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MXGP, MXGP OF GREAT BRITAIN Matterley Basin, GREAT BRITAIN, 24 September 2023

13th podium of the season for Romain Febvre

Kawasaki Racing Team MXGP's Romain Febvre rounded out his silver-medal year in the FIM World MXGP Motocross Championship with his thirteenth podium of the season in the British GP at Matterley Basin.

The Frenchman, fastest in Warm-up, was sporting iconic 1990 graphics for the final GP of the season as Kawasaki celebrates fifty years of the KX range. Entering turn one in the front line he lost momentum slightly as his machine was touched by a rival to emerge sixth and, with overtaking almost impossible on the ultra-fast surface, he had to frustatingly wait until lap six before he could eventually make a telling move for fifth. The leading group were still bunched together but a small slip cost him eight seconds before he displayed outrageous speed, setting the three fastest laps of the race as he reeled the leaders back in before running out of time to make a challenge so he had to settle for fifth, less than six seconds behind the winner. An untidy jump out of the gate in race two saw him tagged again entering turn one but the immaculate stylist found his way to sixth within a few corners and advanced one more position already before the completion of the opening lap. Attacking with a vengeance he made a neat pass for fourth on lap three, went third on lap six and forced his way into a hard-fought second on lap nine to secure his thirteenth podium from eighteen GP starts during the season, thus confirming his runner-up placing in the series.
Romain Febvre: "I was feeling really comfortable today and I had a really good start in race one but I touched with someone in the first turn and dropped to sixth. A few laps later the back wheel slipped out in a turn and I lost some time but I came back to finish less than six seconds from the winner so I was happy with my speed. In the second moto I passed the other guys to finish second; Tim was too far away but I was pleased to end the day on the podium again. My results were OK in the first quarter of the year but I was just missing the podium each week; then from mid-season I was really consistent with GP wins and podiums nearly every week. I had more GP wins than anybody else, including five-in-a-row. I now have two silver medals with Kawasaki so let's keep working to go one better next year."