News 11 Sep 2016

Febvre and Herlings claim USGP qualifying victories

Australia's Caleb Ward qualifies 20th at Glen Helen.

Source: Supplied.

Source: Supplied.

Roamain Febvre (Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing) and Jeffrey Herlings (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) have claimed victory in the qualifying heats today at the final round of the 2016 FIM World Motocross Championship in the United States of America.

Febvre’s MXGP qualifying win at Glen Helen marked his first of the year, leading every lap to control the race from start to finish.

Max Nagl (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing) concluded the race five seconds behind Febvre to be credited second, while American Dean Wilson (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) claimed the final spot on the podium in third.

Team World Suzuki MXGP’s Kevin Strijbos and Kemea Yamaha’s Valentin Guillod completed the race in fourth and fifth respectively, while last week’s Grand Prix winner Eli Tomac (Monster Energy Kawasaki) salvaged sixth after coming through the field from a poor start.

Antonio Cairoli (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) and recently crowned world champion Tim Gajser (Gariboldi Honda) both suffered heavy crashes in separate incidents, ultimately seeing them finish outside of the top 10.

The MX2 category saw Jeffrey Herlings and Austin Forkner (Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki) engage in a battle for the lead, with the pair trading positions on the numerous occasions. Herlings eventually cleared the American to claim a comfortable race win.

GEICO Honda’s Jeremy Martin was third, finishing ahead of Max Anstie (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing) and Justin Hill (Troy Lee Designs Red Bull KTM).

On debut, Australia’s Caleb Ward (Troy Lee Designs Red Bull KTM) concluded the race in 20th position.