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Bobryshev digs deep in Lommel heat (Race Report & Video)

The deep sand of Lommel makes the Belgian circuit one of the most revered tracks on the MXGP calendar. There are no places to hide, proving to be a huge test for both man and machine.

Evgeny Bobryshev and the BOS GP team had prepared well and started proceedings with a solid 12th place in timed practice, earning a respectable gate pick for the qualifying race.

The BOS GP pilot got a great jump out of the gate for the qualification race, rounding the first corner in 7th place. He pushed hard through the moto, maintaining his position in the tough conditions. The 35-degree heat made its mark as Bobby tired in the closing laps, allowing Shaun Simpson, Glen Coldenhoff and Jeremy Seewer to get by. However, a solid 10th place finish was a good start to the weekend for the Russian.

A bad jump out of the gate saw Bobby begin moto one on Sunday in 15th position as the pack raced around the first turn. Some smart lines saw him move up to 13th by the end of the first lap. A pass on Graeme Irwin put Bobby into 12th place where he looked strong. Bobryshev held position until lap 10 when Shaun Simpson found a way past. On lap 13 a small crash on a corner at the back section of the track cost Bobby dearly as he lost four places in the final stages of the race, leaving him in 17th position as he crossed the line.

Evgeny Bobryshev – “The first moto didn’t go too well and to be honest I am really frustrated. Yesterday I was feeling good and had a great result. Today I made a few mistakes and had a crash which cost me four places. We have changed a few things on the bike and we’ll see what the second moto will bring.’’

Determined to put the disappointment of race one behind him Bobby made a good start for the final moto of the weekend, rounding the first corner in 11th place. By the end of the first lap he had moved into ninth place and was having a strong battle with Clement Desalle. On lap 12 Jeremy Van Horebeek found a way past, dropping Bobby back to 10th where he stayed until the flag dropped. A 17-10 scorecard gave Bobryshev 12th overall and moved him into 11th in the championship standings.

Evgeny Bobryshev- “It was a good race for me, the team made some good changes on the bike after the first race and I was feeling good. I had better lines and could push hard. I am happy with the result and I am happy with my riding. I’m improving slowly after my knee injury. I still can’t put in the hard work I want to in the week to be stronger in the race, that’s a weak point for me, but I always give it 110% even if I’m injured. I am really thankful to the team for this weekend as it was a tough one.”

Report, Images & Video – Toofast Media Group