Rockstar Energy Husqvarna’s Olsen back atop MX2 podium on Wednesday.
Former world champion Romain Febvre has taken his first win with Monster Energy Kawasaki at the Citta di Mantova round of the 2020 MXGP World Championship on Wednesday, as Thomas Kjer Olsen made his way back atop the MX2 podium.
The opening moto saw rookie Jorge Prado (Red Bull KTM) keep last Sunday’s winner Jeremy Seewer (Monster Energy Yamaha) at bay for the win, with Febvre crossing the line in third.
Later, it was Febvre who won the second moto ahead of a resurgent Gautier Paulin (Monster Energy Yamaha) and championship leader Gajser, who now holds a five-point lead in the standings over Antonio Cairoli (Red Bull KTM). He was fourth overall at round 10.
Winning the opening moto of the day in MX2 set Olsen up for his first overall of the year, claiming second in moto two in another strong performance prior to his premier class switch next year.
Olsen won moto one ahead of early leader Maxime Renaux (Yamaha SM Action MC Migliori J1 Racing) and red plate-holder Tom Vialle (Red Bull KTM), before the second moto saw Vialle win over Olsen and Roan Van De Moosdijk (F&H Kawasaki Racing). The round podium featured Olsen, Vialle and Van De Moosdijk.
Of the Australians, Mitch Evans (Team HRC) went 6-7 for eighth overall in MXGP, while Jed Beaton (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna) was sixth overall, Bailey Malkiewicz (Team Honda 114 Motorsports) 13th following P7 in moto two and Nathan Crawford (Team Honda 114 Motorsports) unfortunately had to exit following a fall in moto one. He’s aiming to return this Sunday, again at Mantova.