News 12 Sep 2017

Assen a ‘disaster’ for Honda HRC according to manager Harvey

A tough penultimate round for both Gajser and Bobryshev.

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Honda HRC general manager Roger Harvey has labelled Sunday’s penultimate round of the MXGP World Championship in The Netherlands as a ‘total disaster’ for his premier class athletes Tim Gajser and Evgeny Bobryshev.

Former MXGP champion Gajser suffered a heavy crash in the opening outing, and after being evaluated by the medical unit, he was declared unfit to line-up for race two.

As for Bobryshev, he was only able to muster up 14th overall at the challenging Assen circuit in what was a weekend marred with multiple crashes and mistakes.

“To sum up the day here at Assen, it is safe to say it has been a total disaster,” Harvey commented. “It started off well as Tim was fastest this morning in warm up, and had a good start in race one. This enabled him to run at the front for a while until he was hunted down dropping to third.

“He was riding well, and was very comfortable and relaxed. This all changed when he sat a little too far forward over a wave section, clipping the back wheel and dropping the front wheel into wet heavy sand causing the bike to flip straight onto him.

“Although we hope there are no injuries, he has suffered trauma to the abdomen, so after investigation from both the medical team and by our own physio, it was decided that unfortunately he would not race the second race.

“Bobby had a good start off the gate in race one but a crash early on dropped him back. This was the story of the second race for Bobby too. In the second corner off the start, he went down with Glenn Coldenhoff and although he got going, he went down again a few more times in the deep ruts in his efforts to come back through the pack. It was just a series of crashes for Bobby which is how he ended up with his overall result of 14th position.”

Gajser and Bobryshev now sit fifth and 11th respectively in the championship standings as the world series comes to a close this weekend in France.