The 2010 FIM Motocross World Championship may well have been resigned to the history books, but Teka Suzuki Europe World MX2’s Arnaud Tonus has yet to finish his racing commitments this year and last weekend gained arguably one of his most impressive results since turning ‘yellow’ almost 12 months ago.
The teenage Swiss, who finished seventh in the FIM MX2 class in just his second motocross season at the highest level, guided his potent Suzuki RM-Z250 to victory in the Berck sur Mer beach race on the west coast of France.
In taking first, second and first positions in the three motocross races in tough sandy conditions and through a deep course that involved a three minute lap, Tonus defeated a host of renowned MX1 (450cc) riders including 10-times World Champion Stefan Everts, Belgian Champion Steve Ramon, Grand Prix winner Ken De Dycker, French Champion Xavier Boog and other World Championship peers such as Anthony Boissiere and Harri Kullas.
It was an emphatic and confident performance from the Suzuki rider Tonus who ended the Grand Prix term with his first motocross podium result at Fermo for the GP of Italy a month ago.
Arnaud Tonus says: "I’m really happy with how things went because the track was really tough and there were a lot of good riders. This shows that I have really progressed in the sand as this was one of my weak points in 2009. Overall it has been a good season for me and I have benefitted from being with the team and on such a competitive bike. Fermo was a memorable weekend and I have not stopped training because I want to race Supercross and keep busy."
Tonus will continue to compete in the coming weeks on a Suzuki, but this time switching to the discipline of Supercross and entering European SX championship rounds in Milan and Genoa as well as the high-profile Bercy SX in Paris on Nov. 19-21.