Christophe Charlier returns for another season with the YZ250FM prototype in 2013 and is determined to forget an unlucky first term with the factory team in 2012 where injuries largely ruined his chance to show his true potential.
The Corsican had prepared excellently for the ’12 MX2-GP term and flashes of his skill and speed were seen in the mud of Brazil in the early phases of the championship where he walked a Grand Prix podium for the first time in his career.
Charlier made his Grand Prix baptism in the 2010 MX2-GP Word campaign with a lot of expectation on his shoulders. The previous season’s European Champion (defeating the likes of Herlings, Gercar and Roczen), a former French Supercross Champion and well known for his fantastic ability on a dirt-bike, ‘CC’ was making the next step in an already bright ascension. 2010 would see moments of the brilliance that won 17 motos from 28 in Europe during ’09 but he ended his debut term in 12th after injuries disrupted his learning curve. That Charlier had been able to win so much and build his profile away from Grand Prix is already a massive testament to his capabilities, particularly in a generation where France can already look to the likes of Musquin, Pourcel, Paulin, Frossard, Teillet and now Jordi Tixier for their motocross achievements.
In 2011 he hoped to make a progression but small injury niggles interrupted any attempt at establishing a rhythm through the season in terms of results. Under the stewardship of Michele Rinaldi and Mino Raspanti 2012 was set to be a breakthrough year in terms of reaching the winner’s circle but unfortunate circumstances weeks before the first Grand Prix made it difficult for Christophe to live up to the expectations.
Chris is a shy but friendly character who integrated more into the international paddock as he gained confidence with his improving English. A fierce natural ability and flare on the motorcycle makes Charlier a special rider to watch and both his fans and Yamaha are confident he will be at the front of the field in 2013.