As Evgeny Bobryshev continues his return to form off-the bike, so the results follow on the bike. After finishing the timed practice fourth fastest, Bobby followed that up with fourth in the qualifying race this afternoon.
Feeling at his strongest so far this season, he completed a great deal of testing with Team HRC and the CRF450RW between the last MXGP in France and this weekend, and the hard work is paying off.
From eighth position away from the gate, Bobby chased through the field with podium-pace to climb to an eventual fourth, just adrift of Steven Frossard in third.
The heavy rains that were forecast didn’t materialise, although a light shower dampened the track just before the qualifying race, and the clouds provided a welcome break from the sun that pushed temperatures to 36 degrees Celsius.
On Saturday evening Bobby was also joined by HRC’s MX2 rider Tim Gajser in unveiling to the media the 2015 Honda CRF450R and CRF250R bikes as Honda continues its development of production motocross bikes closely allied to its factory presence in the FIM Motocross World Championship.