto and the depth of the wet mud meant that the course carved into an attackable plethora of lines and ruts. Febvre again gated well and nestled into second place behind Gautier Paulin. On lap two he overtook his countryman and Motocross of Nations teammate to again pull away to triumph comfortably. The race saw a more effective Jeremy Van Horebeek with the Belgian part of a five-rider tussle for second place. The former championship runner-up started in third position and ended the moto in fourth for an improved feeling and fourth overall.
'461' is number one thanks to his unbreakable margin in the points. He has now accumulated 688 due to his twelve consecutive podium finishes and seven victories. Van Horebeek hovers in sixth with a sixteen point gap to Max Nagl in fifth.
DP19 Yamaha Racing's David Philippaerts was not present in Mexico as the Italian has undergone an operation on his right elbow. Yamaha will now move north and west across the continent to the United States and California where the revered Glen Helen circuit will host its third U.S. Grand Prix this century and bring the 2015 series to a close.

Romain Febvre
1st and 1st for 1st overall. Championship position: 1st
"I am so happy to win both motos here. I felt good all weekend on this track even if this morning it was really muddy. I enjoyed it. We had some time off after Assen and we did some tests and made some improvements on our starts so that's a really good point [from today]. We are already working for next year because the championship is already won. We can try different things and even if they are not working then it is not so bad; for sure this weekend it worked very well. The first race was muddy and it stuck to the bike a lot. The second moto was like how a track should be - many lines - and I enjoyed it."

Jeremy Van Horebeek
7th and 4th for 4th overall. Championship position: 6th
"Much better second moto…but I am still struggling with the starts. I was lucky in the second moto because Simpson went straight-on around the first turn and I cut behind everybody. So my starts are still a weak point and everybody can see that when I get away with the leaders I can stay there. I lost a position to fourth but I had run out of tear-offs. Overall I'm not happy about the weekend. I don't know what to say. I know I can do it [product the results] and people can see it, but the package is not coming together at the moment. We'll keep going and the season is almost done. We'll have a break and then full-focus on 2016."

2015 MXGP Mexico
Leon 14/09/2015
race I
1Romain FebvreYamahaFRA36'35.450
2Shaun SimpsonKTMGBR0'45.231
3Evgeny BobryshevHondaRUS1'14.599
4Gautier PaulinHondaFRA1'22.649
5Glenn ColdenhoffSuzukiNLD1'26.466
6Dean FerrisHusqvarnaAUS2'06.200
7Jeremy Van HorebeekYamahaBEL2'08.975
8Maximilian NaglHusqvarnaDE2'20.819
9Jose Antonio ButronKTMESP-1Laps
10Tyla RattrayKawasakiZAF-1Laps
11Todd WatersHusqvarnaAUS-1Laps
12Adam SterryKTMGBR-1Laps
13Kei YamamotoHondaJPN-2Laps
14Andres BenenaulaHondaECU-2Laps
15Alexis GarzaKawasakiMEX-4Laps
16Eduardo AndradeYamahaMEX-6Laps
race II
1Romain FebvreYamahaFRA35'32.826
2Shaun SimpsonKTMGBR0'02.302
3Evgeny BobryshevHondaRUS0'04.833
4Jeremy Van HorebeekYamahaBEL0'06.685
5Glenn ColdenhoffSuzukiNLD0'08.990
6Maximilian NaglHusqvarnaDE0'11.136
7Tyla RattrayKawasakiZAF0'12.221
8Jose Antonio ButronKTMESP0'13.728
9Gautier PaulinHondaFRA0'37.447
10Dean FerrisHusqvarnaAUS0'39.006
11Todd WatersHusqvarnaAUS0'40.693
12Adam SterryKTMGBR0'49.953
13Kei YamamotoHondaJPN1'39.806
14Andres BenenaulaHondaECU-1Laps
15Alexis GarzaKawasakiMEX-1Laps
17Eduardo AndradeYamahaMEX-3Laps
MXGP World Standing
Rider StandingsAfter Race 17 of 19
1.Romain FebvreYamahaFRA688
2.Gautier PaulinHondaFRA566
3.Evgeny BobryshevHondaRUS539
4.Shaun SimpsonKTMGBR481
5.Maximilian NaglHusqvarnaDE442
6.Jeremy Van HorebeekYamahaBEL426
7.Antonio CairoliKTMITA416
8.Glenn ColdenhoffSuzukiNLD393
9.Todd WatersHusqvarnaAUS344
10.Clement DesalleSuzukiBEL331
11.Kevin StrijbosSuzukiBEL287
12.Dean FerrisHusqvarnaAUS284
13.Tyla RattrayKawasakiZAF263
14.Jose Antonio ButronKTMESP217
15.David PhilippaertsYamahaITA185
16.Christophe CharlierHondaFRA183
33.Jeffrey DeWulfYamahaBEL21
37.Cedric SoubeyrasYamahaFRA15
39.Matevz IrtYamahaSVN13
43.Pier BertuzzoYamahaITA12
48.Eduardo AndradeYamahaMEX9
49.Mike VanderstraetenYamahaBEL9
52.Paul CoatesYamahaGBR7
65.Alfie SmithYamahaGBR1
69.Lewis GregoryYamahaGBR0
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Last Years Winner:
Gautier Paulin
Paturel takes landmark first Grand Prix podium finish in Mexico

