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MXGP, MXGP OF LATVIA - Kegums, LATVIA, 3 Juin 2023

Romain Febvre qualifies fifth in Latvia

Romain Febvre of Kawasaki Racing Team MXGP qualified fifth for the Latvian round of the FIM World MXGP Motocross Championship at Kegums, fifty kilometers from Riga.

The Frenchman quickly took over sixth place through the first half of the twenty-minute-plus-two-lap Qualifying moto in a rapid-moving leaderboard with all of the series front-runners in contention. As ever he maintained the pressure on the rider ahead of him, eventually soaring through to fifth with a scintillating run through the waves on the eighth of twelve laps before running out of time to close down the leaders.
Romain Febvre: « The track is partly sandy and partly hardpack so it’s not easy to find the best set-up. My start was average and there were not so many lines so I lost time to come back to fifth, and then the riders in front of me were too far. I'm a little frustrated with today; let’s hope it will be different tomorrow as the conditions could be very different if some rain is coming."
KRT teammate Mitch Evans held a solid twelfth for most of the Qualifying race before a slight error three laps from the end cost the Australian three positions.
Big Van World MTX Kawasaki’s Jack Chambers scored two championship points as he raced top-ten throughout to finish ninth, his best result of the season to date, in Qualifying for tomorrow's FIM World MX2 Motocross Championship GP.
Jack Chambers: "Ninth is my best Qualifying so far so it's a good set-up for gate-pick tomorrow. The track's a lot more sandy than anything we raced so far this year, which I like. I went home to Florida this week and got the work done with practice on tracks I grew up on.  The next stint over here will be four-to-five months so it was good to see my family and relax at the lake in the evening too. I only got into the hotel late last night after a couple of delayed flights so I had a little jet-lag this morning but I was stoked at my energy levels this afternoon; the track's pretty fast and there's a couple of place I need to pick up on but I'll get rested-up tonight and will be 100% for tomorrow."
 F&H Kawasaki Racing Team's Kevin Horgmo moved confidently from twelfth to ninth by half-distance before pulling out of the race. The team decided that David Braceras should sit out the Latvian GP following a midweek practice crash; the Spaniard was only shaken with no broken bones and expects to return to racing next weekend in Germany.
BUD Racing Kawasaki's Quentin Marc Prugnières, dealt a central gate from Qualifying after a mid-session crash, advanced from an initial fourteenth to ninth with a number of impressive passes in the first moto of the FIM European EMX250 Championship round.
Quentin Marc Prugnières: « I wasn’t able to ride smooth today; the track felt different than usual here and, even though I gained several positions during the first moto, I’m not really satisfied but I’m already focused to do better tomorrow."