Following on from a hard fought Grand Prix of France last weekend, the Honda World Motocross team is heading home to Italy for round nine of the MX1 World Championship at the historic Maggiora track, with the goal of positive results in front of the team’s home crowd.
With this being the Grand Prix of Italy and in the northern region of the country, it is certainly an important one for the team, which is based near Venice. Both Evgeny Bobryshev and Max Nagl rode incredibly hard last weekend aboard their Dunlop-shod factory CRF450R machines, but without achieving the desired results, and will be keen to make amends at the hardpack, natural track, which is known for its motocross history, despite not being on the World Championship calendar for a number of years.
Following on from a short recovery period after the race in France, both riders have been training once again in Belgium, and are fired up for the weekend. Nagl’s goal will be for two strong starts to enable him to ride at the front, as although his speed and lap times show his capability, he was unable to reap the results he deserved due to bad luck in the races.
Teammate Bobryshev is frustrated that his leg injury is still not completely healed, but the Russian star is improving week-by-week and is finding the confidence to use his right leg in turns to find the speed seen earlier in the season. He is working closely with the team physio to reduce the pain as much as possible to enable him to enjoy his racing and be comfortable on the bike.
The weather forecast is warm and sunny with a couple of showers predicted, so with many of the team’s fans and sponsors in attendance, the Honda World Motocross squad is looking forward to a positive weekend at the spectacular Maggiora circuit.
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Max Nagl #12:
“From a riding side my aim is to be the same as last weekend, as the riding was good, but we’ve been discussing how we can improve the starts, because that’s the weak point at the moment. We have come up with an option to try at the weekend to maybe help me with the starts, and that, comprised with the speed we have, should bring the results. This week I’ve been training in Belgium with Bobby, which was good, and we’ve done some starts together to specifically work on that area too. I have been to Maggiora before, but it was a long time ago with the 85’s, so really it will be new for me, although from what I’ve seen it’s a nice track. The goal again is for the podium, but with a clean start and good riding we just need to see what result we can bring.”
Evgeny Bobryshev #777:
“After France I had a lot of pain in my foot, so I did less training this week to recuperate. I was taking painkillers, but I did some gym training and cycling, although less than I would normally do. On Wednesday I went practicing, but I couldn’t push. This morning it was much better, and the pain is a little less, so I hope it keeps improving with another day resting until the Maggiora race. It’s a big shame, because with the lack of training and the pain, I am a step behind all of the time during the recovery. It’s taking such a long time to heal, and I suppose I’m aggravating it by riding, but we have to be patient. At the weekend we will try to make a plan for the pain and see what we can do. I am looking forward to being at this event and it is a home race for the team, so I will do the best job I can.”