Romain Febvre had been on the radar for many works teams since coming back to motocross at the beginning of the decade. The 25-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, Febvres 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.