GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac regains Lites West lead in Seattle

GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac finished third Saturday night at CenturyLink Field, but more importantly regained the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Lites West points lead in the process.

“You can easily say it was one of the wildest races of my life,” Tomac said. “I didn’t like that black number plate on my bike, and I’m glad I’ll have the red one back on it next week.”

After eventual winner Ryan Sipes took the lead off of the first corner, Tomac and Dean Wilson, who went into the night with the points lead, started a pitched, bar-banging battle for second place.

“I had a great start,” Tomac said. “My mechanic Brian Kranz got the gate going good. Wilson ended up getting by me at the finish line (on the first lap). (The pass) was a little bit rough because I ended up in the hay bales a little and almost off the track.”

Tomac stalked Wilson a little while longer and made another move to get around and back into second.

“I got around him on another triple,” Tomac said. “He pushed me off the track on the next corner. I got back on and thought, ‘If you want to play that way, I’ll play.'”

Tomac and Wilson would make contact one final time, this time, however, it was Tomac who held his ground and came out the better in the exchange.

“I got him back in the same corner he got me the first time,” Tomac said. “That time, he didn’t let off. So if you don’t let off, you are probably going to crash – he did and I didn’t.”

Wilson went down in a heap as Tomac sped off with a bent shifter on his bike. Wilson got back up to eventually finish seventh as Tomac dropped to third as he nursed his wounded GEICO Honda home to his fifth podium finish of the season.

“My shift lever was basically broken and I was stuck in third gear,” said Tomac, who leaves Seattle with a four point edge over Wilson. “It was nuts. It felt like an automatic transmission car out there. It was amazing the thing held up. If the race was five laps longer, I would have finished 20th.”

GEICO Honda’s other Lites West rider, Wil Hahn, finished fifth in his return to the Lites ranks following a hip injury. He advanced as far as third, but admitted that he started playing too many games during the latter stages of the race and it hurt him.

“I had a mediocre start, but made a lot of passes really quick,” Hahn said. “I got into a good position behind Eli but started playing cat-and-mouse. It should have run my lines and raced my moto, but I let it bother me, rode tight and went back to fifth.”

Up next for the GEICO Honda team is the next-to-last race of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross season on April 28 at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City.


2012 FIM World Motocross – Round 2 – Bulgaria

2012 FIM World Motocross – Round 2 – Bulgaria

Frenchman Gautier Paulin, riding for Factory Kawasaki, wins MX 1 Motocross Grand Prix of Bulgaria. And the UK’s Tommy Searle, along riding a Kawasaki, edges out Jeffrey Herlings for the GP win in MX 2.

MX1 Results
1. Gautier Paulin 2/1 KAW
2. Chris Pourcel 1/2 KAW
3. Tony Cairoli 4/3 KTM
4. Ken d Dycker KTM
5. E Bobryshev HON
6. Xavier Boog KAW
7. D Philppaerts YAM
8. C Desalle 3/18 SUZ
9. S Simpson YAM
10. Seb Pourcel KAW
MX1 Points

Tony Cairoli 88
Gautier Paulin 79
Clem Desalle 67
Ken d Dycker 63
Chris Pourcel 59
Kevin Strijbos 51
Xavier Boog 49
Shaun Simpson 45
D Philippaerts 44
Tanel Leok 42
MX2 Results

1. Tommy Searle 3/1 KAW
2. Jeffrey Herlings 2/2 KTM
3. Joel Roelants 1/4 KAW
4. J. v. Horebeek 4/3 KTM
5. Max Anstie HON
6. Harri Kullas SUZ
7. D Ferrandis KAW
8. Alex Tonkov HON
9. Jake Nicholls KTM
10. Al Lupino HUS
MX2 Points

Jeffrey Herlings 94
Tommy Searle 87
Joel Roelants 85
J. v. Horebeek 74
Max Anstie 57
Jake Nicholls 51
Jordi Tixier 48
D. Ferrandis 48
Harri Kullas 43
Lupino, Tonkov 38

Gorna Rositza Circuit

News came before the race from Yamaha that title contender Steven Frossard would not be racing today. He twisted his right knee in yesterday’s qualifying race. He’s back in Belgium getting checked by his doctor’s to see about racing next weekend at the Italian Grand Prix.

