Grand Prix of Europe - Rider Comments
News Monday 10th September 2012
“I have less pain to my shoulderblade now, as I got some treatment since Englandand I’m happy to be back on the podium here in Italy. I had some nice battles with Antonio (Cairoli) today; I came very close to him in the second moto but I couldn’t quite pass him. I prefered the track yesterday when they did not water it so much and my brother Sebastien and I finished 1-2 in the qualification race. It was really nice to see my brother Sébastien back in front again this weekend.”
“The track was very nice with good grip and many ruts but it was narrow and difficult to pass. I made too many mistakes in the qualifying race, and also today in the first moto, but eventually I found the good lines and was happy with my riding in the second part of the race. I felt confident in the second moto; I got a good start and found a good rhythm to finish third. I’m now looking forward to the last GP at Teutschenthal; I was on the podium there last year after winning the second moto. And one week later at the Motocross of Nations Xavier and I will race for the French team in Belgium.”
Ken De Dycker:
"In the first moto I went down twice but I always remained composed. I was able to find some good lines and come back strong. So many KTM fans were cheering me on here and it was cool to take fourth place in that race. My start in the second moto was not so good. Almost immediately I suffered stomach cramps and felt like throwing up. I think the heat and my efforts of the first race demanded their toll. For the championship it was not such a great day for me. I’m 18 points behind Pourcel and 22 points behind Paulin now. It will be tough to finish 4th overall but I will give it all in Teutschenthal."
“It was a great feeling to win again, even if it was only a qualifying race. I got the holeshot in the first moto, but Cairoli and Christophe were faster and they both passed me. I was still strong in third until I made a mistake and crashed in a downhill. After that I had arm pump and lost a few positions in the last ten minutes, but I was happy with this top ten result. I got another holeshot in the second race but my rhythm was not as good but I still scored a top five result; I’ve worked hard this season to recover from my previous injuries, and it’s great to race in front again.”Evgeny Bobryshev
“It wasn’t such an easy day in very hot conditions. I didn’t get a good start in race one; I was around 16th, but I made some passes and came through the field. There was a big group with five people fighting, and I got to around fifth, but I was pushed out a little bit while trying to pass Tanel Leok. I just made too many mistakes, as he was slowing me down, and in the end they came by. The second race was better with a good start, and in the beginning I was with the guys at the front, but mid-moto I got really hot, so I was boiling up a little. I was losing time on them, so I concentrated on staying in sixth. It’s not what I want with the results, but I am happy because the track was difficult and I had no stupid mistakes or crashes. No w we will train for Germany and Motocross of Nations.”
"It is good to get back on the podium because it feels like a long time that I've had to deal with pain in my hand. It is still not right and I need some more mobility but this is a start. The track was really good at the end of Saturday but there was so much water that I found it unbelievable in the morning. It is the kind of track that needs to stay hard-pack otherwise it gets a bit sketchy. When the mud dries the bike can react in strange ways; it was very tricky. I'm looking forward to getting back on the training bike now and ready for Germany. You always want to try and win a championship but it is good for me and the team to finish second and we will do what we can to go one better!"
"I feel good about today and I was riding well. Sixth and ninth is not too bad but in the second moto I had a bad start and it was difficult to come back from that far. I made some decent passes and got as high as I could. I was very close to fourth in the first moto and we had a nice battle there. They changed the track in the second and I don't know why. I prefer it when there are more ruts and bumps and you have to think about your riding. It was too flat but not the worst."
“It was a tough weekend for me, I felt good but I was just not fast enough on this track. I had bad starts in the qualifying race and also in the first moto, but I was coming back when Gonçalves crashed just in front of me. I landed on his bike and crashed as well; after that I had pain in my shoulder and did my best to finish the race in thirteenth place, just to keep scoring some points in the series. I was in top six at the start of the second race, but in the main downhill I crashed and was lucky not to get hurt! I came back from twenty-second to twelfth, with good lap times and now the goal is to defend my seventh place in the standings, and maybe even get sixth, at the final round in Germany.”
“The first race was good and I really felt like I could have done something better than I did. The track suited me a bit better in that moto. The lines meant that you had to think a bit more. The track was graded for the second race and my start wasn’t quite as good as it had been in the previous two heats this weekend. It took me a bit longer to get in the rhythm. I didn’t catch the speed in the beginning and I needed perhaps half the race to figure it out. Tanel got me once again and I think that cost me a few positions because we were all close in the points. The positives are that I gained some ground on Rui and there is a possible ninth or tenth in the championship up for grabs. Top ten was my goal at the start of the year. It should be exciting.”
“Things turned out pretty much how I expected. I had a good start in the first race and my rhythm wasn’t great but I rode OK and I was happy with the top ten. I made a mistake at the start of the second moto and that made it tough to come back. I ran out of steam. At about half way I just hit a wall. The heat got to me and I kinda expected it coming from winter back in the southern hemisphere! Overall it was pretty good today but there were small disappointments. In the second race my mind knew what to do but my body wouldn’t follow; I was sitting down too early, standing up too late and was too far back on the bike and didn’t have the power. However I did my best and I think I was respectable. I believe Germany will be better.”
