Yamaha announced today that the team and Romain Febvre will part ways following the conclusion of the 2019 FIM Motocross World Championship. The 2015 MXGP World Champion spent five years with the team, accumulating 12 overall victories.
Febvre suffered a broken ankle in the second moto of the season-opening MXGP of Argentina that kept him out of competition for four rounds. He returned to the championship at the MXGP of Portugal, where he finished eighth overall. Through round 14 (of 18), Febvre has one overall win (the MXGP of Czech Republic where he finished 1-1), five overall podiums, and four total moto wins and currently sits eighth in the MXGP points standings. Febvre will be behind the gates again when MXGP returns to action on August 18 for the MXGP of Italy.
Below is the full statement:
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.
Yamaha Motor Europe would like to wish Febvre all the best for his future in racing.