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Dylan Ferrandis at the 2016 MXGP of Czech Republic

Ferrandis flies to celebrate Czech MXGP victory

Jul 242016

Factory engines blared back to full volume to announce the end of the MXGP summer break at the Grand Prix of Czech Republic this weekend and across the fast, hilly and challenging Loket hard-pack it was Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Dylan Ferrandis who filled the role as protagonist at the thirteenth outing of eighteen in the 2016 FIM Motocross World Championship. The Frenchman posted two moto victories to earn just his second career MX2 triumph. Meanwhile in the premier MXGP class Monster Energy Yamaha’s Romain Febvre made a welcome return to the winner’s circle after his injury lay-off by finishing third overall.

“This feels great and everybody in the team is working for these kinds of results,” said Dylan who now has six podium trophies for the campaign (three in a row) and is fifth in the standings and one point from the top four. “The rain made it difficult to find traction and we had a great battle in the second race; Max pushed hard to pass me but he crashed and I could win both motos. It has been a great day but now we head into one of the hardest races of the championship.”


Wilvo Standing Construct Yamaha’s Alex Tonkov missed the chance to head the rostrum due to a back complaint that put the Russian on the sidelines. Countryman and Kawasaki ace ‘Seva’ Vsevolod was also missing due to a broken bone in his ankle sustained in a training crash prior to the Czech Republic. Kemea Yamaha’s Benoit Paturel secured a steady fourth position overall at Loket and was followed by Ferrandis’ Kawasaki teammate – Petar Petrov – in fifth.

“It is good to be back and on the podium especially,” he said afterwards. “I had to stop training for a month because of a problem with my eyes due to the crash. I didn’t miss much pace but physically I am low and not what I should be. I need a bit of time to be ready…I think I had arm-pump after five minutes of the first moto! I’m happy to get into the sand now. It will be very hard but I enjoy riding it.”