Evgeny Bobryshev set the fastest lap of the qualifying race in Italy today but crossed the line in fourth after a first corner incident involving both he and Gautier Paulin that demoted the Team HRC pairing to the back of the pack.
Bobryshev was also fastest in the Timed Practice session earlier in the afternoon, just ahead of Paulin who was second fastest, so the pace is once again most certainly there for the pair on the Honda CRF450RW.
In the race, both riders got out of the gate well and were at the front of the pack into the left-handed turn one, but that’s where the drama began as the two came together and crashed, dropping to last.
Mounting their comebacks, they followed each other as they charged through the field, passing riders with each and every lap, to climb back to fourth for Bobby and sixth for Paulin. On his charge, Bobby was the fastest man on track.
With good pace and good gate jumps, and a good feeling on the CRF450RW, the team are looking forward to the promise of strong performances in tomorrow’s two races.