WMXGermanyJune 20, 2010
2010 FIM MX1 / MX2 World Motocross Championship
Round 08 Teutschenthal – Germany

Bobryshev best Honda at Grand Prix of Germany

The Grand Prix of Germany at the hard and rough Talkessel circuit, Teutschenthal, tipped the 2010 FIM Motocross World Championship into its second half with the eighth round of fifteen and Evgeny Bobryshev took his CRF450R to seventh position in the MX1 category to finish as top Honda rider in what is his debut season in the class.

Evgeny Bobryshev Davide Guarneri

Evgeny Bobryshev

Davide Guarneri

Cool and cloudy conditions greeted a 35,000 attendance over the weekend and a hard-pack track mixed fast and slippery terrain with incredibly bumpy and rutted sections. Bobryshev was the stand-out Honda rider thanks to some decent starts and an attacking style on the CAS machine that saw him constantly mingling in the mid-top ten. It was a return to form for the Russian after DNFs in two from the last four motos. ‘Boby’ went 8-8 for his final ranking and holds 10th in the world championship standings, 16 points behind LS Motors Honda’s Davide Guarneri.

The Italian – who won his first moto of his career here in the MX2 class in 2005 – started brightly on the ‘39’ CRF but made mistakes that caused him to lose positions. A stall and crash preceded a fight-back to 11th in the first moto before he rode well on a difficult surface in the second outing for a decent sixth his second highest ranking of the season so far. Guarneri was ninth overall and holds the same slot in the points table, 17 behind his team-mate Tanel Leok.

The rapid Estonian was excellent across the grinding German dirt but his result of 10th overall did not reflect his speed after several race incidents. Moto1 saw the former Italian and Dutch Champion tangle with Tony Cairoli and he had to stop on the exit of the first turn to kick out a bent brake pedal. He flew back to 10th but his second affair was ruined by a fall in the second corner, and then another spill later when he touched with Gareth Swanepoel. Leok was 10-12 but would surely have been in contention for the podium with more luck. Swanepoel had an encouraging day to 11th overall, having finally regained some fitness after spraining his foot at the USGP. The South African had a small fall on the way to 13th and then started slowly but rose through to 10th later on to confirm his classification.

Martin Honda was back to full strength with the works CRF450Rs. Jimmy Albertson returned for the first time since his qualification crash at Glen Helen for round six and finished two tentative motos for the first time since Portugal (round four), scoring points with 15-13 for 12th; his best haul since the third Grand Prix of the season. The Italian squad had promising Australian Dean Ferris making his world championship debut in a sole wild-card appearance and the rookie enjoyed a best finish of 14th in the second moto.

The ninth round of the 2010 series will take place in two weeks time at the fast and natural layout of Teutschenthal for the Grand Prix of Germany. Hondas currently fill three places in the top ten of the MX1 world championship.

Tanel Leok Gareth Swanepoel

Tanel Leok

Gareth Swanepoel

Evgeny Bobryshev, CAS Honda:
“It was an awesome day and I am happy with these results because the last two GPs had not gone so well for me with DNFs and bad finishes. I was pretty sad after France because I had thrown away a lot of points but it is getting better again. The track was quite good but hard for passing. If you pushed really hard then you could have a big crash. There were big bumps and ruts so it was not easy. When I was really pushing hard my legs were off the bike each corner! In the second race I really wanted to pass Nagl but it was not possible; overall though I am happy.”

Davide Guarneri, LS Motors Honda:
“I am not too happy but my speed is OK. I made too many mistakes in the first lap and I did not enjoy the track at all; it was like enduro! I got a bit stressed when I stalled the bike on the second lap. I did not pull in the clutch enough and lost a lot of positions at a time when the pack is close together. I was around seventeenth or eighteenth and later crashed again because I was pushing hard to gain ground; finally eleventh was acceptable. The second moto start was not as good as the first but I could follow David Philippaerts and even tried to overtake him a few times. There was a lot going on but my rhythm was OK. I feel my speed is drawing me closer to being able to fight for the podium and we will keep on working.”

Tanel Leok, LS Motors Honda:
“It could be better! Cairoli and I touched at the start of the first moto and my brake pedal was completely bent so I had to stop at the bottom of the hill before the second turn and kick it out, even then it was still not right. My riding and fitness was good so to take tenth was OK. I crashed on the second corner of the next moto. Philippaerts came over the ruts, I hit him and then someone hit me. I was last again and had to come back. Once more the speed was good but I came together with Swanepoel, had another crash and struggled to restart the bike. In the end I don’t even know where I finished! I hope Latvia will be a good GP for me without too many mistakes, silly mistakes and then others that I can’t do anything about.”

