The Honda World Motocross team is heading to round five of the MX1 World Championship this weekend in Sevlievo, Bulgaria with high hopes for Max Nagl, while teammate Evgeny Bobryshev will sit out of proceedings to continue his recovery from injury.
Since the beginning of the season Nagl has been on the back foot due to injury and sickness, which saw him miss the Thailand round of the Grand Prix series, but this weekend the German racer hopes to reach a turning point in his season following a strong outing in Arco Di Trento just under one week ago.
Nagl is very familiar with the Sevlievo track, having won there in 2010, and after returning to form with a 6-6 finish in Valkenswaard, The Netherlands earlier this month, followed by a last to 11th fight in the first moto last weekend, along with a third place in the second race, it’s a race the Honda pilot is looking forward to.
Nagl’s aim is for two consistent motos and to be within reach of a podium finish on the hardpack ground, although the weather forecast is currently predicting rain for Sunday’s race.
Teammate Bobryshev is disappointed not to be taking part in proceedings, as a small crash in training before the Trentino round resulted in a fracture of the right Fibula. The Russian racer has been working hard to recover in time for this weekend, but X-rays this week have revealed that the injured leg needs more time to heal, and his expected return will be at Agueda, Portugal at the beginning of May.
Max Nagl #12
“This week I’ve been in Belgium doing some training, although I had to have a bit of time resting, as it was quite tough at the weekend. I’ve also been doing some cycling with my trainer and had some massage, so I’m in good shape for this weekend. I’m really positive and optimistic, because I like the track and I hope we can make the extra step to be on the podium, as this would be good for the team. We have a good setting on the harder ground, and now I’ve had more time on the bike, I feel in good condition for the race. I like the ground in Sevlievo, because there are no stones and more traction than there was in Arco. I found it tough there because on the loose ground I am quite light, and it’s hard to get traction on the rear wheel. I think Bulgaria will suit me more, and top fives are the goal, but it would be good to go better than that. I’m really sorry for my teammate Bobby because of his injury from a small incident; I hope he is back soon.”
Evgeny Bobryshev #777
“I am really disappointed not to be racing this weekend, but we have made the decision that I need to let the injury heal properly, without risking further damage. I had an X-ray on Wednesday and the fracture needs more time, so at the moment I have to rest until it improves. The pain is getting better every day, and the plan is that I will try to do some swimming on Monday, then introduce some cycling to get the ankle moving again. I expect to be fully healed for the Portugal race, but I’m just very sorry for the team, sponsors and myself that I can’t be out there this weekend.”