WMXNetherlandsApril 25, 2011
2011 FIM MX1 / MX2 World Motocross Championship
Round 02 Valkenswaard – Netherlands

Goncalves breaks into Dutch GP top five


Under hot sunshine a 35,000 crowd watched Toni Cairoli win the MX1 Grand Prix of the Netherlands at Valkenswaard as Honda World Motocross team’s Rui Goncalves was the best CRF450R runner at the second round of fifteen in the FIM Motocross World Championship with fifth place.

Rui Goncalves Rui Goncalves


Rui Goncalves


Rui Goncalves


The Portuguese rider was able to produce a decent set of motos across the dark sand where he had previously been a winner in the MX2 class in 2009. The Dutch terrain grew predictably rough and bumpy and provided numerous line choices and some entertaining racing. Goncalves rode to sixth position in the opening heat of thirty-five minutes and two laps and finished just ahead of LS Honda Racing’s Ken De Dycker with Honda World Motocross team’s Evgeny Bobryshev making the top ten with tenth place.

The second sprint saw Goncalves produce an excellent start and set the pace as leader for the opening third of the moto before being swamped by a chasing pack of riders. The former MX2 world championship runner-up was able to improve his rhythm by the final throws of a very physically demanding contest and crossed the line in fourth, thanks in part to a fall by Steven Frossard. Bobryshev, fielding his ‘777’ number, was seventh and his combined points total was good enough to place him eighth in the final standings. De Dycker took eighth at the second time of asking to collect seventh overall. The powerful Belgian was still not fully fit after his crash two weeks ago in Bulgaria that left him with a painful back.

LS Honda Racing’s Shaun Simpson classified down in twentieth overall and was beset by fitness issues that left the former British Champion powerless to tackle the sapping sand.

In the MX1 class standings Goncalves is sixth on 62 points and ten away from fourth spot. Bobryshev is eighth (on 52) with De Dycker fourteenth and Simpson sixteenth. Honda were able to chart the progress of young Brazilian Swian Zanoni in the MX2 category and the rookie came very close to his first championship points in 2011 and as a full-time member of the GP paddock with results of twenty-seventh and twenty-first on the CRF250R.

The U.S. Grand Prix at Glen Helen in California constitutes the third round of the 2011 schedule and will take place on May 15th.

Ken DeDycker Evgeny Bobryshev


Ken DeDycker


Evgeny Bobryshev


Rui Goncalves (Honda World Motocross)
Race Result: 6th/4th Championship position: 6th

“It was quite a good GP. A positive weekend. In the first moto I wasn’t really into the rhythm in the first laps and dropped some places down to tenth. I picked it up and started to feel better so I made up positions to sixth and was on the rear wheel of Desalle. I went into the break pretty happy with the second part of that moto. I made a great start in the next one and led for the first twenty minutes or so, but I left the door slightly open through one of the corners around the back and Philippaerts went through. I couldn’t stay in my line and went over the berm and that’s when another two guys went by. I lost the rhythm and dropped from first to fifth. I needed two or three laps to get going again. At the end Frossard went down and I was able to take another place. It is good to come out of this feeling as fit and healthy as I do.”

Ken De Dycker (LS Honda Racing)
Race Result: 7th/8th Championship position: 8th

“Tiring day! I was making too many mistakes and didn’t feel 100% from the crash in Bulgaria. The muscle in my back was getting very tight and that made it hard to stand-up. The result was OK but not really want I wanted, it was so hard today. Now I hope to rest to get back into better shape.”

Evgeny Bobryshev (Honda World Motocross)
Race Result: 10th/7th Championship position: 14th

“I had a good start in the first race, but I made too many mistakes in the first laps and I was using too much energy because I was so tense on the bike. I was fighting the track and then I stalled the bike and lost three positions. It was hard to come back into a rhythm after that. I was disappointed with tenth. I wanted better in the second moto but started badly and although my riding was better than the first race it was still not really my speed. The motos felt really long today and I hoped with every lap that the guy would hold the board out to say there were only two laps left! We will try to forget this race now and put in some good training for the U.S. Grand Prix.”

Shaun Simpson (LS Honda Racing)
Race Result: 20th/17th Championship position: 16th

“I didn’t feel so good in the heat race, without any lines, although I was able to take tenth position. I got two reasonable starts running in the back-end of the top ten and then just faded badly and I don’t know why. I felt very tired and was actually sick after both motos, which is something I’ve never experienced before. I just went so deep into my reserves. I was not in positions where I want to be battling and had no energy to do anything about it. I need to go back home and rest-up and find a bit of extra speed and fitness from somewhere.”

