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Viewpoint: Evgeny Bobryshev

An exclusive chat with Evgeny Bobryshev.

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Evgeny Bobryshev may have missed out on the win at round two of the Maxxis British Championship, but things could have turned out much worse. A crash in the first moto threatened to cost Evgeny a considerable amount of points but, just as one would expect from the gritty Russian, he put his down and salvaged something from the event. All of that is discussed in this exclusive MX Vice interview.

MX Vice: You did not win today, which I am guessing is your goal every time you come here, but solid points on the board. You came back from a crash that could have been really bad in the first one. So, all in all, a solid day.

Evgeny Bobryshev: It’s fine. I’m happy to walk away from my crash from the first race. I damaged my bike pretty bad and hurt myself a little bit, but nothing serious. Just a few pains on my body. First race after the crash I just finished fourth. Nothing I could do but the track was super gnarly. Some places were dangerous, difficult to push, and then in the second race I was looking more like forward to the race. I had a not bad start. I was top three, but Jake [Nicholls] had a strong first lap, so he pulled away.

I found my rhythm but I could not get closer to him. We stayed in the same gap. He was riding good today. Fair play to him. I was trying my best. I couldn’t get closer. That is what it is. I’m still in second place, still second in championship and some more races are coming. Have to be pleased after today.

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Evgeny Bobryshev is second in the series, seven points down.

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Were you in pain in the second race from that first moto crash or had it kind of gone away by then?

A few fingers, but it’s not that bad. It wouldn’t stop me riding or concentrating. It hurts, but it is no excuse. For sure, second race I was trying my best. Track was sketchy to push and then to go harder, so after my first crash I decided the second race a little bit to keep flowing and keep a good rhythm. I tried last four or five laps to get closer, but I could not get closer. I’m alright. I’m quite happy about the day for sure. I didn’t win, but second place and it’s always nice to be in the podium.

I guess that’s the toughest thing. You want to push when you come here and win, but MXGP is your main goal so you don’t want to risk that by going too hard here.

Yeah, that’s right. It’s true, especially when you are not feeling right with the track or you don’t get on with the track. It’s better to be safe, keep it on two wheels and finish top three than trying to win and crash like me first race. A little bit stupid. I had the sideways and then I went over the bike. I’m happy nothing dangerous so I can move to the GP now, to my home GP. I’m really looking forward for this race.

You went to the inside gate in both motos. Did you decide to do that after watching the first MX2 start? I saw Natzke went there, so did that kind of force you to do it?

Yeah, it does because right inside it is really hard over there. You get closer to the fence and then the bike is just pulling. In the middle it’s deep sand, so then I had a really good start. I was always top three both motos. That’s why after the MX2 start I decided to go there, because I saw Natzke just pull a good holeshot. It was done for me for a place.

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Eighth at Agueda was a season-best MXGP finish for Bobryshev.

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If there is one thing that you maybe need to work on, do you think that it’s intensity through the first couple of laps? It kind of looked like that today, but then maybe you were just playing it safe on a rough and sketchy track?

No, I don’t want to have work on it. I’m not so bad with the first laps, but the thing is I didn’t feel safe on the track. It’s taking me time to get speed. In the first lap I didn’t decide to go hard and then just crash or something, like to make something stupid. I was getting lap by lap just more comfortable and comfortable. That is where I lost the time, where I lost the speed and where Jake pulled away. Then I start coming not back, but same time riding, but he was a bit too far already.

Have you got any of the parts from Suzuki Japan yet or has anything moved forward there? Are you still on the same kind of bike?

At the moment, same bike. We are not so far from standard bike, so this is a bit difficult for me to make a good start. But we are in contact with Japan, so it looks like they are getting more interested. I’m hoping we could have a good help to improve the bike and then to make the results better and easy riding for me a little bit.

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Bobryshev is thirteenth in MXGP, sixteen points from the top ten.

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You have got to be stoked with the way it is all going though, considering you are close to a stock bike and you have kind of really got comfortable in sixth, seventh and eighth now. So, once you do get some more help, podiums should start coming again.

Yeah – that’s what I’m looking for. The team works good. That is the main thing. At the moment, we just tried to improve the engine. We are taking time really. It’s moving slow everything. Then I’m getting more confidence with the bike. I’m hoping we could get some after Kegums maybe more parts coming, do some more testing to improve results and then try to get closer to the podium.

I’ve got to ask. Brian Bogers is going to be out for pretty much the entire year. Have HRC contacted you again at all?

No, not yet. I know they’re looking a rider to replace him. I talked to the boys but nothing comes about to replace him, because I have a deal with BOS already.

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Andrew Short confirmed for the 2024 VMXdN at Foxhill

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The promoters for the annual VMXdN Foxhill have announced that former factory HRC, KTM Factory Racing and Monster Energy Yamaha rider Andrew Short will be racing at the legendary Wiltshire Grand Prix circuit over August bank holiday weekend (August 22nd-26th) as part of the American squad.


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Short has had a stellar sixteen-year pro career, during that time, he earned over 50 podium finishes and nine wins, he is also one of the nicest guys you could wish to meet. One of his personal highlights was being part of the American Team that won the 2010 Motocross of Nations held in his home state of Colorado. 

