On the opening day of the MXGP of Belgium, Honda and Honda Racing Corporation followed the qualifying race by presenting the factory line-up for the Monster Energy Riders’ Cup.

Team HRC’s Evgeny Bobryshev and Gautier Paulin were joined by Honda Gariboldi Racing’s Tim Gajser, forming the trio of riders all aboard the Honda CRF450RW, HRC’s Tetsuhiro Kuwata and Shuhei Nakamoto, HRC MXGP manager Roger Harvey, and Giuseppe Luongo and Wolfgang Srb from Youthstream and the FIM respectively. Honda becomes the first team to announce their line-up for this stadium-based event in Germany, held on 8 October.

The qualifying race itself was a difficult affair for Team HRC. It started well with Bobryshev running in third from the start, but an issue forced him to retire from the race. The team are working tirelessly to ensure Bobby can launch himself back to the front of the pack again tomorrow, despite the obvious hurdle of starting from the last gate pick. Gautier Paulin also found the going hard today, taking the flag an eventual 18th overall having been boxed in at the start in the mid-pack tussle and struggling to find his rhythm in the rough sand.

Gautier Paulin 21

18th

“We know that the character of the track can change all the time, and this year Lommel is different to last year and we need to adapt better. I’m working on myself and the team are working on the bike, and we all put our heads down and look forward to going again tomorrow.”

Evgeny Bobryshev 777

DNF

“I was feeling good at the start, and made a good start into third. I was feeling strong and like we had the pace for top three, but then unfortunately we had an issue that meant I had to stop the bike so we couldn’t finish. The team are working so hard to get to the bottom of it, and I'm confident that we will be fine again by tomorrow. It’ll be hard starting from the outside, but we’ll be pushing hard to make up the ground again.”

Roger Harvey

HRC General Manager - MXGP

“Firstly, we’re proud to be the first to announce our factory team for the SMX event in October. As a stadium race and a different format to the usual MXGP weekends it’s something exciting for us to be part of, and with Gajser, Bobryshev and Paulin we feel we have a strong factory line-up. It’s clear that after today we have a lot of work to do, but in the opening laps Bobby showed good pace so we can be confident of turning things around for tomorrow. We’re working hard on identifying the issue Bobby had, and we’re similarly confident of rectifying it to allow him to shine tomorrow.”

MXGP 2016
Qualifying Round 14   Belgium

Results Session

Sunny
Air Temp
21°C
Track Cond
Deep sand
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Gajser Tim 243 SLO Honda Gariboldi Honda 25:28.215
2 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +5.417
3 Strijbos Kevin 22 BEL Team Suzuki World MXGP Suzuki +10.291
4 Desalle Clement 25 BEL Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +19.063
5 Nagl Max 12 GER Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +19.689
6 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +21.256
7 Simpson Shaun 24 GBR Wilvo Virus Performance KTM KTM +23.132
8 Jasikonis Arminas 177 LTU Wildcard Rider Kawasaki +28.968
9 Searle Tommy 100 GBR Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki Kawasaki +32.312
10 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +32.590
11 Ratsep Priit 221 EST 24MX Lucas Oil Honda Honda +37.956
12 Charlier Christophe 23 FRA Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +47.470
13 Tixier Jordi 911 FRA Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +49.936
14 Nicholls Jake 45 GBR Hitachi Construction Machinery Revo KTM Husqvarna +52.326
15 Leok Tanel 7 EST Wildcard Rider KTM +55.768
16 Guillod Valentin 92 SWI Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +56.707
17 Kullas Harri 151 FIN KTM Sarholz KTM +57.221
18 Paulin Gautier 21 FRA Team HRC - MXGP Honda +1:09.453
19 Getteman Jens 251 BEL Wildcard Rider KTM +1:13.295
20 Graulus Damon 71 BEL 24MX Lucas Oil Honda Honda +1:17.494
Location Information

Dodenveldstraat, 3900 Overpelt, Belgium - View in Google Maps