Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing MXGP and the French Federation have confirmed that Romain Febvre will sit out the final round of the 2018 Monster Energy FIM Motocross World Championship and the 2018 Motocross of Nations. This news comes weeks after Febvre’s hard crash at the 2018 MXGP of Turkey, which resulted in a concussion and broken ribs for the former MXGP World Champion. In a statement issued by Yamaha, Febvre states that he is taking the necessary time to recover from the crash to prepare for the 2019 season.
Febvre’s statement is posted in full below…
“I feel better, but not every day. The crash in Turkey was not a small one, it was a big impact and it is taking some time to heal. I have decided to not compete in Imola and at the ‘Nations which is a shame. I am not normally somebody who quits easily, I will always do everything to ride, but this time I feel I cannot. I am honestly quite disappointed but the championship is more or less over for me. I wanted to be top-three, so if I finish fifth or sixth, it really does not make a difference to me. It is not where I want to be. Then for the ‘Nations, I feel that I am not ready and if I miss so much time and riding on the bike then I will struggle to be prepared enough to fight for the win, which is what I expect from myself. It’s a difficult time, but I need to take some time to heal up fully to be ready for 2019.”
As a result of Febvre’s injury, the French Federation has announced that former MX2 World Champion Jordi Tixier will fill the Open Class position for the defending champion team at the international event. The 2018 season has been eventful for Tixier, as he started the year with the newly formed BOS Suspension operation but parted ways with the team midway through the season. Tixier recently raced with support from the German-based Sarholz team aboard a KTM, but it’s currently unclear what the level of support will be at the Motocross of Nations.
Why was Marvin Musquin not selected as the replacement rider? The relationship between the rider and federation has been tense in recent years and Musquin’s absence from the initial lineup resulted in a statement that made his displeasure apparent. Per MX French connection LeBigUSA.com, Musquin was reportedly asked to race but declined due to a lack of preparation and recent riding.