Team HRC’s Evgeny Bobryshev came out fighting in today’s start to the MXGP of Leon, Mexico, finishing fourth in the qualifying race.
The result doesn’t tell the whole story though. Team HRC worked incredibly hard to prepare Bobby’s CRF450RW in a much smaller timeframe than usual owing to freight delays which meant that his bike only arrived from Argentina this morning.
Turning the bike round in record time, Bobby took to the track to go fifth fastest in free practice and fourth in timed practice. In the qualifying race, he didn’t get the best of starts and found himself in eighth, but wasted no time in fighting back and moving into a very deserved second position.
Pushing until the end, on the last lap the #777 made a small mistake and over-jumped, putting him off-line on the landing and, owing to the deep ruts that emerged throughout the day, he was thrown off-course, losing second and taking the flag in fourth. Taking the victory was Tim Gajser on the Honda Gariboldi Racing CRF450RW.
Team HRC would also like to take this opportunity to send heartfelt condolences to friends, colleagues and the people of Kumamoto, Japan, who have experienced the terrible earthquakes in recent days. Kumamoto is the manufacturing home of the Honda CRF, so the team have very close ties with the region and send their thoughts and prayers to all those affected in the area.
|1||Gajser Tim||243||SLO||Honda Gariboldi||Honda||24:11.002|
|2||Cairoli Antonio||222||ITA||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||+6.195|
|3||Nagl Max||12||GER||Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing||Husqvarna||+7.714|
|4||Bobryshev Evgeny||777||RUS||Team HRC - MXGP||Honda||+11.931|
|5||Febvre Romain||461||FRA||Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team||Yamaha||+13.024|
|6||Searle Tommy||100||GBR||Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki||Kawasaki||+15.544|
|7||Strijbos Kevin||22||BEL||Team Suzuki World MXGP||Suzuki||+16.678|
|8||Desalle Clement||25||BEL||Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing||Kawasaki||+30.277|
|9||Coldenhoff Glenn||259||NDL||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||+36.778|
|10||Simpson Shaun||24||GBR||Wilvo Virus Performance KTM||KTM||+38.393|
|11||Guillod Valentin||92||SWI||Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team||Yamaha||+58.696|
|12||Lupino Alessandro||77||ITA||Team Honda Red Moto Assomotor||Honda||+1:03.339|
|13||Butron Jose||17||SPA||Marchetti Racing Team KTM||KTM||+1:06.889|
|14||Yamamoto Kei||400||JPN||Team Honda Red Moto Assomotor||Honda||+1:08.898|
|15||Potisek Milko||32||FRA||Tip Top MP32 Racing Team||Yamaha||+1:10.422|
|16||Charlier Christophe||23||FRA||Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing||Husqvarna||+1:13.894|
|17||Lenoir Steven||685||FRA||24MX Lucas Oil Honda||Honda||+1:25.873|
|18||Andrade Eduardo||225||MEX||Wildcard Rider||Yamaha||-1 lap|
|19||Van Horebeek Jeremy||89||BEL||Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team||Yamaha||-6 laps|