World Champion Romain Febvre could be lively out of the gate for this weekend’s Grand Prix of Spain at Talavera de la Reina after a two-day test in Italy where the Monster Energy Yamaha factory team refined parts of his works YZ450FM.

The 24-year-old secured his first premier class podium at the hard-pack course last summer on the way to the MXGP crown at his first attempt. Febvre renewed his deal with Yamaha shortly afterwards at Maggiora and the Italian round and now admitted that he is close to talking about plans for 2017 and beyond.

“Before Arco [Di Trento and the Grand Prix of Trentino over a week ago] we did some work on the bike for the start but we didn’t have much time,” the Frenchman commented exclusively. “It worked out because I was second in the first moto, until the crash on the second turn! After Arco we stayed in Italy until Thursday and worked for two days on the engine character and some other parts of the motor…and it feels better.”