The 2020 FIM Motocross World Championship season welcomes a shift in operations, with the formerly-titled Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Team stepping up to represent Yamaha at the highest level in motocross as the new Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team.
The team, led by Louis Vosters, has worked from the ground up to earn its place at the top of the Yamaha Racing MXGP pyramid. From humble beginnings representing Yamaha as a satellite MX2 team in 2016, the team had a management reshuffle going into 2017 and made the step up to the premier class.
After a hard-fought first year in MXGP with riders Shaun Simpson and Arnaud Tonus, where Simpson was the only Yamaha rider to win a Grand Prix and Tonus stood on the podium in his rookie season, the team retained both riders for 2018 and enhanced their efforts with a third rider in the form of two-time MX2 World Championship runner-up, Jeremy Seewer.
2018 was Seewer’s first season in the premier class, and he finished eighth in the final classification as the best placed rookie, while Simpson and Tonus suffered from injury.
In 2019, Seewer was drafted into the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team, formerly run by Yamaha legend Michele Rinaldi, while the Monster Energy Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Team lined up as one of the strongest teams in the paddock with the slick duo of Arnaud Tonus and new recruit Gautier Paulin. Both Paulin and Tonus quickly became podium threats, accumulating 10 podium finishes in the first 12 rounds and challenging for a championship medal.
Seewer went from strength to strength, making six podium appearances on his way to finishing the year as the 2019 MXGP vice World Champion. Paulin fell 8-points short of the bronze medal and finished fourth, while Tonus made a strong return to racing after a full year off and ended the 2019 season inside the top-five.
As a professional, passionate and results-driven team that represents every aspect of Yamaha’s racing philosophy, the Monster Energy Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Official Team is now the new Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team. The team has retained the potent MXGP line-up of Jeremy Seewer, Gautier Paulin and Arnaud Tonus for 2020 and are looking to build on the strong form of recent seasons.