Two years. A long time in any case but a dry spell that can feel ruinous in sport. Monster Energy Yamaha’s Romain Febvre has fought a broken ankle, concussions and confidence-rattling bike set-up issues since he last stood on the top step of an MXGP podium in the summer of 2016. At the Grand Prix of Czech Republic last weekend the Frenchman snapped series-leader Tim Gajser’s seven-race run to sample that forgotten feeling of elation. His 1-1 performance in the stuffy heat of the Loket circuit was just the tonic to refresh MXGP and reinvigorate the Febvre’s quest for glory.
“I feel amazing,” the 2015 champion said. “The whole weekend has been good for me. Right from the beginning my speed has been good, and I managed to go 1-1 today. I am really happy. It has been a long road back to victory and not an easy one. Many tough GPs and some injuries. We are back! I am so happy, and happy for my team Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP. It means everything."