Introducing Arnaud Tonus
Mitch Payton is known for scouting talent from the FIM Motocross World Championship pool, and his latest signee is Arnaud Tonus. After taking on the MX2 class for the past few seasons with Pro Circuit’s European counterpart, the rider from Switzerland is set to race the entire 2015 season in America. Unfortunately, a wrist injury briefly halted his off-season prep, but Tonus is finally back on the bike and ready for the 250 East Coast Regional Supercross championship. As with any European rider, there are higher expectations for Tonus in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, but he and the team feel confident in his adaptation to the unique demands of Supercross.
Coming to America…
I had a pretty good season, and I was in a good position and Mitch was interested in me. We got in contact and it was kind of a dream for me, to be on the phone with Mitch. It took me a little bit to make my decision, but I am happy that I did it this way for a new challenge in the US.
It's a two-year deal, so I'll be here for at least two years. We'll see how I ride and maybe I will be here for more.
After des Nations I had a little break and came in here in October, was riding for a month then had a wrist injury. I had to break for five or six weeks, but I'm back on the bike now and feel good.
It's the American dream, I had to do it [Laughs]. I got the pickup, the house, and moved with my girlfriend. It has been alright and we have gotten used to everything. I enjoy the life so far because it is easy to train and I have my mechanic, Jon, with me all the time. It is really cool the way it works.
I didn't expect anything; I just wanted to learn a little bit of everything. I have to adapt myself and it has been quite a thing, but main thing has been with Supercross, learning whoops and stuff.
With the food, we go buy pasta so it's not such a big deal. I'm lucky my girlfriend cooks so I don't have to go to fast food [Laughs].
The weather is the easiest thing [Laughs]. Right now at home it is snowing in Switzerland. I had to move from my country to train, but here it is sunny every day. You don't think about weather, so it's perfect for practice.
Preparing for Supercross…
I ride a lot of motocross, because in Europe we don't have such a Supercross series like there is here. I have not so much experience on it, but I have ridden things like Geneva and Bercy. It is Supercross, but with different kinds of tracks.
When you look from the outside, it always looks to be fast. It does impress me, but I think when I spend more time on the bike I should be good for the East Coast, where there are different guys. I'll learn and I'm here to do my best.
I will be one hundred percent by Arlington. It's not too much further, I just have to do what I have been and should be good.
Riding for Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki and Mitch Payton…
Mitch is really nice with the riders. I have good experiences with him and we haven't been talking too much, but what he said is really interesting and I'm learning how he works. So far it has been really good, I'm kind of a quiet guy so I've not being talking with all of the team, but I'm lucky to have Jon as my mechanic. He is French and we have the same language, so it is a bit easier. I like it.
The bike is quite different. It seems like the pipe and fuel makes it more free, and they have been working so hard to make it good. It's a great bike, but hard to compare with what I had in Europe because it is a different bike and much faster.
I have more experience in motocross, so it should be a little easier for me. But it will be different tracks and in GPs it is a little longer, because we get two days and a lot of time to get used to things. It will be a little more intense, but should be fun for me. I am here to be up front.