Swian Zanoni (Honda Brazil)
Race Result: 27th/21st Championship position: NA

“I’m really happy to be here and have been training for this opportunity. Most of my riding has been on tracks that are a bit harder than this sand and I found it difficult today. I kept going though and my goal is to keep on improving.”


2011 FIM MX1 / MX2 World Motocross Championship
Round 02 Netherlands


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MX1 - Race 1 Result
1 CAIROLI, ANTONIO / ITA / KTM
2 FROSSARD, STEVEN / FRA / Yamaha
3 NAGL, MAXIMILIAN / GER / KTM
4 PHILIPPAERTS, DAVID / ITA / Yamaha
5 DESALLE, CLEMENT / BEL / Suzuki
6 GONCALVES, RUI / POR / Honda
7 DE DYCKER, KEN / BEL / Honda
8 RAMON, STEVE / BEL / Suzuki
9 LEOK, TANEL / EST / TM
10 BOBRYSHEV, EVGENY / RUS / Honda
11 DE REUVER, MARC / NED / Yamaha
12 GUARNERI, DAVIDE / ITA / Kawasaki
13 BARR, MARTIN / GBR / KTM
14 BARRAGAN, JONATHAN / ESP / Kawasaki
15 BOISSIERE, ANTHONY / FRA / Yamaha
 
MX1 - Race 2 Result
1 NAGL, MAXIMILIAN / GER / KTM
2 CAIROLI, ANTONIO / ITA / KTM
3 PHILIPPAERTS, DAVID / ITA / Yamaha
4 GONCALVES, RUI / POR / Honda
5 FROSSARD, STEVEN / FRA / Yamaha
6 DESALLE, CLEMENT / BEL / Suzuki
7 BOBRYSHEV, EVGENY / RUS / Honda
8 DE DYCKER, KEN / BEL / Honda
9 LEOK, TANEL / EST / TM
10 BARRAGAN, JONATHAN / ESP / Kawasaki
11 GUARNERI, DAVIDE / ITA / Kawasaki
12 RAMON, STEVE / BEL / Suzuki
13 BOISSIERE, ANTHONY / FRA / Yamaha
14 BOOG, XAVIER / FRA / Kawasaki
15 KRESTINOV, GERT / EST / Kawasaki
 
MX2 - Race 1 Result
1 HERLINGS, JEFFREY / NED / KTM
2 ROCZEN, KEN / GER / KTM
3 SEARLE, TOMMY / GBR / Kawasaki
4 TONUS, ARNAUD / SUI / Yamaha
5 PAULIN, GAUTIER / FRA / Yamaha
6 OSBORNE, ZACHARY / USA / Yamaha
7 KULLAS, HARRI / FIN / Yamaha
8 ROELANTS, JOEL / BEL / KTM
9 AUBIN, NICOLAS / FRA / KTM
10 ANSTIE, MAX / GBR / Kawasaki
11 LARSEN, NIKOLAJ / DEN / KTM
12 COLDENHOFF, GLENN / NED / Yamaha
13 BUTRON OLIVA, ANTONIO JOSE / ESP / KTM
14 CHARLIER, CHRISTOPHE / FRA / Yamaha
15 KRAS, MIKE / NED / Suzuki
 
MX2 - Race 2 Result
1 HERLINGS, JEFFREY / NED / KTM
2 ROCZEN, KEN / GER / KTM
3 SEARLE, TOMMY / GBR / Kawasaki
4 TONUS, ARNAUD / SUI / Yamaha
5 ROELANTS, JOEL / BEL / KTM
6 PAULIN, GAUTIER / FRA / Yamaha
7 KULLAS, HARRI / FIN / Yamaha
8 OSBORNE, ZACHARY / USA / Yamaha
9 ANSTIE, MAX / GBR / Kawasaki
10 CHARLIER, CHRISTOPHE / FRA / Yamaha
11 PETROV, PETAR / BUL / Yamaha
12 LARSEN, NIKOLAJ / DEN / KTM
13 COLDENHOFF, GLENN / NED / Yamaha
14 BUTRON OLIVA, ANTONIO JOSE / ESP / KTM
15 TIXIER, JORDI / FRA / KTM
 

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