WMXSpainJune 19, 2011
2011 FIM MX1 / MX2 World Motocross Championship
Round 07 La Baneza – Spain

Bobryshev Leads The Honda Line Again In Spain


As world champion Antonio Cairoli claimed his second victory of the season, Honda World Motocross team’s Evgeny Bobryshev was again the fastest CRF450R runner in front of 16,000 spectators at a sweltering La Bañeza for the Grand Prix of Spain and the seventh round of fifteen in the 2011 FIM Motocross World Championship.

Evgeny Bobryshev Evgeny Bobryshev


Evgeny Bobryshev


Evgeny Bobryshev


La Bañeza, normally a host for domestic events, but hurried onto the international stage after the late cancellation of the Grand Prix of Catalunya three months ago, provided a simple challenge for the grand prix fraternity with its fast and short layout of hard-pack and stony mud. A consequence of the narrow collection of corners was a lack of viable overtaking opportunities and this was the main complaint throughout the weekend.

Bobryshev – collector of two podium finishes already this season – rued two average starts to circulate outside the battle for the top five at both times of asking. He diced with team-mate Rui Goncalves for seventh place in the first moto and just lost out to the Portuguese by a second at the finish line. Fighting the discomfort of an array of blisters on his left hand, the sturdy Russian went one position better in the second moto and classified eighth overall on the factory machine.

Goncalves was the brightest out of the start gate and around the relentless curves on Saturday to take fourth position in the qualification heat. Sadly the Portuguese had to fight through the pain barrier from the midway point of the first race after a rock smashed against his collarbone. He was seventh at the first time of asking and pushed to tenth later in the afternoon for ninth overall.

LS Honda’s Ken De Dycker set provisional pole position on Saturday, but was shoved to the back of the gate after a freak technical problem in the heat race caused a DNF. The Belgian was hamstrung by his start slot and came back through the pack as quickly as he could for two elevenths and twelfth spot in the final ranking.

Team-mate Shaun Simpson admirably attacked the Spanish bumps, but was undone by two falls and a snapped radiator shroud in the first moto (obtaining sixteenth) and was then embroiled in Alvaro Lozano’s spill in the second race as the Spaniard’s rear wheel flipped up and broke the radiator of the number ‘24’ machine. Simpson pitted to change material, but was unable to enter the points and finished five laps down.

Swian Zanoni was back in action on the CRF250R for the Honda World Motocross team after recovering from his hand injury. The Brazilian MX2 rookie got near the points with twenty-third in the first moto even though he wasn’t able to establish an effective rhythm on the track. The second moto start was better, placing the youngster in sixteenth, but a crash in the middle of the race eventually led to his retirement with a sore right heel.

Bobryshev holds fifth in the MX1 standings and is just 21 points away from fourth. Goncalves has slipped one place to seventh, but is a comfy 32 points in front of Jonathan Barragan. De Dycker is twelfth with Simpson in fifteenth.

After three meetings in succession the FIM Motocross world championship now pauses for a week before beginning another three-race spell with Grand Prix visits to Sweden, Germany and Latvia during July.

 Rui Goncalves Ken DeDycker


Rui Goncalves


Ken DeDycker


Evgeny Bobryshev (Honda World Motocross)
Race Result: 8th / 7th Championship position: 5th

“I feel alright about the GP, but my starts weren’t great and it was hard to come back on this track. They made lots of lines out there, but it didn’t help when you changed because there were no faster alternatives. You had to take a risk to pass. The track was flattened a little bit for the second moto and it was better in some places. The first corner was slippery and I fought to get as high as I could. I’m happy to score points on a difficult track –not really my kind of track – and I want to thank the team for their help all weekend. The bike was unbelievable; the problem was with my reaction from the gate. The next race is Sweden and I hope to do better there.”

Rui Goncalves (Honda World Motocross)
Race Result: 7th / 10th Championship position: 7th

“It was tough today. You had to get good starts, which I did, but in the first moto I had arm-pump and made things difficult for myself. Half way through a stone hit my collarbone and I just lost my strength. I couldn’t hold the bike that well and had to ice the bone in between the motos. The second race was a struggle and unfortunately I got another rock on the same shoulder. Now I need to go home and sort this out. Some people like the track and some people didn’t, but we had to race it. I think there are some better tracks to come.”

Ken De Dycker (LS Honda Racing)
Race Result: 11th / 11th Championship position: 12th

“Not a good day. It is so difficult to pass guys and it felt like there was no real decent chance of being able to come from the back. We still need to improve in the coming races because it is so important to be in the top five at the start. Saturday was going well, but today…it was too difficult.”

Shaun Simpson (LS Honda Racing)
Race Result: 16th/DNF Championship position: 15th

“It should have been a lot better. Two bad starts, but in the first moto I did a good job in coming through and reaching sixth. I made a stupid mistake trying to pass Desalle and then crashed on my own at slow speed. I ripped the shroud off and just had to ride around for what points I could get. I was ready for the second one and must have been near the top ten, but Lozano crashed in front of me and his rear wheel came around and ripped the other shroud off and one side of the radiator. I had no water and had to come-in. We changed it and I decided just to go out for a few laps for a bit of extra training or whatever. I can’t seem to get into any of those little gaps inside the top ten at the moment, but we will keep trying. This is not a grand prix track and I don’t think the paddock is even up to scratch. It is fun for riding and practicing and maybe OK for a Spanish Championship meeting, but for a GP? Not really.”

