The Frenchman had dominated Qualifying on Saturday and was widely tipped to continue this success on race day. The anticipation was intensified in the first GP moto as the KX450-SR secured a clear holeshot and once again started to move clear of the pack, but a bobble at the end of the waves on lap two saw him surrender the lead. Quickly regaining his composure and momentum he shadowed the new leader for the next four laps before two mistakes in the space of a few corners thrust him back to sixth. At the finish he had regained fifth, in the wheeltracks of fourth. Another superb start in race two saw him immediately second but, lining up a pass for the lead already on the opening lap, a deeply-rutted take-off saw the Kawasaki rider launch into the side of his rival and the resultant fall cost twelve seconds and a host of placing’s. Battered and shaken he recovered to eighth at the finish for seventh overall.
Romain Febvre: “Of course I’m not satisfied with my races today, even if I got twice a good start both times. In the first race I made a small mistake when I was leading and Bogers passed me; then I tried to pass him back but I made another mistake and crashed. I was still second when I got back on the bike but as Gajser was coming close I pushed too hard and made another mistake. This crash was stupid; if I had taken my time instead of pushing maybe I could even have take the victory as I had a good speed. I finished fifth but I had used up a lot of energy with two crashes. My second start was again a good one and I tried to pass Coldenhoff for the lead but he closed the door after a jump and I had nowhere to go so I crashed. I was then around twelfth and came back to eighth but it was not easy riding in the pack. I have the speed and I got good starts; we’ll try to finally get the podium we deserve in France next weekend."
KRT teammate Ben Watson finished seventeenth overall to retain his twelfth place in the series standings. The English rider had been involved in the intense lower leaderboard throughout the first race as his placing fluctuated between sixteenth and fourteenth. He never found his usual rhythm in race two after starting fourteenth and eventually finished eighteenth. F&H Kawasaki Racing Team’s Jed Beaton had a difficult race to nineteenth from his outside gate-pick in race one but displayed his fighting spirit in race two as he pushed relentlessly forward from an initial eighteenth to secure fourteenth at the finish for sixteenth overall on the day. He is now eighteenth in the series standings.