The 2017 MXGP tour will continue this weekend with the fifteenth round - of the nineteen round series - taking place at Frauenfeld-Gachnang, Switzerland, a new venue that made its FIM Motocross World Championship debut last year.
The Swiss Grand Prix is an exciting prospect Yamaha's MXGP stars. Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing's duo, Romain Febvre and Jeremy Van Horebeek, want to shake off the sand of Lommel and put their YZ450FM's back inside the top five, while there is a different means of excitement for Wilvo Yamaha Official MXGP's very own Swiss sensation, Arnaud Tonus, as it will be his first ever home Grand Prix.
The Swiss Grand Prix could bring something special for Romain Febvre as it was the last time he was seen uncorking a bottle of champagne on the MXGP class podium. The Frenchman earned his place on the third step of the box in 2016 after charging from outside the top-ten, to finish second behind the eight time FIM Motocross World Champion, Tony Cairoli, in the final race of the day.
Jeremy Van Horebeek, on the other hand, has been chasing 'race fitness' over the last few rounds after spending six-weeks recovering from a severely broken finger. The Belgian is feeling strong on the bike, he is just working on his endurance, particularly in the second races. Meanwhile Arnaud Tonus is bound to feel at home - in more ways than one - on the firm Swiss soil, and should be one to watch onboard the all-new 2018 Yamaha YZ450F.
Situated in the North East of Switzerland, the man-made track in Frauenfeld-Gachnang offers an all-new experience to the world's fastest MXGP riders with its unique, flat yet rough, rutty, fast and jumpy layout. The circuit was built specifically, last year, to rebirth the Swiss Grand Prix which before making its vibrant return to the calendar - that saw the grand stands swell with 45,000 screaming fans - last hosted a round of the FIM Motocross World Championship back in 2001, at Roggenburg.