Race report: Finnish MXGP – five in a row for Febvre as Adamo takes charge of MX2

Andrea Adamo took control of the MX2 world championship with a brilliant 1-1 display but he had a helping hand as Osterhagen crashed right on front of poor Jago Geerts on lap one of race one, leaving Jago with nowhere to go and broken collarbone from the fall.

It means the four main pre-season title contenders have all been or are currently injured. Laengenfelder broke his arm after he won a GP, De Wolf is currently out injured, Benistant is out too after a start straight crash and poor Jago Geerts, clearly the fastest in the class, is now suffering the pain of a broken bone for the second time this season, but it will be nothing compared to the pain in his soul.

Geerts lost a title last year when Vialle made a mistake in that titanic final moto showdown and Geerts ran into the fallen KTM. And this year, in his final year in the class, a stricken Fantic has cost him another big shot at a potential title.

For a rider so hard working and determined, and rides with such great technique, it must be unbelievably hard to take.

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One by one Adamo’s rivals have been on the sidelines as he steadily brought himself to the level required to be world champ. He had won one moto and one GP until today but in Finland he showed the mentality and determination to get the job done and a 1-1 was a statement ride.

Simon Laengenfelder took second overall. He couldn’t hold Adamo off in the opener but came from a first lap crash to power through the field to second in a blistering ride..

Lucas Coenen spent most of the second moto trying to pass Liam Everts and finally made it happen on the last lap for third but fourth was enough to get Everts back on the podium

In fact, with Geeets now injured, Liam, who is third in the championship could make it a KTM 1-2 in the MX2 world championship – something special for the team who many thought had secured Adamo and Everts to develop into winners, not instantly transform them!

MX2 – GP Classification
1. Andrea Adamo (ITA, KTM), 50 points; 2. Simon Laengenfelder (GER, GAS), 44 p.; 3. Liam Everts (BEL, KTM), 38 p.; 4. Lucas Coenen (BEL, HUS), 36 p.; 5. Kevin Horgmo (NOR, KAW), 32 p.; 6. Rick Elzinga (NED, YAM), 30 p.; 7. Sacha Coenen (BEL, KTM), 27 p.; 8. Oriol Oliver (ESP, KTM), 27 p.; 9. Jan Pancar (SLO, KTM), 20 p.; 10. Jorgen-Matthias Talviku (EST, HUS), 20 p.; 11. David Braceras (ESP, KAW), 19 p.; 12. Camden Mc Lellan (RSA, HON), 16 p.; 13. Filip Olsson (SWE, HUS), 15 p.; 14. Xavier Cazal (FRA, GAS), 14 p.; 15. Isak Gifting (SWE, GAS), 13 p.; 16. Emil Weckman (FIN, HON), 9 p.; 17. Sampo Rainio (FIN, KTM), 8 p.; 18. Arvid Lüning (SWE, GAS), 8 p.; 19. William Voxen Kleemann (DEN, KTM), 7 p.; 20. Miro Varjonen (FIN, HUS), 6 p.; 21. Delvintor Alfarizi (INA, HON), 2 p.; 22. Eliel Lehtinen (FIN, KTM), 1 p.; 23. Haakon Osterhagen (NOR, FAN), 0 p.; 24. Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 0 p.;
MX2 – World Championship Classification
1. Andrea Adamo (ITA, KTM), 619 points; 2. Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 559 p.; 3. Liam Everts (BEL, KTM), 532 p.; 4. Kay de Wolf (NED, HUS), 501 p.; 5. Simon Laengenfelder (GER, GAS), 492 p.; 6. Thibault Benistant (FRA, YAM), 462 p.; 7. Lucas Coenen (BEL, HUS), 461 p.; 8. Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, HUS), 433 p.; 9. Kevin Horgmo (NOR, KAW), 395 p.; 10. Jan Pancar (SLO, KTM), 273 p.; 11. Rick Elzinga (NED, YAM), 264 p.; 12. Oriol Oliver (ESP, KTM), 208 p.; 13. Sacha Coenen (BEL, KTM), 189 p.; 14. Mikkel Haarup (DEN, KTM), 170 p.; 15. Emil Weckman (FIN, HON), 169 p.; 16. Isak Gifting (SWE, GAS), 155 p.; 17. Camden Mc Lellan (RSA, HON), 150 p.; 18. David Braceras (ESP, KAW), 136 p.; 19. Marcel Stauffer (AUT, KTM), 52 p.; 20. Ferruccio Zanchi (ITA, KTM), 47 p.; 21. Mike Gwerder (SUI, KTM), 45 p.; 22. Jack Chambers (USA, KAW), 44 p.; 23. Yago Martinez (ESP, KTM), 42 p.; 24. Filip Olsson (SWE, HUS), 37 p.; 25. Cornelius Toendel (NOR, KTM), 36 p.; 26. Marc-Antoine Rossi (FRA, KTM), 34 p.; 

