News 3 Sep 2014

Team HRC's Bobryshev opts out of Motocross of Nations

Russian still recovering from broken tibia and fibula.

Source: Honda Racing.

Source: Honda Racing.

Team HRC has confirmed that Russian Evgeny Bobryshev will skip this month’s FIM Motocross of Nations at Latvia, instead opting to further recover from a broken leg sustained in June.

Conscious of the risk of returning too early from the injury that saw his left tibia and fibula broken in three places in Italy, Bobryshev and Team HRC have decided that the Russian will unfortunately not be able to race at the Motocross of Nations at the end of September.

Whilst his recovery is progressing well and there have been no complications since the surgery in June, the feeling shared by both Bobby and Team HRC was that he wouldn’t be sufficiently fit to compete at his best, and the risk of inflaming the injury and thus affecting his condition in the off-season was too great.

“I was riding for the first time again a few days ago. Dr Claes told me the leg is healed 80 percent, but it’s still swollen and there’s still tissue damage,” Bobby said. “The first day of riding was okay, but I was taking it slow round left corners, then on the second day I went to Lommel.

“I touched the leg on the ground in a left corner and there was still pain so I thought ‘no, I don’t want to have to think about my leg when I’m riding, I want to concentrate fully on racing’. It will still take time for my leg to recover fully, and that’s why I have decided not to compete in the Motocross of Nations this year.

“If I force it now, it would maybe take one or two months more so I have to think about what’s more important for my future. I want to battle for the title – I know I have the speed, I just need the consistency which means I just want to wait until I feel safe to ride.

The decision means that Team HRC will round out their inaugural MXGP season fielding the lone CRF450RW of Max Nagl.