The Honda World Motocross team is heading to Bastogne, Belgium this weekend with Evgeny Bobryshev for round 15 of the MX1 World Championship and the team’s main goal is to continue the strong results enjoyed at the last Grand Prix just under two weeks’ ago.
Last year’s Bastogne race was incredibly wet on the opening day, with organisers towing trucks into the event due to heavy rainfall. It is hoped with the predicted better weather, with only light showers on Sunday, this weekend’s event will be an exciting one in the historic Belgium town located close to Luxembourg.
Bobryshev has had mixed results in recent events, but a podium finish last time out in the Czech Republic in difficult conditions has certainly boosted the 25-year-old Russian’s confidence. Now back to regular training in the week, Bobryshev enjoyed some testing following the race to further improve his Dunlop-shod factory CRF450R, and has been training on different types of terrain this week.
Teammate Max Nagl will sit out of proceedings for another weekend, as his focus is on recovering from the Epstein-Barr virus, which has thwarted his progress in recent months. The recently turned 26-year-old German is disappointed to be missing races, but the notorious virus requires rest and specialist treatment in order for his condition not to deteriorate further or to lengthen the recovery period. It is not yet known when Nagl will be healthy enough to race again.
This weekend also sees the Honda 150 European Championship back in action, as round two of the series takes place in Bastogne. Youngsters aged 11-14 will battle it out aboard supplied Honda CRF150R machinery, with the three-round championship concluding in Matterley Basin, Great Britain where the overall winner will be awarded a ride in the EMX250* series the following season with Gariboldi Honda.
Evgeny Bobryshev #777:
“We did some testing in Loket after the race, and we’ve improved the suspension on the bike, so I was really happy with that. We’ve missed a lot of time testing this year due to injury, so it’s good to be able to make those improvements. I went back to Belgium and we tried the new setting on different tracks, which was also good, so we know the direction is right. After that I was happy with the setting for training, and I have been out in the sand, as well as on the hardpack ground. Loket was a good race, and my mind feels clearer with the confidence it’s given me. I’ve been working hard in the week, so hopefully we can take all the positives to Bastogne. The ground is quite tricky at that track, but it was a nice design last year, and I enjoyed it. I hope the weather stays good, as the forecast isn’t great forSunday yet. The ground is quite hard, so it could end up being muddy if it does rain, although I’ve heard the layout has changed a bit, so I’m looking forward to getting out there.”