Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team
The Michele Rinaldi-led Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team have been the custodians of Yamaha’s cutting edge motocross FIM Motocross World Championship effort for over a quarter of a century.
The team has toasted success with a host of different riders and personalities such as Donny Schmit, Bob Moore, Andrea Bartolini, Stefan Everts and David Philippaerts to name a few, without counting the many who have tasted Grand Prix victory or podium champagne on YZ and YZ-F technology for the Italian set-up located just south of Parma.
In 2015 they dominated the field, securing the world title with the youngest rider in the class and new rookie-sensation Romain Febvre. Febvre’s success combined with some fantastic results from his teammate Jeremy Van Horebeek rewarded Yamaha with the coveted Manufacturer’s title as well. Both riders remained on the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team in 2016, ’17 and ‘18 where injury spoiled Febvre’s title defense although he still managed to finish the season in fourth overall in 2016, and Van Horebeek wound up sixth. 2017 was similar with the duo swapping shoes. ‘Jerre’s’ season was spoiled by injury, which threw him off of his rhythm, while Febvre’s season steadily improved with the Frenchman finishing on a high note in his final race of the year, claiming the victory for Team France at the Monster Energy Motocross of Nations, where he finished second place in his class. Both riders remained on the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing Team in 2018 where Febvre was a solid top-three contender, landing on the podium three occasions and very narrowly missing it on twelve where he still finished inside the top-five, only a few points shy.
In 2019, Jeremy Seewer joins Romain Febvre on the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team where both riders will campaign the MXGP World Championship on YZ450FM machinery.