Febvre and Gajser – dealing with disappointment
It was hard not to feel sorry for Romain Febvre and Tim Gajser (and their teams) after moto two on Sunday amidst the jubilation of Jeffrey Herlings championship victory. Both rode very well at the final round but that second moto crash by Febvre and the bad starts by Gajser and the penalty at the penultimate round on Sunday ultimately proved too much overcome.
Both riders put their heart and soul into this series, a championship that will go down in history as one of if not the best World Championship series ever, and they were a key part of that along with Prado and Cairoli who got knocked out of the championship battle a couple of rounds earlier with heavy crashes.
They all have a lot to be proud of this season but for Febvre and Gajser to have the title go to the final moto and especially for Febvre to get so close, tied on points in a winner takes all final moto, only to go down with Herlings in front of him and then have to stand on the podium as Herlings lifted the trophy, this one hurt. It was a tough pill to swallow after season of sacrifice and their faces told the story.
Romain Febvre: “It wasn’t enough to get the title. So, I am really disappointed at the moment for sure. The only thing is that I gave my all, so I don’t have regrets for sure. But to finish the season this close is really tough emotionally. I will try again next year and hope for a better result”.
Tim Gajser: “It’s not easy to accept but that’s how it is. That’s sport. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. Losing makes you stronger. It’s not the end of the world. Tomorrow is going to be tomorrow, and we’ll have another opportunity next year. Congrats to the guys, to Jeffrey, to Romain, for a good season. We were having some nice battles. Definitely disappointed at the moment, but that’s how it is. We’re going to come back”.
Article: Jonathan McCready
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