Honda World Motocross team’s Evgeny Bobryshev put on a strong performance today at Fermo, Italy for round three of the MX1 World Championship to take a strong sixth overall and has moved up six places in the standings.
In race one it was teammate Rui Gonçalves, who is suffering with a painful groin injury sustained in yesterday’s free practice, that got the best jump off the gate into fourth position, with Bobryshev completing lap one in ninth place. After a handful of laps Gonçalves begin to struggle with the pain in his leg, while Russian-ace Bobryshev made progress up-to sixth place around the Italian track, which is a circuit that neither rider particularly enjoys.
Bobryshev was handed fourth position for a couple of laps when Clement Desalle and David Philippaerts had a coming together mid-race, but as the pain in his hand increased and while suffering with a spell of dizziness in the Italian heat, the Honda pilot dropped a couple of places in the final stages to finish in sixth place, with Gonçalves coming home in 20th position.
In the second moto both riders certainly improved the pace aboard their Dunlop-shod factory CRF 450R machines. Although the starts weren’t the best with Bobryshev in seventh and Gonçalves in 11th at the end of the first lap, both riders managed to work their way forward around the technical hardpack track.
Bobryshev climbed the order into fifth position, and while he looked like he may catch fourth placed Ken de Dycker by setting consistently fast laptimes, with 10-minutes to go the Russian racer settled for another bagful of points while taking sixth overall, which moves him up to eighth in the championship standings. Gonçalves got into a good rhythm in ninth position and while pushing to catch David Philippaerts, the Portuguese star was battling through the pain, even vomiting in his helmet, and was forced to concentrate on maintaining his position to bring home his race machine in ninth for 14th place overall.
The overall race winner was Christophe Pourcel and the MX1 teams will now prepare for the first overseas round in Mexico in two weeks’ time.
Evgeny Bobryshev #777: 6th Overall
“For sure things have been better with my thumb, although I still have pain and I am taking some painkillers. Last year this track was tough for me, as I just didn’t gel with it, but this year it’s certainly been much better with a good result. I was a little bit hot in the first race, and I started to get a bit dizzy from the sun. It was a lot better in the second race, as the sun was behind the clouds, which made it a lot easier for me to ride. I had a good start and I was battling a little with Philippaerts, but I couldn’t close the gap on de Dycker. I was struggling particularly in the second section in the small corners, which is where I was losing time. Overall I’m happy with the result and again thanks to the team for their support. I’m now heading home to Russia to do a special race there before the next round in Mexico, where I hope my hand will be com pletely healed.”
Rui Gonçalves #999: 14th Overall
“After first practice yesterday everything has been really tough. My groin had swollen up this morning and I’ve been in a lot of pain. Our physio has done a great job with taping me and he has been working as hard as possible to try to make the situation better, but it’s been a big challenge. In the first moto I got a good start, but was really struggling. I just wanted to survive and I couldn’t hold onto the bike, as I had no power in my leg, which made it so difficult in the right hand turns, especially as I couldn’t put my foot out. Then in the second moto I got a medium start, and it took me a couple of laps to get into the rhythm of things. Towards the end I started to get better and better, but to be honest I went through the pain, especially in the last two laps. I was digging deep to hold on, catching David (Philippaerts), but then I started to be sick, so I just had to get to the end of the race. At least we’ve got some poin ts and now we’ve just got to see how long this will take to recover, then go from there. Also I want to thank the team for all of their hard work and support, especially with the situation this weekend. I hope we can improve and have some better luck to reward the team for their efforts in the next few races.”
Lorenzo Resta: Honda World Motocross Team Manager
“I’m very happy with our performance today because both riders really gave their everything, especially in the second moto. This is all we ask for, to do everything possible for the results. Rui was very weak in himself in the second moto; he was throwing up everything in the last lap with the pain in his leg, and to finish ninth was very commendable. Bobby had a good pair of races, and for him the season has really started now. He was riding very well with fast laps and the podium is getting closer every week. His hand injury is improving and to come away with these results, especially on a track that neither rider enjoys because it is so tight in places, is very positive.”
(Image credit Sarah Gutierrez)