On the last day of the 2011 MX1 championship season, Evgeny Bobryshev has regained the fourth position in the standings he lost due to enforced break following his injury in the run up to the British GP a few weeks ago.Ã‚Â
In many ways it was handed to him, as Nagl – who sat ahead of him in the championship – failed to complete a race at the Fermo track on the east coast of Italy. Despite a below par performance from the Honda man, Bobryshev did enough with a seventh and 16th place finish across the two motos, to edge back in front of Nagl and into a deserved fourth overall.
A struggling performance in the first running and a crash in the second moto put the Russian out of contention for what would have been a seventh podium of the year. It was team-mate GonÃ§alves who finished top Honda on the day with a ninth and sixth place finish across both heats. The Portuguese was starting well, in the mix off the s tart in the first and grabbing the holeshot in the second.Ã‚Â Despite the power off the start, he would struggle to find his rhythm early on in both heats, compromising his overall race strategy.
Untouchable in sixth position in the championship standings, a finish of eight overall on the day would not quite be enough to elevate him to fifth in the table. But nonetheless, as season finishing position of sixth was just reward for his first season’s efforts aboard the Honda.
Evgeny Bobryshev, Honda World Motocross, “It has not been a good weekend on track for me really but I am happy to have got back fourth in the championship. Everyone was saying “you can get third or second’ but to be honest I feel that fourth is what I deserved this year and perhaps to be third in the championship may have been a bit false. It has been a great year and next year I will be looking to build on this and make another challenge for the top.”
Rui GonÃƒÂ§alves, Honda World Motocross, “The result was not really what was planned this weekend and it would have been good to get into the top-five in the championship. But overall it has been a good season for me. Coming to a new team and a new manufacturer there has been a lot of change but I feel comfortable in this team and confident about building for the future.”