The MXGP of the Netherlands was a trying affair for Team HRC’s Evgeny Bobryshev and Gautier Paulin, as the difficulty of the slippery sand was compounded by overnight storms, and another storm this morning, which left the conditions more like a beach race.

Race one was particularly perilous, and became an event of attrition as many riders fell foul of the conditions and crashed. As Bobryshev climbed to ninth, Paulin was left towards the back after getting caught as the field bunched into turn two. Able to gain a handful of positions to take the flag in 19th, Bobby came home 11th after crashing whilst chasing for eighth.

By race two, the track had had more chance to dry, and had been worked on during a break in racing so was much improved, although still invited mistakes. Again Bobby started well from the outside gate and moved his way into top ten contention, but Gautier suffered a crash in the first corner which limited his progress.

Next weekend, the action moves swiftly on to the USA and to the Charlotte Motor Speedway for the MXGP of the Americas. Held on Saturday night, it promises to be a spectacular, and a very different proposition to this weekend’s racing.

Evgeny Bobryshev 777

11th, 9th 10th overall

“The first race was so hard today – to be honest we were like turtles riding so slow through all the water on the sand. I had a bad gate pick from yesterday, but anyway I could get into top 15 from the starts. In the first moto I made a mistake a had a big crash when I was pushing for eighth, and in the second moto I started well again but unfortunately made a mistake again and went out of the top twenty. It was so easy to make mistakes here. It’s not the place I want to be so it’s frustrating, and it’s just been a hard weekend in general here so now we must just focus on Charlotte, where I’m really excited to put a line under this weekend and line up on the new 2017 race bike for the first time.”

Gautier Paulin 21

19th, 18th 19th overall

“Today was really hard for us. This morning we were third fastest in the warm-up so things were looking good, even after the track changed with all the rain overnight, but then the second storm today changed the track again and we just couldn’t get into it. I struggled in both races after that; couldn’t get into a rhythm and just couldn’t get comfortable. I’m really disappointed because after the speed in warm-up I thought we could fight well today, but especially in the first race when the track was so tough we just couldn’t put it together. I hope next weekend will be a different story because it felt like a struggle here this weekend.”

Roger Harvey

HRC General Manager - MXGP

“It’s been a difficult weekend in Assen for us, in contrast to last year here when we were fighting at the front with our three riders. The track was incredibly tricky, especially in the first moto and was so easy to make a mistake, and those mistakes were punished, but it’s been like that for everyone – we just couldn’t put it all together. This morning Gautier showed he had the speed, but then in the races when the track changed it went away, and that just shows the type of disjointed weekend we’ve had in Assen. The good point is that there’s no time to dwell on it because we’re packing the crates for the two USA GPs tonight and we’re racing again in six days, so we hit the reset button and we’ll come out fighting in Charlotte.”

MXGP 2016
Race Round 16   Netherlands

Race 1

Sunny spells
Air Temp
24°C
Track Cond
Soft sand
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Simpson Shaun 24 GBR 25 Wilvo Virus Performance KTM KTM 34:23.278
2 Desalle Clement 25 BEL 22 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +8.511
3 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 20 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +15.649
4 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA 18 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +16.595
5 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 16 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +32.529
6 Nagl Max 12 GER 15 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +35.717
7 Goncalves Rui 999 POR 14 NewHolland 8biano Massignani Husqvarna Husqvarna +42.884
8 Tixier Jordi 911 FRA 13 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +49.112
9 Leok Tanel 7 EST 12 Wildcard Rider KTM +56.148
10 Guillod Valentin 92 SWI 11 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +1:00.466
11 Bobryshev Evgeny 777 RUS 10 Team HRC - MXGP Honda +1:13.702
12 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 9 Honda Gariboldi Honda +1:16.778
13 Searle Tommy 100 GBR 8 Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki Kawasaki +1:18.714
14 Febvre Romain 461 FRA 7 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +1:22.370
15 Strijbos Kevin 22 BEL 6 Team Suzuki World MXGP Suzuki +1:25.457
16 Kullas Harri 151 FIN 5 KTM Sarholz KTM +1:36.592
17 Ratsep Priit 221 EST 4 Wildcard Rider Honda +1:46.359
18 Jasikonis Arminas 177 LTU 3 Wildcard Rider Kawasaki +1 lap
19 Paulin Gautier 21 FRA 2 Team HRC - MXGP Honda +1 lap
20 Nicholls Jake 45 GBR 1 Hitachi Construction Machinery Revo KTM Husqvarna +1 lap
MXGP 2016
Race Round 16   Netherlands

Race 2

Overcast
Air Temp
21°C
Track Cond
Soft Sand
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 34:18.739
2 Desalle Clement 25 BEL 22 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +2.106
3 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 20 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +3.267
4 Nagl Max 12 GER 18 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +5.370
5 Febvre Romain 461 FRA 16 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +24.762
6 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 15 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +34.969
7 Jasikonis Arminas 177 LTU 14 Wildcard Rider Kawasaki +37.170
8 Leok Tanel 7 EST 13 Wildcard Rider KTM +57.508
9 Bobryshev Evgeny 777 RUS 12 Team HRC - MXGP Honda +59.272
10 Tixier Jordi 911 FRA 11 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +1:05.532
11 Searle Tommy 100 GBR 10 Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki Kawasaki +1:06.648
12 Kullas Harri 151 FIN 9 KTM Sarholz KTM +1:18.395
13 Nicholls Jake 45 GBR 8 Hitachi Construction Machinery Revo KTM Husqvarna +1:23.547
14 Guillod Valentin 92 SWI 7 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +1:26.328
15 Strijbos Kevin 22 BEL 6 Team Suzuki World MXGP Suzuki +1:26.910
16 Simpson Shaun 24 GBR 5 Wilvo Virus Performance KTM KTM +1:29.490
17 Graulus Damon 71 BEL 4 24MX Lucas Oil Honda Honda +1:33.304
18 Paulin Gautier 21 FRA 3 Team HRC - MXGP Honda +1:46.583
19 Goncalves Rui 999 POR 2 NewHolland 8biano Massignani Husqvarna Husqvarna +1:48.191
20 Lupino Alessandro 77 ITA 1 Team Honda Red Moto Assomotor Honda +1 lap
Location Information

Assen, The Netherlands - View in Google Maps