The Grand Prix of Mexico brought the 2015 FIM Motocross World Championship up to the penultimate round of eighteen on the calendar and the rain-hit circuit of Leon - entertaining MXGP for the second year in a row - was the scene for Kemea Yamaha Yamalube's Benoit Paturel to plough through the mud to third place and record his first podium finish in his rookie GP term. The trophy and celebration represented the second rostrum achievement on the bounce for the Belgian team.
Poor weather before the event and then on Saturday evening after a dry practice and qualification schedule (where Lieber finished a decent second on his YZ250F) meant the Mexican terrain kept shifting in terms of the demands it forced. The high altitude of the venue - some 1800m above sea level - meant that the team already had to work on engine configuration to achieve the best power and performance.
The first moto on Sunday saw Paturel quickly find third position. The thirty minute and two lap sprint was an exercise of caution, luck and consistency. There was little action of note on the track but Paturel showed maturity to keep his YZ250F the right way up and enter the top three of a Grand Prix of the first time in his career. Elsewhere Standing Construct Yamaha's Julien Lieber was one of many fallers and retired with a technical problem. Teammate Valentin Guillod was nursing a weak right shoulder after his crash two weeks previously at the Grand Prix of the Netherlands. The Swiss had a tough time after being caught in Petar Petrov's first corner pile-up and several mistakes pushed him down to tenth position and two laps behind the leaders. Brent Van Doninck was also involved in the Petrov melee and then fell on the last lap to belatedly cross the line in ninth.
There was a gaggle of Yamahas disputing third position in the second moto. The track had dried and become quicker and more varied in line choice and options for the riders. Paturel was again in the mix but he also had a lively Lieber and Guillod for company. Eventually Lieber made third place his own (ninth overall) and was chased by the Swiss (sixth overall) and then Paturel who had enough points with fifth to walk the podium. Van Doninck (fourteenth at the end of the day) was disappointed to suffer a mechanical glitch that ended his moto prematurely.
Romain Febvre has clinched the MXGP series on his YZ450FM but the MX2 contest still has to be settled. Pauls Jonass and Tim Gajser are disputing the number one plate and Guillod can still rest in third place if he can outpoint Max Anstie by 31 at Glen Helen. '92' is eight points in front of Jeremy Seewer. Lieber is now up to seventh, Paturel in ninth and Van Doninck is twelfth, although he missed two rounds through injury.
The Monster Energy U.S. Grand Prix is the eighteenth and final appointment on the FIM slate for 2015 and will take the series into the hills around San Bernardino where the layout of Glen Helen snakes around the sharp slopes.

Benoit Paturel
3rd and 5th for 3rd overall. Championship position: 9th
"This is incredible for me. Last year I had nothing and Hans Corver and Marnicq Bervoets took me into their team. I progressed step-by-step and I'm happy about that. I have such a good sensation with this first podium and I think for every rider it feels the same. I don't really know what else to say! The team works really hard every day and they really perform. We have factory engines and I have everything I need to progress. I hope to be better for next year."