"It was a so-so GP for me. I got 2-2 but Herlings was fast all weekend to clinch the title. We gave our best and I'm not disappointed with my season, but I couldn't look at the championship celebrations. Now it's time to regroup and head for Germany in a fortnight looking for a win to end the GP season."
“The whole experience this weekend is a bit indescribable really. Winning a championship is something I dreamed of since I was a young kid. The key race was a bit nerve-wracking for me because I was pulling away at the front and lost my rear brake with six laps to go. I had to play the game differently and focus on bringing the bike home. As soon as I got to the line and turned right to see everyone there I think it was the best feeling I’ve ever had in motocross. I also wanted to take the overall win and had my work cut-out when I saw how wet the track was Sunday morning. I took another holeshot and was leading when I went down briefly. I had the gold number plate on my bike and I thought ‘I cannot be in second place with this’. I worked hard to take the win.”
“I’m so happy for this victory and I want to thank everyone. Michele Rinaldi and his staff for a great coordination for getting me here, Yamaha, Monster and Yamaha USA that have helped me with everything. I came here to win…and I did it! It has been such a fantastic year.”
“In the first race I had good speed in the beginning but then had a bit of arm-pump. I got the rhythm back by the end and pushed back up to fourth. I almost passed Van Horebeek for third. In the second I had a really bad start but came through to fourth again and was inching towards Van Horebeek when we had a little mishap with the bike. The track was mega yesterday but today it was overwatered way too much. The whole thing was flattened and it was wide-open everywhere and it was hard to make any difference. Despite that I have to say it was pretty enjoyable.”
“It was a tough grand prix because I was a bit worried about my leg over the jumps and all those bumps. To finish fifth overall in the circumstances is not too bad. I struggled to find a rhythm so I was nowhere near my best but the results could have been worse. My knee was already feeling better after I twisted it on Wednesday so I’m sure next week there will be more improvement and we’ll be in good shape for Teutschenthal.”
“I’m still not right and it’s very disappointing. Basically the year finishes for me here. My plan was to come back to Europe and fight my way through two events and then be back to a good way for the final two but it has not worked out like that. I just have to close the season now and work towards a good winter.”
“It’s good mentally to get some good results, and I’m happy with the second moto. In the first race my start was pretty bad and later I twisted my ankle; I had quite a lot of pain but I still managed to get a tenth position. Between the two motos I worked with Jacky Vimond on the lines, and we strapped up my ankle; I was about tenth at the start, but I had a better feeling with the track and set some good lap times to move forward to sixth. Of course the thoughts of the entire team were with Dylan today, it’s always tough to have a bad injury and let’s hope that he will come back next year even stronger.”
“It was a very difficult GP. The track was OK with many lines but I don’t know why everybody kept taking the same ones! For this reason it was too difficult to pass and probably most of the riders finished in the same position that they started. The first race was not good, I tried to push but I was tired at the end. In the second race I went hard from the beginning but the last two laps were too much for me. Finishing eleventh is not so great but I am still sixth in the championship and that’s a good point. I’ll try to do my best in Teutschenthal and finish the job.”
“The weekend was pretty good, yesterday I finished ninth so I had a good gate pick for today. In the first race I had a very good start and I was fifth, riding well and I feeling also really good on the bike. But when I was coming down a hill I hurt my bad wrist. I felt a bit strange and it was really hard to hold on, so for the last fifteen minutes I was struggling a lot. In the second race I nearly got the holeshot and I managed to ride well in the first lap, but in the beginning of the second one I buried the front a little bit and I dropped down to thirteenth. I found my rhythm again and I was riding really good but in the last seven laps I got tired. Each race I feel like I am improving; I just need to put my fitness back together because my speed has been up there this weekend.”
“The team called me on Thursday, and I only tested the bike for one hour on Friday. Since I left the GPs I have been practicing at home on a 450 Kawasaki, but it didn’t take me too much time to get used to this 250 during the training sessions. I had two good starts and then was happy to battle with Tonus and Nicholls in both races; the last ten minutes were pretty rough as my last race was two months ago in Belgium, but this GP was a great experience and I will be stronger physically in two weeks for the GP of Germany.”
“In the first moto I had a pretty good start but then touched with Desalle and broke the brake lever. I had to stop in the pitlane, I was in there for quite a long time and in the end the race just dropped away. I was around sixteenth in the second start for the second moto, but luckily I could make up some ground early on. After that things didn’t go so well, I found it hard to find a good rhythm so I dropped back. I was stuck behind Coppins for a long time and in the end I came 14th.”
“My start in the first moto was not so good, but I recovered to second, very close to Lacan, and it was a great boost as I had missed several rounds of the series due to injury. The start in the second race was similar but again I came back through the field to third and that earn the second place overall. That’s a great reward for the team Bud racing who is behind me, but also for my trainer who helped me to be stronger this season; we’ve worked hard to reach another level.