WMXBelgiumJuly 31, 2011
2011 FIM MX1 / MX2 World Motocross Championship
Round 11 Lommel – Belgium

Goncalves So Close to Podium


Tony Cairoli owned the Grand Prix of Limburg in the sand of Lommel (Belgium) for the second year in a row in front of 23, 300 spectators and was almost joined on the podium for the first time this season by Honda World Motocross Rui Goncalves for what was the eleventh round of fifteen in the 2011 FIM Motocross World Championship.

Rui Goncalves Evgeny Bobryshev


Rui Goncalves


Evgeny Bobryshev


The Lommel sand did not disappoint with its hard technical and physical demands and the constantly shifting terrain punished the slightest miscalculation or lack of conviction. As per the norm for a Grand Prix event at the venue – that will host the 2012 Motocross of Nations – the surface was as much of an obstacle for the riders as their fellow rivals on the track.

Goncalves pushed all the way to the final seconds of the first race of thirty-five minutes and two laps and his effort on the works CRF450R was rewarded with third position ahead of Steven Frossard by just two hundredths of a second at the flag. The Portuguese didn’t have the best start in the second affair, but again increased his pace at a vital stage of the moto and moved up to fourth spot. The former MX2 championship runner-up entered the last lap knowing his position would ensure him his first MX1 podium, but a mechanical problem and the occasional cruel luck of motorsport intervened and he was unable to make the finish.

A classification of thirteenth meant seventh overall and Goncalves had to accept a slot that was three places behind team-mate Evgeny Bobryshev (fourth). Fresh after notching his third podium in a row and fourth from the last five events in Latvia two weeks ago Bobryshev (who resides in Lommel when outside of his native Russia) was ultimately denied more success after a first turn crash in the opening moto. The 23 year old had to fight through the field to reach sixth, but was able to run with the leaders and even front the second outing when Cairoli made a mistake and lost control. ‘Bobby’ would eventually seal third in the second sprint.

LS Honda’s Shaun Simpson breached the top ten with ninth position overall and was content with his speed across the Lommel lumps. Despite bad starts – and his involvement in the first moto crash with Bobryshev (that also claimed team-mate Ken De Dycker) – the Scot rushed up to eleventh and seventh in the motos for one of his better performances of what has been a tough rookie term in the premier class. De Dycker was performing in front of his home fans and at the site where he tasted victory in 2009. The first moto tumble (and two more spills) left the tall Belgian with a sore neck and shoulders, but the adrenaline was pumping and he rode strongly to reach twelfth behind Simpson. In the second moto a duel with Clement Desalle for fifth eventually became a race of attrition to claim eighth, meaning tenth at the end of the day.

Swian Zanoni missed the event in the wake of his wrist dislocation two weeks ago in Latvia. The Brazilian rookie is also expected to sit out round twelve of the MX2 campaign and is hopeful of a return to action on the CRF250R for the British Grand Prix in the middle of August.

The World Championship standings show that Evgeny Bobryshev is thirty-four points from third and twenty ahead of Max Nagl. Goncalves is sixth and one ahead of David Philippaerts. De Dycker lays eighth and Simpson fourteenth.

Round twelve of the series will take place next weekend at the fast, hillside venue of Loket for the Grand Prix of Czech Republic.



Evgeny Bobryshev Shaun Simpson


Evgeny Bobryshev


Shaun Simpson


Evgeny Bobryshev (Honda World Motocross)
Race Result: 6th/3rd Championship position: 4th

“It was really hard work today. The track was better in the first moto when it was a little bit more flat. I had good lines and good speed and it was just a shame that I had to work hard to come back from that crash. I was something like thirtieth and found my way to sixth. I led the second race when Tony crashed, but - oh man - the track was much worse. It was unbelievable. I had used a lot of energy in the first moto and had something for only the first fifteen minutes, after that it was easy to lose the speed and the rhythm. I was really tired at the end and Nagl came close. I thought I would take a breath and go again but when it came to it there was nothing left! I’ll have to see what I can do in the rest of the GPs.”

Rui Goncalves (Honda World Motocross)
Race Result: 3rd /13th Championship position: 6th

“It was a tough GP and physically it was really difficult. I had two good starts. I was not up the front, but moved quickly with the leading guys. On the last lap Frossard slowed down a lot and wasn’t aware that I was so close. I just got him at the finish line and was really happy with third. I felt strong and was riding well and did the same in the second moto. I made some good positions and was comfortable in fourth when the bike started to lose power and stopped with a few corners to go. I have to be happy with the way I rode and everyone saw that I performed today. The result was the only disappointment!”

Ken De Dycker (LS Honda Racing)
Race Result: 12th/8th Championship position: 8th

“It was a bad day. I crashed at the start of the first moto and went down another two times. In the last one I hurt myself and didn’t have a good feeling and found it hard to focus for the second race. In the beginning it was OK, but at the end I lost power in my arms and was finished pretty quickly. The track was really rough and even though it was the same for everyone I wasn’t good enough.”

