Romain Febvre had been on the radar for many works teams since coming back to motocross at the beginning of the decade.
The 26-year-old had originally swapped knobbly tyres for Supermoto treads in a career change as a teenager but decided that off-road is where his true talents lay and demonstrated as much by winning the 2011 European Championship; the traditional feeder series into Grand Prix. In 2012, ‘RF461’ was promoted to MX2 where in his second season, 2013, he managed to land on the podium for the first time. In 2014, he was a solid fixture inside the top five, scoring two pole positions, three podium finishes and his maiden Grand Prix win at the MXGP of Brazil.
In 2015, the French rider entered the premier class on a YZ450FM. His first moto-win came at the British GP and it opened the floodgates for more success. Having found his speed and groove, he made sure to make his bravery, aggression and resilience count for the rest of the season and scored eight GP victories, fifteen moto-wins and thirteen consecutive podium finishes to clinch the FIM MXGP World Championship crown on his first attempt. In 2016, despite obtaining the Red Plate as the championship leader early on in the season, Febvre’s title defense was spoiled by an injury, which saw him miss two rounds of racing. After a month of recovery, he made a solid return to the championship where his seven race wins, three GP wins, and nine podium finishes saw him finish fourth overall. He also led Team France to victory onboard his YZ450FM at the most prestigious motocross event of the year, the Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations.
While 2017 was a year of lessons learned and sweetened by a victory for Team France at the Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations, Romain went into 2018 strong and challenged for a place on the podium at 12 rounds of the MXGP World Championship and achieved that goal at three rounds. With his sights set firmly on the bronze medal in 2018, Febvre upped the pace before suffering an unfortunate injury with three rounds of the series remaining.
After taking some much needed time off, Febvre put in the hard yards throughout the winter and will be back with a vengeance in 2019 where he hopes to replicate his title winning ways of 2015 to claim the coveted MXGP World Title once more.
|Date of birth:||31-12-1991|
|Place of birth:||Epinal, France|
|Weight (kg)||73 kg|
|Marital state:||In a relationship|
|2019:||Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP|
|2018:||6th MXGP FIM Motocross World Championship (injured), Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP|
|2017:||1st MXoN Team France / 6th MXGP FIM Motocross World Championship, Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP|
|2016:||4th MXGP FIM Motocross World Championship, Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team, 1st MXoN (Team France)|
|2015:||MXGP FIM Motocross World Champion, Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team, 1st MXoN (Team France)|
|2014:||3rd MX2 FIM Motocross World Championship|
|2013:||12th MX2 FIM Motocross World Championship|
|2012:||13th MX2 FIM Motocross World Championship|
|2011:||1st MX European Championship|