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.