Swian Zanoni (Honda World Motocross)
Race Result: 23rd/DNF:

“Today was a real shame. I felt good on the track. The first moto was hard, but I got near the points. In the second my start was mid-pack and I was setting a good speed until I got out of control up the waves. I crashed and took a hit to my right heel. I had a lot of pain and couldn’t continue. I have some swelling now but I think I will be OK for Sweden.”

Roger Harvey, Honda Motor Europe Off-road Racing Manager:
“A pretty disappointing day all-round and the results should have been better. If you get mediocre starts at a track like this then you will get mediocre points-scores and this was our problem today. Even if a circuit has one line you still have to tackle and face it like one of our more respected venues on the calendar. The boys will have a break now before we start another busy period and I hope we can pick things up in this middle phase of the season.”

2011 FIM MX1 / MX2 World Motocross Championship
Round 07 Spain


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MX1 - Race 1 Result
1 FROSSARD, STEVEN / FRA / Yamaha
2 CAIROLI, ANTONIO / ITA / KTM
3 PHILIPPAERTS, DAVID / ITA / Yamaha
4 NAGL, MAXIMILIAN / GER / KTM
5 DESALLE, CLEMENT / BEL / Suzuki
6 RAMON, STEVE / BEL / Suzuki
7 GONCALVES, RUI / POR / Honda
8 BOBRYSHEV, EVGENY / RUS / Honda
9 BARRAGAN, JONATHAN / ESP / Kawasaki
10 BOOG, XAVIER / FRA / Kawasaki
11 DE DYCKER, KEN / BEL / Honda
12 GUARNERI, DAVIDE / ITA / Kawasaki
13 LEOK, TANEL / EST / TM
14 BOISSIERE, ANTHONY / FRA / Yamaha
15 SCHIFFER, MARCUS / GER / Suzuki
 
MX1 - Race 2 Result
1 CAIROLI, ANTONIO / ITA / KTM
2 LEOK, TANEL / EST / TM
3 DESALLE, CLEMENT / BEL / Suzuki
4 PHILIPPAERTS, DAVID / ITA / Yamaha
5 BARRAGAN, JONATHAN / ESP / Kawasaki
6 NAGL, MAXIMILIAN / GER / KTM
7 BOBRYSHEV, EVGENY / RUS / Honda
8 BOOG, XAVIER / FRA / Kawasaki
9 FROSSARD, STEVEN / FRA / Yamaha
10 GONCALVES, RUI / POR / Honda
11 DE DYCKER, KEN / BEL / Honda
12 RAMON, STEVE / BEL / Suzuki
13 BOISSIERE, ANTHONY / FRA / Yamaha
14 SCHIFFER, MARCUS / GER / Suzuki
15 CAMPANO JIMENEZ, CARLOS / ESP / Yamaha
 
MX2 - Race 1 Result
1 ROCZEN, KEN / GER / KTM
2 SEARLE, TOMMY / GBR / Kawasaki
3 HERLINGS, JEFFREY / NED / KTM
4 PAULIN, GAUTIER / FRA / Yamaha
5 AUBIN, NICOLAS / FRA / KTM
6 TONUS, ARNAUD / SUI / Yamaha
7 ROELANTS, JOEL / BEL / KTM
8 TRIEST, NICK / BEL / KTM
9 COLDENHOFF, GLENN / NED / Yamaha
10 KULLAS, HARRI / FIN / Yamaha
11 BUTRON OLIVA, ANTONIO JOSE / ESP / KTM
12 KRAS, MIKE / NED / Suzuki
13 LUPINO, ALESSANDRO / ITA / Husqvarna
14 NICHOLLS, JAKE / GBR / KTM
15 PETROV, PETAR / BUL / Yamaha
 
MX2 - Race 2 Result
1 ROCZEN, KEN / GER / KTM
2 SEARLE, TOMMY / GBR / Kawasaki
3 PAULIN, GAUTIER / FRA / Yamaha
4 HERLINGS, JEFFREY / NED / KTM
5 TONUS, ARNAUD / SUI / Yamaha
6 OSBORNE, ZACHARY / USA / Yamaha
7 ROELANTS, JOEL / BEL / KTM
8 AUBIN, NICOLAS / FRA / KTM
9 COLDENHOFF, GLENN / NED / Yamaha
10 KULLAS, HARRI / FIN / Yamaha
11 NICHOLLS, JAKE / GBR / KTM
12 LUPINO, ALESSANDRO / ITA / Husqvarna
13 TIXIER, JORDI / FRA / KTM
14 LEIB, MICHAEL / USA / Husqvarna
15 TRIEST, NICK / BEL / KTM
 

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