Honda World Motocross rider Evgeny Bobryshev, who is the sole flag flier for the team this weekend with Max Nagl suffering with illness, put on a strong throughout today’s shortened proceedings to take fourth in qualifying at round two of the World MX1 Championship in Si Racha, Thailand.
With temperatures in excess of 35°C yesterday, the team was expecting a tough day in the heat, but extremely heavy rainfall during the MX2 class’s free practice session meant that the schedule was put on hold while the track was assessed and repaired where possible. For the MX1 class free practice was cancelled and a 10-minute practice session followed directly by a 20-minute pre-qualifying session confirmed the gate pick for the qualifying race, which went ahead as normal.
In the 20-minute plus two-lap qualifying race Bobryshev didn’t get the best jump from his fifth position on the gate, and with the deep conditions in some parts of the track it was difficult to make passes. The 25-year-old Russian-ace made good progress after settling into the race, as he passed Tanel Leok and Xavier Boog within a few laps of each other to take up fourth position with a solid ride to the chequered flag aboard his Dunlop-shod factory CRF450R. Bobryshev is looking for another strong result tomorrow, although with the hot and humid temperatures it will be tough racing for the Honda star, who doesn’t particularly find it easy in the heat.
Teammate Max Nagl, who is sitting out of proceedings this weekend with illness, left hospital this afternoon following an overnight stay with a stomach infection that developed in Qatar last week. With the intravenous fluids and antibiotics that the Honda racer has received it is expected he will be well enough to return to Europe tomorrow or Monday.
|Evgeny Bobryshev #777: 4th place|
“The rain came hard this morning, so the first session was cancelled, and we had to adapt to the track quickly with no free practice. We basically went straight into getting a good time, and I finished fifth, which I was happy with, as I didn’t have the best feeling on the track with losing that first session. In the qualifying race I didn’t get the jump from the gate, so I was in sixth, but I was struggling to pass Leok and Boog with the lines. I made some moves in the middle of the race to get to fourth, and that was enough for me, because I want to keep my energy for tomorrow, with it being so hot. It was really muddy on the track but it coped with the rain okay, and I have to say I like it with the big jumps, big triples and high speed. The ground is quite tricky so you have to be careful wi th the throttle, but I’ve enjoyed it and tomorrow my goal is just to build on what we have. I hope it’s a little bit cooler tomorrow, as although it’s the same for everyone, I find it tough when it is hot, but we’ll make a plan tonight and do the best we can. It’s sad I’m not here with my teammate Max, so I’d like to say hello to him and I hope that he is feeling better soon.”
Lorenzo Resta: Honda World Motocross Team Manager