News 12 May 2022

'It's too early to consider a date to be back racing' - Febvre

Frenchman rides KX450 in Belgium twice as recovery continues.

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Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Romain Febvre has declared ‘it’s too early to consider a date to be back racing’ in MXGP after completing laps last week in Belgium as his recovery continues.

Febvre crashed heavily during the 2021 Paris Supercross, requiring multiple surgeries following the incident where he sustained a double fracture of the tibia and fibula in his right leg.

Now four weeks since the last operation, Febvre met with the surgeon on Tuesday to undergo further checks and evaluate his condition.

“Of course, I would want it to go faster but the healing process is going normally; the bone graft is looking good even if it will still take some time for the bone to be definitively consolidated,” Febvre explained.

“In fact, we wanted to know how painful my leg was when riding a bike, and also to see how my leg felt a few hours after a training session. They were not long sessions, but they were enough for me to evaluate the pain and for my doctor to understand how my body had reacted.

“My doctor told me that the pain level will guide me, and it’s up to me to decide the frequency and the intensity of the training sessions on the bike. At the moment the plan is to progress step-by-step, and to determine the evolution. It’s too early to consider a date to be back racing, time will tell us.”

Last year’s MXGP vice-champion has missed the opening rounds of the 2022 season altogether, as Team HRC’s Tim Gajser has dominated the majority of 2022 thus far, with Jeffrey Herlings out for the season and Jorge Prado also currently sidelined.