Positive progress continues for premier class newcomer.
MXGP World Championship rookie Arnaud Tonus celebrated his first podium finish in the premier class with third place at the grand prix of Trentino last weekend and only a fortnight after registering a personal best with fourth position in Mexico.
The Swiss also chased eventual winner Tony Cairoli hard in the first moto and was within two seconds of a maiden chequered flag in just his sixth appearance in the class.
“It is weird to be up here and I didn’t expect it,” the 25-year-old said on what was the second appearance for Wilvo Yamaha on the rostrum this season – more than any other Yamaha team – and after he just failed to relegate Gautier Paulin to seventh in the second moto.
Tonus gained the silverware thanks to Cairoli’s GP-claiming move to pass Evgeny Bobryshev on the final circulation. “On the last few laps they put on the pitboard that I had to pass Gautier to be on the box and I was a bit frustrated, but they stopped me there [by the pitlane] and said we did it; so I have to thank Tony for that one!”
After a mediocre resumption of his grand prix career and first term on the 450s at Qatar (he was 14th) Tonus has continued to improve and Trentino marked a small milestone in the talented former Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki rider’s career. “This is a big step in the right direction for me,” he affirmed. “I had a good feeling on this track and I’m happy for the team because they have been working hard for this. It is a tough class and you need a good start.”