2012 FIM MX1 / MX2 World Motocross Championship
Honda World Motocross’ Evgeny Bobryshev defied pain and discomfort from a recently dislocated thumb to score an excellent fifth position overall on his factory CRF450R at a sun-kissed Sevlievo circuit for the Grand Prix of Bulgaria and the second round of sixteen on the schedule for the FIM Motocross World Championship.
The event was won overall by Kawasaki's Gautier Paulin by virtue of his second moto victory after he tied on points with his French counterpart Christophe Pourcel as they each recorded a win and a second place over the two races.
The Bulgarian hard-pack was dowsed with water after heavy showers on Friday evening and some rain during the practice and qualification timetable on Saturday. Sunday dawned sunny and warm, which helped dry the bumpy and slippery terrain. The fast layout saw riders circulating within tenths of a second and therefore placed even more emphasis on the importance of a good start.
Bobryshev, who was competing with a painful and weak right hand after sustaining the injury two weeks ago at the season-opener in Holland, took painkilling tablets but still had to push his reserves and levels of determination to stretching point in order to complete the two 35 minute and 2 lap motos. The Russian made average starts, but didn’t disappoint his team or fans at the venue by taking eighth and fifth for his final ranking.
Team-mate Rui Goncalves did not fare so well. The Portuguese suffered with arm-pump in a first moto chase to ninth, but was able to at least bag twelve points for his efforts. In the second race ‘999’s speed was better, but his progress into the mid-top ten was halted half way through when his machine developed a problem and he had to stop.
LS Honda Racing’s Jonathan Barragan is still optimising his race bike in terms of suspension settings and Sevlievo represented the first hard-pack GP of the year. The Spaniard was unable to figure at the top of the leader-board due to small crashes in each outing. He was sixteenth and twelfth for fourteenth at the end of the day.
The FIM MX1 Motocross World Championship standings show all three Honda pilots on the fringes of the top ten with Goncalves eleventh, Bobyrshev thirteenth and Barragan fourteenth.
In the MX2 class Max Anstie took his Gariboldi Honda-Esta CRF250R to a decent fifth position overall. The young Brit, who turns nineteen this coming week, lacked effective starts, but placed himself squarely in contention for the top five by riding to sixth and fifth in the moto classifications. The teenager’s consistency means that he retains the same slot in the MX2 points table.
Round three of sixteen will take place next week (April 29th) at Fermo for the Grand Prix of Italy.
|1||POURCEL, CHRISTOPHE (Kawasaki)|
|2||PAULIN, GAUTIER (Kawasaki)|
|3||ESALLE, CLEMENT (Suzuki)|
|4||CAIROLI, ANTONIO (KTM)|
|5||PHILIPPAERTS, DAVID (Yamaha)|
|6||BOOG, XAVIER (Kawasaki)|
|7||DE DYCKER, KEN (KTM)|
|8||BOBRYSHEV, EVGENY (Honada)|
|9||GONCALVES, RUI (Honada)|
|10||ARANDA, GREGORY (Yamaha)|
|11||SIMPSON, SHAUN (Yamaha)|
|12||STRIJBOS, KEVIN (KTM)|
|13||SOUBEYRAS, CEDRIC (Honada)|
|14||LEOK, TANEL (Suzuki)|
|15||POURCEL, SEBASTIEN (Kawasaki)|
|1||PAULIN, GAUTIER (Kawasaki)|
|2||POURCEL, CHRISTOPHE (Kawasaki)|
|3||CAIROLI, ANTONIO (KTM)|
|4||DE DYCKER, KEN (KTM)|
|5||BOBRYSHEV, EVGENY (Honada)|
|6||POURCEL, SEBASTIEN (Kawasaki)|
|7||BOOG, XAVIER (Kawasaki)|
|8||LEOK, TANEL (Suzuki)|
|9||SIMPSON, SHAUN (Yamaha)|
|10||STRIJBOS, KEVIN (KTM)|
|11||GUARNERI, DAVIDE (KTM)|
|12||BARRAGAN, JONATHAN (Honada)|
|13||PHILIPPAERTS, DAVID (Yamaha)|
|14||SOUBEYRAS, CEDRIC (Honada)|
|15||FERRIS, DEAN (Kawasaki)|
|1||ROELANTS, JOEL (Kawasaki)|
|2||HERLINGS, JEFFREY (KTM)|
|3||SEARLE, TOMMY (Kawasaki)|
|4||VAN HOREBEEK, JEREMY (KTM)|
|5||KULLAS, HARRI (Suzuki)|
|6||ANSTIE, MAX (Honada)|
|7||NICHOLLS, JAKE (KTM)|
|8||FERRANDIS, DYLAN (Kawasaki)|
|9||TIXIER, JORDI (KTM)|
|10||LEIB, MICHAEL (Yamaha)|
|11||TONKOV, ALEXANDER (Honada)|
|12||PETROV, PETAR (Suzuki)|
|13||BUTRON, JOSE (KTM)|
|14||LUPINO, ALESSANDRO (Husqvarna)|
|15||LARSEN, NIKOLAJ (Suzuki)|
|1||SEARLE, TOMMY (Kawasaki)|
|2||HERLINGS, JEFFREY (KTM)|
|3||VAN HOREBEEK, JEREMY (KTM)|
|4||ROELANTS, JOEL (Kawasaki)|
|5||ANSTIE, MAX (Honada)|
|6||LUPINO, ALESSANDRO (Husqvarna)|
|7||BUTRON, JOSE (KTM)|
|8||TONKOV, ALEXANDER (Honada)|
|9||KULLAS, HARRI (Suzuki)|
|10||FERRANDIS, DYLAN (Kawasaki)|
|11||LEIB, MICHAEL (Yamaha)|
|12||NICHOLLS, JAKE (KTM)|
|13||PETROV, PETAR (Suzuki)|
|14||TIXIER, JORDI (KTM)|
|15||POCOCK, MEL (Yamaha)|