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MXGP of Germany - We're back!

Oct 062021

We’re back! For the first time in what felt like forever, MXGP made it back to Germany at the 1,590-meter hardpack Talkessel Circuit in Teutschenthal. Last weekend’s race was the first major race here since the pandemic forced this iconic track to close its doors to the public – and what a race it was! The smell of gasoline hanging in the air, engines revving, and a full house of spectators that made their way to the track. It’s good to be back.

The weekend kicked off to a good start, energy was high and riders from around the world came to win. Day 1 made way for the EMX125 and EMX250 races, amping up the excitement for Sunday's big races. Day 2 started off strong with practice rounds in MX2 and MXGP, giving us a taste of what’s to come.

A rather cute highlight before the pro-riders brought out the big guns on Sunday: The 6 to 8-year-old’s brand new European Junior e-Motocross race. The crowd turned quiet, waiting for the little ones on starting line, the commentator was on fire, and off they went! Confusion, laughs, excitement - about the order of things when the quietly buzzing electric engines from the tiny motocross machines raced through the course. But make no mistake, just because these riders might be small, doesn’t mean they were less brave - taking jumps that most (non-mx pro) adults wouldn’t dare. To round things off, the commentator didn’t pass up the chance to give it his all and keep the excitement, and laughs, up high. As he said „And he’s down! He makes it back up and out of the line, it seems he’s back on his bike... You can’t even tell if these kids are sitting or standing on their bikes because they’re so tiny!“.

Following this tiny spectacle, was the first MX2 race of the day. Maxime Renaux and Jago Geerts of the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2 Team stayed strong in an epic battle to make it onto the podium during race number one, but it was Renaux that finally managed to take home second place in race number two. What’s more: he also managed to beat his personal best, 12 minutes into the second race of the day! He now extends his lead in the World Championship by a massive margin of 85 points.

 

This is what he had to say: „It was a great weekend with consistent moto, actually not my favourite track, but I could make some good points. Third in the first moto and second in the second moto. I ended up winning the second race due to a penalty for the other rider, so I won overall. That’s not how I want to win but yeah, it is what it is. I'm happy with this GP win and happy with the points in the championship. Let’s keep going to the next GP's and bring that title home.“

 

In the fight for the MXGP World Championship, Romain Febvre of the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team did not back down. You could feel the tension with Slovenian Tim Gasjer chasing him all the way to the first half of the second race, but Febvre didn’t stop fighting for his spot at the top. 7 minutes and 2 laps to go, Febvre fell back into 2nd position — with one lap to go, he couldn’t catch up the distance to first position, but nevertheless, he managed to place an overall third on this epic early October Sunday. Febvre is now just a scant margin of seven points out of the World Championship lead.

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