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Gautier Paulin on the podium courtesy Bavo Swijgers

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Gautier Paulin said after his win “I really love the MX1 class! The championship has only just started – we are here at the second GP and to get the win already is a great feeling. I was happy with my riding in Valkenswaard, but had an unfortunate crash. But today I felt safe on the bike and had good speed and came through with the win. The Factory Kawasaki worked well and the guys in the team did a great job. This is how I would like to continue for the rest of the season.”

Next MX GP: 28-29 April in Fermo, Italy


Round 15 – AMA/FIM Supercross Series 2012 – Seattle

Round 15 – AMA/FIM Supercross Series 2012 – Seattle

Monster Energy Supercross returns to Seattle for Round 15 of the 2012 series. Andrew Short wins his first ever Supercross Main Event! Kenny Roczen second! Supercross Champion and ‘hometown’ racer Ryan Villopoto had a fall on the first lap, and limped off the track, favoring his left leg. Ryan Sipes wins the 250 West Main Event, and Eli Tomac takes over West points lead from Dean Wilson. Riders and teams invade CenturyLink Field – home of the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks!

Supercross Results
1. Andrew Short HON
2. Kenny Roczen KTM
3. Jake Weimer KAW
4. Justin Brayton HON
5. Davi Millsaps YAM
6. Ryan Dungey KTM
7. Mike Alessi SUZ
8. Broc Tickle KAW
9. Weston Peick YAM
10. Nick Wey KAW
11. Kyle Chisholm KAW
12. R Kiniry YAM
13. Justin Sipes KAW
14. Chris Blose KAW
15. Matt Goerke SUZ
16. Tyler Bowers KAW
17. Kyle Regal KAW
18. Josh Grant KAW
19. R Villopoto KAW
20. Brett Metcalfe SUZ
Supercross Pts
Ryan Villopoto 323
Davi Millsaps 222
Justin Brayton 219
Ryan Dungey 207
Jake Weimer 191
James Stewart 178
Mike Alessi 176
Brett Metcalfe 173
Kevin Windham 166
Broc Tickle 146
Kyle Chisholm 139
Chad Reed 128
Andrew Short 100
Nick Wey 97
Josh Hansen 89
Bobby Kiniry 79
Weston Peick 77
Matt Goerke 64
Josh Grant 61
Marvin Musquin 59
250 Lites West Results
1. Ryan Sipes YAM
2. M Musquin KTM
3. Eli Tomac HON
4. Cole Seely HON
5. Wil Hahn HON
6. J Anderson SUZ
7. Dean Wilson KAW
8. B Laninovich HON
9. Travis Baker HON
10. Vince Friese HON
11. S Champion HON
12. Kyle Beaton KAW
13. K Rusk HON
14. M Davalos SUZ
15. T Ingails HON
16. Beau Hudson KAW
17. Matt Moss KTM
18. Erik Meusling HON
19. P Tilford HON
20. Myles Tedder KAW
250 Lites West Pts
Eli Tomac 134
Dean Wilson 130
Cole Seely 119
Marvin Musquin 111
Ryan Sipes 78
Nico Izzi 78
Matt Moss 77
Travis Baker 75
J Anderson 73
B Laninovich 70
Zach Osborne 67
Vince Friese 61
Tyla Rattray 60
Max Anstie 53
Martin Davalos 51
Michael Leib 44
Gareth Swanepoel 34
Wil Hahn 29
Gavin Faith 27
Killy Rusk 27

CenturyLink Stadium

News before the race – Ryan Dungey will be back racing tonight, and Kenny Roczen will be on the 350 KTM.

Just as important, the battle for the 2012 AMA West Regional Supercross is very close. 2011 AMA National Lites Motocross Champion Dean Wilson leads Eli Tomac by just two points.

250 West Lites qualifying – On top of the LItes Qualifying, 2009 & 2010 World MX 2 Motocross Champion Marvin Musquin! His quickest lap – 54.12 seconds! Second – points leader Dean Wilson – 54.96. Then Wil Hahn (55.00), Eli Tomac (55.07), Cole Seely (55.29), Martin Davalos (55.65), Jason Anderson (55.72), Matt Moss (55.89, and Ryan Sipes (55.99). There are 44 riders attempting to qualify in the Lites.

