Evgeny Bobryshev started his 2016 MXGP campaign in fine form under the floodlights of the Losail track in Qatar, finishing second and third in the two races to take third overall in the Grand Prix classification.

Bobby’s ridden strongly throughout these last two days of racing, winning yesterday’s qualifying heat and taking the holeshot in race one aboard the CRF450RW. Only a small crash in race two prevented what would have otherwise been a pair of second places, but nevertheless the Russian lies third in the World Championship standings, tied on points with Romain Febvre in second.

In the second race, it was a Honda 1-2-3 from the start as Gautier Paulin took the holeshot, followed by Bobby and Honda Gariboldi’s Tim Gajser, also on the works CRF450RW.

Whilst the race continued strongly for Bobby and Gajser, Paulin was not so lucky as he was forced to retire whilst running third.

Gajser took the overall victory on his debut in the MXGP class to put two Hondas on the first podium of the 2016 season.

Evgeny Bobryshev

Evgeny Bobryshev 777

2, 3 / 3rd overall

“We did a good job today and I'm really happy to start the season like this on the podium. The first race was pretty easy for me in second, but in the second race I had a small crash when I hit a stone that I didn’t see, but I came back to third place which I’m happy with. It’s a long season and this is just the first race but I’m happy with this weekend and feeling good. We’ve worked hard with Honda and HRC to put a good bike together over the winter so big thanks to the team that we’re starting this season in this way. I’d also like to say big congratulations to Tim for his win today – he rode really well.”

Team HRC – MXGP
Gautier Paulin

Gautier Paulin 21

10th, DNF / 16th overall

“In the second race my bike stopped today. It shouldn’t happen, but this is now part of my 2016 season. But I never give up. I remember all my training and everything I did and all the work I put in over winter, and I never give up. It’s like this. I can do nothing, except look to the next race.”

Team HRC – MXGP
Roger Harvey

Roger Harvey

HRC General Manager - MXGP

“To start the championship like this is fantastic – it’s been a good weekend overall. The guys are riding well, especially Tim in his MXGP debut, and in the second race it was great to see Hondas in the top three with Gautier getting a great start. Unfortunately he then had the issue which forced him to retire, and which we’re looking into very carefully now to figure out what caused it. A lot of people questioned moving Tim up to the bigger class, but I think we’ve proved our point already today.”

