Bobby speaks about Brazil
It wasn’t quite thunderstorms today at the MXGP of Brazil, but rain did play a part in two races, making the Beto Carrero track sticky and deeply rutted and catching yet more riders out.
In race one Evgeny Bobryshev delivered a performance that surprised the team just two weeks after his ankle operation, running as high as second by the second corner after a great start and ultimately finishing just behind Max in fifth.
Race two was a mixed affair though, Bobby crashed out of sixth on the second lap, falling foul of the conditions and an ankle that was sore after race one. Taking a hit to his ankle in the crash, thereafter he rode to limit any further damage and avoid compromising his on-going healing period.
There is now a gap of two weeks until the next race, the MXGP of Trentino on 13 April, during which time the team will be busy with a mid-season test and Bobby will make more scheduled visits to check on the healing of his ankle.
Bobby 5th – 22nd 9th overall
“In the second race, I crashed on the second lap. I just slide in the corner and went off the track. I went over the top of the berm so I just lost the front. When I crashed, Max was right behind me so he had no chance to move so he hit my bad ankle, so then I had really a lot of pain. I tried to come back but then I hit it again and then I stalled the bike. I’m really disappointed with zero points in the second race. It’s really frustrating. But looking forward, I go to see the doctor about my ankle again to check it after this weekend and check the healing, and then we decide my training before Arco.”
Roger Harvey, HRC General Manager
With Bobby, it’s quite phenomenal what he did in the first race to ride with that pace just two weeks after his operation which, let’s not forget, usually takes six weeks to recover from fully. Second race, he was more tired after the first race so the knocks to his ankle had more effect, but I don’t think he’s done any more damage which is the main thing. He’s now got a couple of weeks to continue his recovery and start building back up his training. Between now and the next Grand Prix in Italy we’ve got a test planned with a number of things we want to try with the bikes ahead of the European part of the season.”