The recent dominance of riders aboard the Honda CRF450RW continued today, as Evgeny Bobryshev took his third qualifying race win of the season on the #777 machine. This just after the Honda riders went 1-2-3 in timed practice.
Getting out the gate well, the Russian took an early before conceding the position to Max Nagl into the first corner. Giving chase, Bobby reclaimed the lead on the very same corner three laps later, setting the fastest lap in the process, and from there never looked back.
As Tim Gajser also passed Nagl to inherit second, it was a re-run of Matterley Basin again as Bobby and Gajser went head-to-head, but this time the Russian came out on top, resisting pressure from #243 until the very last lap.
Gautier Paulin also started well into fourth, putting Honda riders 1st, 3rd and 4th out of the gate. Battling with Jeremy van Horebeek and Glenn Coldenhoff as the race progressed, the Frenchman endured a race in which he was not entirely comfortable to come home sixth.
As the temperature in Mantova reached a swelteringly humid 32 degrees Celsius, it was a test of endurance and stamina for the riders on track.