Lommel: where some fear to tread. The deep Belgian sand is almost trademarked as the toughest MXGP on the calendar and round fifteen of twenty in the 2018 FIM Motocross World Championship increased the demands through scorching summer sun and the glare of 33,000 spectators that nearly filled the venue near the Dutch border.
While Jeffrey Herlings and Jorge Prado repeated their mastery from 2017 and continue to control both MXGP and MX2 categories, Monster Energy Yamaha’s Romain Febvre almost swiped his third podium finish of the season.
The Frenchman tied on points with Max Anstie but nestled in fourth position overall after just failing to relegate the Brit (who has the unusual distinction of having won at Lommel three years in a row in MX2 and with three different brands of motorcycle) in the second moto.
“I saw Max ahead and I knew whoever finishes in front of the other would be on the podium,” #461 said. “I gave my all but I made a mistake and crashed and lost quite a lot of time. I caught him again after a few laps and was looking to make a move but I lost ‘stupid energy’ and was exhausted by the end. The same points as third but fourth overall so I’m a bit disappointed. But we made points today and that's important because I want third position in the championship.”