The Honda World Motocross team is looking forward to racing at the Grand Prix of Thailand this weekend in Si Racha for round two of the World MX1 Championship, as Evgeny Bobryshev and Max Nagl look to build on their performances from the opening event in Qatar just under one week ago.
Last weekend’s inaugural 2013 World Championship race was the first of two back-to-back races on unknown soil for the Grand Prix paddock. Qatar’s night race was also an extra-special new experience for the MX1 competitors, with the event being held under floodlights in the late evening. The Thailand race ahead will certainly be a physical test for the riders, as it takes place during the day with the heat in excess of 33°C and humidity at around 40%.
In Qatar Evgeny Bobryshev kicked off his season with strong results, as the 25-year-old Russian star was competing at the sharp end of the field throughout the weekend. While demonstrating his ability to race in contention for a podium, after a year of injury, which has prevented the Honda pilot being at the head of the field, Bobryshev posted fifth and fourth places in the 35-minute plus two-lap motos to take fifth overall. Bobryshev has been given confidence by this result, and after a few days off with only physical training in Thailand, the Russian-ace is ready to improve on his performances last time out.
Max Nagl had a tough weekend for his debut World Championship event with Honda, as the German star is recovering from a hand injury sustained earlier in the year. In addition to that Nagl was also suffering with suspected food poisoning, which left him feeling drained and unable to push on his factory CRF450R machine.
Despite only achieving 15th in the overall standings, Nagl’s speed was good, although a lack of bike time and testing meant it was a difficult introduction to the World series this season. After a short stay in hospital in Qatar and a few days rest in Thailand, the 25-year-old Honda racer is motivated for getting back on board his race machine at this new circuit with the aim of posting solid results. With the pain still present in his stomach, it’s a big ask for Nagl this weekend in the heat, although he’s looking to get through the event before heading back to Europe where he’ll have a few weeks recovery before the third round at the end of the month.
Evgeny Bobryshev #777:
“For sure I was happy with my performance last week and it felt good to be back racing at the top end of the field. Since then I’ve been in Thailand and we’ve spent some time looking around, as well as pushing with my physical training. I’ve been trying to get used to the weather, as it’s hot and humid here, which is going to be tough in the races, especially as I don’t like the heat so much. We’re riding in the day, which I’m expecting to be difficult for me, so it will be important to be well rested and hydrated for the weekend. My focus is just to stay on two wheels and concentrate on bringing home two more good results before we head back to Europe.”
Max Nagl #12:
“At the moment I’m feeling better, although I still have a lot of pain in the stomach. I’m having treatment every day from our physio with medication to reduce the tenderness. The weather is really hot and humid, so it’s going to be hard this weekend, but then it’s the same for everybody. I’m motivated because after the bad weekend with results in Qatar, I feel it can only get better, but I know realistically it’s going to be very hard for me and perhaps an even more difficult situation here. I was in hospital on Sunday in Qatar but they didn’t really check anything in the proper way, so we’re not completely sure what the problem is, although we predict it’s relating to the food I’ve eaten. The pain is still there, so I’m really nervous to eat anything, which means I’m concentrating on just white rice and foods that I know are really fresh, but no meat. It’s not a good situation, as I prefer to eat properly for the vitamins and carbs, but I need to keep everything plain, which is putting added demand on my body for the weekend. I know it’s just about getting through it as best we can and then I have a few weeks to get back into a good condition for the next race, although the weather at home is really bad; it is predicted to be around -8°C , so 40°C here to -8°C at home is a big problem too. We may have to make another plan, but I can’t change anything at the moment, so we’ll just have to deal with it and do the best job we can.”