Evgeny sweeps the board at Lyng
Phil ArmesThis time last year 22-year-old Evgeny Bobryshev was living out of the back of his van, competing in the Dutch MX2 championship. Yesterday at Lyng he gave a masterclass in the MX1 category when he won all three races after being signed for the 2010 season by the British CAS Honda squad.Phil Armes
This time last year 22-year-old Evgeny Bobryshev was living out of the back of his van, competing in the Dutch MX2 championship.
Yesterday at Lyng he gave a masterclass in the MX1 category when he won all three races after being signed for the 2010 season by the British CAS Honda squad.
Despite never having seen the demanding Norfolk track before he was straight on the pace and set the fastest time in qualifying on the factory supported 450cc Honda.
In race one the young Russian led for the opening two laps before being passed by the similarly mounted current British champion Brad Anderson. As the pair headed off on the final lap just yards apart it was Bobryshev who took full advantage when his rival was slowed by a back marker, and slipped through to take the victory. CAS Honda team-mate Gareth Swanepeol came through the field to steal third from Buildbase CCM's Stephen Sword with the chequered flag in sight.
The second race was a much more straight forward affair, with Bobryshev, Swanepeol and Anderson holding the top three positions for the 20 minute plus two lap race distance. And it was similar story in the final outing, although Sword held on to third in the early stages, but faded to fourth, just ahead of James Noble and Mildenhall's Carl Nunn, who worked his way up from tenth at the end of lap one.
With four of the eight rounds complete, Bobryshev now enjoys a 33 point advantage over Sword in the MX1 championship standings, with Swanepeol just seven points further adrift.
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American Zach Osborne had to work hard in the MX2 class to maintain his lead in the title race over Ipswich's Jake Nicholls. It was Nicholls, on the HM Plant Red Bull KTM, who set the pace and looked sure to finish first in race one before he tumbled off just two laps before the finish. After remounting he managed to grab third behind the Bike It Cosworth Yamaha pairing of Osborne and Mel Pocock.
In race two it was a straightforward start to finish ride in the Norfolk countryside for Nicholls as his championship rival, Osborne, struggled to work his way through the pack after crashing early in the race. Martin Barr on the PAR Honda enjoyed his best race of the afternoon in front of the large Cadders Hill crowd to claim the second spot on the podium, with Pocock heading home his senior team-mate in third.
With one win apiece it was down to the final encounter of the schedule to decide overall honours on the day between Nicholls and Osborne. And it was Osborne who showed his determination when he unceremoniously dumped Barr out of the way on lap four after a slow start. Nicholls fared even worse on the first lap and had to come back from seventh before settling for a safe second after passing Pocock two laps from the end.
The youth class, which was making its debut at Lyng, was won by Tean Green rider Conor Wakely, who now heads the championship after two rounds. His afternoon's work was made a little easier after round one winner Bradley Pocock broke his leg in practice earlier in the day. Norwich's Luke Parker took a solid 19th in the first youth race, as he moved up a level.