Yamaha Motor Europe have signed Arnaud Tonus to a a contract extension that will continuing to race the YZ450F for the next two years, through to 2019.
The twenty-five-year-old Swiss rider is currently in his rookie season in the premier motocross world championship, MXGP. While he is tenth in the championship standings, he has already showcased his potential with a podium finish at the MXGP of Trentino in April, and a Qualifying Race win two weeks ago in Russia.
With nine rounds to go in the MXGP series, one of which will be his home grand prix in Frauenfeld-Gachnang, Switzerland, on August 12th & 13th, the Wilvo Yamaha Official MXGP star hopes to hit another career milestone with a MXGP race win, and an MXGP grand prix win too.
"I am really happy to sign with Yamaha," Tonus said. "It was my number one choice since joining with Louis and the team at Wilvo. I have a really good relationship with them and I know how hard they work for me to be happy on the team, I am grateful for that. It made my decision to stay with Yamaha really easy, and I just wanted to move forward with them. On top of that, I have tried the 2018 YZ450F and I can honestly say it's a really good bike and I can see a really solid future."
Erik Eggens, Yamaha Motor Europe MX Manager, said, "It's a pleasure to have Arnaud onboard for another two-years. He has been testing the 2018 YZ450F already and it he seems very confident with the new bike, so it we feel it is a good move to continue building a relationship with him. I think he has a lot of potential and a good working relationship with the Wilvo team, so I am looking forward to sharing his success over the next two-years."