Febvre wins at Glen Helen

World champ beats the Americans in the own back yard
Frenchman Romain Febvre signed off a stunning rookie season in which he won the world MXGP championship by taking the overall win in the final GP of the year at Glen Helen in California, thanks to first and second place finishes.

Febvre took a stunning win in the opening moto, catching the leading American duo of Kawasaki's Josh Grant and Yamaha's Cooper Webb towards the end of the race. Grant slowed after twisting his knee, leaving the rookie world champ Febvre and the rookie MXGP rider Webb to slug it out for the win.

Webb, known for aggressive passing, came close to making contact with Febvre at least twice but the wily Frenchman went round the outside of him on the last lap to take the win. Grant finished third from Husky's Jason Anderson, who overtook a tiring Tony Cairoli towards the end of the race.

It was Cairoli's return to action after sitting out recent GPs to let his broken arm head. The factory KTM rider said he wasn't fully fit and was there to test 2016 parts, but still held second then third for most of the race before falling back to fifth.

Briton Dean Wilson took seventh place from Gautier Paulin on the last lap, but it was enough to secure second in the championship from Paulin's fellow Honda rider Evgeny Bobryshev.
It wasn't so great for the Brits as Shaun Simpson got wiped out in the first turn and retired with injuries to his back and also a dead leg. He would take no more part in the event, but as his main rival Max Nagl also failed to finish, it secured the Scot a stunning fourth in the world championship. He aims to be fit for next week's Motocross of Nations in France.

Tommy Searle, making his comeback after breaking ribs in the Belgian GP in August, fought through the heat for 13th while Adam Sterry was 21st.

Second time out Febvre once again reeled in the race leader Grant and looked set to pounce until he fell with just a lap to go. But the overall victory was his, as Grant took runner-up spot with 3-1 finishes. Third overall was Cooper Webb from Dean Wilson, the top British finisher.
It was a sad end to the series as eight-times world champ Tony Cairoli led the moto but then slowed and pulled out, obviously in some discomfort. His team-mate Searle took ninth overall with a ninth place after holding off Dave Millsaps. Adam Sterry took 18th and was lapped by Febvre.

It was an emotional farewell to factory Kawasaki rider Tyla Rattray, the former world champoion, who was mobbed on the finish line in his last ever pro race.

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