The Honda World Motocross team is heading home to Italy for the penultimate round of the MX1 World Championship in Faenza with the aim of concluding the closing stages of the Grand Prix season with good results.
Following on from his fourth overall in Lierop, The Netherlands less than one week ago, Evgeny Bobryshev has had a few days rest from the bike with some physical training. Today the Russian rider will head out with the team in Italy for a testing session to refine the settings of his factory CRF 450R in preparation for round 15 of 16 of the World series this weekend.
The Faenza track, in the Romagna region, is a technical circuit on a hillside, which has been omitted from the World Championship calendar for three seasons. The picturesque track will host the penultimate round of the championship before the season finale in two weeks’ time in Germany and is one Bobryshev enjoys, having won a local race there last year.
Teammate Rui Gonçalves is also looking to end his season on a high. A recent run of good form in the lead up to Lierop has left the Portuguese rider feeling confident of his chances at the Italian race. Gonçalves has raced the Italian championship in the past, as well as Grand Prix races there, so the Honda pilot is familiar with the track and is feeling strong going into the weekend.
Rui Gonçalves #999
“After Lierop I did quite a bit of physical training while also recovering from last weekend. Everything is fine and we had a good programme, so I am happy coming into this weekend. We are now on our way to Italy, and it’s a home GP for the team members, so we want to put on a good show and stay out of trouble in all of the motos. I’ve done some racing there in the past in the World Championship and the Italian series; it’s a nice track, but the last Grand Prix there in 2009 was a washout with lots of mud. Having said that the layout is good on natural terrain with some uphill and downhill parts. The ground is quite hard, but I am sure the organisers will do a good job and with good preparation there will be some nice lines. A good start will be important here, as we w ill need to get get away with the front for a good result, but as I said we need to stay out of trouble and have some good luck. The race itself is a popular event and I can speak the language so it’s nice to talk to the fans, but the main aim will be to put in some decent results for the team.”
Evgeny Bobryshev #777
“Coming into the weekend I feel it’s important because we have an Italian based team, so I want to do a good job for them. From my point of view I want to do my best with no crashes and aim for good results. Faenza is a favourite track of mine; I won a local race there last year, so I have a good feeling with the circuit, but I hope the weather isn’t too hot. I’ve been doing physical training this week with a bit of a rest after Lierop, which was tough and we also have some testing today to improve the feeling a little bit with the suspension. Overall the feeling is improving each week and to finish off the year well we need to just find something more on the bike, but the package is finally there after a really tough season with injuries. The ground is really hard at Faenza, but it’s nice when it’s ripped and watered, although if it’s hot it is just l ike concrete. I expect there will be some changes this year to the layout, but it’s quite a technical track and I am looking forward to the weekend.”
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