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Romain Febvre at the 2017 Grand Prix of Lombardia

Febvre so close to first MXGP silverware of 2017

Jun 262017

Heat, humidity and mosquitos accompanied a fantastic new racing facility at Ottobiano, a 33,000 crowd and some memorable racing scenes in the eleventh round of 2017 MXGP in northern Italy and where Tony Cairoli triumphed for the fourth time this season. The Grand Prix of Lombardia saw the MXGP stars buzz around the tough and technical sand south of Milan. It was Cairoli who drew blood first with a 1-1 scorecard as Monster Energy Yamaha’s Romain Febvre came within just three points of making the box for the first time in a campaign that has now scratched away eleven dates from nineteen.

“I knew it would be a tough one because I had a crash in qualification – a big one, a front flip – and it reminded me that it would be good to stay on two wheels and take some points,” #25 said. “When I saw some videos of Cairoli I knew it would be really difficult in normal conditions to take back some points for the championship here, so I looked to myself and tried to do my best. I will go to the next race positively and will analyse some small things to improve further in those types of sandy conditions. Physically I test myself every week and month and speak with my guy about our preparation and how I can get better.”

“A great weekend for me and my second moto win ever,” he said. “I had a bad start today but worked my way back past people: it was a great day for the championship also because I increased my lead slightly. I have been training the last few weeks in Belgium and have been getting more used to the bike and finding the good lines. I’m happy at the moment.”