Rui Gonçalves and Evgeny Bobryshev came within a whisker of making it a double Honda World Motocross podium at the GP of Limburg in Lommel, Belgium this weekend.

Rui Goncalves and Evgeny Bobryshev denied Lommel podium by the narrowest of margins - Photo 1 of 1

In the first moto, Bobryshev crashed heavily on the first turn and after tangling with Honda counterpart, Ken De Dycker, was left virtually dead last. Out front Rui Gonçalves was making steady progress through from sixth to just outside the top-three. Bobryshev was like a man possessed, charging through the field with unrelenting intensity. By lap 7 he had made it through to eight position and set about reeling in Barragan, taking over 5 seconds from him in only one lap. Both Barragan and Philippaerts had nothing for the powerful Russian and he quickly despatched them both to take sixth. However, the front five had gapped and there was no catching them by moto end.

onçalves was impressing once again, putting together a solid ride at the sharp end. He had m oved past Max Nagl and had his sights on a top-three position but it did seem unlikely with time running out. Pushing hard right to the end, he would catch Frossard on the very last corner and pass him on the run in to the line, taking third place by 4/100ths of a second, behind Cairoli and Desalle.

In the second moto, Bobryshev was free from drama at the start and lead for the first three laps. Goncalves also established himself in a strong position, running just outside the top-five in the early stages. Bobryshev had slipped to second, whilst Gonçalves had elevated himself to fourth and at one point both Honda riders were running in virtual overall podium positions. It was all so promising but in the final laps it un-ravelled.

Bobryshev was passed for third by Max Nagl – his superhuman efforts in the first moto taking their toll. Goncalves however was running in fourth, a position that would have earned him third overall and would have gi ven him his first podium of the season. As he entered the last lap the celebrations tentatively began but just as it looked as though he had it in the bag, a mechanical engine issue saw him grind to a halt with less than half a lap to go. It was a devastating blow for the Portuguese but he will take consolation from the fact that he showed his true potential in the ruthless sand of Lommel and still earned valuable championship points.

Bobryshev’s 6-3 would earn him fourth overall, while Gonçalves had to be content with a 3-13 to earn seventh overall. Antonio Cairoli went 1-1 to take the overall GP victory.

Rui Gonçalves, Honda World Motocross, “I am absolutely devastated to miss out on the podium today because I felt I rode good, maybe the best I have all season and I don’t think I came away with what I deserved. I have to say that up to this little blip, I have been so happy with the team and with the bik e, and with how I have been progressing in the last rounds. This is all a really positive sign for the future and I will put this behind me and look to the next one.”

Evgeny Bobryshev, Honda World Motocross, “I gave everything I had out there today and had nothing left in the tank by the end of the second moto. Coming back in the first moto really took it out of me and I just couldn’t hold on to second position. It was so tough out there but I was feeling in the mood and I am a little disappointed not to make the podium but that’s the way it goes.”

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