2012 proved to a tough year for 25-year-old Evgeny Bobryshev, but the Russian star is looking forwards to getting back to racing in 2013.
DID YOU GO HOME TO RUSSIA AFTER THE GP SEASON ENDED? It wasn’t like normal years, as I stayed in Holland leading up to December with my partner Elena after testing in Japan. At the beginning of December we moved to Italy for physical training and I was working hard right up until December 23 on that side of things. I was doing altitude training in the mountains, running and the gym. It was training twice a day, and it was hard for me. We were working with Dr Francesco Pacelli from the University of Padova and Remo Longhin for the altitude training. They totally destroyed me; it was hard work, and I have been with these guys for a few years, so there’s some consistency with what we are doing, which means they know me and what we need to improve.
YOU TESTED YOUR NEW RACE BIKE IN JAPAN BACK IN NOVEMBER, WHAT WAS YOUR INITIAL IMPRESSION OF THE 2013 CRF450? When we started on the bike for the first time it felt easy. We went to a heavy sand track and the feeling was immediately good. The handling and chassis are so good and this is really important in the race on the track. It’s better in the turns and it feels so nice that I have the confidence to put the bike in any place I want. It’s also easy to move around on the bike, so the initial feeling was good.
WHAT DID YOU WORK ON IN TESTING? During the test we worked with every area possible on the bike and we found a good engine and gearbox setup. For me that’s all I want at the moment, but now we are heading towards the start of the season and there are some areas we are refining more with the suspension. To be honest it doesn’t feel like there’s a lot of work to do because it is already good. I am already very happy, and I was really impressed when I put my leg over the bike for the first time.
THE FIRST RACE OF YOUR SEASON IS IN MANTOVA NEXT WEEKEND. WHAT IS YOUR APPROACH TO THIS? For me the weather has to be good. In Mantova it is usually freezing or there is snow. I just want to get to the race and see how things are after practice to decide whether I will push or not. It’s my first shakedown race, but I am a racer so I like to race and win, but this year it has to be a bit different. I learned a lot last year, so I have changed my mind and want to be more consistent. I need to make a good start in the Mantova event and ride my own race, which is what I’ve been training for.
MAX NAGL IS YOUR NEW TEAMMATE, WHAT DO YOU THINK OF HIM? I am really enjoying spending time with Max during training and also socially. He is a good guy, and I have fun with him. We are not rivals while we are training, so things are good, but in the races things may be different. From a personal point of view we get on well. It’s normal because we all work to our goal and he is working hard too, so I respect that.
LAST YEAR YOU HAD A LOT OF INJURIES, IS EVERYTHING HEALED NOW? I wouldn’t say I am completely healed, as the thumb is still big and painful from Valkenswaard last year, but it’s not such a big hindrance riding the bike. I am pretty healthy.
WILL YOU DO ANYTHING DIFFERENT IN 2013? At the moment I feel very good. I feel good physically and on the bike. Psychologically I feel more able than before, but the MX1 field is very strong. I am just really looking forward to giving good results and being consistent. The season is long and you have to be strong race after race. I know I have a tendency to push too hard, but I will make my plans during the race and if I feel good I will push, but if I feel I can’t make the one position more then I try to accept ite. Last year the bike was completely new with little information and we were testing a lot during the races, but I feel we are more prepared in 2013, so that should make me stronger from the start.
WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE FIRST RACE BEING AT NIGHT IN QATAR? I am with my both hands up for racing at night. It is too hot during the day and at night it is cooler, so it’s better to have it at night, because I don’t like the heat. I have never ridden under the lights, so the track will be different, but we have some things to prepare for this. I’m quite excited to go there, as I’ve not been there before.