WMXBulgariaApril 10, 2011
2011 FIM MX1 / MX2 World Motocross Championship
Round 01 SEVLIEVO – Bulgaria

Honda World Motocross Team Shine On Debuts In Bulgaria

The 2011 FIM Motocross World Championship cranked into life with the Grand Prix of Bulgaria at Sevlievo circuit and the new-look Honda World Motocross team enjoyed a solid showing under bright, but breezy and cold skies. Debutant Rui Goncalves finished fifth overall in the premier MX1 category with team-mate Evgeny Bobryshev taking sixth position to place two CRF450Rs in the top six.

Evgeny Bobryshev Evgeny Bobryshev

Evgeny Bobryshev

Evgeny Bobryshev

The hard, fast and dusty layout a short distance from the town of Sevlievo housed 35,000 spectators during a blustery weekend as the first test in the fifteen round FIM series provided a simple, but physical challenge. Goncalves, making his first Grand Prix appearance for the Italian team and on a 450cc motorcycle at World championship level, made two positive starts and battled initially with the leaders during the first 35 minute and two lap moto before taking eighth by the flag. The Portuguese, a former MX2 World championship runner-up, was fifth in the next outing just behind Bobryshev.

The powerful Russian could only score 12th in the opening sprint due to an early crash in which he lost the front end, but was determined to do better and in the second and pulled through from a stuttering start to fourth.

LS Honda Racing’s Shaun Simpson was another rider making his MX1 bow and left the grand prix lamenting two mediocre starts that did not do justice to his speed. The Scot ran inside the top five during practice and even challenged for the top three in the qualification heat until running into problems with arm-pump. The former British Champion ended the day with 13th and 16th for 14th in the final listing.

Five positions behind the Briton was team-mate Ken De Dycker who had a meeting to forget. Some technical problems caused a qualification position of 31st and a handicap for the race-starts. The Belgian tumbled off his motorcycle after clipping a hay-bale on the second lap of Moto one and although he was able to remount he classified outside the points. In the second affair he encountered problems with the fallen David Philippaerts on the first turn and completed the race with 17th.

With the young championship table reflecting exactly the overall result of the Grand Prix Honda occupy spots in the first six with all four principal riders gracing the top twenty.

The second round will take place at the Valkenswaard circuit close to the city of Eindhoven in two weeks time (Easter Monday) for the Grand Prix of Netherlands.

Rui Goncalves Shaun Simpson

Rui Goncalves

Shaun Simpson

Rui Goncalves (Honda World Motocross)
Race Result: 8th / 5th Championship position: 5th

“It was alright. I worked really hard in the winter and I felt I had to take my time with things a little bit because a lot was new for me this season; new bike, new team, first season with 450 and first with a bike with an aluminum chassis. Anyway, together with the team we worked well and I’m happy that they believe in me and keep on giving me what I needed to achieve results and even if the pre-season races were not brilliant, it paid-off today. It was a good start today and now I will focus on each GP.”

Evgeny Bobryshev (Honda World Motocross)
Race Result: 12th / 4th Championship position: 6th

“I crashed on the third lap of the first race because I couldn’t see anything through my goggles due to the dust. I think I hit a stone or something, but the front wheel went away. I was in fourteenth after that and it was difficult to come back through because so many were going the same speed. I was disappointed with twelfth, but it was better to get some points instead of a ‘zero’. The second race was much better. I was concentrating more and thinking about the track even if I struggled for a few laps trying to hit my lines. Once I got my rhythm I came back to fourth position. Overall I’m pleased. If I look at last year compared to this year then it is much better.”

Shaun Simpson (LS Honda Racing)
Race Result: 13th / 16th Championship position: 14th

“This is not one of my favourite tracks because it is fast and bumpy and not really what I like to ride. I had some arm-pump in the heat race which was a bit beyond my control, but I was happy with my speed because I was in the top five in both sessions and also up there in warm-up. I think if I could have taken good starts in the two races then I would have been able to do something and make two top tens, which was my goal. I messed up the first start and then in the second Philippaerts crashed in front of me in the first turn and there was nowhere to go. I battled all race and I think my second-to-last lap was my fastest; I just took too long to dial-in to the track. Things should be better in Valkenswaard, but I will take the positives from this.”

