|The Honda World Motocross team riders put on a strong performance in Valkenswaard, The Netherlands today for round three of the MX1 World Championship with Evgeny Bobryshev taking a superb podium finish and Max Nagl concluding the day in a fighting fifth position overall.|
With temperatures improving over yesterday’s freezing conditions, Bobryshev powered to a holeshot off the start of the first moto, with teammate Nagl close behind in third place. Bobryshev led for the opening lap and settled into a rhythm, although mid-race he dropped back to third position behind Ken de Dycker. Bobryshev was able to make the most of De Dycker’s crash mid-race with some sensible riding and the Honda pilot finished second to Antonio Cairoli at the chequered flag.
Nagl put on a fighting performance while maintaining strong lap times throughout the race and although he lost the battle for fifth mid-race, the German star defied his lack of fitness due to injury to finish in a strong sixth position. Honda riders Tanel Leok and David Philippaerts also finished with good results in fourth and ninth positions to conclude the race with four Honda riders in the top 10.
In the second race Bobryshev again powered to take the holeshot aboard his Dunlop-shod CRF450R with Nagl also getting a good start into third position. Bobryshev didn’t find his lines and rhythm so easily in the second moto, but was able to maintain a good pace to take fourth position and his first podium finish for over a year with an exciting third place overall. Nagl also put on another strong performance to take sixth place and fifth overall. De Dycker won the second race for second overall and Cairoli took the Grand Prix win.
Evgeny Bobryshev #777: 3rd overall
“In the morning it was -2°C, but with the sun coming out, I knew it was going to get better. It was really slippery and frozen in warm-up this morning, but in the race I got an excellent start, as I took the holeshot. I was leading for a lap, but Tony and Ken were a little bit faster. I followed them and lap-by-lap I was feeling better, so I could take advantage of Ken when he made a mistake. I kept a good pace and it was nice to be up at the sharp end of the field, as it’s been so long since we have been able to race there. In the second race I got another holeshot, which was surprising, as it isn’t usual for me to take two in one day, so I was pleased with that. I have to say Ken was good today and with his s tyle he could hit the bumps so hard. I was struggling and I wasn’t so happy, as I couldn’t find the lines or my corner speed so well. I made quite a lot of mistakes and Strijbos passed me. Tony was pushing me for a few laps and he got by, so I decided to try and stay with him, as there was definitely more in the tank from me. I made a few more mistakes and had a little crash behind the lapped riders, but I managed to take fourth. I would like to keep this momentum going; Qatar was good and I think a podium in Thailand was possible, but it didn’t work out, so we just need to keep moving forward with consistent results. I would like to thank the team for all of their hard work and it’s a great feeling to be back on the podium.”
Max Nagl #12: 5th overall
Lorenzo Resta: Honda World Motocross Team Manager
“Finally we are back to where we aim to be. We’ve been chasing the podium since the beginning of 2012 and it has been so long since we achieved the results that we know we are capable of. The first moto was almost perfect for Bobby strategically, as he was following the faster riders and could take advantage of de Dycker’s mistake to grab second place. In the second moto he struggled a little with finding the groove around the track and the lines. It was very hard ground under the loose sand, so it wasn’t easy, but we were also a little lucky as Bobby’s crash didn’t affect his results. It was also great to see Max back in the top five, as our goal was just to be in the top 10. It was something we weren’t expecting, and we are very proud of the results, as his condition was really not as good as he needs it to be. I have to say a big thanks to everyone involved in the team for their efforts and hard work, along with all of our sponsors, as we will never give up.”