450 Supercross Class qualifying – it’s the number 800 Suzuki of Mike Alessi with the quickest time – 53.73 seconds. Next, the 2012 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Champion – Ryan Villopoto at 54.45. Followed by Nico Izzi (54.73), Ken Roczen (54.97), Davi Millsaps (55.13), Justin Brayton (55.22), Ryan Dungey (55.28), Andrew Short (55.41), Jake Weimer (55.58) and Brett Metcalfe tenth best at 55.63. There are 51 riders attempting to qualify for the night time show.

250 West Heat 1 – this race will go six laps. The weather has been tremendous – perfect. No rain, all sunshine, and this race starts as it’s still daylight. The holeshot – the red plate holder, number 15 Dean Wilson.

Dean Wilson is stretching out a lead over second place Martin Davalos. Number 105 Matt Moss is next, and fourth in Eli Tomac.

The top five at the finish – Dean Wilson on Kawasaki wins, Martin Davalos on Suzuki second, Matt Moss on KTM third, Eli Tomac on Honda fourth, and Vince Friese on Honda fifth.

250 West Heat 2 – it’s Marvin Musquin number 38 on the KTM with the holeshot. He’s looking smooth out front, and he’s followed by Wil Hahn and Cole Seely.

They are already coming into lappers. Musquin first, W Hahn next, Jason Anderson has moved into third, and then Cole Seely.

The checkered flag – Marvin Musquin wins! Wil Hahn made an attempt for the lead on Marvin on the last corner before the finish line, but Marvin pulled ahead to win. Cole Seely third.

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Marvin said he was excited to win his first ever heat in AMA Supercross, and the track was getting soft and would be tough in the Main.

450 Supercross Heat 1 – 8:08pm. Kenny Roczen on the 350 KTM with the holeshot! And Ryan Villopoto is right behind him. On the second lap, RV pulls up on Roczen, they battle for a couple of corners, but RV takes over the lead.

It’s RV first, Roczen second, Justin Brayont third, Andrew Short fourth and Brett Metcalfe fifth.

At the halfway point of this eight lap race, it’s Ryan Villopoto leading, Ken Roczen second, Justin Brayton third, Andrew Short next, and then Brett Metcalfe.

The finish – Ryan Villopoto wins. Ken Roczen finishes second. Justin Brayton third. Followed by Andrew Short, Brett Metcalfe, and Gavin Faith sixth on his first ride for Joe Gibbs Racing MX, on a Yamaha.

450 Supercross Heat 2 – down the long start straight, it’s number 5 Ryan Dungey, he’s followed by Jake Weimer. Ryan races on the 450 machine for KTM. At the end of the second lap – Dungey first, Weimer second, Nico Izzi next, and then Davi Millsaps.

At the halfway point of this eight lap heat, it’s Ryan Dungey leading, Jake Weimer is second, Davi Millsaps – who has moved into second place in the series point standings, third, then Kyle Chisholm, Kyle Regal, and Mike Alessi.

The finish line – Ryan Dungey wins this heat in his return to racing. Jake Weimer second, Davi Millsaps third, followed by Kyle Chisholm, MIke Alessi, and Kyle Regal.

250 West 15 lap Main Event – 9:31pm. The track is perfect. The crowd is ready. Anticipation is high. The start gates drops. And into the first corner – it’s Eli Tomac first, but exiting the corner it’s Ryan Sipes. At the end of the first lap it’s Sipes out front, Tomac is second and Dean Wilson third. And the start of the second lap, Wilson moves past Tomac! At the end of the second lap it’s Sipes out front, Wilson second, Tomac third – and they are all very close. Marvin Musquin is ninth.

The start of lap eight – while Sipes is out front, Wilson is second, and Tomac is third – Tomac runs right into Wilson – and Wilson goes down!

Running order now on lap nine – Ryan Sipes out front (number 53 on Yamaha), Eli Tomac is second, then Wil Hahn and Cole Seely. Marvin Musquin is sixth. Dean Wilson is seventh.

Let’s not forget – Ryan Sipes is out front – heading towards his first win of the 2012 season. Lap 14 here has Sipes out front. Tomac is second. Marvin Musquin has moved into third! Dean Wilson is seventh.

Musquin is on fire. He’s now moved past Tomac and into second.