Ken De Dycker (LS Honda Racing)
Race Result: DNF /17th Championship position: 9th

“It was a tough GP and a bad start to the year. The bike wasn’t running well for most of the day Saturday and then stopped in the heat race three laps from the flag. At least we were able to identify the problem. It meant I had to start from way outside along the gate and the starts are so important here. I crashed when I touched a hay-bale on the second lap and knocked myself about and it was hard to come back. I started badly in the second race and then a stone hit my goggles and knocked the lens out. I had to stop because it was so dusty. ‘Everything’ seemed to happen this weekend, so we will leave it behind and look to the next one.”

2011 FIM MX1 / MX2 World Motocross Championship
Round 01 Bulgaria

MX1 - Race 1 Result
1 Frossard, Steven / FRA / Yamaha
2 Desalle, Clement / BEL / Suzuki
3 Nagl, Maximilian / GER / KTM
4 Philippaerts, David / ITA / Yamaha
5 Guarneri, Davide / ITA / Kawasaki
6 Barragan, Jonathan / ESP / Kawasaki
7 Cairoli, Antonio / ITA / KTM
8 Goncalves, Rui / POR / Honda
9 Strijbos, Kevin / BEL / Suzuki
10 Ramon, Steve / BEL / Suzuki
11 Boog, Xavier / FRA / Kawasaki
12 Bobryshev, Evgeny / RUS / Honda
13 Simpson, Shaun / GBR / Honda
14 Dougan, Jason / GBR / Yamaha
15 Boissiere, Anthony / FRA / Yamaha
MX1 - Race 2 Result
1 Desalle, Clement / BEL / Suzuki
2 Frossard, Steven / FRA / Yamaha
3 Barragan, Jonathan / ESP / Kawasaki
4 Bobryshev, Evgeny / RUS / Honda
5 Goncalves, Rui / POR / Honda
6 Nagl, Maximilian / GER / KTM
7 Strijbos, Kevin / BEL / Suzuki
8 Boog, Xavier / FRA / Kawasaki
9 Leok, Tanel / EST / TM
10 Cairoli, Antonio / ITA / KTM
11 Guarneri, Davide / ITA / Kawasaki
12 Ramon, Steve / BEL / Suzuki
13 Boissiere, Anthony / FRA / Yamaha
14 Philippaerts, David / ITA / Yamaha
15 Campano Jimenez, Carlos / ESP / Yamaha
MX2 - Race 1 Result
1 Roczen, Ken / GER / KTM
2 Searle, Tommy / GBR / Kawasaki
3 Paulin, Gautier / FRA / Yamaha
4 Tonus, Arnaud / SUI / Yamaha
5 Herlings, Jeffrey / NED / KTM
6 van Horebeek, Jeremy / BEL / KTM
7 Osborne, Zachary / USA / Yamaha
8 Anstie, Max / GBR / Kawasaki
9 Aubin, Nicolas / FRA / KTM
10 Kullas, Harri / FIN / Yamaha
11 Roelants, Joel / BEL / KTM
12 Karro, Matiss / LAT / Honda
13 Tixier, Jordi / FRA / KTM
14 Charlier, Christophe / FRA / Yamaha
15 Coldenhoff, Glenn / NED / Yamaha
MX2 - Race 2 Result
1 Roczen, Ken / GER / KTM
2 Searle, Tommy / GBR / Kawasaki
3 Herlings, Jeffrey / NED / KTM
4 Osborne, Zachary / USA / Yamaha
5 van Horebeek, Jeremy / BEL / KTM
6 Anstie, Max / GBR / Kawasaki
7 Paulin, Gautier / FRA / Yamaha
8 Tonus, Arnaud / SUI / Yamaha
9 Aubin, Nicolas / FRA / KTM
10 Charlier, Christophe / FRA / Yamaha
11 Lupino, Alessandro / ITA / Husqvarna
12 Roelants, Joel / BEL / KTM
13 Coldenhoff, Glenn / NED / Yamaha
14 Kullas, Harri / FIN / Yamaha
15 Karro, Matiss / LAT / Honda

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