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2013 FIM MX1 / MX2 World Motocross Championship

Round 14: Loket – Czech Republic

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Czech Republic
August 4, 2013

Bobryshev Back on The Box in Czech Republic

Europe's balmy summer continued to affect the FIM Motocross World Championship and it was the turn of Loket in the West of the Czech Republic to benefit from sunshine and high temperatures as Clement Desalle shone for the fourteenth round of seventeen on the 2013 schedule. The 22,000 spectators in attendance gathered at the hilly and scenic setting close to the immaculate spa town of Karlovy Vary and witnessed Honda World Motocross team's Evgeny Bobryshev race his factory CRF450R to third position overall in the premier MX1 class. It was the Russian riders second podium result of the season and an emphatic return to form.

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Evgeny Bobryshev(right)
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Evgeny Bobryshev

With Honda due to launch their progressive new CRF technology at Loket on Monday after the Grand Prix the hospitality facilities of the Italian crew was full of media enjoying the racing and looking forward to the prospect of riding the latest versions of the 450 and 250 MX machines. Among them was FIM and AMA legend Jean-Michel Bayle.

On the track and Honda World Motocross were dealt a harsh blow with Max Nagl sidelined for an undeterminable length of time with a light case of the debilitating Epstein-barr virus. That left Bobryshev as the sole runner on the exotic and distinctive works four-stroke. Loket was fairly simple in terms of the technical demands with little in the way of deep ruts or fierce bumps but the layout was narrow and very tight in places, despite some alterations including new jumps, overtaking was difficult. The thin layer of stony fine dirt also posed problems in terms of traction and a brief but heavy shower further complicated matters.

Bobryshev bounced back from disappointment at the Lausitzring last weekend to master the conditions and collect fifth and third positions in the two thirty five minute and two lap motos. A pair of bright starts assisted enormously and although the Russian momentarily slid off the CRF in the first moto he persevered and was rewarded with a top five slot. In the second moto he initially defied the attentions of Ken De Dycker and Tommy Searle to ride to a lonely third place for his second top three classification of 2013.

Gariboldi Honda's David Phiippaerts was a former winner at Loket back in 2008 when the veteran was on the way to becoming the first Italian MX1 champion. An encouraging sixth in the first moto preceded his part in a fight for seventh spot in the second race. The veteran experienced some technical trouble with his suspension that forced him to slow and lose positions eventually crossing the finish line in tenth for a final overall position of seventh for the Grand Prix.

Bobryshev has now moved up to tenth place in the MX1 points standings while Nagl is eighth. Philippaerts splits the works Honda crew with ninth.

There are now just three races, Belgium, the UK and Holland remaining on the slate.

In the MX2 class Jeffrey Herlings was crowned as World Champion for the second year in a row and after a dominant campaign in which he remains undefeated in fourteen events.

Loket was also a memorable occasion for Esta Honda's Aleksandr Tonkov who celebrated his first podium finish on the CRF250R with third and fourth respectively in the two motos to claim the final step of the rostrum.

The Grand Prix of Belgium, round 15, will again take place a short distance from the historic town of Bastogne as the FIM Motocross World Championship pauses for a week before it reconvenes in northern Europe on August 18th.

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Evgeny Bobryshev
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David Philippaerts
Evgeny Bobryshev:
Race Result: 5th/3rd Championship position: 10th
“This feels like my first podium because many people were thinking 'he's done' and I'm not, I'm here. It is hard for people to understand how difficult it is to come back from injury. Maybe for some riders it is easier but for me it was a tough journey back to the podium with the set-backs and the blood deficiencies but all of this has made me a stronger person. All my team have been behind me and for that I am thankful. It has been a really positive weekend. Congratulations to Aleksandr and it's cool to see the Russian flags on the podium in both classes. I think we will have a good team for the Nations, we just need to get a strong third rider.”
David Philippaerts:
Race Result: 6th/10th Championship position: 9th
“I had a good first race and finished sixth. In the second moto I was fast at the beginning and then when Antonio passed me we stayed together for most of the heat but in the last part the bike wasn't riding so well. I think it was something with the suspension because I had less grip and I got tight for trying to push in those conditions. Overall it was good. Germany and here have been two good Grands Prix and now I have to focus for the last three because I was to push as hard as I can to get as high in the top ten as possible.”
Aleksandr Tonkov:
Race Result (MX2): 3rd/4th Championship position: 12th
“For sure I'm happy. We have a small team so this is special. We've had a bit of an up-and-down season but we have good power with the bike and I could make some fast starts. It was pretty awesome to have that holeshot in the second moto. Somebody came up alongside me on the outside and I thought 'who is that?!' when I saw it was Jeffrey [Herlings] I said "OK, he can go!"; I still need to train a lot to reach his level. I ran out of brakes towards the end of the first moto and I don't know why but in the second I rode OK in fourth and was pretty much alone. I got tired near the end because I had a crash on Saturday and needed painkillers for my shoulder and knee. Anyway I'm really happy to finish on the podium because this is not my favorite track.”

2013 FIM MX1 / MX2 World Motocross Championship
Round 14: Loket – Czech Republic

MX1 - Race 1 Result
Rank Rider (Team)
1Desalle, Clement (Suzuki)
2Strijbos, Kevin (Suzuki)
3de Dycker, Ken (KTM)
4Cairoli, Antonio (KTM)
5Bobryshev, Evgeny (Honda)
6Philippaerts, David (Honda)
15Justs, Augusts (Honda)
17Gercar, Klemen (Honda)
MX1 - Race 2 Result
Rank Rider (Team)
1Desalle, Clement (Suzuki)
2van Horebeek, Jeremy (Kawasaki)
3Bobryshev, Evgeny (Honda)
4Strijbos, Kevin (Suzuki)
5Searle, Tommy (Kawasaki)
6de Dycker, Ken (KTM)
10Philippaerts, David (Honda)
14Justs, Augusts (Honda)
16Gercar, Klemen (Honda)
MX2 - Race 1 Result
Rank Rider (Team)
1Herlings, Jeffrey (KTM)
2Lupino, Alessandro (Kawasaki)
3Tonkov, Aleksandr (Honda)
4Charlier, Christophe (Yamaha)
5Tixier, Jordi (KTM)
6Coldenhoff, Glenn (KTM)
17Brylyakov, Vsevolod (Honda)
18Olsen, Stefan Kjer (Honda)
24Phillips, John (Honda)
MX2 - Race 2 Result
Rank Rider (Team)
1Herlings, Jeffrey (KTM)
2Charlier, Christophe (Yamaha)
3Butron, Jose (KTM)
4Tonkov, Aleksandr (Honda)
5Tixier, Jordi (KTM)
6Nicholls, Jake (KTM)
17Brylyakov, Vsevolod (Honda)
19Olsen, Stefan Kjer (Honda)
22Phillips, John (Honda)

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