Monday, March 7

FEBVRE WINS THAI MXGP - TOWNLEY SECOND IN MOTO 2

Reigning World MXGP Champion Romain Febvre (Yamaha YZF450F) has emerged from the Thai round of the 2016 championship leading the series, with a six point lead over Slovenian Tim Gajser (Honda CRF450), the 2015 MX2 Champion.

Febvre won the first moto after a titanic struggle with eight times world champion Antonio Cairoli (KTM SX450) and Gajser.  New Zealand's Ben Townley, who had qualified fastest, was running fourth and in a good position to mount a challenge when his Suzuki RM-Z450 rolled to a stop.

For Race 1 results click here.

In the second moto, Townley got away with the leaders once again and this time his Suzuki ran hard for the entire distance.  From fifth place early on, Townley passed Swiss rider Valentin Guillod (Yamaha), German Max Nagl (Husqvarna) and Brit Shaun Simpson (KTM) to take over second place.

Townley was riding hard and was six seconds behind Fabvre after just four laps.  From there, Townley rode to his pit board, and let Fabvre stretch away to an 11 second lead but as the race wound down, the Frenchman slowed and Townley reeled him in.  

Febvre was totally exhausted when he took the chequered flag - with Townley just six seconds behind and closing and Nagl another two seconds back.

Cairoli finished 12th after getting caught in the gate at the start and completing the first lap second from last.  


For Race 2 results click here.


With two rounds run, Fabvre leads the championship with 92 points to Gajser's 86 with Russian Evgeny Bobryshev third with 74.

After his two eleventh place finishes at the opening round in Qatar and his second place in Thailand, Townley has moved up to tenth in the title chase with 42 points.

For the current world championship positions, click here.