Difficult MXGP Weekend in France For JM Racing Team With Three World Championship Points

Henry Jacobi of JM Racing Honda had a difficult French Grand Prix in Lacapelle Marival. Jacobi crashed at the start of the first heat, and had a bad launch in the second, keeping him down to a modest points haul for the weekend.

This was the first ever MXGP event to be held at Lacapelle Marival. Getting a good qualifying position was crucial, since the start layout definitely favours the inside gates, and passing on this track is difficult. Jacobi exerted all his efforts to try and clock a good qualifying position, but got no further than 19th spot.

Jacobi had the misfortune to be involved in a crash right at the start of the first heat. The bike was substantially damaged, so much so that he was forced to retire. He tackled the second race with new motivation. His unfavorable gate resulted in a less than optimal start, and he had to start his march forward. He kept fighting till the very end, and managed to add three world championship points to his tally for 18th position.

“It did not go our way” team manager Jacky Martens said. “The start is very important here. Alas, in the first race, we had a setback right off the start, and in the second race he got boxed in. He did not give up, and kept fighting to the end. We are aiming to deliver a rising line at the next GP in Spain.”

Overall MXGP France:
1 Jeffrey Herlings 47 Pnt
2 Romain Febvre 47 Pnt
3 Tim Gajser 35 Pnt
4 Jeremy Seewer 35 Pnt
5 Antonio Cairoli 34 Pnt
21 Henry Jacobi 3 Pnt

World Championship Standings MXGP:
1 Jeffrey Herlings 460 Pnt
2 Romain Febvre 454 Pnt
3 Tim Gajser 450 Pnt
4 Jorge Prado 398 Pnt
5 Antonio Cairoli 387 Pnt
15 Henry Jacobi 127 Pnt

Photocredits – Bavo