Strong performances from Husqvarna Motorcycles MXGP and MX2 factory riders at a challenging GP of Brazil

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Romain Febvre claims a hard fought third place result in the opening MX2 race for the Wilvo Nestaan Husqvarna Factory Racing while Todd Waters places a strong seventh for Red Bull IceOne Husqvarna Factory Racing in the opening MXGP moto at Beto Carrero.


Securing Husqvarna Motorcycles’ highest overall MX2 class result in seventh Romain Febvre endured a mixed Brazilian GP. Sixth during the opening four laps in the first moto, he then slipped back to seventh before charging hard during the second half of the race. Powering his way to third at the flag, Febvre recorded a well-deserved top three result behind Arnaud Tonus and Dylan Ferrandis. Frustratingly in the second moto conditions worsened with Romain placing 11th.


Fast starting Aleksandr Tonkov rode hard to place sixth in the opening MX2 race, despite a fall that cost him three positions. Third for the first 12 laps of the race his mistake dropped him to sixth – a tough result having shown the speed to finish inside the top three. In the second race Tonkov blasted his way to a clear holeshot, and despite a fall during the closing stages of the moto placed seventh for eighth overall.


For Red Bull IceOne Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Todd Waters the GP of Brazil saw the Australian place seventh overall and in an impressive seventh in the first moto. Battling with the MXGP front-runners for the full duration of the race, Waters showed his best form of the championship so far. In giving the opening moto his all Todd was unable to push quite as hard in the second race. Nevertheless he finished 10th and having showed that despite his relative lack of GP experience he’s quickly getting to grips with the Motocross World Championship.


Pascal Rauchenencker competed in his second MXGP of 2014 in Brazil, as stand in rider for the injured Tyla Rattray. The Red Bull IceOne Husqvarna Factory Racing rider placed 17th in the first moto but withdrew from race two following several mistakes.


The FIM Motocross World Championship continues with round four in Italy (Arco di Trento) on April 13.


Todd Waters: “It’s been a tough GP, but I’m really happy with the fact that I was racing at the sharp end of things in the first moto. We’ve taken a good step forward and to be battling with the top guys for a full moto is great. I gave the first moto everything, and I guess I was a little drained in the second moto. I’m still getting used to the GP format. I feel I showed my true potential in the first moto, but the second race was hard for me. It’s been an amazing GP, more like a supercross with the crowds being so close to the track. After the first three GPs I feel like I’ve learned so much and we’ve made some great steps forward with the bike. I’m looking forward to racing in Europe now.”


Results – Motocross World Championship 2014, Round 3 Brazil


MX2 Overall

1. Arnaud Tonus (Kawasaki) 47 points; 2. Glenn Coldenhoff (Suzuki) 41; 3. Max Anstie (Yamaha) 36… 7. Romain Febvre (Husqvarna) 30; 8. Aleksandr Tonkov (Husqvarna) 29


MX2 Race 1

1. Arnaud Tonus (Kawasaki) 16 laps 35:30.500; 2. Dylan Ferrandis (Kawasaki) 35:44.121; 3. Romain Febvre (Husqvarna) 35:46.184; 4. Max Anstie (Yamaha) 35:47.172; 5. Glenn Coldenhoff (Suzuki) 35:57.401; 6. Aleksandr Tonkov (Husqvarna) 35:59.697…


MX2 Race 2

1. Glenn Coldenhoff (Suzuki) 16 laps 36:33.018; 2. Arnaud Tonus (Kawasaki) 36:40.965; 3. Tim Gajser (Honda) 36:47.972; 4. Max Anstie (Yamaha) 36:52.801; 5. Valentin Guillod (KTM) 36:54.887… 7. Aleksandr Tonkov (Husqvarna) 37:13.233; 11. Romain Febvre (Husqvarna) 37:30.591


MXGP Overall

1. Antonio Cairoli (KTM) 50 points; 2. Clement Desalle (Suzuki) 40; 3. Jeremy Van Horebeek (Yamaha) 40… 7. Todd Waters (Husqvarna) 25; 20. Pascal Rauchenecker (Austria) 4


MXGP Race 1

1. Antonio Cairoli (KTM) 16 laps 35:20.774; 2. Jeremy Van Horebeek (Yamaha) 35:36.643; 3. Clement Desalle (Suzuki) 35:40.979; 4. Max Nagl (Honda) 35:44.159; 5. Evgeny Bobryshev (Honda) 35:59.256… 7. Todd Waters (Husqvarna) 36:01.263; 17. Pascal Rauchenecker (Husqvarna) 37:06.559


MXGP Race 2

1. Antonio Cairoli (KTM) 16 laps 35:51.801; 2. Gauthier Paulin (Kawasaki) 35:57.051; 3. Clement Desalle (Suzuki) 36:00.700; 4. Jeremy Van Horebeek (Yamaha) 36:03.887; 5. Max Nagl (Honda) 36:08.810… 10. Todd Waters (Husqvarna) 36:46.914


Standings – Motocross World Championship 2014



1. Arnaud Tonus (Kawasaki) 112 points; 2. Glenn Coldenhoff (Suzuki) 110; 3. Dylan Ferrandis (Kawasaki) 107… 5. Romain Febvre (Husqvarna) 96; 6. Aleksandr Tonkov (Husqvarna) 87



1. Antonio Cairoli (KTM) 142; 2. Gauthier Paulin (Kawasaki) 112; 3. Jeremy Van Horebeek (Yamaha)… 8. Todd Waters (Husqvarna) 68; 20. Pascal Rauchenecker (Husqvarna) 14