Strong Sunday for Team HRC in Thailand
Evgeny Bobryshev again suffered with the double-hit of his injured ankle and temperatures that reached 40 degrees Celsius. At the race at which the heat really affected him last year, this year was a different story as the Russian finished 11th in race one before an almost superhuman effort to finish fifth in race two, moving up to sixth overall in the World Championship.
Bobby will now return to Europe for medical attention to his ankle, making the most of the recovery time afforded by the three-week break before the Motocross GP of Brazil on 30 April.
Yevgeny Bobryshev, # 777
“I knew it was going to be really hot and with humidity so high – we had maybe 40 degrees [Celsius]. First race I was eleventh – it was a difficult race for me. I’ve been fighting twice because of my ankle and the track was flat and there weren’t so many lines so you have to slide the bike when it’s like that and I couldn’t with my right leg, but we scored some points. Second race was much better. I had not so good a gate jump, but there were more ruts so it was easier for me to follow them and take the pressure off using my leg. It was difficult at the beginning, on the first lap, because I was in the pack and people were coming from inside and outside and I was scared for my leg, but I grit my teeth and pushed and I’m happy to finish fifth. Thanks to HRC and Honda and the team for this weekend – everyone did a really great job. I’m having a medical assessment now next week on my ankle, and then we have some time for recovery before Brazil.”
Roger Harvey, HRC General Manager - MXGP
“Bobby didn’t make a bad start but obviously carrying the injury, you worried whether he could continue to push tackling both that and this heat here in Thailand. Last year he suffered in the heat really badly, so today he got through that barrier and rode through the pain barrier, so it was a superb result from his side. Then when you look at Max, he really struggled away from the line. But then he kept plugging away and to get fourth, just off the podium, from last place in qualifying is a great result. It’s been a very difficult weekend with the weather conditions and specifically the heat, but both riders and the team performed very well and we keep second in the World Championship, so it’s a great result. Now Bobby will fly back to Europe for a medical assessment on his ankle early next week, and we’ll provide an update in due course.”