Round twelve of the 2012 MX1 Motocross World Championship takes place in the Czech Republic this weekend, August 4-5, when Dunlop riders will be relying on tyre traction more than ever.
The Key to Loket…
Slick and fast best describes the characteristics of the Loket circuit, located around 130km to the west of the Czech Republic capital Prague.
The natural hillside layout features constant elevation changes, dips and bumps to test the world’s best off-road riders, while the close proximity of the fans raises the atmosphere.
The racing surface is renowned for featuring hard-packed dirt with a loose covering of small stones – a treacherous mix for the unwary – while the high-speeds can make overtaking difficult.
Loket hosted its first premier-class Motocross grand prix in 1995.
Home Boost for Bobryshev
Evgeny Bobryshev heads to Loket having claimed top Dunlop honours for the first time this year after an inspired performance in front of his home Russian fans.
The new Semigorje circuit featured a compressed layout with plentiful jumps and rhythm sections formed from the sandy soil. After Saturday rain, the grand prix races were held in dry and bright conditions, with Honda star Bobryshev cheered from start-to-finish on his way to 6-5 results and fifth overall.
After a string of injury set-backs, it was just the kind of boost Dunlop’s 2011 grand prix winner needed.
Bobryshev said: “I’m happy. I had my mind on the podium, but fifth overall is good. It was amazing – people were treating me like I was the leader of the championship! I didn’t have pressure and the weekend felt fun. I have to thank the public for all the support and the cheering. I hope next year I can come here fitter and maybe with the red plate!”
Debut Podium Memories for Goncalves at Loket
Last year’s Czech Republic GP saw Bobryshev’s team-mate Rui Goncalves celebrate his first ever MX1 grand prix podium, courtesy of 3-3 moto results.
Like Bobryshev, Goncalves has raced in a reduced physical state for much of 2012 and the Portuguese picked up another injury in the run-up to Russia. But he dug deep to record 8-6 finishes and sixth overall.
Goncalves said: “I had a crash during the week with a slow guy and damaged my bicep on my right arm. It was sometimes hard to hold on for the pain, but I’m not the kind of guy to go about finding excuses and complain, so I did my best. Overall I’m pleased. Since Latvia things have been going in the right direction and I want to thank the team for always being behind me.”
Paulin Seeking Fourth Podium
While Honda World Motocross riders have led the Dunlop challenge in the last two events, Kawasaki Racing Team rookie Gautier Paulin remains the highest placed ‘Yellow Cap’ in the World Championship.
A pair of seventh places in Russia was below the young Frenchman’s expectations, but the Bulgarian GP winner remains fourth in the standings and firmly in contention for the top three.
Paulin said: “Two times seventh is not what I expected, but I will work hard to get back on the podium at the next few rounds.”
Team-mate Xavier Boog gritted his teeth to continue his 100 per cent points scoring record this season, having suffered a big ‘off’ during the first moto at Semigorje.
Boog said: “When I did the sighting lap for the second race I knew it was going to be difficult as I had a lot of pain all over my body. I can’t be happy with the results, but at least I got some points in both races.”
Boog is seventh overall in the World Championship.
Dunlop Quote – Dunlop MX race coordinator Eddy Seel:
“Four events now already without a podium, that’s not ideal… Nevertheless, I am happy to see that our Honda riders are getting back in shape and starting to come closer to the podium! I think that it’s not going to take long until we see the red linked to the yellow on the rostrum. Last year Rui made it up there in Loket, hopefully he can repeat it this year. Competition is tough this year, but our riders proved that they have the podium potential and they are four capable of it. I look forward to some great upcoming events and the yellow cap where it belongs.”