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April 25, 2011
 

Rui shows his potential in Valkenswaard

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Rui Gonçalves showed true potential in the sand of Valkenswaard and has proved that he has now developed a good feeling with the Honda CRF450R, having had to adapt to riding 450cc machinery since his move to the Honda World Motocross Team at the end of 2010.

The first moto was marred with mistakes from both riders, which cost them the chance to fight for the top spots. Having got the holeshot, Bobryshev struggled to get into the groove early on and was past on the first lap by 3 riders. Team mate Gonçalves did not get a start and was caught up on the fringes of the top ten. As the moto developed, a mistake from Gonçalves saw him drop out of a promising 7th position as he was beginning to look threatening. Likewise, a stall from Bobryshev saw him drop from 6th to 10th, a position he was unable to better come race end.

A spirited charge from Gonçalves towards the end of the moto saw him catch and pass Honda counterpart Ken De Dycker for 6th position, and then move onto the back wheel of Clement Desalle. However, running out of laps he was not quite able to position for the pass, eventually finishing only 0.180 seconds behind.

The second moto saw Rui take the holeshot and move into a commanding lead for the early part of the moto. Philippaerts began to apply the pressure and put in a hard pass for the lead. The pass pushed Rui off line and with it he lost his momentum and rhythm. In the same lap he was passed by 2 riders, including eventual race winner and overall victor, Max Nagl, and was shuffled back to 5th in the coming laps as he regained his composure.

As his rhythm returned, Rui once again began to threaten, catching Frossard in front before the Frenchman made a mistake and promoted him to 4th, a position he would hold until the end. For Bobryshev it was a moto to forget as fatigue began to set in. He would finish in a slightly distant 7th. A good result but not what was targeted by the rapidly improving Russian.

The team leave Valkenswaard with 5th (Gonçalves) and 8th (Bobryshev) positions overall. Another solid weekend’s work, but the ambitious outfit have set their targets high and will be on the hunt for podiums in the U.S.

Rui Gonçalves, Honda World Motocross
“I am a bit disappointed with the final result because I felt I rode good. The first moto was tough coming from a not so good start but in the second I got the holeshot and was leading for many laps. When Philippaerts put a pass on me it knocked me out of my rhythm for a few laps and I lost some positions. I came back strong but it was this point in the race that was really important and cost me. 5th overall is good but I of course want to do better.”

Evgeny Bobryshev, Honda World Motocross
“It was strange day to be honest and even though I have been training really hard it is different when you turn up on race day. I think I may have peaked too soon and taken a bit too much out of myself in the Sunday. Things just didn’t really go my way but the season is long and I will be back stronger in the U.S. and for Brazil. I know my speed is good and my conditioning is improving every time I get on the bike. I feel I will grow stronger and stronger throughout the season.”

