Yamaha Motor Europe has announced a contract extension for Arnaud Tonus that will see him continuing to race the YZ450F for the next two years, through to 2019.
The 25-year-old Swiss rider is currently in his rookie season in the premier motocross world championship, MXGP. While he is 10th in the championship standings, he has already showcased his potential with a podium finish at the MXGP of Trentino in April, and a Qualifying Race win two weeks ago in Russia.
With nine rounds to go in the MXGP series, one of which will be his home grand prix in Frauenfeld-Gachnang, Switzerland, on August 12/13, the Wilvo Yamaha Official MXGP star hopes to hit another career milestone with a MXGP race win, and an MXGP grand prix win too.
Tonus will remain on the Wilvo Yamaha Official MXGP team in 2018.
“I am really happy to sign with Yamaha,” said Tonus. “It was my number one choice since joining with Louis and the team at Wilvo. I have a really good relationship with them and I know how hard they work for me to be happy on the team, I am grateful for that. It made my decision to stay with Yamaha really easy, and I just wanted to move forward with them. On top of that, I have tried the 2018 YZ450F and I can honestly say it’s a really good bike and I can see a really solid future.”
“It’s a pleasure to have Arnaud onboard for another two-years,” commented Yamaha Motor Europe MX Manager, Erik Eggens. “He has been testing the 2018 YZ450F already and it he seems very confident with the new bike, so it we feel it is a good move to continue building a relationship with him. I think he has a lot of potential and a good working relationship with the Wilvo team, so I am looking forward to sharing his success over the next two-years.”
Wilvo Yamaha Official MXGP Team Manager, Louis Vosters, said: “I am really happy to have Arnaud on board and I’m excited for the next two years. Arnaud is a really nice rider to work with, it’s been really good this year and he is a really good rider. I am extremely happy that he has signed.”