The checkered – it’s Ryan Sipes winning! Marvin Musquin second! Third goes to Eli Tomac, and he takes over the West points lead heading into next weekend’s race in Salt Lake City. Fourth is Cole Seely, then Wil Hahn, Jason Anderson, and Dean Wilson. Tomac leads Wilson by four points now.

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Eli Tomac said, “I had to work on my start. Dean (Wilson) put a couple of block passes on me, so I said “Let’s go”. When we collied my shifter got bent, I rode around in third gear. Then my clutch went out, and had to ride in second gear.”

Ryan Sipes said, “I worked really, really, really hard to come back for this race (coming back from an injury). I tried not to push or be perfect, just smooth and consistent. This is huge for me and my team. I was smooth and tried to limit my mistakes. You can’t push hard on this track or you’ll end up on your head.”

Marvin Musquin said, “I had fun on the track, but it was a crazy race. I had a bad start. Everyone was bumping each other – and the track has a lot of deep ruts. But you have to be smart, find new lines, use your head, stay smooth, and I was able to pass a lot of riders. I’m happy about my race, and it’s fun to be on the podium again.”

450 Supercross 20 lap Main Event – 10:08pm. Emerging out of the first corner, it’s Andrew Short on his Honda! Ken Roczen is second, Jake Weimer third. Justin Brayton next, then Ryan Dungey. Ryan Villopoto comes info a left hand corner, bumps into another rider, and hits the ground. He’s up walking, but limping. The champion is out of the race.

Lap four – Andrew Short is leading. Kenny Roczen is chasing him. Then it’s Jake Weimer, Justin Brayton, and Ryan Dungey.

Andrew Short leading, Ken Roczen second – and those two are pulling away just a bit from the rest of the pack.

Lap six – Roczen leaps past Short into a left hand corner! Short comes right back and outjumps him and back into the lead just a few feet later! It’s a Short and Roczen battle! Weimer is a ways back in third. Then Brayton leading Dungey. Brayton and Dungey go into a 180 degree right hander, and Dungey goes down.

Lap ten – halfway point. Is Andrew Short heading towards his first ever 450 Supercross win? Or can Ken Roczen make the pass? Short is looking strong right now.

Running order – lap 14. Short is leading Roczen by 2.5 second. Third is Jake Weimer. Then Justin Brayton, Davi Millsaps, and Ryan Dungey. Shorty is heading towards his first ever Supercross win!

Last lap – Andrew Short is going to win! He wins his first ever Supercross Main Event win! And Kenny Roczen finishes second! Great race!

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Kenny Roczen said, “It was so awesome. I’m super happy for Shorty, too. Everyone saw that the 350 is working great, I almost got the holeshot again. I’m so happy. The track is technical with the ruts, I tried to stay calm and this is so great!”

Andrew Short said, “It doesn’t even feel real. I give the glory to God first. We’ve been thru some challenges lately, but I’ve been working for 11 years to acheive this. There are so many people here that have helped me along the way. To win is unreal. I didn’t really believe I could win until the very end.”

52,731 were on hand tonight to witness Andrew’s historic win.

 

Tommy Searle and Antonio Cairoli seal pole in Sevlievo

Gorna Rositza’s track hosted day one of the Bulgarian Grand Prix, where Antonio Cairoli and Tommy Searle clinched the pole for tomorrow’s races. The first EMX125 race took also place today in Sevlievo and Tim Gajser dominated it from beginning to end.

The day started with some clouds early in the morning, but by midday the sky was blue and the sun was out. However, when the MX2 qualifying race was about to start, it began to rain, but Tommy Searle succeeded in winning the MX2 qualifying race, while Jeffrey Herlings had to fight from the back of the pack, as he crashed in the first corner.

The rain had stopped when the MX1 riders went out for the qualifying race, but they had to ride smart not to make any mistake. Antonio Cairoli won the race easily and Gautier Paulin and Christophe Pourcel were second and third respectively.

MX1

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Cairoli took the holeshot of the MX1 qualifying race and he dominated it until the chequered flag. The Italian admitted that he struggled a little bit in the time practice, but he rode very comfortable during the qualifying race. Cairoli is looking forward to winning tomorrow in Sevlievo, as he has never been on the top of the podium of the Bulgarian GP since he is in the MX1 class.

Kawasaki Racing Team’s Paulin obtained the fourth best result in the pre-qualifying session and he was second in the qualifying race, so he proved that he can easily be on the podium tomorrow. In fact, Paulin started third today, he managed to get the second position already in the first lap, kept Christophe Pourcel’s pressure and crossed the finish line second.

Christophe Pourcel got a really good start and he was third already in the first lap. The CP377 Monster Energy Kawasaki Pro Circuit rider proved that he is feeling much better this weekend and he might be on the podium tomorrow after the two heats.

The fourth position was for Rockstar Energy Suzuki World’s Desalle, who did not have a very good start but he managed to get into the fourth position during the second lap. However, once Desalle overtook De Dycker and Aranda, the leading group had already opened a massive gap, so the Belgian rode safe until the end of the race.

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s De Dycker did a solid qualifying moto, by starting fifth and keeping such position during the 20 minutes plus two laps heat. However, the Belgian had to battle with Aranda in order to keep his position until the chequered flag.

Boog did not have a really good start, but he managed to finish sixth, in front of Philippaerts and Bobryshev. The Russian is still struggling with a lot of pain in his right thumb, so his goal tomorrow is to get as many points as possible without taking any risks.

It was an unfortunate session for Frossard, who might even miss the races tomorrow. Firstly, he did not have a good start and he then made several mistakes while trying to improve his initial eighth position, and when he was battling with Bobryshev for sixth, he twisted his right knee and had to stop in the pit lane.

MX1 Qualifying Race top ten: 1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 23:55.990; 2. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:02.684; 3. Christophe Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:04.220; 4. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), +0:20.493; 5. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), +0:27.470; 6. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:30.890; 7. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), +0:33.555; 8. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:36.452; 9. Gregory Aranda (FRA, Yamaha), +0:38.045; 10. Shaun Simpson (GBR, Yamaha), +0:40.548;

MX2

Team Floride Monster Energy Kawasaki Pro Circuit’s Searle obtained his first pole position this afternoon in Sevlievo. Searle started third, but he quickly moved up to second, while Teillet was leading the race. After five laps, Searle managed to overtake the French rider and he kept the first position until the chequered flag.

Rockstar Energy Bud Racing Kawasaki’s Teillet took advantage of Herlings crash in the first corner and he led the first six laps of the qualifying race with authority. However, he could not stand Searle’s pressure until the end and he had to settle down with a second position. In any case, Teillet set really good lap times and he could even fight for the podium tomorrow.

The third position was for Nestaan JM Racing KTM’s Nicholls, who once more did a really good start and hold the third position until the end. The Brit has already proved that he can be at the front this year, so if he has a good start also tomorrow, he can also be another contender for the podium.

KTM Diga Racing’s Butrón made a really solid race and he kept the fourth position from beginning to end. The Spanish rider, who could not finish any of the heats in Valkenswaard due to some mechanical problems, has admitted that the team have worked really hard to improve the bike and he is now looking forward to show his real potential tomorrow.

Completing the top five was HM Plant KTM UK’s Banks-Browne. The young British rider could not show his talent in the sandy track of Sevlievo, but he could be one of the surprises of the weekend and even of the season.

Van Horebeek got a solid sixth position and he was followed by Anstie and Lupino. Kullas was ninth and Ferrandis completed the top ten. Roelants could only finish right after Ferrandis, but he did an incredible race taking into account that he had to enter the pit lane to change his goggles.

Red plate holder, Herlings, was the first one to reach the first corner after the start, but he made a mistake and crashed. He was able to get back on his bike, but he started from the very last position. Herlings had to finally enter the pitlane to change his goggles to end sixteenth of the qualifying race.

Home rider Petrov is still nursing an injury he suffered one week before Valkenswaard and he could only finish twelfth, ahead of Tonkov and Tixier.

Monster Energy Yamaha’s Leib obtained the best seventh lap time in the pre-qualifying session, but he could only finish fifteenth in the qualifying heat.

MX2 Qualifying Race top ten: 1. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), 25:05.361; 2. Valentin Teillet (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:02.334; 3. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), +0:34.917; 4. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), +0:43.524; 5. Elliott Banks-Browne (GBR, KTM), +0:46.416; 6. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, KTM), +0:48.085; 7. Max Anstie (GBR, Honda), +0:49.867; 8. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Husqvarna), +0:55.115; 9. Harri Kullas (FIN, Suzuki), +0:55.469; 10. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, Kawasaki), +1:01.903;

UEM EMX125

The first round of the UEM EMX125 Championship started today in Sevlievo with the free and time practice sessions, which were followed by Race 1. Tim Gajser, 2011 runner up of the UEM EMX125 Championship, took the holeshot and managed to win the race with more than twelve seconds advantage over second qualified Zaragoza. Bonini finished third, and Jacobi and Furlotti completed the top five.

