Honda World Motocross rider Evgeny Bobryshev overcame a problematic qualifying day yesterday to go 7-4 in today’s races for fourth overall at a notoriously tough Lierop track in The Netherlands for round 14 of the MX1 World Championship.
After a tough qualifying race yesterday where Bobryshev finished 15th, while Gonçalves had to retire with a technical problem, both riders got a good start to the opening moto of today. Gonçalves took up sixth place with Bobryshev two places back in eighth initially.
Bobryshev, who was feeling more comfortable with the overnight machine setting changes made, lost time with a mistake in the early stages, but the Russian ace got into his rhythm midway through the race and was able to take Shaun Simpson on the final lap for seventh place. Gonçalves slipped back through the order to finish in 14th position while struggling to find a good feeling with the bike, which was altered between motos.
In race two Bobryshev took up third place on lap three of the 35-minute plus two-lap moto, although Simpson got the better of him a handful of laps later. Tanel Leok charged past the dicing duo in the final stages of the moto, but a hard working Bobryshev took Simpson again on the last lap for fourth position and fourth place overall. Teammate Gonçalves got a superb start, but went down on lap one as an unavoidable Maximilian Nagl crashed right in front of him. Coming from the back of the pack the 27-year-old Portuguese rider came through in the super-rough, gnarly conditions to take a very commendable eighth position and 10th overall.
The Honda World Motocross team now heads to its home round in Faenza, Italy for the penultimate round of the Grand Prix series. Antonio Cairoli won both motos.
Evgeny Bobryshev #777: 4th overall
“In the first race the start wasn’t so bad, but I made a mistake on the first lap and crashed. I lost a lot of time so the guys at the front got away, but I just rode my own race, tried not to make any mistakes, and I was catching Simpson. In the last few laps it was tough, but I got him just before the end and I was fighting right to the finish. In the second race I got a good start, and I didn’t push too much in the beginning. I knew the guys would be tired, so I had a little plan to push more at the end, but unfortunately I too got tired. Leok passed me and I couldn’t go with him, but Simpson was in front and I managed to get him in the end to finish fourth. We made some little steps overnight with the suspension that made me feel better and we are definitely going in the right direction overall. I just need a little bit more time training on the sand tracks to get myself in the p erfect condition. My aim is just to stay consistent now for the last two races and enjoy my riding while continuing to train hard.”
Rui Gonçalves #999: 10th overall
“It’s been a tough weekend overall for me. We had some bike issues yesterday, which put me on the outside of the gate. We put some different settings into the bike today and in the first moto it wasn’t great for me. I got a good start, but I couldn’t get on with the bike like normal, so we ended up where we did. I was for sure not happy about that. In the second race I got a decent start into third but Max (Nagl) crashed in front of me in the first lap and I was right behind, so I couldn’t avoid him. I hit him and went down, so I was a long way behind the pack. On the first lap I managed to get back through a few positions, but I knew it would be really tough to get up front. I kept pushing and managed to take eighth, but I was close to (Clement) Desalle on the last lap. I was pretty happy with how I was rid ing, but I was frustrated with how the weekend turned out because it could have been a lot easier if things went more smoothly. I did my best, the team worked hard to resolve our issues, which I’m grateful for. Thanks to all my family and supporters; there’s two to go, so I’ll keep working hard to try and bring the good results home.”
Lorenzo Resta: Honda World Motocross Team Manager
“Overall I am very happy with the results from both riders. With Bobby’s bike we made quite a few changes overnight after yesterday’s performance, and we saw a big improvement. For Rui we had made some changes in the first moto, which didn’t suit him, but for the second he had a much better outing. Unfortunately he crashed after a couple of corners, as Max Nagl went down right in front of him, which wasn’t his fault. I’m really happy because we were one step off the podium with Bobby, which is unexpected at the moment. It’s the best race for him in the most difficult conditions this year. I’d also like to remember that here in Lierop three years ago Timotei Potisek rode with us just a few months before he sadly passed away. He was a special guy and he was a Le Touquet winner, so it&rsqu o;s nice to come here to remember that. Now we head to our home round in Faenza, which will be important to us and we will have a journalist test there for the 2013 CRF 450R, so we are really looking forward to that.”
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