Evgeny Bobryshev continued his impressive start to the British Motocross championship, taking another podium finish onboard his Lombard Express Suzuki RM-Z450 at round three at Blaxhall, finishing third overall.
Bobryshev - again at another new track for the Russian - stunned crowds by setting the quickest time in qualifying. However, the races were less than smooth after two poor starts.
Two laps into the opening moto and he held seventh, but crashed while making a pass for sixth, in his urgency to get closer to the front. He remounted and came from outside of the top-10 to finish fifth.
In the second outing he made progress with more efficiency, and was third after the early laps, however he found himself 15 seconds down on the race leader. Head down, he chipped and chipped away, and closed to within a second, but just ran out of time to make a pass for the lead, and finished second at the chequered flag. It gave him third overall.
He said, "It was my first time racing here at Blaxhall. The track was good, I enjoyed the track all day from first practice to the second moto. But unfortunately I couldn’t get the starts and I was about 15th place for the first lap in both races. Coming through was difficult, I was in the middle of the pack and there were so many riders. So I lost like 15 seconds on the leaders right away and I’d have to try and catch that up.
"In the first race I was in seventh on the second lap, and then I crashed. I came together with [Graeme[ Irwin in a corner, it wasn’t anything dirty just race aggression. I lost my front end and went down. When I got up I was out of the top ten and I needed to come through again. It was difficult, I just managed to get fifth place.
"The second race was a little better, but I still didn’t get a good start. I’ve never really done concrete starts before, so I found that my back wheel was always spinning. About four laps into the moto I got into second place. I was maybe 15 seconds behind the leader and I had to catch him up. I was pushing, pushing, pushing and I got close. I was within about one second of his wheel, but I ran out of time and I couldn’t make a pass.
"I’m a little bummed you know because that’s not what I want. But if I cannot make the starts its really difficult to win because the leaders already have such a big gap. We still have five rounds to go and I will push ahead. We need to do more testing and work on the starts and then for sure I can win."