Arnaud Tonus is an enormous talent renowned for his smooth and distinctive riding style. The twenty-seven-year-old Swiss rider contested the 2014 FIM MX2 World Championship onboard a YZ250F before a shoulder injury put an end to his aspirations for the world title.
After a couple of years racing in the USA, Arnaud returned to Europe and ‘home’ to the Yamaha family in 2017 where he was the cat among the pigeons in the 2017 FIM MXGP World Championship. Running with the number 4, the lowest in the class, Tonus made a podium appearance at round five which he followed up with his maiden Qualifying Heat win in Russia, and an exhilarating GP race win in front of his home crowd in Switzerland.
In 2018 Arnaud injured both shoulders in two different off-season incidents, undergoing a double shoulder reconstruction which side-lined him for the entire 2018 MXGP season. After taking time to make a full recovery, the Swiss reasserted himself in the 2019 FIM MXGP World Championship with a startling six podium finishes to finish fifth overall.
Going into 2020 he remains with the same team and structure, trading his YZ450F for the works YZ450FM, where he aims to wrap up the 2020 season inside the top-three.