Febvre undergoes surgery and misses three rounds
Yamaha have confirmed that Australian MXGP star Dean Ferris will stand-in temporarily for three rounds replacing the injured Romain Febvre.
Romain Febvre was unfortunately unable to finish the first MXGP of the year after a heavy fall in the second race while on the 14th lap of 18. Febvre crashed out of the race in the roller section and sustained a break to his Talus, which is the bone that makes up the lower part of the ankle joint. Febvre was later informed that the injury required surgical intervention.
Febvre underwent a successful operation on Wednesday 13th of March at the University Antwerp Hospital (UZA). The injury is expected to take six-weeks to heal therefore Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP has called upon Ferris to fill the Frenchman’s seat for the next three rounds of the MXGP World Championship.
Ferris is the current Australian Motocross Champion in the premier class and has been undefeated in the title chase for the last three years. All three titles were won on Yamaha’s popular YZ450F, and in 2018 he put his name in the history books as the first rider to win all 10-rounds of the series.
No stranger to the podium or the tracks and venues in Europe, the 28-year-old is relishing the chance to race three rounds of the MXGP World Championship with a Factory YZ450FM as a substitute for Febvre. Having achieved his current goals in Australia, he is now looking for opportunities to compete in other areas of the world and new challenges that will allow him to further hone his skills as a top motocross rider.
Ferris will make his 2019 MXGP debut on the weekend of March 24th at Matterley Basin, in Winchester, England, where he will line up on a Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP YZ450FM for the second round of the FIM Motocross World Championship.
Matterley Basin is the first of three back-to-back MXGP rounds. Ferris will also contest the two rounds that follow. Round three in Valkenswaard, The Netherlands, and round four in Pietramurata, Italy.