After retiring professionally in 2021, Swiss start Arnaud Tonus announced early this year that he will be back racing again for Yamaha Motor Switzerland in the FMX Swiss MX Open series. And now, with the next round of the MXGP World Championship heading into Frauenfeld for round three, he will be back again at the GP paddock as well for the first time since Pietramurata in 2021.
Last time Tonus raced in front of his home crowd was in 2017. And It was a special one because he won his first-ever race in the MXGP class. However, a crash in the second race kept him out of podium contention.
Tonus had a successful career. He won one MX2 Grand Prix, in Brazil (2014) after grabbing seven podiums in the first ten rounds. Next year he moved to America to race for Pro Circuit Kawasaki, and after spending two years with the team, he came back to Europa to race for the MXGP class for the first time in his career. Despite never reaching a Grand Prix win, he enjoys multiple podiums a two race individual wins. His best season came in 2019 where he ended 5th in the championship standings with six podium results.
Watch the highlights of his first-ever GP win and his first-ever moto win in the MXGP class: