Evgeny Bobryshev delivered a Grand Prix weekend of note in Leon, Mexico, overcoming obstacles to finish fourth overall, and climb to fourth in the World Championship.
- Evgeny Bobryshev
- Evgeny Bobryshev
Battered and bruised from his crash in Argentina one week ago, the big Russian made a remarkable recovery during the weekend to ride as well as he did in Mexico. This on top of the fact that his bike didn’t arrive until Saturday morning because of delays with the championship freight arriving from Argentina, so the usual machine turnaround and preparation time was much reduced.
In race one he took the holeshot and led the opening lap, and was settling into a comfortable second until the closing minutes when he slipped to fourth behind Febvre and Nagl.
In race two, it was the same four riders at the front as Gajser led out front from Febvre, and Bobryshev chased Nagl for third, and the final step of the podium. Pushing hard, by mid-distance Bobby had closed the gap to just over two seconds, ultimately crossing the line in fourth to take fourth overall in the Grand Prix, and move himself up to fourth in the World Championship.
- Tim Gajser
- Tim Gajser
Gajser Wins MXGP of Leon in Stunning Fashion
Today was one of those pivotal races for Tim Gajser. One of those races in which he demonstrated all of his guts, determination and sheer speed to take a hugely impressive victory; his third Grand Prix win of the season.
Race one started well for the Slovenian MX2 World Champion, as he took an early lead and set about building a comfortable gap. Unfortunately, first a stone got stuck in his rear brake, and then he bent his radiator cowl in a rut, both of which hampered his ability to ride and cost him time, meaning he fell back to second place.
Digging deep, he came back stronger in race two. With another great start that saw him launch into the lead, the battle of the World Champions then commenced as Romain Febvre gave chase. It was a fight that required enormous speed, consistency and determination from each rider as they took turns at setting fastest laps, the gap ranging from one to four seconds at any point.
In this straight fight between the 2015 MX2 and MXGP World Champions, Tim kept pushing and, with eight minutes remaining, started to eek out a gap which quickly grew to 16 seconds by the finish.
In doing so, he earned his fifth and possibly the hardest fought moto victory in MXGP, to come home with his third GP victory of the season and maintain his 100 per cent podium record.
Jorge Zaragoza also earned his best result of the season aboard the CRF250RW, with a pair of tenth places which have him tenth overall, and his first top ten of 2016.
- Tim Gajser, Evgeny Bobryshev, Team HRC
- Tim Gajser:
Race Result: 2nd, 1st 1st Overall
- “I really enjoyed that second race especially! The whole weekend has gone really well and I’m really pleased to take the win again. In the first race we had a little problem with a stone in the rear brake, and then I bent the radiator guard so it wasn’t so easy to ride, but we could come back stronger in the second race. That was a really hard fight with Febvre and he was really pushing me, and the pace we both had was really fast so it was really a lot of fun! To have had the last two weekends go as well as they have done is just fantastic, and I’m just feeling so good at the moment. The bike is great, so big thanks to the team, and we’re all working so hard so it’s a great feeling to be winning.”
- Evgeny Bobryshev:
Race Result:4th, 4th 4th overall
- “We had a consistent weekend so I’m pretty much happy. Today I had less speed and confidence, and less flow, than yesterday though. Yesterday the speed and time was good, but today the track changed. There were big ruts and I was struggling to make the speed. To finish two times fourth is ok though, and I closed up to the top three in the championship, just one point from third, so I’m happy enough.”
- Jorge Zaragoza:
Race Result: 10th, 10th 10th Overall
- “It’s been a good weekend here in Mexico. In the first race I had a very strong start and was riding in fifth for a time and I was feeling really good. I made one mistake though and I felt a little bit of pain in the knee that I hurt last weekend in Argentina, so I lost a few positions and finished tenth. In the second moto I lost a bit in the first laps, but I’m happy to finish tenth overall. I’m improving every race and my goal is just to keep like this and keep getting better with each race.”
- Roger Harvey: HRC General Manager – MXGP
- “Bobby rode well today and showed a little bit of that form again to take two fourth place finishes and move to within one point of third in the World Championship. He just missed a podium, but he had a solid and consistent weekend, took a holeshot, and led race one. Tim rode fantastically to claim his third GP win of the season, resisting great pressure and riding with the maturity of a champion.”
- Giacomo Gariboldi: Team Principal
- “What a battle that was between Tim and Romain! They were pushing so hard, they were in a different league to all the other riders today. Tim showed again all the determination, speed and mental strength that brought him the MX2 title last year, and that has taken him to three wins and five podiums from five races so far this season. It’s a remarkable achievement, and I’m so proud of the whole team for all their work. For Jorge too it was good to see him taking another small step forward, and although he couldn’t hold on to fifth in the first race, it was good to see him there and he still made two solid races to finish in the top ten which is what we expect of him.”
2016 FIM MXGP / MX2 World Motocross Championship
Round 01: Leon – Mexico