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MXGP, MXGP OF SPAIN - intu XanadĂș - Arroyomolinos, SPAIN, 24 March 2024

Another podium for Romain Febvre in Spain

Romain Febvre and Kawasaki Racing Team MXGP made it back-to-back podiums in the second round of the FIM World MXGP Motocross Championship at intu Xanadú in the Arroyomolinos suburb of Madrid.

The Frenchman made rapid moves from his initial tenth to move into sixth at the completion of the opening lap in the first moto and he quickly tagged onto two of his title rivals as the trio advanced up the leaderboard. Four laps caught behind an awkward rival who made life difficult to pass saw him lose the train to the front three and he faced a lonely race to fourth after that. The best start of the weekend came in race two in third but the pattern of the race soon settled with slight but significant gaps between each of the leading quartet. The Kawasaki rider made a decisive attempt to close down the rider ahead of him mid-moto but the ever-slicker racing surface rendered it more and more difficult to force the pace and he eventually had to settle for third. The 4-3 moto finishes secured his second consecutive podium and he heads to rounds three after Easter third in the world championship points-standings, just twelve points shy of the series pace-setter.
Romain Febvre: "Consistency throughout the series will be the key so I'm happy to finish on the podium again. The starts were always going to be really important here this weekend and we made some changes to the settings today and I almost made the holeshot. My pace was good but Jorge was very solid and I was happy to manage my weekend. For sure there will be better weekends to come and the next round is in sand which I like."
KRT teammate Jeremy Seewer found himself tenth at the end of the first lap in moto one, with work to do after a difficult run through the hectic first few turns. The artisan Swiss displayed perseverance to eventually make passes on successive laps mid-moto but had to be content with seventh at the finish. The second moto was another tough challenge from tenth leaving turn one but he grittily pressured the rivals ahead of him on the leaderboard to advance to sixth at the chequered flag, thus securing fifth overall on the day and sixth in the series standings.
Jeremy Seewer: "It was not an easy one. On paper I was fifth so that's one better than Argentina, but I am not here to finish fifth; I want to be racing top three. We still have plenty to do but we will keep working and I look at the positives. GPs are a tough business and it's only my second race on a new bike so perhaps it takes time; I'll put my head back to work and we'll see each other again at Riola."

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