Honda World Motocross rider Rui Gonçalves salvaged a seventh place second moto finish after neither he or teammate Evgeny Bobryshev completed race one in the wet conditions in Uddevalla, Sweden during round nine of the MX1 World Championship.
In the opening race of today after heavy rainfall, which left the track sloppy and wet, Bobryshev got a good start into fourth place from second on the gate while Gonçalves made up places in the opening lap by picking his way through the pack. Like many riders struggling to stay aboard their race machines, Bobryshev lost the front of his machine on lap five and landed on a rock with his right arm. Despite his attempt to continue, the forearm was bleeding heavily and he was forced to retire from the race.
Gonçalves fell a couple of times while negotiating the challenging track but settled into 12th position until the final lap, when his bike stopped and he was unable to make it to the finish line.
After returning from the Clinica, where Bobryshev received medical attention and four stitches to repair the deep puncture wound in his right arm, it was decided he would not line up for the second race, as he could not grip the handlebars safely.
Gonçalves was determined to make the best of a tough day for the team by getting a good start into eighth place in the second moto. The track, which again was proving tough for many riders, was drying in places, but the 27-year-old Portuguese star kept his cool to hold off attacks from Gautier Paulin and Xavier Boog to finish the race in seventh position.
Clement Desalle, who has now taken the championship lead, won both races and the Honda World Motocross team now has one weekend off before heading to the next round in Kegums, Latvia.
Rui Gonçalves #999: 13th Overall
“In the first moto I didn’t get a good start, so I pushed my way past a few other guys to get closer to the front, but then I made a mistake and went down. I came back again to 12th and then in the last lap the bike stopped, so I couldn’t finish. The gate position wasn’t great, and I needed to push as much as I could to the inside for a good start, which is what I did and although I got pushed wide, I made some passes on the first lap to find myself in a good position. I then rode consistently and better than in the first race to keep the position until the end. It’s a shame about the first race, but the track was really wet and in the second race it was really one liney with only a dry line a metre wide, so it was hard to make time up. Anyway I’d like to say thanks to the team and I want to stay focused on my training while hoping things will turn m y way, as I won’t give up.”
Evgeny Bobryshev #777: Not classified
“In the first race I got a good start and was fourth while battling with Pourcel a little. After five laps the front wheel washed out in quite a fast section and I landed on my right shoulder. While I was sliding down the track I could feel the stones cutting my skin and I thought it was okay, but when I got hold of the handlebar on the bike I had no power in my arm, and I looked down to see a big cut. The medical centre cleaned it up and stitched it, which will take four weeks to heal, so again we are in a bad situation. There’s nothing more I can say; I am so disappointed and it is quite painful at the moment. The track was hard, with so many guys crashing, as it was like ice underneath and difficult to know what was going to happen every lap. We just need some good weather and good track conditions, as this year has been so tough on everyone.”
Lorenzo Resta: Honda World Motocross Team Manager
“It’s really hard to find something to say because we’ve had another bad day, although for sure there are others today that have had worse luck than us. We were here to get the better results and we were really only unlucky again with Bobby crashing and landing on a stone. With Rui he was good but he didn’t deserve the final result in the first moto after the hard work in the race to then not finish on the final lap, but in the second moto it was much better. So it’s difficult to say something good, as with yesterday we were happy with the results, but we have to keep working and pushing with the belief that in Latvia something will change.”
(Image credit Sarah Gutierrez)