Tonus to race 2018 YZ450F

2018 YZ450F debuts.

2018 YZ450F debuts.

Wilvo Yamaha MXGP are extremely excited to announce that Arnaud Tonus, who currently sits tenth in the FIM Motocross World Championship standings, will be one of the first riders to pilot the all-new 2018 YZ450F in anger.

Loket, the circuit that will play host to the Grand Prix of the Czech Republic this weekend, will be the venue for this iconic moment. The slick, hard-pack soil will mesh perfectly with the refined skillset that Tonus possesses. The 2018 YZ450F features a new engine and frame, so will only aid #4 in his charge towards the podium this weekend. A video of Arnaud Tonus in action aboard the ground-breaking machine can be found below.

Tonus buries the 2018 YZ450F into a berm during testing (Yamaha Racing)

Louis Vosters (Team Manager): “I am very pleased that Yamaha Motor Europe has given us the confidence to start using the YZ450F 2018 bike at this point in the season. Yamaha put a lot of effort in to have the 2018 bikes already available for us. They put a lot of energy into it along with several partners like Akrapovic, KYB and GYTR.

“Our crew worked extremely hard to get the bikes ready at GP level for the next races. From the first test, Arnaud Tonus was very positive about how the bike responds and the power of this totally-redesigned engine. We are very much looking forward to the upcoming weekend in the Czech Republic for the thirteenth MXGP round of the season."

Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: Yamaha Racing

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