Rui Gonçalves and Evgeny Bobryshev completed a tough weekend in Agueda, Portugal for round seven of the MX1 World Championship with solid second moto performances in sixth and seventh places with Gonçalves taking seventh overall.
After heavy rainfall overnight both Gonçalves and Bobryshev didn’t get the best of starts from their fifth and 29th gate positions, which was then magnified with both riders crashing in the third corner on lap one. Gonçalves was caught up in David Philippaerts’ crash, which brought down a number of riders, and Bobryshev tangled with Ken de Dycker while trying to avoid the melee, leaving both Honda pilots outside the top 15.
Bobryshev made his way through to 11th place with a strong pace aboard his factory CRF 450R, when he stalled the bike on lap 12 of the 35-minute plus two-lap moto and was unable to rejoin the race. Teammate Gonçalves managed to elevate himself to 13th place where he maintained his pace while fending off Tanel Leok until the final lap, when a lapped rider took the Portuguese star’s line and allowed Leok to pass at the chequered flag.
After a disappointing opening moto, both riders got better starts to the second race with Gonçalves in fifth place at the end of lap one and Bobryshev in 10th position. Gonçalves rode a consistent pace, but stalled the bike on the last lap and finished in sixth position for seventh overall, while Bobryshev worked hard around the rutty, drying track with the chest injury sustained in yesterday’s qualifying crash to take a positive seventh place.
The overall Grand Prix was won by Clement Desalle and the Honda World Motocross team now heads to the Belgium Grand Prix in Bastogne next weekend.
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Rui Gonçalves #999: 7th Overall
“It was a tough beginning today as I didn’t get a good start in the first moto. I was right behind Philippaerts who crashed, and my bike got stuck with his, so it took a long time for me to get going again. I charged quite quickly through the first laps, but I got a little caught up in the pack while being roosted and I wasn’t taking good lines. I was 13th then in the last lap I lost a place and I was frustrated with the result. In the second race I definitely got a better start with a good rhythm from the beginning. I was fifth until the last lap, where I jumped a little bit short on a double and went over the rut before hitting the brakes and stalling. I tried bumping the bike, but I had to kick it off, so I lost a place, which was annoying and shouldn’t have happened. Apart from that I was happy with the way I was riding so this was positive, but we need to work on the starts and the small mistakes. I want to thank all of my fans t his weekend, as it was really important for their support, which has made the GP easier. I’d also like to thank the team for all of their support too.”
Evgeny Bobryshev #777: 16th Overall
“This weekend has been really tough. From the outside gate I got a fairly good jump, but in the corner some guys made some moves and I was quite far out. Then in the group on the third corner there were a few guys stuck on the inside, so I had to switch to the outside, where I touched De Dycker and went down. I was coming back, but later on I stalled the bike and I couldn’t get going again. The second race was much better, as I got a good jump from the gate, but I was then a bit squeezed out at the first turn. I came back to seventh and I was happy with my riding. I used a lot of energy in the first part, so I had a bit of a dip with the rhythm in the second race, but I came back again towards the end. I am not happy with the weekend, but the second moto was much better and although seventh is not what I aim for, it is a stepping stone back to where I want to be.”
Lorenzo Resta: Honda World Motocross Team Manager
“The first moto was one of our worst results of the season. It’s not easy when we try so hard and after yesterday, which indicated that both riders were capable of good results today, it was a disappointment. Bobby had some problems, and Rui also struggled with a crash and to come back was difficult. We forgot the first race very quickly as a team and in the second race everyone did a really good job. We saw both riders fighting hard and riding very consistently for the sixth and seventh places, which is a concrete foundation for us to build on from now. We look forward for the next GP, as we know we have a much bigger potential than this, but our aim is firstly to regain some consistency and then go from there.”
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