Musquin, Paulin and Febvre talk about their MXON win!
Despite two big crashes on Sunday and not the best of starts, France still won seven of the nine class motos during the weekend, and fully deserved their MXoN win in front of the a noisy French crowd. Here is what the victories French team thought of their win.
Gautier Paulin: Everything today was about fighting to get this title, to defend a title here in France in front of this crowd in Ernee is amazing. I want to thank my teammates Romain and Marvin because they did a great job and I want to say hi to Dylan Ferrandis and Stephen Frossard from last year because that is why we got the title (going in to Ernee).
Yeah pretty scary moment (his first moto crash), I just hit the front brake when I land and hit a stone so I crashed and Max Nagl hit my bike, so my bike was a bit damaged, but I gave 100 per cent. The second (final) moto was just one goal, to fight for it like when you go to war. I fought for it then at one stage they out on my board that fifth was ok. It was a tough one, so I just kept my spot and kept riding till the end but I was riding much better in this moto than the first one.
Marvin Musquin: I was really looking forward to getting good starts like yesterday but unfortunately both my starts were not that great, luckily I was on the inside and I kind of impressed myself on the first lap, many guys were going wild and crashing and I got myself to third at the end of the first lap. I was really happy, on the 250 I knew I was capable of doing good against the 450s.
I really like the track, it is really technical and easy to make mistakes. To be able to catch Justin Barcia it was really cool but I got too excited, I was doing too many mistakes and the crowd were going crazy. When I went down it kind of scared me because I landed on my back but when you have a crowd like that behind you, you don’t hurt, you get back on your bike and give 100 per cent. It was a tough one and I knew the second moto would be tough with not long to get ready. Again, not a good start but I rode smarter the second moto and I was happy about that. To get third and first MX2 I was really happy.
Romain Febvre: It’s been an amazing year for me. I cannot expect anything more than this and before the season I did not expect any results like this. To win some GPs and to get the title with three GPs to go was unbelievable. To win here with unbelievable pressure from the crowd was something special. I have never did it before so I am really proud we won again.
We had some good battles already at Glen Helen, in the second moto today we were a little bit faster than everyone and had a nice battle. For me the third race was a little bit more difficult with Ben Townley, he was riding really good. I catch him, I pass him and I tried to get away but he was sticking to my rear wheel!
The first goal was the world championship then next goal was the motocross of nations and we will enjoy this moment now! This was one of best races I have done just because of the crowd, everywhere you rode you could here them and they gave you the motivation to cross the line first. It’s always special but to win the motocross of nations is France was the best experience.