The Honda World Motocross team is heading into its first of two home rounds for the Italy based squad in Arco Di Trento with mixed feelings as rider Evgeny Bobryshev has collected an injury during practice going into round four of the MX1 World Championship, while teammate Max Nagl has improved in fitness again.
Last time out Bobryshev holeshotted both races in The Netherlands and the 25-year-old Russian racer went on to take his first podium finish in over a year, which he was hoping to carry forward to the Trentino round.
Arco di Trento is a new track on the Grand Prix calendar and the team has been training this week, as well as testing, on the harder ground in preparation for the race. It was during this training that Bobryshev caught his foot while riding at the hardpack ground of Faenza and twisted it, resulting in a badly sprained ankle. Bobryshev is currently receiving medical attention and will attempt to race at the weekend.
Teammate Max Nagl put on a fighting performance in Valkenswaard, as he overcomes his sickness and injury that has prevented him from riding the bike for much of the pre-season. Nagl finished fifth overall, although he admits his race pace is not yet at its full potential to compete with the front runners of the series.
The German racer has spent a lot of time on the bike in the past week and has an even better feeling, especially with small adjustments made with the Showa suspension on the harder ground, which has motivated the Honda pilot to get closer to a podium finish this weekend aboard his Dunlop-shod CRF450R.
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