GP OF BULGARIA – QUICK FACTS

Circuit length: 1680

Type of ground: hard pack

Temperature: 16° C

Weather conditions: changeable, cloudy, sunny and rainy

The Grand Prix will be broadcasted LIVE on MX-LIFE.TV and by clicking here you will obtain the full schedule and coverage of the Grand Prix of Bulgaria.

TIMETABLE

Sunday: EMX125 Warm up 8:30; MX2 Warm up 9:00; MX1 Warm up 9:30; EMX125 Race 2 10:15; MX2 Grand Prix Race 1 12:10; MX1 Grand Prix Race 1 13:10; MX2 Grand Prix Race 2 15:03; MX1 Grand Prix race 2 16:03.


Evgeny Bobryshev eighth in 2012 Bulgaria GP qualifying

With changeable weather affecting track conditions in Sevlievo, Bulgaria for round two of the FIM World MX1 Championship, Honda World Motocross rider Evgeny Bobryshev concluded today’s qualifying race in eighth place with teammate Rui Gonçalves in 11th.

With the start of the day being dry at the ultra-hard Bulgarian circuit, both riders made progress throughout practice to finish with Gonçalves in sixth and Bobryshev 13th at the end of pre-qualifying, when the weather had started to change.

With more rain falling throughout the afternoon, the track was slippery in places by the time the 20-minute plus two-lap qualifying race started. Bobryshev, who is suffering with his painful thumb-injury sustained at the opening round in Valkenswaard, got a good jump off the gate, although he was pushed wide into the first turn. The tough Russian rider, who had avoided taking painkillers in the morning sessions to feel the benefit of them for the race, managed to get up-to sixth place, but rode safely to take eighth position at the chequered flag ahead of tomorrow’s Grand Prix.

Teammate Gonçalves didn’t get a good start to the race and was around 15th into the first turn. With the drying track being a very similar speed for everyone, the Portuguese rider found it difficult to pass, although he concluded the day in 11th place with determination for good starts tomorrow.

Today’s qualifying race was won by Antonio Cairoli.

Evgeny Bobryshev #777: 8th position

“We had good weather in the morning, but I took no painkillers in the practice so I could only do a couple of laps at a time. I could not brake well; I just couldn’t get on the brakes hard or late like normal because if I have pressure in my hand, especially on the downhill sections, then I have a lot of pain. In the race I got a good jump off the start, but then I got a little pushed out by (Tanel) Leok, although really I went okay to come from 13th on the gate up-to sixth. I was doing my best to be honest, and a couple of people passed me, so I finished eighth. I really want to say thanks to all of my team because with the situation we have at the moment against us, they are really behind me. Sometimes we have good days and sometimes we have bad days, but I am really happy that no-one turns their back on me when we have bad days and that is really important. Anyway, the rest of my body is okay, so tomorrow we’ve just got to do the best job possible with the thumb injury to get as many points as we can while I am still healing.”

Rui Gonçalves #999: 11th position

“Today was okay, and I’ve been feeling good since first practice. The track is quite fast and it’s obviously very different from what we raced on at Valkenswaard, with everyone going at a very similar speed. I was sixth after pre-qualifying, so I had a good gate for the qualifying race, but I didn’t get such a good start and had to come from the back. It was very one-liney, and with everyone going a similar speed it was really difficult to pass. I was feeling like I could go faster and was being held up, but today I just got 11th and tomorrow I know I have to get a good start to be further up the field.”

Lorenzo Resta: Honda World Motocross Team Manager

“The track wasn’t so difficult and technical today, so I think with a good start, anyone here could stay close to the front. We didn’t get such a brilliant starts in the qualifying race, but both riders had a good rhythm, and Bobby was riding quite safe with his injury. Rui made some nice passes, even though it’s tough to overtake here. So for tomorrow it’s important to get good starts and we are aiming for solid results.”


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