Following months of being sidelined from racing Romain Febvre can’t wait any longer for a return to MXGP despite not being fully recovered from a foot injury.
After completing an intensive rehabilitation program, Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP’s talented star feels the time is right to make his return to the FIM Motocross World Championship at Agueda for the MXGP of Portugal.
Febvre suffered a broken ankle at the opening round of the MXGP championship in Argentina and has missed all four rounds since.
Although Febvre has been declared fit to return to racing at the Portuguese Grand Prix this weekend (May 19), the 26-year-old Frenchman is not fully fit but is looking forward to being back in action.
“I’m excited to start racing again,” said Febvre in a press release. “My foot is not yet 100 per cent as it is expected to take a few more weeks for the mobility to improve. I still have pain sometimes, but it is not too bad.”
The loss of Febvre so early in the season was a blow to MXGP
Before his injury, Febvre looked in solid form, perhaps close to the high standard that had propelled him to a world championship crown in 2015. He won the first Qualifying moto of the season and fans were looking forward to a three-way duel of Tony Cairoli, Tim Gajser and Febvre in the opening rounds.
With the absence of world champion Jeffrey Herlings, who had his own injury woes, the Frenchman looked like he was the only one outside of Gajser capable of challenging Cairoli. Unfortunately, Febvre fell in the second race of the first Grand Prix and suffered two fractures to his Talus (ankle).
The injury was surgically repaired in Belgium on March 13 and Febvre has been working towards a return ever since.
“I think it has been nine weeks since the operation and I realise that I need a starting point to return to racing, even if it is not 100 per cent because there is no guaranteed time frame in which it will be 100 per cent,” he said.
“I can’t wait for it, because I will lose too much time. I look forward to returning in Portugal. I like the track there, so I look forward to rediscovering my speed and to start rebuilding my race condition.”