Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team’s Romain Febvre retained third in the FIM World MXGP Motocross Championship standings with a moto victory at Maggiora in Italy.
The Frenchman dominated the first moto in Italy, leading from holeshot to finish with complete confidence. The second moto however was a completely different story as Febvre struggled with the sudden downpour of rain, making the track a slop fest.
“That was a really good first moto! I got the holeshot, led the entire race, had a good feeling and didn’t make any mistakes,’ explained Febvre.
“I am so grateful for everything the team and our sponsors have done for me, they have all done a really good job and today I could reward them and show I am the fastest. And I know my wife and our baby were watching me from home and would be equally excited.”
“My second start was not so good but I rode two good laps to come back to seventh, then when I was behind Jonass I got so much mud on my goggles and gloves. I wasn’t comfortable and crashed three times, and after the first crash I got so much mud on my gloves that I could no longer twist the throttle precisely.”
“I was in ‘survival mode’ but I didn’t want to stop as I would have lost too much time. Of course I’m disappointed, it could have been a very good weekend after race one.”