The Honda World Motocross Team is looking forward to returning to the fray this weekend in Valkenswaard, The Netherlands for round one of the 2012 FIM World MX1 Championship with riders Evgeny Bobryshev and Rui GonÃ§alves, who will contest the CRF 450R for a second season, this year in factory specification.
After finishing last year’s MX1 Championship with Bobryshev fourth in the World and GonÃƒÂ§alves sixth, both riders have endured an intense pre-season schedule of testing, training and racing to prepare for the forthcoming Grand Prix series with high goals. The Valkenswaard event, in which GonÃƒÂ§alves finished fifth overall with Bobryshev eighth last year, is set to play host to the first of 16 Grand Prix events with a huge depth of the World’s very best competitors lining up to race for a number of manufacturers.
Bobryshev has enjoyed some dominating performances in the Dutch national championship over the last few weeks, with GonÃƒÂ§alves also taking some podium finishes against some of the Grand Prix regulars, which is positive ahead of the season start. Both riders have their factory Dunlop-shod CRF machines dialed in with the many hours spent testing not only with the team, but with the Japanese staff from Honda’s R&D department, as well as the technical experts involved with the project, especially from Dunlop and Showa.
The Honda factory squad recently announced its new livery, with specialist bespoke material being made by team partner One Industries and with everything now in place, the team is now looking to start the season strongly with results towards its championship aspirations.
Evgeny Bobryshev #777
“I’m really looking forward to the first Grand Prix this weekend. I can’t wait to get on the track to see where we are at with everything, and I’m feeling really good. It’s been a long time preparing over the winter with training and practicing, so to get out in a couple of days and do some racing, which is what I really enjoy, is going to be great. Everyone has made such a good job over the winter with the team; I can’t thank each and every person involved for all of their hard work. I’m just doing some final preparations and we’ll be ready for action.”
Rui GonÃƒÂ§alves #999
“Everything has been good so far in the lead up to this weekend. We did four rounds of the Dutch championship, and it’s good to have this to get ready for the first GP and use it as a test to get to grips with the bike. We’ve done a lot of good work in practice to get the job done and this week I’ve been practicing just for our final steps before Valkenswaard. I feel at the moment everything is good and I’m enjoying riding the CRF 450R, but there’s a lot of rounds in the series, so we will go race by race, do our best every weekend and have fun on the bike. It’s been a pleasure to work with the team and with the Japanese staff from Honda’s R&D department with the development of the bike in the pre-season; it’s been quite special to be in the team with so much effort being put into the GP’s by Honda now and I’m proud to be part of this, so I’m working every day with the aim of getting the results.”
Lorenzo Resta – Honda World Motocross Team Manager
“We are sure we have done all that is possible in winter ready for this year. The riders are ready to race, and the bike is well prepared, so together with Honda Europe, the Japanese staff from Honda in Japan and the mechanics from the team we have done the best job possible ahead of the season. We are confident in our approach for the year, although in motocross anything can happen, but we feel we’ve done everything we can. Our plan is to take it race by race and we have a lot of respect for our competitors, as the championship is possibly the most exciting it has been in the last 20 years. Everybody involved has worked very hard and we really can’t wait to start the season.”
Roger Harvey – Honda Motor Europe Off-Road Manager
“It’s been a long, hard winter of development and testing for the Honda World Motocross Team. We’re feeling ready and looking forward to starting the championship, especially after so much effort. I’m really pleased with how the team has come together with the riders to work through a heavy schedule in development of the factory bike, as well as an intense training schedule for the riders. The extra support from Japan should pay dividends, as we have a really good package with the factory bikes and the support from the Japanese staff in Honda’s R&D department, as well as Showa and Dunlop has taken this operation to a new level. We are all really looking forward to the season starting and we’d like to thank everyone involved in supporting the team for all of their hard work in getting everything ready for this weekend.”