WMXGermanySeptember 4, 2011
2011 FIM MX1 / MX2 World Motocross Championship
Round 14 Gaildorf – Germany

Bobryshev Back With A Bang


A difficult and hard-pack terrain at Gaildorf in Germany was the ‘playing surface’ for the penultimate round of the 2011 FIM Motocross World Championship and under cloudy skies and in front of a busy 22,000 attendance Antonio Cairoli claimed his sixth victory of the current campaign and also confirmed his third consecutive MX1 title. Honda World Motocross were buoyed by the surprise return of Evgeny Bobryshev and the Russian came extremely close to gaining his second triumph on German soil, but had to settle for the runner-up slot for his sixth podium of the season.

Evgeny Bobryshev Rui Goncalves


Evgeny Bobryshev


Rui Goncalves


In the first Grand Prix to visit the venue northeast of Stuttgart since 2005 a reversed and heavily altered layout awaited the riders with a number of sharp, closed turns and off-cambered corners. The compact course was rutty, slippery and difficult for overtaking.

Bobryshev made an unexpected re-entry to the paddock after extensive medical examinations in the preceding two weeks gave the Russian the all-clear to finish his season, having missed only one Grand Prix due to a neck injury sustained in a round of the Belgian Championship. Taking to the track with a neck brace as a safety precaution ‘Bobby’ was immediately on the pace and grabbed third in qualification. He started brilliantly on the CRF450R and led the first moto from the gate to the winner’s circle, weathering some late pressure from Xavier Boog to clinch his third chequered flag of the year and first since his double success at the Grand Prix of Germany in July. In the second race he battled with newly-crowned number one Cairoli for second place behind the disappearing Christophe Pourcel, but ultimately had to lower his pace in the remaining ten minutes after running off the track and swallowing green fencing in his rear wheel. Deprived of his rear brake and also feeling fatigued, Bobryshev guided his factory bike to the finish in eighth.

Team-mate Rui Goncalves is struggling with his fitness after pushing to the limits in terms of his preparation and racing in recent weeks, but was able to confirm fourth overall to place two CRF450Rs in the top five. The Portuguese had an eventful day, even with two bright starts that were essential on a track like this. In the first race he snapped a radiator shroud that caused problems for the left turns and in the second moto a small electrical glitch caused the former MX2 championship runner-up to stall his race bike on three occasions. Despite the adversity Goncalves posted results of sixth and fourth.

LS Honda’s Shaun Simpson was the lone representative for the Belgian crew with Ken De Dycker still sidelined with a neck injury. The weekend began in decent fashion for the Scot with the holeshot and a good ride to fourth place in Saturday’s Qualification Heat. A physically tough first race delivered eleventh position, but a better run to seventh in the next sprint equalled his second best classification of the entire campaign.

With a maximum of fifty points remaining in the 2011 championship Bobryshev is fifth and can still reach fourth if he can beat Max Nagl by fourteen points In Italy. Goncalves is sixth and just twenty-one behind his fellow Honda racer. De Dycker is tenth despite his absence and Simpson is fourteenth.

The fifteenth and final round of the series will take place next weekend on the steep hillside circuit of Fermo for the Grand Prix of Italy.

Rui Goncalves Shaun Simpson


Rui Goncalves


Shaun Simpson


Evgeny Bobryshev (Honda World Motocross)
Race Result: 1st/8th Championship position: 5th

“On Friday before Matterley Basin I had a scan in England and was told I couldn’t ride for six weeks. I went for a second opinion in Belgium, having accepted that the season was over, and the doctor said that the bones were OK and I should be able to race. I asked her if she was sure that it was OK, what with all the jumping and she said ‘no problem’. I took a few precautions this weekend, but it went fine. It was a difficult race and I gave all I had in the first moto and then was making mistakes in the second because I didn’t have the strength. I went off the track and didn’t have any rear brake after I hit the fence. I was missing energy after that and just wanted to finish the race where I could. It is a strange season with many riders injured, but I am lucky I am here and I want to complete the championship in the best way possible now.”

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

“It was a funny day and a bit frustrating for the little problems we had. I was catching Bobby in the second moto until the bike bogged and I stalled, had to find neutral and kick it and because of that I lost three places. I was catching up, but it happened another two or three times. I caught the radiator shroud in a rut in the first moto and it folded right back; it was hard to turn! Anyway, this is better than two weeks ago in England and now I will just go day by day and look to finish the season as well as I can.”

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

“It has been an alright weekend; one of the better ones let’s say. My speed was really good on Saturday and I showed I can run up front if I get the start and that is the key point of the MX1 class. It is possible to come through, but at the moment I don’t have the speed or the power to do that. I tried to get a couple of good starts today, but in the first I had a bit too much wheelspin out of the gate. I rode as tight as hell. Tanel was behind me for so long and I tensed up, had arm-pump and generally it was a ‘shocking’ ride. I had a better start in the second moto – I think I was fourth or fifth – and just charged up. No-one really left me and seventh is not really to be sniffed at; I was quite happy. It was really hot and humid today. We’ve got one more to go so I will get my head down next weekend and try to make it the best of the year.”

