WMXSwedenJuly 3, 2011
2011 FIM MX1 / MX2 World Motocross Championship
Round 08 Uddevalla – Sweden

Fantastic Second Place For Bobryshev In Sweden

After a short break the 2011 FIM Motocross World Championship resumed with the Grand Prix of Sweden and the eighth round of 15 in the 2011 series. At a cool and cloudy Uddevalla circuit, in front of a 24,000 attendance (weekend figure), the MX1 class was won by Steven Frossard for the second time this season. Honda’s best representative on the CRF450R was Evgeny Bobryshev who finished as runner-up and rode superbly to earn his third podium of the campaign and also his career. LS Honda Racing’s Ken De Dycker was fourth, to place two Hondas in the top five of the overall GP ranking.

Evgeny Bobryshev Evgeny Bobryshev

Evgeny Bobryshev

Evgeny Bobryshev

The Uddevalla circuit was slippery and littered with small braking bumps. Several new jumps and slight modifications to the layout provided a variation to the track that has been an ever-present fixture on the calendar.

Bobryshev shone on the factory motorcycle. The Russian led the opening moto for almost all of the 21 lap duration, but was powerless to defend his advantage from Frossard. After a long stint setting the pace earlier in the day ‘Bobby’ faced a different type of race at the second time of asking. A bad start when he was forced to the outside of the first turn meant that he inhabited 19th place on the opening lap. The 23 year old determinedly gained positions and used no short amount of guile to find lines and overtaking opportunities. His climb to fourth was arguably one of his best performances of the year.

Slightly in contrast team-mate Rui Goncalves started both races in bright fashion, but the former MX2 vice-champion is struggling with his stamina. The Portuguese finished ninth and eighth for ninth overall and will this week undergo a check with his doctor to identify a possible reason for the mid-race fatigue he has been suffering.

Ken De Dycker was a proactive force across the Uddevalla undulations. The Belgian narrowly missed out on his first podium this term after scoring fourth and sixth positions. The former GP winner buried the bad memory of his crash and garish elbow injury here in 2010 to be one of the main figures in the battle for rostrum places. De Dycker’s trawl to fourth in Moto1 was impressive after he had been heavily held-up by the second corner fall of Antonio Cairoli. The 26 year old had been feeling ‘underpowered’ in the approach to the Grand Prix and the physical cost of his charge wore through in the second sprint as he was unable to win a tussle for third with David Philippaerts. De Dycker travels next to the venue where he was triumphant twelve months ago. Teutschenthal being the scene of his last victory.

LS Honda team-mate Shaun Simpson finished the second moto in sixteenth place. The Scot admitted that he was lacking speed to breach the top ten on race-day and his overall placement for the Grand Prix was ruined by a tangle with Davide Guarneri in the first moto that caused a hole in the water pump cover and saw the engine run dry and stop.

In the MX1 world championship standings Bobryshev has now closed to within six points of fourth position. Goncalves is seventh with De Dycker in eleventh and Simpson sixteenth.

Swian Zanoni crossed the MX2 finish line in twenty-fifth and twenty-sixth on the CRF250R. A pair of crashes in the first race set the Brazilian back and another incident when a rider fell directly in his path during the second moto meant that any points were difficult to obtain.

The series now continues with consecutive races and visits to Germany and Latvia.

Ken DeDycker Rui Goncalves

Ken DeDycker

Rui Goncalves

Evgeny Bobryshev (Honda World Motocross)
Race Result: 2nd /4th Championship position: 5th

“My confidence is improving race by race and I am also gaining experience. I am making small steps all the time. I liked the track, even though it was gnarly, and I had good speed here. Steven passed me on the last two laps in the first moto. He was one or two second quicker than me at the end and I couldn’t fight back. I slid out a little bit and was getting pushed around at the start of the second moto, but I was able to find traction and lines and moved up to the top five. I was really happy with that race.”

Rui Goncalves (Honda World Motocross)
Race Result: 9th /8th Championship position: 7th

“My starts were good, but today was a tough day. I’m not riding smoothly and obviously things don’t come too easily when you are racing like this. I don’t have much to say. I did the best I could, considering the condition I have. This week I will go to the doctor and try to sort out things for next weekend. I am feeling positive about sorting this out. Today I finished in the top ten twice, but this is not where I want to be. I hope we can get this fixed and it will be better in Teutschenthal.”

Ken De Dycker (LS Honda Racing)
Race Result: 4th / 6th Championship position: 11th

“The speed was OK, but I didn’t feel so good in the week and therefore didn’t have the best preparation or 100% condition for this race. I was pretty ‘finished’ in the second moto and I think coming all the way from the back in the first was too much. Anyway it was a good result, near the podium, and I’m sure we will be going for it again in Germany.”

