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2013 FIM MX1 / MX2 World Motocross Championship

Round 03: Valkenswaard – Netherlands

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April 1, 2013

Bobryshev Scores First MXGP Podium Finish of 2013

A bright but extremely cold Grand Prix of the Netherlands took place on the sand of Valkenswaard over Easter weekend and through the brisk conditions Antonio Cairoli toasted success in what was round three of eighteen in the 2013 FIM Motocross World Championship.

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Evgeny Bobryshev
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Evgeny Bobryshev

Spectators packed hats, gloves and scarfs to cope with the last desperate throes of winter as Europe officially moved into summertime hours on Sunday morning. Motocross fans gladly lapped up the chance to watch the world’s best in action on holiday Monday, and among the track stars was Honda World Motocross’ Evgeny Bobryshev who took his factory CRF450R to third position overall for his first silverware of the season and first since Germany in 2011.

The Dutch sand did not carve into its usual plethora of bumps, ruts and holes mainly due to the low temperatures and even a layer of frost on raceday morning. The track was faster and did not produce the usual fluctuations of pace and technical challenges associated with the terrain and this particular venue.

Evgeny Bobryshev was looking to banish some demons after fresh memories of his thumb injury at Valkenswaard in 2012 that affected his fitness and preparation for a large chunk of that season. The Russian could also draw on pleasant recollections in Holland as it was around the ‘Eurocircuit’ south of Eindhoven in 2010 that he forged his name in MX1 with a commanding performance on a CRF450R and rode to fourth position in his rookie campaign. On this occasion ‘Bobby’ – and team-mate Max Nagl – enjoyed fantastic starts, seizing the holeshot in both thirty-five minute and two lap motos. The twenty-five year old didn’t drop out of the top three for the whole first race and was able to overtake a fallen Ken De Dycker to seize second place by the finish. Later in the afternoon for the second outing ‘777’ kept a consistent speed and despite a small slip entering the final two laps was able to classify fourth and uncork his first bottle of champagne this term.

Max Nagl was able to pick up his first points since the championship-opener in Qatar where he suffered the initial signs of a stomach virus that cast him to the sidelines the following week in Thailand. The German was back on form and near full fitness at Valkenswaard, just missing some ‘bike time’ to run closer to the leaders. The 2012 Motocross of Nations winner was still a threat around the mid-top ten and again benefited from the grunt of the CRF both from the start gate and also on some of the slicker parts of the sand. Max posted results of sixth and sixth for a decent fifth overall and is now looking to build rapidly into his campaign.

David Philippaerts, who had previously celebrated podium success at Valkenswaard in 2010 and 2011, took his Gariboldi Honda to ninth in the opening sprint and his presence alongside Nagl and Bobryshev around the first corner of the second moto meant the MX1 pack resembled a ‘red pointed’ arrow. Sadly the Italian would not last the distance as a clutch problem would curtail his involvement in the race.

A achievement worthy of note is that thanks to Route 77 MVR-D Honda’s Tanel Leok capturing fourth position in Moto1 four CRF machines filled positions in the top nine of the MX1 class.

After three meetings the standings of the premier MX1 class is beginning to take shape. Antonio Cairoli retains the red plate by twenty-six points from Clement Desalle and Bobryshev is the leading Honda campaigner in sixth with eighty-seven points. Phillippaerts has forty-nine.

Round four of the FIM Motocross World Championship will take place in two weeks time at the circuit of Arco di Trento near Lake Garda for the Grand Prix of Italy.

