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2013 FIM MX1 / MX2 World Motocross Championship

Round 11: Kegums – Latvia

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Latvia
Latvia
July 7, 2013

Step Forward for Bobryshev in Latvia

The FIM Motocross World Championship took up residence at the impressive Kegums circuit for the Grand Prix of Latvia and the eleventh round of seventeen in the series and saw Antonio Cairoli celebrate his seventh victory of the season in the premier MX1 class.

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Evgeny Bobryshev
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Evgeny Bobryshev

Twenty-two thousand spectators (weekend figure) inhabited the banks around the flat and flowing layout fifty kilometers away from Riga and were able to look-on as Honda World Motocross team’s Evgeny Bobryshev took a step back to his potential on the CRF450R by scoring eighth position in the first moto.

In the first phase of being primed for the 2014 Motocross of Nations – the world’s biggest, oldest and most decorated motocross spectacle – in fourteen months time Kegums entertained its fifth grand prix event since coming to international prominence in 2009. The Latvian leaps combined areas of hard-pack ground littered with sharp bumps but also numerous corners of loose, almost sandy terrain.

Evgeny Bobryshev is still fighting a fitness battle with his right leg and being unable to follow his usual training program is restricting the powerful Russian from being able to draw near to the leaders of the tough MX1 division. At Kegums the former British Champion made a top ten start and then completed an overdue steady and largely error-free performance to post his best race finish – eighth - since round three in Holland.

Sadly the twenty-five year old could not double-up in the second moto after a stone smashed through the radiator while he was recovering from a bad first lap position and he was forced to DNF the race.

Team-mate Max Nagl had a hard day and never gelled with the track on his way to recording ninth place overall with a scorecard of ninth and fourteenth. The German struggled physically with his energy levels and a stomach complaint. He followed Bobryshev in the first moto and was indecisive about overtaking his team-mate despite seeming to have a faster pace. In the second race his condition worsened and he only just made the finish after thirty-five minutes and two laps.

David Philippaerts steered his Gariboldi Honda CRF450R to eleventh overall. The Italian recorded twelfth and thirteenth places despite never being fond of the Kegums layout. The former world champion also endured a spell during the motos when he suspected his conditioning would not allow him to push any further but responded to register a consistent if unspectacular set of results.

The fitness and improvement of Alex Tonkov in the MX2 category on the CRF250R has been easy to chart since his explosive demonstration of form at the Italian Grand Prix last month. At Kegums, with pockets of Russian fans cheering the soon-to-be twenty year old onwards, the Esta Honda rider was again quick but a crash when he could not avoid the fallen Mel Pocock led to a damaged elbow. Another fall in the same moto ruled him out for the rest of the day.

With six rounds remaining the MX1 standings still show Nagl in seventh place. ‘12’ needs forty-six points for further progress up the list while Bobryshev was able to bag some numbers after his double DNF last week in Sweden. ‘777’ is fourteenth and has a gap of five to Shaun Simpson just ahead. David Philippaerts holds eleventh while Tonkov retains thirteenth in the MX2 ranking.

Hyvinkaa will stage the Grand Prix of Finland next weekend and will be the first time the country welcomes the FIM Motocross World Championship since 2000.

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Maximilian Nagl
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David Philippaerts
Evgeny Bobryshev:
Race Result: 8th/DNF - Championship position: 14th
“I was happy to finish the first race; no crashes, no mistakes. I was excited for the next moto and felt good physically. Everybody was pushing each other at the start and I got smashed into which meant I was far behind and outside of the top ten. I managed to find my way to eighth and was catching Strijbos. I had really pushed hard at the beginning so I needed to back-off for a few laps but getting towards the end I was planning to attack Strijbos when we had that technical problem. I have to thank the whole team because we are going through this bad luck together. I am putting my head together and my confidence is coming back. I haven’t been able to train during the week because of my leg and this makes you feel unprepared and you end up struggling. I just want to be consistent now and slowly build it all up again.”
Max Nagl
Race Result: 9th/14th - Championship position: 7th
“It’s been a bad weekend for me. In the first heat I had a poor gate jump but I managed to come out okay in the first corner with a nice turn on the inside. I was behind Bobby, and maybe in the beginning I was a bit faster but I was a little too careful in trying to pass him as it’s difficult to make it stick without touching or block passing. I didn’t want to hit him or crash as that would be really bad for the team, so I stayed behind and I really lost my rhythm. I was riding badly, which meant I got really, really tired. I didn’t recover physically for the second heat and although the gate jump was better I got pushed really far out in the first turn. I was right at the back but my riding was good and I passed a lot of guys. Halfway through the moto I hit a wall; I was completely empty and I just had to survive the race. I was so finished that I was even passed on the last lap. I almost threw up in my helmet because I was feeling so sick. I don’t think it’s the food but it started on Friday evening when I had some stomach pain. I take a lot of supplements, so maybe we need to reduce that a bit but I’m just really disappointed about today.”
David Philippaerts:
Race Result: 12th/13th - Championship position: 11th
“Not an easy race and difficult for me. I didn’t start very well and had to come back from positions outside of the top ten. In the first moto I just took the lines and pace that was the best for me. In the second I had a dip physically in the middle of the race but I focussed and felt better later on. I passed Nagl on the last lap and also set my fastest time; that was good and I’m happy with my condition. We need to work a bit on the bike but I believe it will be possible to push the whole of the next GP. We will see what can happen in Finland. The track is new for everybody and should be more sandy.”