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

“The first race wasn’t going too bad and I was on the edge of the top ten. Guarneri passed me and going down the first hill after the pit-boxes he went outside and stayed there. I went to show him my front wheel on the inside and there looked like there was room to pass as he kept far out. Anyway he then decided to cut in and we collected each other. I got going and was around fifteenth, but unknown to me there was a small hole in the water pump cover. I lost all the water and the bike started going slower and slower so I went to stop, but the engine conked out first going over the finish line. That was a shame because it meant another DNF on the score-card. I was unlucky at the start of the second moto because Steve Ramon made a kamikaze move on the first corner and it caused a bit of mayhem. I need to get back on top of my riding and I’m missing some aggression. Today I was a bit off the pace.”

Swian Zanoni (Honda World Motocross)
Race Result: 25th /26th

“The track was difficult and very bumpy. Physically I am in good shape and my hand does not bother me now but I need to pick up my speed a little bit. Two crashes in the first race meant I was far behind the others and then I couldn’t avoid a rider who had gone down right in front of me in the second. Anyway another new place for me next week.”

Roger Harvey, Honda Motor Europe Off-road Racing Manager:
“A great day for Evgeny and with such a strong performance. He came back superbly in the second moto and it was a big lift for the team as well as entertaining for all to see. Rui and Shaun are struggling a little bit at the moment and so is Ken De Dycker, but he is getting closer to that first podium of the season for the LS Honda boys. On Friday we had the Swedish Xtreme Academy day where more than 40 riders took some instruction from Brian Jorgensen – a former winner with the factory team – as well as Evgeny and Rui. It has been a positive trip to Scandinavia and we look forward to more celebrations in the coming races.”

2011 FIM MX1 / MX2 World Motocross Championship
Round 08 Sweden

MX1 - Race 1 Result
1 FROSSARD, Steven / FRA / Yamaha
2 BOBRYSHEV, Evgeny / RUS / Honda
3 BOOG, Xavier / FRA / Kawasaki
4 DE DYCKER, Ken / BEL / Honda
5 CAIROLI, Antonio / ITA / KTM
6 RAMON, Steve / BEL / Suzuki
7 NAGL, Maximilian / GER / KTM
8 DESALLE, Clement / BEL / Suzuki
9 GONCALVES, Rui / POR / Honda
10 ARANDA, Gregory / FRA / Kawasaki
11 BOISSIERE, Anthony / FRA / Yamaha
12 STRIJBOS, Kevin / BEL / Suzuki
13 SCHIFFER, Marcus / GER / Suzuki
14 LEOK, Tanel / EST / TM
15 PHILIPPAERTS, David / ITA / Yamaha
Evgeny Bobryshev

Evgeny Bobryshev
MX1 - Race 2 Result
1 FROSSARD, Steven / FRA / Yamaha
2 CAIROLI, Antonio / ITA / KTM
3 PHILIPPAERTS, David / ITA / Yamaha
4 BOBRYSHEV, Evgeny / RUS / Honda
5 RAMON, Steve / BEL / Suzuki
6 DE DYCKER, Ken / BEL / Honda
7 DESALLE, Clement / BEL / Suzuki
8 GONCALVES, Rui / POR / Honda
9 BARRAGAN, Jonathan / ESP / Kawasaki
10 NAGL, Maximilian / GER / KTM
11 BOOG, Xavier / FRA / Kawasaki
12 STRIJBOS, Kevin / BEL / Suzuki
13 GUARNERI, Davide / ITA / Kawasaki
14 SCHIFFER, Marcus / GER / Suzuki
15 BOISSIERE, Anthony / FRA / Yamaha
MX2 - Race 1 Result
2 PAULIN, Gautier / FRA / Yamaha
3 HERLINGS, Jeffrey / NED / KTM
4 ANSTIE, Max / GBR / Kawasaki
6 TONUS, Arnaud / SUI / Yamaha
7 CHARLIER, Christophe / FRA / Yamaha
9 AUBIN, Nicolas / FRA / KTM
10 TEILLET, Valentin / FRA / Suzuki
11 OSBORNE, Zachary / USA / Yamaha
12 LUPINO, Alessandro / ITA / Husqvarna
13 LEIB, Michael / USA / Husqvarna
14 PETROV, Petar / BUL / Yamaha
15 TRIEST, Nick / BEL / KTM
MX2 - Race 2 Result
2 HERLINGS, Jeffrey / NED / KTM
3 PAULIN, Gautier / FRA / Yamaha
4 SEARLE, Tommy / GBR / Kawasaki
5 ANSTIE, Max / GBR / Kawasaki
6 AUBIN, Nicolas / FRA / KTM
7 CHARLIER, Christophe / FRA / Yamaha
8 TONUS, Arnaud / SUI / Yamaha
10 OSBORNE, Zachary / USA / Yamaha
11 KULLAS, Harri / FIN / Yamaha
12 TEILLET, Valentin / FRA / Suzuki
13 TIXIER, Jordi / FRA / KTM
14 PETROV, Petar / BUL / Yamaha
15 TRIEST, Nick / BEL / KTM

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