The Honda World Motocross team has made the nearly 1,000km journey, which includes a ferry trip, from Uddevalla, Sweden to Kegums, Latvia for the second of three back-to-back races, and the squad is looking for improved results for round 11 of the MX1 World Championship this weekend.
German racer Max Nagl has been regularly in the top five over the course of the season so far, but has yet to make the final leap to earn his debut Honda podium aboard his Dunlop-shod factory CRF450R. The 25-year-old enjoyed a second place finish in the first moto last weekend with a superb holeshot, but a start-line incident left him on the backfoot and under pressure in race two, which was frustrating, although the package he needs to achieve his desired results is visibly there.
Nagl was disappointed, but is determined to forget the bad luck he’s received over the last few months, and intends to take it race-by-race with the main goal of consistency and top five finishes. The Honda pilot is working hard, along with all of the team, and is looking forward to the Latvia race this weekend.
Bobryshev had a troubled weekend in Sweden, but week-by-week the Russian racer is finding his feet again. Unfortunately the injury sustained earlier in the season to his right leg becomes a problem with hard impacts, but with an eighth in qualifying and gating into sixth place in the first moto before retiring, indicates that the speed and confidence has been returning to the Honda racer. Latvia is an important race for Bobryshev, as it’s not so far from his homeland, with many fans attending to support the Honda star.
The weather forecast is reasonably good for the weekend.
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Max Nagl #12:
“Latvia is a really difficult track. It’s a bit sandy with some stones, and it gets really rough. I like it though; it’s nice there, although I don’t know if they changed the layout lot last year, as I wasn’t racing at that event. It’s the first race I’ll have with Honda in sandy conditions, as Valkenswaard was quite frozen this year, so I’m looking forward to it. We haven’t done much training this week, as I’ve been a bit tired, so I have been cycling with some easy training to get my mind and body refreshed for the weekend. I don’t want to talk about goals, as we know what is possible, but I like the track, and a lot of things are positive, so I hope to enjoy the races and come home happy.”
Evgeny Bobryshev #777:
“After Sweden I felt really bad. I twisted my ankle there, so badly that I thought I’d re-broken it, but I have had some good therapy over the last few days and this has really helped. I’ve got some really good guys with me, and the ankle was swollen, but a lot of that has disappeared now with what we’ve done in the last few days. It’s not so strong, and we’ll keep an eye on it, so we’ll have to see at the weekend how good it is for riding. I’ve heard the organisers of the race are bringing more sand to the track and the weather is going to be good, so this is positive. It’s like a home race to me, as there are many people coming from Russia, which will be nice and I like the support. I have nothing more to say really. We have some positives from Sweden, like being able to battle closer to the front, but the setbacks with the foot are making it really tough. I just have to keep trying to do my best.”