In torrential rain at the Mantova track in northern Italy, Vsevolod Brylyakov, on board his JWR Honda Racing CRF450 helped the Motorcycle Federation of Russia (MFR) to an extremely impressive fourth placed finish, after coming second in his MXGP class with seven-seven results. Team Honda SR Motoblouz rider Benoit Paturel also impressed for a French team that finished fifth.

After great weather for Saturday’s qualifications, the sandy Mantova surface was in prime condition, with France getting second gate-pick, MFR 10th and Germany with fifth, thanks to an awesome ride by Henry Jacobi. His second place finish another example of the good form the JM Honda Racing rider has shown in recent races.

Unfortunately, like previous editions of this prestigious event, rain hit the circuit hard on Sunday and made the three races a battle for survival, with passing at a premium as one fast line was carved into the terrain. That meant the start was extra important and for Brylyakov, two starts around the top 10 gave him the platform to slowly but surely work his way forward. A lot of other riders made mistakes in the slippery conditions but the MFR representative kept things smooth in both races to give the nation their best finish since 1979.

Benoit Paturel also put in two solid results for Team France with his nine-eleven scores counting towards the French total which actually had them leading after the first moto. However, bike problems for other members meant that they never really stood a chance of adding to their five wins in the last seven editions of the Chamberlain Trophy.

After his qualification result Jacobi was hoping to give Germany another strong showing on Sunday, but troubles stopped their national ambition before the JM Honda rider even got on the track. When it was his turn, he once again put in a great race, finishing fifth in moto two.

The Finnish duo of Miro Sihvonen and Emil Weckman helped their country into the A-Final after an epic B-Final which saw Sihvonen take the race win on his JWR Honda. They then backed up that performance by contributing to a creditable 12th overall in the main races.

Next weekend the world championship season resumes at the hard-pack circuit of Teutschenthal in Germany, where all the riders will be hoping for better weather for what will be the 11th round of the season.

Vsevolod Brylyakov

Vsevolod Brylyakov 18

It was an unbelievable day for us, to finish fourth overall. The whole team MFR just did really well in super-tough conditions and it felt amazing to riding up front with the other riders in both races. It was awesome to finish second in the MXGP class with two consistent races and I’m proud to have helped the team achieve such a good result. I missed the last year of racing MXGPs and the level has risen so much in that time, so the goal was to stay on two-wheels and just try and get back up to speed. The team did some changes to the bike coming into the race and it really worked, and hopefully the rest of the season will continue this way and I can show some more good results.

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Gordon Crockard

Gordon Crockard

Honda Off Road Racing Manager

The weekend was littered with a lot of solid performances from Honda riders, with many guys stepping up for their country in this totally unique event. It was great to see Seva Brylyakov riding with speed and consistency in the tough conditions, and this will hopefully give him confidence to finish the season strongly.
It was also nice to see Emil Weckman contribute to the Finland team, helping them into the A-Final and then riding well on his CRF250 against the 450s in his two races. He did this alongside Miro Sihvonen who rode exceptionally to take the B-Final win.
Elsewhere, Henry Jacobi keeps putting in good rides and I’m excited to see him in the next few MXGPs as I strongly believe he can challenge at the front of the field, especially at his home GP next weekend.
Overall, there were a lot of positives to take out of the weekend and that should bode well for the rest of the 2021 world championship season.

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MX of Nations

Mantova, Italy

MX of Nations 2021