As one of Yamaha’s top flite off-road racing athletes Steven Frossard will be anxious to reassert his position as one of the fastest and toughest motocrossers in the FIM MX1 World Championship in 2013.
The Frenchman gelled instantly with the factory YZ450FM in 2011 for an assured and impressive debut campaigns in the short history of the MX1-GP class as he captured two wins and five podiums on his run to second place in the championship standings. 2012 should have seen a push for the number one plate but after taking a decent podium result at the opening round Frossard ruptured knee ligaments in practice for the Grand Prix of Bulgaria a few weeks later. Despite an operation and attempt to return Frossard later opted for a full reconstruction and comes into 2013 full of fire and determination to pick up where he left off earlier last year.
Steven spent several years plying his trade in MX2-GP and his speed and potential was evident immediately from the 2011 pre-season races when he claimed the Italian MX1 Championship for Monster Energy Yamaha. A podium finish in his maiden outing at the Grand Prix at Bulgaria hinted that Frossard was ready to be a protagonist from the outset and his wins in Sweden and (emotionally) in France were season highlights.
Growing up Steven took time to make a splash in his native France where the motocross scene was sizzling with motocross talent.
He claimed the junior title at 18 but sealed the adult Elite Championship just three years later, proving his evolution might have been later than others but was continuous nonetheless. Typically for his fearless character, Frossard was not intimidated by Grand Prix and took points in his first races during 2007. He pushed further up the pack in 2008 and broke into the top ten before grabbing his first podiums (Portugal, Britain, Germany and Brazil) and moto victories (Bulgaria and Germany) in 2009. Frossard again demonstrated his ability to learn and evolve and turned a weakness – his sand riding – into a positive during 2010 where he took rostrum finishes at Valkenswaard in the Netherlands and through the fine loam of Kegums in Latvia. 2010 also brought about his first Grand Prix victory, achieved at Uddevalla in Sweden, as well as another jump up the overall ranking to 3rd. 2010 would be ‘183’s last in the MX2-GP having reached the age limit for the class imposed from last year.