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2013 FIM MX1 / MX2 World Motocross Championship

Round 17: Lierop – Netherlands

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September 8, 2013

Bobryshev Misses Out on Season-Closing Podium

Honda World Motocross team's Evgeny Bobryshev rounded-off a positive end to the campaign with fourth place overall at Lierop in the Netherlands today for the seventeenth and final round of the FIM Motocross World Championship. Shaun Simpson enjoyed a fairytale first ever Grand Prix victory. 17,000 spectators attended the Benelux fixture and even though rain lashed the flat circuit near the German border throughout the morning, sunshine broke through for a pleasant end to a long 2013 term.

Evgeny Bobryshevzoom
Evgeny Bobryshev
Evgeny Bobryshevzoom
Evgeny Bobryshev

‘Lierop' typically means a punishing and rough terrain for many of the riders; a soft, shifting and bumpy surface that is as much of a push on the motorcycles as it is on the athlete's energy and resolve. World Champion Tony Cairoli was forced to admit that the relentless showers in the morning almost turned the sand into slime but some careful work by organisers and the assistance of the belated sun roughened up the course even more.

Bobryshev, chasing his fourth podium finish in succession, was fast throughout practice and classified third in the gate for Sunday's thirty-five minute and two lap motos. The Russian bounced around at the front of the pack in the opening race and although he suffered two small crashes was able to reach the finish line in third position. With his eyes on the rostrum again ‘Bobby' was second around the initial turns of moto two but struggled to establish an effective rhythm and dragged out the duration of the race with more mistakes. Fifth spot meant he ended the day and the year with fourth and eighth place in the premier class standings.

Team-mate Max Nagl was able to start riding his CRF450R after recovering partially from the effects of his bout of Epstein-Barr virus this week but the heavy, draining demands of the Lierop sand were not an apt choice for a Grand Prix comeback. The German has thus directed all his attention on being able to lead Team Germany – the reigning champions – at the 67th Motocross of Nations on home turf at Teutschenthal in three weeks time. Nagl will wear the prestigious number one plate at Talkessel for the biggest motocross event of the year, and ‘10' for 2014 to correspond with his final slot in the MX1 competition.

Gariboldi Honda's David Philippaerts completed his last outing with his team and on the red 450cc motorcycle as the Italian crew switch their attentions to the MX2 class and the CRF250R for 2014. The first Italian MX1 World Champion (2008) rode to thirteenth overall but a heavy fall in the first moto (still claiming seventeenth by the flag) was hardly the preparation the veteran needed for the second race when he soldiered on to eleventh spot. DP19 ends the season with eleventh in the series standings boasting a best race result of sixth (on four occasions).

In the MX2 class Esta Honda's Alex Tonkov seized one podium on the CRF250R this year in his own privateer effort but was hampered by small injury niggles and issues like visa denial in the UK to post an inconsistent scorecard for 2013. His excellent speed at Maggiora for the Grand Prix of Italy (his first top three moto finish) and maiden overall podium appearance at Loket in the Czech Republic were the highlights of a term in which the nineteen year old Russian claimed thirteenth in the MX2 table and eighth overall at Lierop.

The 67th Motocross of Nations will officially draw the international motocross racing campaign to a close. Teutschenthal will host the extravaganza on September 28th-29th with Bobryshev, Nagl, Philippaerts and Tonkov in action along with representatives for Team USA, Justin Barcia and AMA 250MX Champion Eli Tomac.

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David Philippaerts
David Philippaertszoom
David Philippaerts
Evgeny Bobryshev:
Race Result: 3rd/5th Championship position: 8th
“I missed the podium by a few points today so that's a bit disappointing because I was looking for that coming into this weekend for sure. The track was completely destroyed. I had a few crashes in the first race and before that I was just behind the guys at the front. It was quite good that I could make sure of third and I was looking for more in the second moto. I got up to second on the first lap but then I just went slowly! I was making lots of mistakes and couldn't concentrate so well. It was a bit sketchy but I pushed myself. It was so difficult and Ken was only a few metres in front of me but my heart was pumping so hard; there were so many bumps and holes, the sand was heavy and the track was crazy. The podium got away but it wasn't such a bad day. Thanks to all the team for the whole season. It has been tough but all of the guys have been behind me. I wasn't 100% and I'm looking forward to some holidays because I feel like an old man at the moment! Then I'll be training hard towards 2014.”
David Philippaerts:
Race Result: 17th/11th Championship position: 11th
“A crap weekend. In the first moto I started well and was around fifth or sixth but I had a really big crash after one jump and I'm not sure if it was because of a technical problem or not. To finish seventeenth was pretty good because I wasn't just last, I was really last! Almost one lap back. In the second moto I was in the top ten but the bike stopped on the first lap and that's something that has happened a couple of times since Bastogne and the Belgian GP. I restarted and rode well from that point. I was happy with the lap-times and worked up to eleventh, passing Karro on the last lap. This was better, but it is still not my position. I'm happy to finish the season because it has been very long and hard. Now we'll look towards the Nations and also next year. I want to push so much with the training to ready and be nearer the front.”

2013 FIM MX1 / MX2 World Motocross Championship
Round 17: Lierop – Netherlands

MX1 - Race 1 Result
Rank Rider (Team)
1Simpson, Shaun (Yamaha)
2Strijbos, Kevin (Suzuki)
3Bobryshev, Evgeny (Honda)
4Cairoli, Antonio (KTM)
5de Dycker, Ken (KTM)
6van Horebeek, Jeremy (Kawasaki)
10de Reuver, Marc (Honda)
15Justs, Augusts (Honda)
17Philippaerts, David (Honda)
MX1 - Race 2 Result
Rank Rider (Team)
1Cairoli, Antonio (KTM)
2Strijbos, Kevin (Suzuki)
3Simpson, Shaun (Yamaha)
4de Dycker, Ken (KTM)
5Bobryshev, Evgeny (Honda)
6Desalle, Clement (Suzuki)
11Philippaerts, David (Honda)
14Justs, Augusts (Honda)
20de Reuver, Marc (Honda)
MX2 - Race 1 Result
Rank Rider (Team)
1Herlings, Jeffrey (KTM)
2Ferrandis, Dylan (Kawasaki)
3Tixier, Jordi (KTM)
4Petrov, Petar (Yamaha)
5Ferris, Dean (Yamaha)
6Febvre, Romain (KTM)
7Tonkov, Aleksandr (Honda)
12Van Berkel, Lars (Honda)
18Olsen, Stefan Kjer (Honda)
28Brylyakov, Vsevolod (Honda)
MX2 - Race 2 Result
Rank Rider (Team)
1Herlings, Jeffrey (KTM)
2Coldenhoff, Glenn (KTM)
3Ferrandis, Dylan (Kawasaki)
4Tixier, Jordi (KTM)
5Petrov, Petar (Yamaha)
6Tonus, Arnaud (Kawasaki)
12Tonkov, Aleksandr (Honda)
16Van Berkel, Lars (Honda)
20Olsen, Stefan Kjer (Honda)

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