Bobryshev concludes 2013 MX1 season with fourth overall
Honda World Motocross racer Evgeny Bobryshev concluded the season with a fourth overall finish today in the relentless Lierop sand to take eighth in the championship standings at the final round of the MX1 World Championship held in Benelux, The Netherlands. After qualifying third yesterday, heavy rainfall doused the Lierop track overnight, and the MX1 competitors were greeted with a sloppy, wet circuit this morning, which meant the opening race was more challenging than usual, despite it warming up by lunchtime.
Bobryshev got another superb start and was third into the first turn, before taking the lead and pulling away from the field aboard his Dunlop-shod factory CRF450R. Kevin Strijbos soon hunted him down, and the duo tussled for a number of laps.
Shaun Simpson stormed through, followed by Antonio Cairoli, which demoted Bobryshev to fourth mid-race, but the Russian racer remained in contention with the leading group until the final part of the moto where a few mistakes saw him drop back. The Honda pilot was, however, able to take advantage of a mistake by Cairoli in the final lap for third place.
In the second moto conditions had changed, with the track drying considerably and huge holes appearing around the already gnarly circuit. Bobryshev wheelied over the gate and was quite far back from the pack down the start straight, but the Honda racer recovered well going into the first turn and he was up-to third by the second corner.
It was a tough race though and while Bobryshev battled with numerous riders,the Russian struggled to get into a rhythm and finished fifth by the chequered flag with a last lap push to pass Clement Desalle to secure fourth overall and move up-to eighth in the championship, despite missing a number of races. Shaun Simpson won the Grand Prix.
The Honda World Motocross team has one final event to take part in this year at the Motocross of Nations in Teutschenthal, Germany at the end of the month where both Bobryshev and Max Nagl, who is recovering from illness, are competing for their countries.
Evgeny Bobryshev #777: 4th overall
“I came into this weekend looking for a podium, but the track was completely destroyed all day long. In the first race my rhythm wasn’t too bad, but a few crashes cost me a lot of time. I was behind the leading guys, but after a little crash I struggled to get back to the front, although I finished third. In the second race I was feeling strong and positive for the podium, but from the gate it just didn’t go to plan. I wheelied off the gate, although I recovered well to get into third place, but then I just wasn’t fast enough. I couldn’t find the rhythm and I wasn’t concentrating so well. Desalle passed me and I went back to sixth; I tried to follow, but it just didn’t go well, although in the end with a big push I passed Desalle back. It was difficult; Ken wasn’t so far away in the end, but to push on this track was really hard, as there were a lot of big bumps and holes everywhere, as well as the heavy sand. Anyway fourth is good, and we’ve been consistent recently. I’d like to say thanks to the team for always believing in me, the sponsors and my wife for their support, as they’ve helped me come back. I’m not yet 100%, but I’m looking forward to a holiday after the nations, as I need it, then I’m looking forward to working hard for next year.”
Lorenzo Resta: Honda World Motocross Team Manager
“We don’t know whether to be happy or disappointed with today’s result. If it had been in the middle of the season then for sure we would have been happy, but after three podiums in a row we obviously hoped for the same again. On a track like that, with the conditions the way they were, anything could have happened, and I think Bobby has shown he is really fast, as he was in the top three all weekend apart from the second moto. The track conditions were so dramatic in that second race that just finishing the moto was an achievement. I’m really happy with the way Bobby has been riding, as we’ve shown that without injuries and bad luck we can fight for the podium every race. Now the team looks forward for the future, but for sure we have two good riders that will work hard all winter to start next year even stronger. For me it was a special Grand Prix, because it’s my last race as the Honda World Motocross Team Manager; I want to thank Paolo Martin, all of the team and the staff at Honda Europe for the fantastic adventure that I’ve had in the last 10 years.”