Roger Harvey, Honda Motor Europe Off-road Racing Manager:
“It was a major bonus to have Bobby back under the awning and although it wasn’t a decision made lightly he felt secure in himself and what the doctor said to be able to race and he did fantastically well. It was just a shame about the fencing in the second moto otherwise we would be talking about our second win of the year. Solid ride from Rui who is not at optimum fitness but still did a job today and also Shaun looked very sprightly so it was a positive Grand Prix all round.”
2011 FIM MX1 / MX2 World Motocross Championship
Round 14 Germany


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MX1 - Race 1 Result
1 BOBRYSHEV, EVGENY / RUS / Honda
2 BOOG, XAVIER / FRA / Kawasaki
3 CAIROLI, ANTONIO / ITA / KTM
4 NAGL, MAXIMILIAN / GER / KTM
5 STRIJBOS, KEVIN / BEL / Suzuki
6 GONCALVES, RUI / POR / Honda
7 GUARNERI, DAVIDE / ITA / Kawasaki
8 ARANDA, GREGORY / FRA / Kawasaki
9 LEOK, TANEL / EST / TM
10 BOISSIERE, ANTHONY / FRA / Yamaha
11 SIMPSON, SHAUN / GBR / Honda
12 BARRAGAN, JONATHAN / ESP / Kawasaki
13 SCHIFFER, MARCUS / GER / Suzuki
14 MONNI, MANUEL / ITA / Honda
15 CAMPANO JIMENEZ, CARLOS / ESP / Yamaha
Evgeny Bobryshev


Evgeny Bobryshev
MX1 - Race 2 Result
1 POURCEL, CHRISTOPHE / FRA / Kawasaki
2 CAIROLI, ANTONIO / ITA / KTM
3 BOISSIERE, ANTHONY / FRA / Yamaha
4 GONCALVES, RUI / POR / Honda
5 STRIJBOS, KEVIN / BEL / Suzuki
6 BOOG, XAVIER / FRA / Kawasaki
7 SIMPSON, SHAUN / GBR / Honda
8 BOBRYSHEV, EVGENY / RUS / Honda
9 ARANDA, GREGORY / FRA / Kawasaki
10 NAGL, MAXIMILIAN / GER / KTM
11 CAMPANO JIMENEZ, CARLOS / ESP / Yamaha
12 SCHIFFER, MARCUS / GER / Suzuki
13 MONNI, MANUEL / ITA / Honda
14 WALKNER, MATTHIAS / AUT / KTM
15 STEINBERGS, IVO / LAT / Kawasaki
 
MX2 - Race 1 Result
1 ROCZEN, KEN / GER / KTM
2 SEARLE, TOMMY / GBR / Kawasaki
3 TONUS, ARNAUD / SUI / Yamaha
4 PAULIN, GAUTIER / FRA / Yamaha
5 HERLINGS, JEFFREY / NED / KTM
6 AUBIN, NICOLAS / FRA / KTM
7 LEIB, MICHAEL / USA / Husqvarna
8 ROELANTS, JOEL / BEL / KTM
9 NICHOLLS, JAKE / GBR / KTM
10 ANSTIE, MAX / GBR / Kawasaki
11 LUPINO, ALESSANDRO / ITA / Husqvarna
12 BUTRON OLIVA, ANTONIO JOSE / ESP / KTM
13 PETROV, PETAR / BUL / Yamaha
14 TIXIER, JORDI / FRA / KTM
15 VAN HOREBEEK, JEREMY / BEL / KTM
 
MX2 - Race 2 Result
1 SEARLE, TOMMY / GBR / Kawasaki
2 HERLINGS, JEFFREY / NED / KTM
3 ROCZEN, KEN / GER / KTM
4 TONUS, ARNAUD / SUI / Yamaha
5 ANSTIE, MAX / GBR / Kawasaki
6 PAULIN, GAUTIER / FRA / Yamaha
7 ROELANTS, JOEL / BEL / KTM
8 LUPINO, ALESSANDRO / ITA / Husqvarna
9 AUBIN, NICOLAS / FRA / KTM
10 TIXIER, JORDI / FRA / KTM
11 BUTRON OLIVA, ANTONIO JOSE / ESP / KTM
12 CHARLIER, CHRISTOPHE / FRA / Yamaha
13 PETROV, PETAR / BUL / Yamaha
14 RAUCHENECKER, PASCAL / AUT / KTM
15 HEIBYE, EVEN / NOR / KTM
 

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