Team HRC – MXGP
GP of Qatar

Losail, Qatar

MXGP 2016, Round 1

Night / 18
Saturday 27 Feb 2016, 21:08 UTC
  • Track Condition: Hard
  • Air Temp: 18°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Tim Gajser 243 SLO 25 Honda Gariboldi Racing Honda 34:07.633
2 Romain Febvre 461 FRA 22 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +8.230
3 Evgeny Bobryshev 777 RUS 20 Team HRC – MXGP Honda +9.952
4 Antonio Cairoli 222 ITA 18 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +10.628
5 Jeremy Van Horebeek 89 BEL 16 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +11.960
6 Max Nagl 12 GER 15 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +14.601
7 Shaun Simpson 24 GBR 14 Wilvo Virus Performance KTM KTM +19.057
8 Tommy Searle 100 GBR 13 Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki Kawasaki +20.221
9 Kevin Strijbos 22 BEL 12 Team Suzuki World MXGP Suzuki +41.741
10 Glenn Coldenhoff 259 NDL 11 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +42.891
11 Ben Townley 8 NZL 10 Team Suzuki World MXGP Suzuki +1:06.509
12 Valentin Guillod 92 SWI 9 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +1:08.264
13 Tanel Leok 40 EST 8 Wildcard Rider Kawasaki +1:09.018
14 Milko Potisek 32 FRA 7 Tip Top MP32 Racing Team Yamaha +1:14.161
15 Jose Butron 17 SPA 6 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +1:18.256
16 Alessandro Lupino 77 ITA 5 Honda Racing Assomotor Honda +1:24.587
17 Christophe Charlier 23 FRA 4 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1:28.740
18 Kei Yamamoto 400 JPN 3 Honda Racing Assomotor Honda +-1 lap
19 Clement Desalle 25 BEL 2 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +53.021
20 Alex Snow 31 GBR 1 iFly JK Racing Yamaha +1:23.591
21 Gautier Paulin 21 FRA 0 Team HRC – MXGP Honda +-18 laps
Night / 18
Saturday 27 Feb 2016, 16:13 UTC
  • Track Condition: Hard
  • Air Temp: 18°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Tim Gajser 243 SLO 25 Honda Gariboldi Racing Honda 33:56.516
2 Evgeny Bobryshev 777 RUS 22 Team HRC – MXGP Honda +7.507
3 Romain Febvre 461 FRA 20 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +19.644
4 Jeremy Van Horebeek 89 BEL 18 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +23.148
5 Shaun Simpson 24 GBR 16 Wilvo Virus Performance KTM KTM +27.015
6 Antonio Cairoli 222 ITA 15 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +29.383
7 Glenn Coldenhoff 259 NDL 14 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +30.886
8 Kevin Strijbos 22 BEL 13 Team Suzuki World MXGP Suzuki +32.227
9 Tommy Searle 100 GBR 12 Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki Kawasaki +33.672
10 Gautier Paulin 21 FRA 11 Team HRC – MXGP Honda +35.336
11 Ben Townley 8 NZL 10 Team Suzuki World MXGP Suzuki +38.183
12 Max Nagl 12 GER 9 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +40.398
13 Jose Butron 17 SPA 8 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +58.882
14 Valentin Guillod 92 SWI 7 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +59.204
15 Milko Potisek 32 FRA 6 Tip Top MP32 Racing Team Yamaha +1:20.303
16 Tanel Leok 40 EST 5 Wildcard Rider Kawasaki +1:22.623
17 Christophe Charlier 23 FRA 4 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1:42.385
18 Alessandro Lupino 77 ITA 3 Honda Racing Assomotor Honda +-1 lap
19 Kei Yamamoto 400 JPN 2 Honda Racing Assomotor Honda +7.945
20 Clement Desalle 25 BEL 1 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +-5 laps
Night / 18
Friday 26 Feb 2016, 22:09 UTC
  • Track Condition: Hard
  • Air Temp: 18°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Evgeny Bobryshev 777 RUS Team HRC – MXGP Honda 24:54.670
2 Tim Gajser 243 SLO Honda Gariboldi Racing Honda ++1.814
3 Romain Febvre 461 FRA Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha ++6.734
4 Antonio Cairoli 222 ITA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM ++16.642
5 Glenn Coldenhoff 259 NDL Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM ++19.578
6 Gautier Paulin 21 FRA Team HRC – MXGP Honda ++24.719
7 Max Nagl 12 GER Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna ++26.985
8 Shaun Simpson 24 GBR Wilvo Virus Performance KTM KTM ++28.083
9 Tommy Searle 100 GBR Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki Kawasaki ++29.186
10 Kevin Strijbos 22 BEL Team Suzuki World MXGP Suzuki ++30.329
11 Jeremy Van Horebeek 89 BEL Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha ++39.504
12 Valentin Guillod 92 SWI Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha ++40.586
13 Jose Butron 17 SPA Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM ++43.419
14 Alessandro Lupino 77 ITA Honda Racing Assomotor Honda ++59.196
15 Tanel Leok 40 EST Wildcard Rider Kawasaki ++1:00.165
16 Milko Potisek 32 FRA Tip Top MP32 Racing Team Yamaha ++1:08.852
17 Ben Townley 8 NZL Team Suzuki World MXGP Suzuki ++1:25.015
18 Christophe Charlier 23 FRA Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna ++1:31.096
19 Alex Snow 31 GBR iFly JK Racing Yamaha ++1:34.825
20 Kei Yamamoto 400 JPN Honda Racing Assomotor Honda ++1:55.131
21 Clement Desalle 25 BEL Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +-11 laps
Rider Standings
Saturday, 27 Feb 2016 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Tim GAJSER 243 SLO 50 Honda Gariboldi Racing Honda
2 Romain FEBVRE 461 FRA 42 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
3 Evgeny BOBRYSHEV 777 RUS 42 Team HRC – MXGP Honda
4 Jeremy VAN HOREBEEK 89 BEL 34 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
5 Antonio CAIROLI 222 ITA 33 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
6 Shaun SIMPSON 24 GBR 30 Wilvo Virus Performance KTM KTM
7 Tommy SEARLE 100 GBR 25 Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki Kawasaki
8 Kevin STRIJBOS 22 BEL 25 Team Suzuki World MXGP Suzuki
9 Glenn COLDENHOFF 259 NDL 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
10 Max NAGL 12 GER 24 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
11 Ben TOWNLEY 8 NZL 20 Team Suzuki World MXGP Suzuki
12 Valentin GUILLOD 92 SWI 16 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha
13 Jose BUTRON 17 SPA 14 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM
14 Tanel LEOK 40 EST 13 Wildcard Rider Kawasaki
15 Milko POTISEK 32 FRA 13 Tip Top MP32 Racing Team Yamaha
16 Gautier PAULIN 21 FRA 11 Team HRC – MXGP Honda
17 Alessandro LUPINO 77 ITA 8 Honda Racing Assomotor Honda
18 Christophe CHARLIER 23 FRA 8 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
19 Kei YAMAMOTO 400 JPN 5 Honda Racing Assomotor Honda
20 Clement DESALLE 25 BEL 3 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki
21 Alex SNOW 31 GBR 1 iFly JK Racing Yamaha