Monster Energy Yamaha will again count on the speed and determination of 2011 FIM MX1-GP Motocross World Championship runner-up Steven Frossard for the 2013 campaign set to start next March. The factory team today unveiled the 25 year old Frenchman as the first fixed part of the rider roster for next year.
Frossard set the premier class alight with two Grands Prix victories and second place overall in his debut season in MX1-GP in 2011; also his first on the potent works YZ450FM. Number ‘183’ also claimed Italian championship titles in 2011 and earlier this year. The current GP term started in positive fashion with a podium finish at the opening round in Holland but an incident during the qualification heat in Bulgaria for round two led to right knee ligament damage. Frossard attempted to continue racing but finally opted for surgery in June with a view to full fitness and a strong attempt at the 2013 crown.
“I’m really happy to continue with Monster Energy Yamaha because I think it is one of the best teams in the FIM World Championship,” said the racer. “I’m also happy that Michele [Rinaldi] and Yamaha Motor Europe wanted to keep me and they trust me. It was an easy decision to sign another contract. We had already been talking since the start of the year and I feel like I have a home here.”
“Securing Steven was a priority for us because we all saw his pace and potential in a first excellent season with Monster Energy Yamaha,” said Yamaha Motor Europe Racing Manager Laurens Klein Koerkamp. “I’m happy we have been able to announce the first part of our plan for the MX1 and MX2-GP classes for 2013 and we will have more news very soon on what we believe is a young, exciting and very competitive line-up for the new season.”