Mercifully the rain stayed away. The extreme conditions that blighted Pangkal Pinang’s inauguration as an MXGP venue in 2017 hovered dangerously close this week to again curse the series’ first visit to Asia this year but – aside from a soft and very rough and demanding terrain – an impressive and busy latest episode of MXGP went ahead without a dowsing. Or at least without worries of the sticky bog-like-mud trapping reams of motorcycles as in ’17.
Cutting a splendid sight in his white dedicatory gear for the Grand Prix of Indonesia, Monster Energy Yamaha’s Romain Febvre made the podium for the second time in 2018 and the second time in the last four rounds after surviving the heat and humidity.
The Frenchman rode to third position with a 5-3 scorecard and a particularly strong performance in a second moto that saw the Jeffrey Herlings-Tony Cairoli MXGP title dispute take another fascinating turn; Herlings winning on his immediate return from collarbone surgery and Cairoli dropping the ball and also sustaining a left thumb injury. Febvre was best of the rest.