News 6 Sep 2011

Frosard and Philippaerts to remain at Monster Energy Yamaha

Frenchman Steven Frossard will remain at Monster Energy Yamaha for next season.

Frenchman Steven Frossard will remain at Monster Energy Yamaha for next season.

Monster Energy Yamaha have confirmed one half of the six-rider crew that will tackle the 2012 FIM Motocross World Championship.

The factory team has announced that Steven Frossard, David Philippaerts and Christophe Charlier will continue to run the distinctive ‘black and green’ livery for next year.

The Michele Rinaldi-owned section of the squad will once more count on the services of Frossard and Philippaerts on the works YZ450FM motorcycles as the most successful crew in the short history of the MX1 GP class.

Joining the pair on the works YZ250FM will be former European champion and highly rated teenage hotshot Charlier, who will begin only his third term as a grand prix racer.

Monster Energy Yamaha will field another two riders in MX2 GP and another individual on the YZ450F in MX1 GP, the structure of the full set-up will be announced shortly.

“I’m very happy that we can continue at our high level with Steven and David in MX1-GP thanks to Monster Energy and Yamaha,” said Rinaldi who will start his 21st year of racing with Yamaha.

“Steven has had a very good first season and we have been encouraged by what he can do and the approach he has to his racing. With David we clearly have a strong relationship and he is a proven title contender for a number of years now.

“I believe with these two very capable riders we will be at the front again in 2012. I’m also pleased that Christophe will be coming to work with us.

“His talent on a motorcycle is very clear to see and we hope with some continued guidance we will be able to see his real potential on our YZ250FM.”