Bobryshev celebrates third consecutive podium in the UK
Honda World Motocross rider Evgeny Bobryshev celebrated his third consecutive podium today by taking third position overall in Matterley Basin, Great Britain for the penultimate round of the MX1 World Championship. After retiring from the qualifying race yesterday due to a collision in the first turn that damaged his front brake, Bobryshev was lucky to get a fairly good gate pick in the opening race today, as he was last to make the choice on the available gates.
Bobryshev made a good start and was soon into fourth position, although having only completed one lap of the race yesterday, the 25-year-old Russian was riding tight and lost contact with the leading trio due to arm-pump. The track had considerably changed over the course of the weekend, with it being dry yesterday, very wet this morning, then dry and technical for this afternoon’s races, but Bobryshev controlled the gap to fifth and brought his Dunlop-shod factory CRF450R home in fourth place.
In the second moto the gate pick wasn’t quite as good, but Bobryshev again got a good jump before getting caught up with the pack. Some good moves in a nail-biting first lap saw Bobryshev get to fifth, and the Honda pilot continued to make passes to elevate himself to third by lap three. An intense battle ensued with fourth-placed Antonio Cairoli, who was crowned World Champion today, for around five laps and Bobryshev demonstrated his strength before Cairoli slowed with a bike issue.
The Russian was caught in the final few laps by Kevin Strijbos, who made a pass, but he knew that if he maintained his rhythm he would have a podium, and he went on to take another fourth position for third overall.
The Grand Prix was won by Clement Desalle, and the World Championship now heads to the final round in Lierop, The Netherlands in two weeks time where it is hoped that Max Nagl will return to competition following illness.
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Evgeny Bobryshev #777: 3rd overall
“It’s great to have three podiums in a row, as the last time it happened was in 2011. It wasn’t so easy today; I missed the qualifying race yesterday, then with the rain this morning the track was so muddy in warm-up, but when we raced the ground was different again. I managed to finish fourth both times, which meant I had my goal of being consistent. In the first race I had the last gate pick, but I went inside on the gate. I had a good jump and was fifth, but I managed to get to fourth. I had a good gap behind me, so I could control the gap, but I couldn’t go faster, as I lost the speed a bit with arm-pump. In the second race the start wasn’t so good, but I got through to third. Kevin passed me, as he was quicker in the last part of the race, and I didn’t want to do anything stupid to risk losing the podium. It’s a nice track here, but it has changed a lot over the weekend, and the ground was very dry in the end. The jumps are big, and I enjoyed it, although it was rough with some big bumps. My goal is for podiums, and we have Lierop now for the last race. It’s a nice track there and I will do my best to be on the box again.”
Lorenzo Resta: Honda World Motocross Team Manager
“It was another awesome race with Bobby taking his third podium in a row, which hasn’t happened in a long time. We had bad luck in qualifying yesterday, and having retired after lap one, Bobby missed most of the race and this seemed to make him more tense in the first moto today. It was good, but the second moto was better. He had a good start, and was really fighting with some good moves. He was second on the podium until nearly the end, but he didn’t take any risks, and he’s just missing something to be able to battle for the top positions. The next step is to be able to go with the first three riders from the beginning to improve the position, but we are happy with the outcome this weekend.”