After he retired from professional motocross at the end of 2016, Short then worked as a team advisor and brand ambassador for Factory Honda HRC before making a big transition to compete in rally racing and take on the ultimate rally race – the Dakar.

After a steep learning curve, he was able to become competitive in rally and even took his first win at the 2019 Rallye du Maroc, a leadup to the 2020 Dakar. He raced for the Rockstar Husqvarna team as well as the Monster Energy Factory Yamaha rally teams.

After a nasty injury while riding at home, he is now back to full fitness and bang up for the challenge that is Foxhill, the greatest 2-stroke event in the world. Short will race a 2002 YZ 250 built and maintained by the crew at DocWob. Team USA won the inaugural event in 2022 and finished 3rd behind Team GB and Team Northern Ireland in 2023. 

The race is already creating a huge buzz with new and returning legends being announced weekly, it really is a whos’ who of the sport through the golden heydays of the 90’s and 00’s era.

Labelled by RacerX magazine as “the Woodstock of two strokes” the event simply goes from strength to strength.

With ticket sales up year on year, the promoters have been blown away at the response to the event and are urging spectators to purchase tickets asap. Could this be the first outdoor motocross event in the UK to be ticket only? Camping passes will be capped at last year’s numbers as simply putting it – it was full!

Ensure your place at the most anticipated event on the British MX calendar by booking early.

Saturday, Sunday, Weekend and Camping passes are available at https://vmxdnfoxhill2024.eventbrite.co.uk

Keep up to date with all the VMXdN Foxhill news

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Injury Update: Tommy Searle

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Dirt Store Kawasaki star Tommy Searle has disappointingly been ruled out of the Belfast Arenacross due to a thumb injury suffered in the first round in Manchester. Here’s the post below.

More to follow. But in the meantime, we wish him all the best for his recovery.

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Apico Veterans are seeing red for VMXdN Foxhill 2024

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With the annual VMXdN Foxhill firmly entrenched as being the “must attend” meeting of the year, it’s no surprise that we are already getting news of team entries! The annual event takes place at the iconic Wiltshire GP circuit on the August bank holiday weekend (22nd-26th). 


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The first team to be announced in the Wright Engineering National Team Race is the Apico Veterans Squad, these guys are back in force and plan on building on their 2023 success. Now on Honda’s in their assault on the British Championships, we have heard they are building a few 2002 CR 250s as we speak in preparation for the event! 

Returning to the squad is Northern Ireland’s Martin Barr. Having raced all around the globe in an illustrious career which has so far spanned three decades. Barr has raced for world-leading manufacturers Husqvarna, KTM, Suzuki, Honda, Kawasaki and Yamaha since turning pro after leaving school at 16, having already won the British 85cc Supercross Championship in 2001. The victories and podium finishes have continued throughout Barr’s career with a win and second-place finish in the Red Bull Pro Nationals championships, a second and third place in the MX1 British Championship and 2nd in the MX1 Red Bull Pro Nationals Championship over the years. Barr has also represented Ireland 14 consecutive times at the MXON. A top geezer and first-class MX rider.

Jamie Law also returns to the Apico Veterans Team. JLaw, as he’s known around the paddock, is one of the most experienced riders at British championship level and a two-stroke advocate. After 20 years as a professional MX racer, JLaw took his first-ever British championship podium in 2022 at the series opener. He is still competing and training like he always did. 

The new boy on the squad is youngster Tom Grimshaw who raced in the 2022 and 2023 event but is now on the Apico Honda squad for his “day job”. After a successful youth career racing British, EMX & World Championships, Tom moved into the adults ranks again racing British Championships, EMX & World Championship events, proving due to his size he’s more of an open class guy as he can certainly ride one properly and his aggressive style will be a thing to watch on a 250 2-stroke in the natural valleys of the Wiltshire Grand Prix circuit. This team is packed full of talent and experience to boot, and they will take it to the line when the gate drops.

Dylan Brown will take the role of team manager. “I know the guys very well and for the most part the riders are Vets’ age. We’ve always had a family vibe at the racing with Martin & Jamie for many years and Tom fits right into our program. It’s a brilliant weekend to have the guys together with their families for a weekend of fun once again (though it does get serious when race time comes around lol). Again, we plan on raising money for the Air Ambulance, so please swing by the pits to view some special bikes on display under the Apico tent.”

“Team entries are coming in thick and fast and some of the names already signed up will be keeping our marketing department busy in the coming months.” Dave King – Promoter VMXdN Foxhill

With the increasing attendance in its first two years of the VMXdN Foxhill festival held over the August Bank Holiday weekend has advised that they must cap the quantity of camping slots available due to space and safety limitations, and they are anticipating that all camping passes will be sold prior to the event opening. 

“Last year we were almost at capacity and with the increase already we are expecting to sale out prior to the gates opening on August 22nd” explained DocWob – Promoter VMXdN Foxhill. “We expect the 2024 event to be ticket only, so it’s advisable to pre book to guarantee your place, you certainly don’t want to miss this one.”

Tickets for the four day festival are available from: https://vmxdnfoxhill2024.eventbrite.co.uk

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