MXGP World Champion Romain Febvre has spoken intimately about his life-changing 2015 where he not only ruled the premier class of the FIM Motocross World Championship but also triumphed at the Motocross of Nations in his first attempt.
The recently turned 24-year-old opened up about last year and the effect of success on his life in a new video clip due to be published by Monster Energy tomorrow.
In part of the interview the Frenchman also explains a little of the focus by the Yamaha factory team towards set-up of the YZ450FM for his second term in MXGP and how his riding style has altered since moving to the bigger bike with such forceful effect.
“At the beginning of the season I was riding it [the YZ450FM] a little bit too much like a 250, too high on the RPM and playing with the gears,” he reveals. “I could adapt and progress with the bike during the season. I was maybe a bit more aggressive than the others but that’s my style and I tried to change it but it was difficult!”
“I think the progress we made with the tests meant I could ride with more torque and leave the clutch alone. We did this well. The main problems we had were with the starts. We made the bike easy for me to ride but for the start we had less power. It was hard to start at the front but we have made steps this winter for that.”
Febvre claims he will be fully fit for the race in Qatar after having stitches in his right elbow removed a week ago. #461 has been riding in Italy despite having to withdraw from Italian and French race commitments due to the wound sustained in the second outing of the Italian national series.