Frenchman Romain Febvre has signed a two-year deal with the Kawasaki factory to contest the MXGP championship for 2022 and 2023.
The deal is a tangible indication of the confidence Kawasaki has in the World Championship potential of the 29 year old from Epinal.
With a reputation for the ability to win on any surface from hard pack to deep sand, Febvre will be a core element of the Kawasaki approach to motocross at its highest level, according to Kawasaki Race Planning Manager, Steve Guttridge.
“From his first races as part of our lime green family we could see what a great fit Romain was with Kawasaki and the KX450,” said Guttridge.
“His affinity with the bike is there for all to see. He has a great vision for what he wants to achieve and a plan of attack that marks him out as exceptional even amongst the very best of the current crop of top MXGP riders.”
For Febvre to conclude a two-year deal before the 2021 season has matured will allow him to concentrate on the job in hand as the Frenchman explains.
“It was very important for me to agree a deal to allow me to focus on the 2021 Championship and give my best efforts to my team. I am now one of the fastest guys in the Championship and I am looking forward to a new adventure and achieving great things on the factory Kawasaki,” he said.
“A two-year deal will allow me to plan and extend even further my abilities with the KX450. It already suits my style well in terms of the type of power delivery I like plus the narrow chassis suits my riding style and body positioning really well. Now I have the time and space to fine tune the package and continue the necessary training regime to achieve my goal, an MXGP world title for Kawasaki.”