Romain Febvre took his fifth win in a row, breaking previous record of four – but he still only gained a point on Jorge Prado!

Just like Lommel, Prado won race two and held off race long pressure from Febvre to do it on a tight, rough Finnish circuit after a third in the opening moto to leave with a 98 point lead with five GPs to go, although as we saw Jago Geerts, anything can still happen

And that is all Febvre can hope for despite this string of wins. Febvre is flying regardless of surface and admitted he feels at one with his Kawasaki but he just can’t take big chunks out Prado’s lead!

Glenn Coldenhoff took about her podium as he hits his stride and stayed with Febvre and Prado all moto in race two.

Jeffrey Herlings was there all race long too in the second moto but none of them could make a pass, Herlings had to go into the goggle lane in race one after struggling with goggle issues yet again, dropping him to 10th from sixth but race two showed the speed and fitness is there.

MXGP – GP Classification
1. Romain Febvre (FRA, KAW), 47 points; 2. Jorge Prado (ESP, GAS), 45 p.; 3. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, YAM), 38 p.; 4. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 38 p.; 5. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 31 p.; 6. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 30 p.; 7. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, YAM), 30 p.; 8. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, HON), 25 p.; 9. Alvin Östlund (SWE, HON), 21 p.; 10. Mitchell Evans (AUS, KAW), 21 p.; 11. Brian Bogers (NED, HON), 20 p.; 12. Alberto Forato (ITA, KTM), 17 p.; 13. Maximilian Spies (GER, KTM), 14 p.; 14. Tom Koch (GER, KTM), 13 p.; 15. Benoit Paturel (FRA, YAM), 10 p.; 16. Gert Krestinov (EST, HON), 10 p.; 17. Jere Haavisto (FIN, KTM), 9 p.; 18. Ben Watson (GBR, BET), 9 p.; 19. Miro Sihvonen (FIN, HUS), 6 p.; 20. Albin Gerhardsson (SWE, HUS), 5 p.; 21. Kevin Brumann (SUI, YAM), 3 p.; 22. Juuso Matikainen (FIN, HUS), 0 p.; 23. Pekka Nissinen (FIN, GAS), 0 p.; 24. Emil Silander (FIN, GAS), 0 p.; 25. Ruben Fernandez (ESP, HON), 0 p.; 26. Mathias Joergensen (DEN, YAM), 0 p
MXGP – World Championship Classification
1. Jorge Prado (ESP, GAS), 720 points; 2. Romain Febvre (FRA, KAW), 622 p.; 3. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 550 p.; 4. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, YAM), 525 p.; 5. Ruben Fernandez (ESP, HON), 489 p.; 6. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, YAM), 477 p.; 7. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 418 p.; 8. Alberto Forato (ITA, KTM), 350 p.; 9. Valentin Guillod (SUI, HON), 276 p.; 10. Benoit Paturel (FRA, YAM), 204 p.; 11. Mattia Guadagnini (ITA, GAS), 203 p.; 12. Maxime Renaux (FRA, YAM), 202 p.; 13. Ben Watson (GBR, BET), 189 p.; 14. Mitchell Evans (AUS, KAW), 189 p.; 15. Brian Bogers (NED, HON), 168 p.; 16. Alvin Östlund (SWE, HON), 167 p.; 17. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, BET), 131 p.; 18. Tom Koch (GER, KTM), 123 p.; 19. Brent Van doninck (BEL, HON), 114 p.; 20. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, HON), 110 p.; 21. Maximilian Spies (GER, KTM), 101 p.; 22. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 78 p.; 23. Pauls Jonass (LAT, HON), 56 p.; 24. Hardi Roosiorg (EST, HON), 52 p

Report: Jonathan McCready

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