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Monster Energy Yamaha complete 2012 line-up with Dixon union

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Monster Energy Yamaha have joined with Steve Dixon's professional and successful British set-up turning 'black and green' with their Cosworth-powered YZ250F machinery.

After confirmation of the factory Rinaldi-helmed team fielding Steven Frossard (2011 MX1-GP World Championship runner-up and winner of two Grand Prix), David Philippaerts (2011 MX1 Brazilian Grand Prix winner and 2008 MX1 World Champion) and Christophe Charlier (former European Champion and set to start a third FIM MX2-GP series with a YZ250F) several weeks ago Yamaha Motor Europe (YME) have now confirmed the second half of their Monster Energy line-up for the 2012 campaign.

Dixon retains his rider roster of Zach Osborne (21 yrs old), the most successful American Grand Prix racer this century and collector of five rostrum trophies in the past two years, and Arnaud Tonus (20 yrs) from Switzerland, one of the most improved and highly sought after youngsters in the GP paddock who finished fifth in the 2011 FIM World Championship.

Both riders have helped the team become undisputed British Champions (MX2) for the last two years. Dixon's long history with Yamaha in Grand Prix racing means that he has overseen the emergence and success of riders such as Paul Malin, Carl Nunn, Brian Jorgensen, Billy Mackenzie, the late Andrew McFarlane and of course Osborne who joined the unit in 2008 and aced the 2009 Turkish Grand Prix as well as finishing fourth in the world in 2010. The 2008 British Champion, Shaun Simpson (23 yrs), comes aboard to steer a YZ450F with a Rinaldi prepared factory engine in MX1-GP for his second term at the highest level and will be the only British rider on works equipment for the '12 campaign.

"We need to win a world championship and our team has reached a very high level in the last couple of years. This is thanks to some excellent support from our backers but this move is a fantastic chance to work closer with YME and the factory," commented Steve Dixon, who can count on two decades of association with Yamaha and will continue to receive first class support from Yamaha Motor UK and his strong technical partner Cosworth, as well as long-term team backer 'Bike it'.

"We have two very promising riders for MX2 in Zach and Arnaud who I believe will be ready to move up a level and be in regular contention for podiums next season, and the addition of Shaun means we will have an important British link and a rider who still has so much to show as a Grand Prix racer. MX2-GP is very competitive and it is important to be fast and remain fit and keep that consistency. This is a new step for our team. I have been in this sport a long time and I think it is a great opportunity."

"With the Monster Energy Yamaha effort in MX2 we add experience through Zach and Arnaud, both top runners this year and now with Shaun confirmed we have another young and promising rider for MX1," said Yamaha Motor Europe Racing Manager Laurens Klein Koerkamp.

"The Yamaha-Dixon relationship has existed for twenty years; many of them with strong YME involvement and others with a focus of support through Yamaha Motor UK. From a perspective of increased efficiency it makes sense to tighten our relationship even further again and bring Steve and his team through YME under the Monster Energy Yamaha banner. Steve has a massive experience in both team and rider management in motocross, has strong technical partners and we hope together we can go for the MX2 world title and prepare Shaun for top results in MX1."

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