Gareth Swanepoel, CAS Honda:
“I feel pretty good after today and overall things are starting to come up. Last weekend in Lyng was good and so was this Grand Prix. I qualified tenth and was happy with that as I managed to keep in touch with the guys ahead. Today was positive with some good starts. I was running tenth in the first one and unfortunately had a small crash and went back to thirteenth. The second moto was tough because the track was so bumpy. I was a bit disappointed with myself on the first few laps but once I got going I put in some decent lap times and managed tenth. I think Latvia will be really good for me. It is a bit sandy and loose and I’m looking forward to it.”

Jimmy Albertson, Martin Honda:
“I went into this weekend not expecting a great deal because I have not done much riding and training as I was trying to get my body healed-up. I rode my own race and ended up fifteenth and thirteenth so I was happy with that. I remember the first round in Bulgaria when I was completely healthy and ready to go and that turned out worse! It was a good weekend and I was just glad to finish some motos because I hadn’t done that since Portugal and round five. Just to get back on the track was great and gives me something to build on for next weekend.”

Dean Ferris, Martin Honda:
“I didn’t qualify so well so it was difficult to get a good start. For the first moto I made some changes to the gearing and I think I went the wrong way and it was really hard for me to ride. I was battling for nineteenth and I felt like I should have been in the top fifteen quite easily. We went back to the original setting and in the second moto and I fought my way up to fourteenth, so that was alright. Everything was new for me, the format, the bike but the team were really helpful. Fourteenth wasn’t too bad for my first time.”

Roger Harvey, Off-road Manager, Honda Motor Europe:
“It was good to see Evgeny back to form after a couple of wobbly races and the speed of Tanel Leok really caught the eye; those results on a difficult track from almost last positions were quite special and showed that without the mistakes and the bad luck he could have been right up there. We are glad Jimmy is back and despite his problems he had a good Grand Prix and we hope he can be better. Swanie and Davide showed some positive traits to their riding today and overall it was encouraging to witness Honda in full force and proactive on the leader-board.”

2010 FIM MX1 / MX2 World Motocross Championship
Round 08 Germany

MX1 - Race 1 Result
1 de Dycker, Ken / Yamaha
2 Philippaerts, David / Yamaha
3 Desalle, Clement / Suzuki
4 Boog, Xavier / Kawasaki
5 Nagl, Maximilian / KTM
6 Cairoli, Antonio / KTM
7 Ramon, Steve / Suzuki
8 Bobryshev, Evgeny / Honda
9 Strijbos, Kevin / Suzuki
10 Leok, Tanel / Honda
11 Guarneri, Davide / Honda
12 Boissiere, Anthony / TM
13 Swanepoel, Gareth / Honda
14 Coppins, Joshua / Aprilia
15 Albertson, Jimmy / Honda
MX1 - Race 2 Result
1 de Dycker, Ken / Yamaha
2 Cairoli, Antonio / KTM
3 Desalle, Clement / Suzuki
4 Boog, Xavier / Kawasaki
5 Philippaerts, David / Yamaha
6 Guarneri, Davide / Honda
7 Nagl, Maximilian / KTM
8 Bobryshev, Evgeny / Honda
9 Ramon, Steve / Suzuki
10 Swanepoel, Gareth / Honda
11 Goncalves, Rui / KTM
12 Leok, Tanel / Honda
13 Albertson, Jimmy / Honda
14 Ferris, Dean / Honda
15 Walkner, Matthias / KTM
MX2 - Race 1 Result
1 Musquin, Marvin / KTM
2 van Horebeek, Jeremy / Kawasaki
3 Frossard, Steven / Kawasaki
4 Osborne, Zach / Yamaha
5 Roczen, Ken / Suzuki
6 Tonus, Arnaud / Suzuki
7 Paulin, Gautier / Yamaha
8 Roelants, Joel / KTM
9 Simpson, Shaun / KTM
10 Nicholls, Jake / KTM
11 Vongsana, Khounsith / KTM
12 Charlier, Christophe / Yamaha
13 Michek, Martin / TM
14 Kullas, Harri / Yamaha
15 Teillet, Valentin / KTM
MX2 - Race 2 Result
1 Roczen, Ken / Suzuki
2 Musquin, Marvin / KTM
3 Osborne, Zach / Yamaha
4 Frossard, Steven / Kawasaki
5 Tonus, Arnaud / Suzuki
6 Charlier, Christophe / Yamaha
7 van Horebeek, Jeremy / Kawasaki
8 Herlings, Jeffrey / KTM
9 Simpson, Shaun / KTM
10 Leib, Michael / Kawasaki
11 Paulin, Gautier / Yamaha
12 Vongsana, Khounsith / KTM
13 Kullas, Harri / Yamaha
14 Lupino, Alessandro / Yamaha
15 Teillet, Valentin / KTM

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