Shaun Simpson (LS Honda Racing)
Race Result: 11th/7th Championship position: 14th

“I’m frustrated because looking at the lap-times I had the speed to run at least in the top five. In the first moto I started well until Bobryshev crashed in front of me and I hit his bike. In the second moto I crashed with Boog and went down and was dead-last again. If I had have got away with the front guys then I feel I could have run with them. I’ll probably be stiff tomorrow but I loved the track I am impressed with my fitness and haven’t done much sand riding since Latvia. I hope I can keep a smile on my face next week!”

Roger Harvey, Honda Motor Europe Off-road Racing Manager:
“A physically tricky weekend for the guys and some tough luck for us in places. Rui can shine on terrain like this and he did it today, proving that he is in great shape. It was a shame about the second moto but these things do not happen often and we just have to accept it. Bobby was so strong and is riding with that extra confidence thanks to the results of recent weeks. He has made such good progress this year and it is exciting to see what he can do every time we come to a Grand Prix. Ken and Shaun missed a bit of fortune for what was a home GP for LS Honda but Shaun was very capable in the sand and Ken gave all that he had. There were plenty of positives we can take from this event here in Belgium and onto Czech Republic now where we hope we can climb the rostrum again.”




2011 FIM MX1 / MX2 World Motocross Championship
Round 11 Belgium


line
MX1 - Race 1 Result
1 CAIROLI, ANTONIO / ITA / KTM
2 DESALLE, CLEMENT / BEL / Suzuki
3 GONCALVES, RUI / POR / Honda
4 FROSSARD, STEVEN / FRA / Yamaha
5 NAGL, MAXIMILIAN / GER / KTM
6 BOBRYSHEV, EVGENY / RUS / Honda
7 PHILIPPAERTS, DAVID / ITA / Yamaha
8 LEOK, TANEL / EST / TM
9 BARRAGAN, JONATHAN / ESP / Kawasaki
10 BOOG, XAVIER / FRA / Kawasaki
11 SIMPSON, SHAUN / GBR / Honda
12 DE DYCKER, KEN / BEL / Honda
13 BOISSIERE, ANTHONY / FRA / Yamaha
14 VAN DAELE, MARVIN / BEL / Honda
15 BRAKKE, HERJAN / NED / Yamaha
Rui Goncalves


Rui Goncalves
MX1 - Race 2 Result
1 CAIROLI, ANTONIO / ITA / KTM
2 NAGL, MAXIMILIAN / GER / KTM
3 BOBRYSHEV, EVGENY / RUS / Honda
4 DESALLE, CLEMENT / BEL / Suzuki
5 LEOK, TANEL / EST / TM
6 FROSSARD, STEVEN / FRA / Yamaha
7 SIMPSON, SHAUN / GBR / Honda
8 DE DYCKER, KEN / BEL / Honda
9 PHILIPPAERTS, DAVID / ITA / Yamaha
10 DE REUVER, MARC / NED / Yamaha
11 VAN DAELE, MARVIN / BEL / Honda
12 BOOG, XAVIER / FRA / Kawasaki
13 GONCALVES, RUI / POR / Honda
14 BARRAGAN, JONATHAN / ESP / Kawasaki
15 STRIJBOS, KEVIN / BEL / Suzuki
 
MX2 - Race 1 Result
1 HERLINGS, JEFFREY / NED / KTM
2 ROCZEN, KEN / GER / KTM
3 VAN HOREBEEK, JEREMY / BEL / KTM
4 ANSTIE, MAX / GBR / Kawasaki
5 PETROV, PETAR / BUL / Yamaha
6 SEARLE, TOMMY / GBR / Kawasaki
7 PAULIN, GAUTIER / FRA / Yamaha
8 NICHOLLS, JAKE / GBR / KTM
9 KULLAS, HARRI / FIN / Yamaha
10 TONUS, ARNAUD / SUI / Yamaha
11 KRAS, MIKE / NED / Suzuki
12 KARRO, MATISS / LAT / Honda
13 TIXIER, JORDI / FRA / KTM
14 TEILLET, VALENTIN / FRA / Suzuki
15 RAUCHENECKER, PASCAL / AUT / KTM
 
MX2 - Race 2 Result
1 HERLINGS, JEFFREY / NED / KTM
2 ROCZEN, KEN / GER / KTM
3 VAN HOREBEEK, JEREMY / BEL / KTM
4 ANSTIE, MAX / GBR / Kawasaki
5 PAULIN, GAUTIER / FRA / Yamaha
6 SEARLE, TOMMY / GBR / Kawasaki
7 ROELANTS, JOEL / BEL / KTM
8 KULLAS, HARRI / FIN / Yamaha
9 NICHOLLS, JAKE / GBR / KTM
10 KARRO, MATISS / LAT / Honda
11 TONUS, ARNAUD / SUI / Yamaha
12 BUTRON OLIVA, ANTONIO JOSE / ESP / KTM
13 TIXIER, JORDI / FRA / KTM
14 KRAS, MIKE / NED / Suzuki
15 RAUCHENECKER, PASCAL / AUT / KTM
 

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