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Romain Febvre set to undergo surgery

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08 May (23:41)

After Romain Febvre returned to riding earlier this week, some speculated that he would be able to compete at the Grand Prix of Lombardia this weekend. Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing have now confirmed that will not be the case though, via a statement from the former world champion, although it seems as though a return is not too far away. Thoughts from Febvre are below.

"It has been good to be back on the bike. At the moment my ankle is not perfect but it's good enough to ride and to put some hours on the bike. It gets better every day, but it needs more mobility so that I am able to put my foot where I want. It has been good to start training. Right now, I am trying to catch the time back on the bike and it is cool that I can train with Monster Energy Kemea Yamaha MX2's Ben Watson, which helps me get back into the rhythm because we can push each other and it's really good for me. Much better than riding alone. I am hoping to be back for Portugal but, if I'm not ready, I think France."

02 May (23:23)

Romain Febvre has been fairly quiet in recent weeks, as he has just been going about his business and tried to recover from the ankle injury that was sustained at the Grand Prix of Patagonia-Argentina. Febvre jumped on a bike for the first time earlier this week and Yamaha Racing managed to locate him for an in-depth update, which was shared via a video on their Facebook page. This is what he had to say about a potential return to racing in the coming weeks.

"It is going to plan and on time, let's say. When I will race, that is another question. I don't know. I will see how the weeks go and the training as well. Like I said, I cannot go as much as I want on the bike. I will see when I will be back racing."

The next round of the 2019 FIM Motocross World Championship will take place on May 12 at Mantova and it seems highly unlikely that Romain Febvre will race there. There are two rounds on the weekends that follow that, Agueda and St. Jean d'Angely. One would presume that racing the Grand Prix of France would be a priority.

14 March (10:03)

Romain Febvre has now undergone the surgery that was outlined in the previous statement, which can be read below, and offered the following update on his condition.

"Update: Broken talus, the worst, and broken cuboid and calcaneus, but very small fractures so will get fixed by themselves. Got a new screw, but very good job of the doctor as good as you can't see anymore the fractures on x-ray! P.S. the red circle, it's the old stuff I got already before."

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Press Release

Following a heavy fall in race two at the opening round of the 2019 FIM Motocross World Championship in Patagonia, Argentina, Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP's Romain Febvre will undergo surgery next week to repair a severely broken ankle.

After taking the first qualifying-race victory of the season, Febvre was looking in top form to put chase to his second MXGP world title. The former World Champion finished third in race one and was running in third-position in race two when he unfortunately caught an edge in the wave section and was thrown from his YZ450FM. He landed heavily on his right ankle and was immediately taken to the medical centre for examination. While he was cleared from injury in Argentina, he was in an immense amount of pain and decided to see another doctor for a second opinion upon arrival in Belgium (the country in which the Frenchman resides).

Earlier today, the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP star went to the University Hospital Antwerp (UZA) where top Orthopaedic specialist Dr. Geert Peersman confirmed he has broken his Talus (ankle) in two places. The injury requires surgical repair, which is scheduled for Tuesday 12th March, and is expected to take six weeks to heal after the date of the operation.

Romain Febvre: "Sad news today. I broke the Talus bone in my ankle. I feel really sad, not only for myself but for my entire team and all of the people involved. This is how it is: These things are part of our sport. Now I need to focus on getting it fixed with an operation next Tuesday and then I can start my rehabilitation. I will try to be back on the bike as soon as possible, right now they are saying around six weeks more or less, but even when I get back on the bike I will have lost a lot of time and physical condition with no training. I will see when I am back on the bike how things are going and what I am focusing on, until then I can not say too much. The main goal is to get my foot fixed."

Words: Press Release | Lead Image: Yamaha Racing

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