This weekend the Honda World Motocross Team and riders Rui GonÃƒÂ§alves and Evgeny Bobryshev are back in action for the second MX1 Grand Prix of the season in Valkenswaard, Netherlands (24-25 April).
Looking to build on the solid foundations laid down in the season opener two weeks ago, GonÃƒÂ§alves and Bobryshev will be aiming to go a few better than the respective 5th and 6th place overall finishes achieved in Bulgaria and have their sights on podium positions at the famous Dutch track, located just outside of Eindhoven.
The sand of Valkenswaard is steeped in racing history and has been a regular fixture on the World Championship Grand Prix calendar for many years. It is favoured territory for Rui GonÃƒÂ§alves, having won there in the MX2 class in 2009, on his way to 2nd in the championship overall. However RuiÃ¢Â€Â™s 2010 Valkenswaard GP was marred by a recovering shoulder injury. A now fully fit GonÃƒÂ§alves will be out to prove what he can do on the 450cc machine.
Bobryshev is also partial to the sand, living and training for the most part of the year in the surrounding area of Valkenswaard and only a few miles from the track itself. An overall position of 7th in 2010 is an indication of what can be achieved by the powerful Russian but the new slimmed-down and fitter Bobryshev should pose a more potent threat this year.
Evgeny Bobryshev, Honda World Motocross
Ã¢Â€ÂœValkenswaard is my kind of track, I really like it there and had good results last year even though I was not really that fit. My conditioning is a lot better now than it was at this stage last season. I have been training a lot in the sand, doing lots of simulation motos and even doing hour-long endurance runs as part of my preparation. It is also a really convenient GP for me as I live only 5mins away from the track. This helps me over the race weekend; simple things like spending the night in my own bed.Ã¢Â€Â
Rui GonÃƒÂ§alves, Honda World Motocross
Ã¢Â€ÂœI have good memories of Valkenswaard from my victory there in 2009 in the MX2 class. I really like the layout and the soil of the track and feel comfortable in conditions like these. Last year it was the first GP I rode after coming back from my shoulder injury so this year my objectives are very different as I can tackle it fully fit. The top 10 in MX1 is so competitive at the moment, so you really need to be on your game to be in the fight for the podium positions but this is my aim for the weekend.Ã¢Â€Â