WMXItalySeptember 11, 2011
2011 FIM MX1 / MX2 World Motocross Championship
Round 15 Fermo – Italy

Bobryshev Secures Fourth Place in The World


Honda World Motocross culminated their 2011 FIM Motocross World Championship with both Evgeny Bobryshev and Rui Goncalves securing positions in the top six of the MX1 standings at a sweltering Fermo for the Grand Prix of Italy and the final round of fifteen in the series. Gautier Paulin ran out as the winner on his debut in the premier class and the best CRF450R representative on the day was Goncalves with eighth place.

Evgeny Bobryshev Evgeny Bobryshev


Evgeny Bobryshev


Evgeny Bobryshev


Relentless sunshine bore down on the steep hillside and the rutty hard-pack offered a ‘typical’ Italian circuit with slick ground and many jumps. 18,000 spectators came to this final round despite the absence of world champion Tony Cairoli who suffered a family bereavement just prior to the closing GP.

At the event where Honda World Motocross team principal Paolo Martin celebrated twenty years of world championship racing (Bobryshev and Goncalves ran dedicatory graphics and a presentation with the 2011 factory CRF450R was placed alongside the works machine of Trampas Parker in 1991) the Portuguese was the top performer in spite of low energy levels that have clipped his performances in the last few rounds. Goncalves rode to ninth and sixth places for his overall ranking.

Evgeny Bobryshev was eleventh at the end of the day. The Russian, battling the heat, piloted the Honda to seventh in the opening sprint of 35 minutes and two laps and later collided with Carlos Campano when the pair crossed lines in the second moto. Another mistake led to some slight damage to his front wheel and he had to pit. ‘Bobby’ re-entered the fray, as he needed only one point to move up to fourth in the championship and above the injured Max Nagl. He managed sixteenth and five points by the flag.

In twelfth overall was Marvin Van Daele. The Belgian was drafted into the LS Honda Racing set-up to replace the injured Ken De Dycker and grab some valuable laps at the highest level before his role as part of Team Belgium at the Motocross of Nations next week. The former Grand Prix rider and now part-time racer collected fifteenth and fourteenth for a solid outing. Shaun Simpson was able to count on only one finish for his scorecard (ninth in the second moto) after a technical problem meant he was unable to getaway with the first race start and retired with an ailing motor.

In the final FIM points table Bobryshev has had his best season to-date (only his second in the premier class) by capturing six podium results and one victory, in Germany. Goncalves, also only in his second term as an MX1 rider, as well marked a personal best and walked the rostrum on one occasion in 2011. De Dycker finishes the year with eleventh despite missing the last three rounds and Simpson ends a tough maiden campaign with fifteenth.

Bobryshev and Goncalves will now represent their respective countries at the 65th Motocross of Nations at St Jean D’Angely next weekend for the traditional season-closing event.

Jimmy Albertson Tanel Leok


Jimmy Albertson


Tanel Leok


Evgeny Bobryshev (Honda World Motocross)
Race Result: 7th/15th Championship position: 4th

“I cannot get on so well with the heat. I was making many mistakes and using so much energy. At the end I was barely doing the jumps, I was boiling in my helmet. I don’t have a great feeling about the race and the crash in the second moto, but I’m really happy with fourth in the championship. There was a chance to finish third, but that is the next step for me. It has been a long and tough season.”

Rui Goncalves (Honda World Motocross)
Race Result: 9th/6th Championship position: 6th

“I think the only way that it would have been tougher today is if we were in Lommel! The heat made the difference between some riders today. In the first moto I had some problems with stomach cramps and had a sketchy moment with Paulin over the first jump. I couldn’t do better than what I did. The second race was a little bit better and with a good start I could take sixth. I learned a lot this year and it was another season where a lot of things happened and I found out more about the bike and my body. I want to sit down and think about the positive stuff and move forward for a better result in 2012.”

Shaun Simpson (LS Honda Racing)
Race Result: DNF/9th Championship position: 15th

“I went on the sighting lap, but the bike was misfiring and I just made it back. It seemed to fire OK for the start, but then spluttered and I was kicking and kicking as the gate dropped. We got going, but I was missing some confidence in the bike and was a lap down. I decided to call it a day because it wasn’t running right and I was way down the field. We used the second bike for the next moto and I got a shocking start. I found a rhythm and gained some ground in the first laps, but I was a second or two off Boissiere. I think I ended up with fifteenth in the championship, but to be honest, fifteenth, thirteenth, twenty-first it doesn’t make any difference, it is not where I want to be. Onwards and upwards and hopefully we can wrap up the Belgian Championship before the season ends.”

