The Honda World Motocross team is looking forward to this weekend’s race at the picturesque Matterley Basin track in Winchester, UK for round 13 of the MX1 World Championship.
This famous track has a mixture of natural terrain and manmade obstacles, which means this weekend’s Grand Prix of Great Britain is set to be a great event. With Honda Europe being based in the UK, it’s an important race for the Honda World Motocross team, which will be looking to reap strong results.
Following on from another strong performance at the Czech Republic Grand Prix just under two weeks ago, where he finished sixth overall, Rui GonÃ§alves will be looking to make it four strong races on the bounce at the British event. Last year GonÃƒÂ§alves finished sixth in the opening moto, but after running in the top five he struggled in the second moto re-run and finished 14th with cramps and loss of energy. The Portuguese star will certainly be looking to put that right this year and aiming for two solid motos.
Evgeny Bobryshev missed the race last year after a collision in a Belgian Championship race, which left the Russian with an injury ruling him out of the British Grand Prix. Bobryshev is no stranger to the track though, having raced there at the Motocross of Nations in 2006, and is keen to put on a good show for his British fans, many of which came to knew him during his British title winning year in 2010.
Both riders have spent time this week riding and teaching at the Thoresway Motoparc track in Lincolnshire for the UK Honda Xtreme Academy, where they worked with the young Honda pilots, before making their final preparations for the weekend. The Matterley Basin race is certainly a popular event with an enthusiastic crowd, which was last year won overall by Antonio Cairoli.
Rui GonÃƒÂ§alves #999 – “I’m looking forward to Matterley Basin. It’s a really nice track, and it’s always a big event, which this year has a lot of racing in the schedule. I am going to take it like any other race, with the focus on myself. The track is usually well prepared with some nice jumps and I’m sure we’ll enjoy it. This week we’ve been in the UK doing some filming, riding and teaching at the Xtreme Academy. I have really enjoyed it, as it is good to see the youngsters make the improvements with the help we give them. I did quite a bit of riding along with a long moto and the track was well-prepared, so it was nice to get some laps down ahead of the weekend, where I’ll try to do my best. The last GP’s have been good, so hopefully we can keep rolling like that.”
Evgeny Bobryshev #777 – “After Loket we’ve had a weekend away from the racing and I have spent some time training with JoÃƒÂ«l Smets. He’s been pushing me really hard, and putting me through my paces in my training. I feel better than before Loket, and I’m really looking forward to getting going at Matterley. Last time I was there was in 2006, but last year I missed out with injury. I like this track a lot; nice ground, nice jumps, good grip and it suits me a lot more than the last race. I just will get there and get on the gas, but I’ll be staying calm, using my head and trying to make good results. This week we’ve been at the Xtreme Academy, which has been good, as well as training so I’m feeling ready for it.”