2013 FIM MX1 / MX2 World Motocross Championship
Round 11: Kegums – Latvia

MX1 - Race 1 Result
Rank Rider (Team)
1 DE DYCKER, KEN (KTM)
2 CAIROLI, ANTONIO (KTM)
3 DESALLE, CLEMENT (Suzuki)
4 VAN HOREBEEK, JEREMY (Kawasaki)
5 PAULIN, GAUTIER (Kawasaki)
6 STRIJBOS, KEVIN (Suzuki)
7 SEARLE, TOMMY (Kawasaki)
8 BOBRYSHEV, EVGENY (Honda)
9 NAGL, MAXIMILIAN (Honda)
10 GUARNERI, DAVIDE (KTM)
11 GONCALVES, RUI (KTM)
12 PHILIPPAERTS, DAVID (Honda)
13 SIMPSON, SHAUN (Yamaha)
14 LEOK, TANEL (TM)
15 ROELANTS, JOEL (Yamaha)
MX1 - Race 2 Result
Rank Rider (Team)
1 CAIROLI, ANTONIO (KTM)
2 DE DYCKER, KEN (KTM)
3 DESALLE, CLEMENT (Suzuki)
4 PAULIN, GAUTIER (Kawasaki)
5 VAN HOREBEEK, JEREMY (Kawasaki)
6 SEARLE, TOMMY (Kawasaki)
7 STRIJBOS, KEVIN (Suzuki)
8 GONCALVES, RUI (KTM)
9 ROELANTS, JOEL (Yamaha)
10 KARRO, MATISS (KTM)
11 BARRAGAN, JONATHAN (KTM)
12 BOOG, XAVIER (KTM)
13 PHILIPPAERTS, DAVID (Honda)
14 NAGL, MAXIMILIAN (Honda)
15 GUARNERI, DAVIDE (KTM)
MX2 - Race 1 Result
Rank Rider (Team)
1 HERLINGS, JEFFREY (KTM)
2 BUTRON, JOSE (KTM)
3 COLDENHOFF, GLENN (KTM)
4 TIXIER, JORDI (KTM)
5 NICHOLLS, JAKE (KTM)
6 CHARLIER, CHRISTOPHE (Yamaha)
7 FEBVRE, ROMAIN (KTM)
8 PETROV, PETAR (Yamaha)
9 LUPINO, ALESSANDRO (Kawasaki)
10 CLERMONT, JASON (Kawasaki)
11 ANSTIE, MAX (Suzuki)
12 FERRANDIS, DYLAN (Kawasaki)
13 KULLAS, HARRI (KTM)
14 DESPREY, MAXIME (Yamaha)
15 MONTICELLI, IVO (TM)
MX2 - Race 2 Result
Rank Rider (Team)
1 HERLINGS, JEFFREY (KTM)
2 TIXIER, JORDI (KTM)
3 BUTRON, JOSE (KTM)
4 PETROV, PETAR (Yamaha)
5 FEBVRE, ROMAIN (KTM)
6 FERRANDIS, DYLAN (Kawasaki)
7 FERRIS, DEAN (Yamaha)
8 GAJSER, TIM (KTM)
9 RAUCHENECKER, PASCAL (KTM)
10 OLSEN, STEFAN KJER (Honda)
11 KULLAS, HARRI (KTM)
12 POCOCK, MEL (Yamaha)
13 BRYLYAKOV, VSEVOLOD (Honda)
14 CLERMONT, JASON (Kawasaki)
15 MONTICELLI, IVO (TM)

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