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Maximilian Nagl
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David Philippaerts
Evgeny Bobryshev:
Race Result: 2nd/4th Championship position: 6th
“It has a been a long time, over a year, since I’ve been on the podium. I’m happy with the weekend and everything clicked but I’m just a bit frustrated by the second moto because I couldn’t find my way around the track with good lines and was making mistakes. I had a silly crash on the last two laps when I tried to cut the line passing some backmarkers and the wheel just washed out. I picked the bike up and it was still running so I didn’t lose too much time. I’m super-happy and the team is pumped, so many thanks to them. Max is back and we have a decent result.”
Max Nagl
Race Result: 6th/6th Championship position: 14th
“I feel great and especially for my starts today because we changed the clutch springs yesterday to make them softer to ease out the power. It really worked and made it much better. My riding was also good and I battled with Paulin and Desalle in the races. I feel like a stone has dropped away from my shoulders and I know I can build up again and get better and better every week.”
David Philippaerts:
Race Result: 9th/DNF Championship position: 12th
“I was really happy with the first moto because I passed a lot of good riders and got really close to Desalle at the end, so my speed was decent across a track that wasn’t easy for me. I almost had the holeshot in the second moto and felt good. I didn’t have the speed of Cairoli and De Dycker but I thought a top six would be possible. Strijbos passed me and then the bike stopped. I restarted and tried to ride around the problem for a while but it was clear I would have to stop and now we have to find out exactly what was the problem. Anyway I feel quite positive because I’m still a rider who is on his way back. After two years of problems everyone says “Philippaerts, stop, stop” but I’m still here and I see that I can be near the top in an MX1 championship that has many good riders.”
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Evgeny Bobryshev

2013 FIM MX1 / MX2 World Motocross Championship
Round 03: Valkenswaard – Netherlands

MX1 - Race 1 Result
Rank Rider (Team)
1 Cairoli, Antonio (KTM)
2 Bobryshev, Evgeny (Honda)
3 de Dycker, Ken (KTM)
4 Leok, Tanel (Honda)
5 Paulin, Gautier (Kawasaki)
6 Nagl, Maximilian (Honda)
7 Strijbos, Kevin (Suzuki)
8 Desalle, Clement (Suzuki)
9 Philippaerts, David (Honda)
10 Searle, Tommy (Kawasaki)
11 van Horebeek, Jeremy (Kawasaki)
12 Simpson, Shaun (TM)
13 Goncalves, Rui (KTM)
14 Roelants, Joel (Yamaha)
15 Boog, Xavier (KTM)
MX1 - Race 2 Result
Rank Rider (Team)
1 de Dycker, Ken (KTM)
2 Cairoli, Antonio (KTM)
3 Strijbos, Kevin (Suzuki)
4 Bobryshev, Evgeny (Honda)
5 Desalle, Clement (Suzuki)
6 Nagl, Maximilian (Honda)
7 Paulin, Gautier (Kawasaki)
8 Goncalves, Rui (KTM)
9 Searle, Tommy (Kawasaki)
10 Roelants, Joel (Yamaha)
11 Leok, Tanel (Honda)
12 Boog, Xavier (KTM)
13 Guarneri, Davide (KTM)
14 Karro, Matiss (KTM)
15 Justs, Augusts (Honda)
MX2 - Race 1 Result
Rank Rider (Team)
1 Herlings, Jeffrey (KTM)
2 Tixier, Jordi (KTM)
3 Anstie, Max (Suzuki)
4 Nicholls, Jake (KTM)
5 Coldenhoff, Glenn (KTM)
6 Lieber, Julien (Suzuki)
7 Butron, Jose (KTM)
8 Petrov, Petar (Yamaha)
9 Ratsep, Priit (KTM)
10 Pocock, Mel (Yamaha)
11 Tonkov, Alexander (Honda)
12 Olsen, Stefan Kjer / DEN / Honda)
13 Rauchenecker, Pascal (KTM)
14 Van Doninck, Brent (KTM)
15 Charlier, Christophe (Yamaha)
MX2 - Race 2 Result
Rank Rider (Team)
1 Herlings, Jeffrey (KTM)
2 Tixier, Jordi (KTM)
3 Nicholls, Jake (KTM)
4 Coldenhoff, Glenn (KTM)
5 Febvre, Romain (KTM)
6 Anstie, Max (Suzuki)
7 Banks-Browne, Elliott (KTM)
8 Tonkov, Alexander (Honda)
9 Pocock, Mel (Yamaha)
10 Rauchenecker, Pascal (KTM)
11 Ratsep, Priit (KTM)
12 Heibye, Even (KTM)
13 Gajser, Tim (KTM)
14 Kullas, Harri (Honda)
15 Ferrandis, Dylan (Kawasaki)

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