YAMAHA ANNOUNCES THAT THEY WILL NOT RENEW ROMAIN FEBVRE’S CONTRACT
Press release: “Yamaha Motor Europe wishes to formally announce that its partnership with Romain Febvre will be drawn to a close at the end of the 2019 MXGP season. Together with Yamaha, the “461” has taken his YZ450FM to 27 Grand Prix race wins, 50 Grand Prix podiums, and 12 Grand Prix victories, with the highlight of his career being crowned 2015 MXGP World Champion in what was an unforgettable rookie season. In addition to his Grand Prix success’, the YZ450FM mounted Frenchman has played a key role in the glory of Team France at the prestigious Monster Energy Motocross of Nations with Febvre leading his team to victory on three occasions.
“Yamaha is extremely grateful for the five fruitful years spent with Febvre, where together we have shared many memorable moments. The Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP team look forward to lining up at the remaining four rounds of the 2019 MXGP World Championship with Febvre at the helm, where they hope to toast even more success.”
In 2015, the French rider entered the premier class on a YZ450FM. His first moto-win came at the British GP and it opened the floodgates for more success. Having found his speed and groove, he made sure to make his bravery, aggression and resilience count for the rest of the season and scored eight GP victories, fifteen moto-wins and thirteen consecutive podium finishes to clinch the FIM MXGP World Championship crown on his first attempt. In 2016, despite obtaining the Red Plate as the championship leader early on in the season, Febvre’s title defense was spoiled by an injury, which saw him miss two rounds of racing. After a month of recovery, he made a solid return to the championship where his seven race wins, three GP wins, and nine podium finishes saw him finish fourth overall. He also led Team France to victory onboard his YZ450FM at the most prestigious motocross event of the year, the Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations.
While 2017 was a year of lessons learned and sweetened by a victory for Team France at the Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations, Romain went into 2018 strong and challenged for a place on the podium at 12 rounds of the MXGP World Championship and achieved that goal at three rounds. With his sights set firmly on the bronze medal in 2018, Febvre upped the pace before suffering an unfortunate injury with three rounds of the series remaining. Febvre has strugggle in 2019, but did win two 450 GPS and seems to be back in top form, but he’ll have to take that form to some other team in 2020.
Yamaha Motor Europe says that they would like to wish Febvre all the best for his future in racing.