Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team MXGP’s Romain Febvre has undergone surgery on a leg injury in Paris. Febvre crashed heavily while challenging leader Marvin Musquin in the second of three races at the La Defense Arena in the French capital.
The factory Kawasaki team reports that the surgery on Sunday was a success. The 29-year-old Frenchman will now rest for a few weeks before preparing for the 2022 MXGP season, which starts on February 20 at Matterley Basin.
Febvre had enjoyed an excellent 2021 season, returning to the kind of form that saw him win the 2015 MXGP title. Earlier this month, he concluded the FIM Motocross World Championship in second place with eight podiums and one Grand Prix win. So he saw the Paris Supercross race as the perfect opportunity to celebrate with the French fans.
The event started well for Febvre, with the fastest time in Friday practice. And he carried that over to secure the third fastest lap time, ahead of the US riders, in the Superpole. Febvre was then fifth in the first of the three races and had an excellent start in the second sprint as he chased countryman Musquin for the lead. But sadly, the night turned sour when he spectacularly crashed on the finish jump.
The medical service evacuated Febvre, and the KRT star was later transferred to the Ambroise Paré Hospital at Boulogne Billancourt, where he had further examinations. He then underwent surgery on Sunday morning with Professors Bernard Hollier-Larousse and Victoire Bouveau treating a double fracture of the tibia and fibula of the right leg.
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Musquin was crowned the 38th King of Paris with an impressive outing ahead of the 2022 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship. The 31-year-old had earlier this year signed a Supercross-only deal with the Austrian manufacturer with speculation this could be his last season in the elite series. However, Musquin showed no signs of his advancing years in Paris, dominating the event with a Superpole and then three race wins to secure his third Paris Supercross title.