Julien Lieber
14th and 3rd for 9th overall. Championship position: 7th
"Every week I seem to have missed a podium chance! The first moto here was horrible. I had some crashes after a bad start, broke the bike and finished fourteenth. The second race was pretty good and I moved up from eighth. Third was a good position. I saw Jonass' big crash so I feel lucky to have finished the day healthy."

Valentin Guillod
10th and 4th for 6th overall. Championship position: 4th
"The track was better in the second moto. In the first…it was not really the conditions that I like! I had a crash at the start because someone touched my bars and I couldn't turn so I headed straight into the mud. I came back but had another two falls, one when a guy took away my front wheel. It really wasn't good. They had worked on the track for the second moto and I was feeling better but I really did not want to crash again. I still made a few mistakes but came back through well to fourth, which, overall, is a bit better than the last few GPs. We'll ride on Wednesday before Glen Helen and try to make it to the podium there."

Brent Van Doninck
9th and 16th for 14th overall. Championship position: 12th
"I had a pretty good start in the first race but I think it was Petrov who made a mistake on the start straight and took three riders down. I went straight into all the mud they had scraped away and I was totally covered. I couldn't even hold the bars so I came into the pits to change my gloves. I was a long way behind and kept going to reach ninth but then crashed on the last lap and took forever to start the bike. I started well in the second race and was in seventh - behind Guillod - but the bike started to lose a bit of power. I had to pull in. I'm so disappointed about this weekend. I didn't have a good feeling, only really in the second moto. I hope I have more luck in Glen Helen."

2015 MX2 Mexico
Leon 14/09/2015
race I
1Pauls JonassKTMLVA35'48.318
2Max AnstieKawasakiGBR0'04.477
3Benoit PaturelYamahaFRA0'26.170
4Thomas CovingtonKawasakiUSA0'32.672
5Tim GajserHondaSVN0'34.821
6Harri KullasHusqvarnaFIN-1Laps
7Calvin VlaanderenKTMNLD-1Laps
8Jeremy SeewerSuzukiCHE-1Laps
9Brent VandoninckYamahaBEL-2Laps
10Valentin GuillodYamahaCHE-2Laps
11Brian BogersKTMNLD-2Laps
12Nahuel KrigerYamahaARG-5Laps
13Samuele BernardiniTMITA-6Laps
14Julien LieberYamahaBEL-6Laps
15Ivo MonticelliKTMITA-7Laps
17Alejandro RugerioYamahaMEX-13Laps
race II
1Thomas CovingtonKawasakiUSA34'34.352
2Tim GajserHondaSVN0'06.836
3Julien LieberYamahaBEL0'22.502
4Valentin GuillodYamahaCHE0'24.846
5Benoit PaturelYamahaFRA0'25.601
6Calvin VlaanderenKTMNLD0'45.919
7Jeremy SeewerSuzukiCHE1'03.913
8Harri KullasHusqvarnaFIN1'14.447
9Ivo MonticelliKTMITA1'46.917
10Samuele BernardiniTMITA2'00.450
11Max AnstieKawasakiGBR-1Laps
12Brian BogersKTMNLD-1Laps
13Pauls JonassKTMLVA-1Laps
14Nahuel KrigerYamahaARG-2Laps
15Alejandro RugerioYamahaMEX-4Laps
16Brent VandoninckYamahaBEL-7Laps
MX2 World Standing
Rider StandingsAfter Race 17 of 19
1.Tim GajserHondaSVN556
2.Pauls JonassKTMLVA538
3.Max AnstieKawasakiGBR506
4.Valentin GuillodYamahaCHE475
5.Jeremy SeewerSuzukiCHE467
6.Jeffrey HerlingsKTMNLD423
7.Julien LieberYamahaBEL418
8.Jordi TixierKawasakiFRA393
9.Benoit PaturelYamahaFRA356
10.Petar PetrovKTMBGR304
11.Brian BogersKTMNLD298
12.Thomas CovingtonKawasakiUSA272
13.Brent VandoninckYamahaBEL265
14.Aleksandr TonkovHusqvarnaRUS256
15.Dylan FerrandisKawasakiFRA205
16.Ivo MonticelliKTMITA182
29.Damon GraulusYamahaBEL33
32.Kevin ForsYamahaBEL28
41.Alejandro RugerioYamahaMEX10
61.Yannis IrsutiYamahaFRA0
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Last Years Winner:
Tim Gajser
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