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Romain Febvre at the 2017 Grand Prix of Sweden

Febvre makes it happen in Swedish MXGP with first 2017 podium finish

Aug 202017

Daylight lingers longer around Uddevalla than any other round of the MXGP series but it was also Monster Energy Yamaha’s Romain Febvre who shone that bit brighter at a busy Grand Prix of Sweden and the sixteenth chase of nineteen. The FIM World Championship journeyed to the further point north on its global trek and as the season hurries to a conclusion with events in the USA, Holland and France still to go. Uddevalla came back into the MXGP picture after a year in the shade and the thundery climate and frequent showers helped churn the undulating hard-pack layout into a slick but attackable layout.

Thundering on his own accord was 2015 World Champion Febvre. The Frenchman had taken fourth position overall the previous weekend in Switzerland and looked hungry for silverware after a barren ’17 campaign in which he had been searching for set-up, confidence and inspiration. #461 was able to count on some rapid starts in Sweden to assist his chase to 6-1 finishes (blasting back from a fall in the first moto) and some exciting action scenes with Tim Gajser; the Slovenian eventually going on to walk the top step of the box.

“It has been a tough season so far for me,” Febvre admitted. “We made some changes in the winter that were fine in practice but I had some difficulty when racing. We finally made a good step forward and we can start at the front. The main point is that I’m almost making the holeshot every time now and can ride how I want. We finally got on the podium after finishing fourth three times. I’m really happy and I want to thank the whole team. When things are going badly then you see who has your back and is really pushing you. I’m really happy.”

Joy in the final round of the EMX125 European Championship; a crazily competitive division for the continent’s best youngsters and the final step for these teenagers before they begin to ride and race 250cc four-stroke motorcycles, the type that are found in EMX250 and then the Grand Prix MX2 class. Bud Racing’s Brian Strubhart Moreau was crowned as EMX125 Champion after the first race in Sweden and a strong campaign where the Frenchman put himself firmly on the radar of the brands and teams at the highest level. “Of course I’m really happy,” the youngster said. “I wanted to win this championship last year so I’m pleased to finally get it done yesterday.”


MXGP breaks off from a tough three-week stretch of reaching three very different locations around Europe and next looks towards flights, freight and immigration control. The final calm before the whirlwind of season-closing fixtures in the States, the Netherlands and France will allow the last aches and pains to heal this weekend before the paddock boards to Florida and Jacksonville to turn the last few pages of the 2017 Grand Prix story.