Image provided by: Sarah Gutierrez

Pole position : Max Nagl (KTM)
Fastest lap : Antonio Cairoli (KTM) 1:54.314
Event results – Round 2 – Race 1
1 Antonio Cairoli 40:49.442 ITA KTM Red Bull Teka KTM Factory Racing MX1
2 Steven Frossard 0:06.303 FRA YAMAHA Monster Energy Yamaha
3 Maximilian Nagl 0:10.631 GER KTM Red Bull Teka KTM Factory Racing MX1
4 David Phillippaerts 0:34.320 ITA YAMAHA Monster Energy Yamaha
5 Clement Desalle 0:43.305 BEL SUZUKI Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MX1
6 Rui Gonçalves 0:43.485 POR HONDA Honda World Motocross
7 Ken De Dycker 0:57.195 BEL HONDA LS Honda Racing
8 Steve Ramon 0:59.698 BEL SUZUKI Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MX1
9 Tanel Leok 1:02.322 EST TM TM Racing Factory Team
10 Evgeny Bobryshev 1:23.387 RUS HONDA Honda World Motocross
11 Marc De Reuver 1:46.265 NED YAMAHA Team Yamaha Van Beers Racing
12 Davide Guarneri 1:49.054 ITA KAWASAKI Team Rockstar Bud Racing Lovemytime Kawasaki
13 Martin Barr 1:50.558 ENG KTM No Name – KTM
14 Jonathan Barragan 1:57.099 ESP KAWASAKI Kawasaki Racing Team
15 Anthony Boissiere 2:01.533 FRA YAMAHA Monster Energy Yamaha
16 Kevin Strijbos +1 lap BEL SUZUKI Suzuki Delta
17 Xavier Boog +1 lap FRA KAWASAKI Kawasaki Racing Team
18 Jason Dougan +1 lap GBR YAMAHA Bike-it Cosworth Wild Wolf Yamaha
19 Ben Townley +1 lap NZL KAWASAKI Team CLS-Monster Energy-Kawasaki-Pro Circuit
20 Shaun Simpson +1 lap GBR HONDA LS Honda Racing
21 Marcus Schiffer +1 lap GER SUZUKI Suzuki International Europe Motocross
22 Matthias Walkner +1 lap AUT KTM BGR
23 Gert Krestinov +1 lap EST KAWASAKI No Name – Kawasaki
24 Herjan Brakke +1 lap NED YAMAHA Team Yamaha Van Beers Racing
25 Santtu Tianen +1 lap FIN KAWASAKI No Name – Kawasaki
26 Carlos Campano Jimenez +1 lap ESP YAMAHA Andalucia Yamaha Castro Team
27 Rickard Sandberg +1 lap SWE KAWASAKI Sturm Racing Team
28 Justs Augusts +1 lap LAT HONDA Latvia Elksni Honda
29 Graeme Irwin +1 lap GBR KTM HM Plant Red Bull KTM UK
30 Ivo Steinbergs +1 lap LAT KAWASAKI IST T.I.S.C.O. Racing
31 Rob van Vijfeijken +1 lap NED KAWASAKI No Name – Kawasaki
32 Loic Leonceloic +2 laps FRA KTM BGR
33 Yentel Martens +2 laps BEL KTM Nestaan JM Racing
34 Jeremy Delince +2 laps BEL KTM DIGA Racing Team
35 Filip Thuresson +2 laps SWE KTM No Name – KTM
36 Bas Verhoeven +5 laps NED HONDA No Name – Honda
37 Gunter Schmidinger +12 laps AUT HONDA Team Gold Fren Schmidinger World MX1
38 Kasper Lynggaard +15 laps DEN KAWASAKI No Name – Kawasaki
Event results – Round 2 – Race 2
1 Maximilian Nagl 39:21.653 GER KTM Red Bull Teka KTM Factory Racing MX1
2 Antonio Cairoli 0:14.447 ITA KTM Red Bull Teka KTM Factory Racing MX1
3 David Phillippaerts 0:22.047 ITA YAMAHA Monster Energy Yamaha
4 Rui Gonçalves 0:27.150 POR HONDA Honda World Motocross
5 Steven Frossard 0:44.569 FRA YAMAHA Monster Energy Yamaha
6 Clement Desalle 0:53.640 BEL SUZUKI Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MX1
7 Evgeny Bobryshev 1:09.411 RUS HONDA Honda World Motocross
8 Ken De Dycker 1:15.250 BEL HONDA LS Honda Racing
9 Tanel Leok 1:21.478 EST TM TM Racing Factory Team
10 Jonathan Barragan 1:25.000 ESP KAWASAKI Kawasaki Racing Team
11 Davide Guarneri 1:33.523 ITA KAWASAKI Team Rockstar Bud Racing Lovemytime Kawasaki
12 Steve Ramon 1:38.859 BEL SUZUKI Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MX1
13 Anthony Boissiere 1:53.340 FRA YAMAHA Monster Energy Yamaha
14 Xavier Boog + 1 lap FRA KAWASAKI Kawasaki Racing Team
15 Gert Krestinov + 1 lap EST KAWASAKI No Name – Kawasaki
16 Matthias Walkner + 1 lap AUT KTM BGR
