If you were to look at the 2012 MX2 motocross world championship scorecard, and cast a glance on the row that houses Romain Febvre, a significant fact will become apparent. From the French Grand Prix onwards, the young Frenchman has been as consistent as Swiss clockwork. He has kept the scoreboard ticking over at a steady rate, with no zero score sullying the picture for the last six GP races.
The Bodo Schmidt team rider was also happy to celebrate his first GP overall top ten result at the Latvian round, and as the marauding masters of motocross headed even further east, into the heart of Russia, he was determined to keep his record intact. The quiet young man has proven thus far that he can cope with all kinds of track conditions, and on Saturday this served him well, for some downpour on a Soviet scale had turned the track into quite the mud farm.
The weather turnaround on Sunday was nothing short of miraculous, and Romain reveled in the sunny conditions, posting the seventh fastest time during the morning warm-up session. Little was he to know that the day would offer much in the way of frustration. He guided his KTM into 12th position off the start, and hovered with intent round the top 10. He indeed gained a spot, and looked set to maintain his recent run of top ten results, when a crash dropped him back. He quickly remounted, and reclaimed some of the lost ground, only to fall foul of the undesirable effects of gravity yet again. In the end, he crossed the line in 12th position, a handful of points richer, but not altogether pleased with the result.
Romain was equipped with one of the on-bike cameras for the race, and, as is often the case, this proved to be somewhat of a curse. It is as if the race TV director has an uncanny knack of selecting riders who will provide viewers with some spectacular tumbling footage. Romain is always ready to give his best, and despite a start that left him in fifteenth spot, he was quickly heading towards single digit territory again. It is as if the Russian air upset the balance of his bike, though, for in the sixth lap he ran into troubles again, undoing all of his hard work. His woes continued, and in the end he had to be content with seventeenth place, good for four points.
Even though the day was not quite the kind he would have imagined in his best daydreams, Romain did maintain his record of consistent points scoring. He is in seventeenth position in the world championship standings, one point from climbing one spot higher. He will first head for the team’s home base to battle for top honours at the next round of the ADAC MX Masters at Gaildorf, Germany, before focusing on his world championship campaign again.
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Reporting by Tinus Nel