Marvin Van Daele (LS Honda Racing)
Race Result: 15th/14th Championship position: NA

“It was so hot! But I enjoyed it! I had my best feeling of the weekend in the second moto so I feel like I have prepared for the Nations. I would like to thank Steven for being able to use his hospitality and his truck. I am very satisfied. I had a tough week because I was a bit sick and had to work on Friday in my normal job. Fifteenth and fourteenth on a hard track was OK. Now I’ll have a bit of a rest and hope to get a good team result next week.”

Roger Harvey, Honda Motor Europe Off-road Racing Manager:
“The end of an intense season for us, but with two positions in the top six of the FIM Motocross World Championship, well, we can only be happy with this. We have seen Rui show his potential at the highest level and Bobby has made an immense step forwards like we always hoped he would do from an impressive first year in 2010. The team has gathered strength and confidence and we have put the factory effort back at the front of the field. The LS Honda team have worked very hard and have missed some luck this season, but we have to be happy with the way they have stuck at the job. We feel like we are in the right position, a good position, to work ahead for 2012.”


2011 FIM MX1 / MX2 World Motocross Championship
Round 15 Italy


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MX1 - Race 1 Result
1 PAULIN, GAUTIER / FRA / Yamaha
2 BOOG, XAVIER / FRA / Kawasaki
3 STRIJBOS, KEVIN / BEL / Suzuki
4 BARRAGAN, JONATHAN / ESP / Kawasaki
5 BOISSIERE, ANTHONY / FRA / Yamaha
6 GUARNERI, DAVIDE / ITA / Kawasaki
7 BOBRYSHEV, EVGENY / RUS / Honda
8 POURCEL, CHRISTOPHE / FRA / Kawasaki
9 GONCALVES, RUI / POR / Honda
10 ARANDA, GREGORY / FRA / Kawasaki
11 MONNI, MANUEL / ITA / Honda
12 SCHIFFER, MARCUS / GER / Suzuki
13 LEOK, TANEL / EST / TM
14 SMITH, ALFIE / GBR / APRILIA
15 VAN DAELE, MARVIN / BEL / Honda
 
MX1 - Race 2 Result
1 POURCEL, CHRISTOPHE / FRA / Kawasaki
2 PAULIN, GAUTIER / FRA / Yamaha
3 BARRAGAN, JONATHAN / ESP / Kawasaki
4 STRIJBOS, KEVIN / BEL / Suzuki
5 BOOG, XAVIER / FRA / Kawasaki
6 GONCALVES, RUI / POR / Honda
7 BOISSIERE, ANTHONY / FRA / Yamaha
8 GUARNERI, DAVIDE / ITA / Kawasaki
9 SIMPSON, SHAUN / GBR / Honda
10 SCHIFFER, MARCUS / GER / Suzuki
11 MONNI, MANUEL / ITA / Honda
12 WALKNER, MATTHIAS / AUT / KTM
13 BALBI, ANTONIO JORGE / BRA / Kawasaki
14 VAN DAELE, MARVIN / BEL / Honda
15 CHURCH, TOM / GBR / KTM
 
MX2 - Race 1 Result
1 SEARLE, TOMMY / GBR / Kawasaki
2 HERLINGS, JEFFREY / NED / KTM
3 TONUS, ARNAUD / SUI / Yamaha
4 ANSTIE, MAX / GBR / Kawasaki
5 ROCZEN, KEN / GER / KTM
6 AUBIN, NICOLAS / FRA / KTM
7 NICHOLLS, JAKE / GBR / KTM
8 TIXIER, JORDI / FRA / KTM
9 FERRANDIS, DYLAN / FRA / Kawasaki
10 BUTRON OLIVA, ANTONIO JOSE / ESP / KTM
11 RAUCHENECKER, PASCAL / AUT / KTM
12 TRIEST, NICK / BEL / KTM
13 ADAM, DAVID / FRA / Yamaha
14 LEIB, MICHAEL / USA / Husqvarna
15 HEIBYE, EVEN / NOR / KTM
 
MX2 - Race 2 Result
1 HERLINGS, JEFFREY / NED / KTM
2 SEARLE, TOMMY / GBR / Kawasaki
3 AUBIN, NICOLAS / FRA / KTM
4 ANSTIE, MAX / GBR / Kawasaki
5 TONUS, ARNAUD / SUI / Yamaha
6 RAUCHENECKER, PASCAL / AUT / KTM
7 BUTRON OLIVA, ANTONIO JOSE / ESP / KTM
8 CHARLIER, CHRISTOPHE / FRA / Yamaha
9 LUPINO, ALESSANDRO / ITA / Husqvarna
10 TIXIER, JORDI / FRA / KTM
11 NICHOLLS, JAKE / GBR / KTM
12 FERRANDIS, DYLAN / FRA / Kawasaki
13 LEIB, MICHAEL / USA / Husqvarna
14 BERTUZZO, PIERFILIPPO / ITA / Yamaha
15 MONTICELLI, IVO / ITA / Honda
 

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