17 Shaun Simpson + 1 lap GBR HONDA LS Honda Racing
18 Kevin Strijbos + 1 lap BEL SUZUKI Suzuki Delta
19 Jason Dougan + 1 lap GBR YAMAHA Bike-it Cosworth Wild Wolf Yamaha
20 Santtu Tianen + 1 lap FIN KAWASAKI No Name – Kawasaki
21 Herjan Brakke + 1 lap NED YAMAHA Team Yamaha Van Beers Racing
22 Marcus Schiffer +1 lap GER SUZUKI Suzuki International Europe Motocross
23 Gunter Schmidinger +1 lap AUT HONDA Team Gold Fren Schmidinger World MX1
24 Carlos Campano Jimenez +1 lap ESP YAMAHA Andalucia Yamaha Castro Team
25 Justs Augusts + 1 lap LAT HONDA Latvia Elksni Honda
26 Graeme Irwin + 1 lap GBR KTM HM Plant Red Bull KTM UK
27 Ivo Steinbergs + 1 lap LAT KAWASAKI IST T.I.S.C.O. Racing
28 Jeremy Delince + 2 laps BEL KTM DIGA Racing Team
29 Rickard Sandberg + 6 laps SWE KAWASAKI Sturm Racing Team
30 Loic Leonceloic + 10 laps FRA KTM BGR
31 Filip Thuresson + 11 laps SWE KTM No Name – KTM
32 Bas Verhoeven + 13 laps NED HONDA No Name – Honda
33 Martin Barr + 14 laps ENG KTM No Name – KTM
34 Xavier Boog + 14 laps FRA KAWASAKI Kawasaki Racing Team
35 Marc De Reuver + 17 laps NED YAMAHA Team Yamaha Van Beers Racing
36 Kasper Lynggaard + 18 laps DEN KAWASAKI No Name – Kawasaki
Championship standings
1 Steven Frossard 85 pts FRA YAMAHA Monster Energy Yamaha
2 Maximilian Nagl 80 pts GER KTM Red Bull Teka KTM Factory Racing MX1
3 Clement Desalle 78 pts BEL SUZUKI Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MX1
4 Antonio Cairoli 72 pts ITA KTM Red Bull Teka KTM Factory Racing MX1
5 David Phillippaerts 63 pts ITA YAMAHA Monster Energy Yamaha
6 Rui Gonçalves 62 pts POR HONDA Honda World Motocross
7 Jonathan Barragan 53 pts ESP KAWASAKI Kawasaki Racing Team
8 Evgeny Bobryshev 52 pts RUS HONDA Honda World Motocross
9 Davide Guarneri 45 pts ITA KAWASAKI Team Rockstar Bud Racing Lovemytime Kawasaki
10 Steve Ramon 42 pts BEL SUZUKI Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MX1
11 Tanel Leok 36 pts EST TM TM Racing Factory Team
12 Xavier Boog 34 pts FRA KAWASAKI Kawasaki Racing Team
13 Kevin Strijbos 34 pts BEL SUZUKI Suzuki Delta
14 Ken De Dycker 31 pts BEL HONDA LS Honda Racing
15 Anthony Boissiere 28 pts FRA YAMAHA Monster Energy Yamaha
16 Shaun Simpson 18 pts GBR HONDA LS Honda Racing
17 Marc De Reuver 13 pts NED YAMAHA Team Yamaha Van Beers Racing
18 Jason Dougan 12 pts GBR YAMAHA Bike-it Cosworth Wild Wolf Yamaha
19 Carlos Campano Jimenez 11 pts ESP YAMAHA Andalucia Yamaha Castro Team
20 Martin Barr 8 pts ENG KTM No Name – KTM
21 Matthias Walkner 6 pts AUT KTM BGR
22 Loic Leonceloic 6 pts FRA KTM BGR
23 Gert Krestinov 6 pts EST KAWASAKI No Name – Kawasaki
24 Gunter Schmidinger 4 pts AUT HONDA Team Gold Fren Schmidinger World MX1
25 Yentel Martens 2 pts BEL KTM Nestaan JM Racing
26 Ben Townley 2 pts NZL KAWASAKI Team CLS-Monster Energy-Kawasaki-Pro Circuit
27 Santtu Tianen 1 pts FIN KAWASAKI No Name – Kawasaki
28 Rob van Vijfeijken 0 pts NED KAWASAKI No Name – Kawasaki
29 Rickard Sandberg 0 pts SWE KAWASAKI Sturm Racing Team
30 Marcus Schiffer 0 pts GER SUZUKI Suzuki International Europe Motocross
31 Kasper Lynggaard 0 pts DEN KAWASAKI No Name – Kawasaki
32 Justs Augusts 0 pts LAT HONDA Latvia Elksni Honda
33 Jeremy Delince 0 pts BEL KTM DIGA Racing Team
34 Ivo Steinbergs 0 pts LAT KAWASAKI IST T.I.S.C.O. Racing
35 Herjan Brakke 0 pts NED YAMAHA Team Yamaha Van Beers Racing
36 Graeme Irwin 0 pts GBR KTM HM Plant Red Bull KTM UK
37 Filip Thuresson 0 pts SWE KTM No Name – KTM
38 Dmitry Parshin 0 pts RUS HONDA Kharovsk Extreme
39 Bas Verhoeven 0 pts NED HONDA No Name – Honda
40 Alfie Smith 0 pts GBR APRILIA JK Aprilia Racing