Monday, November 1


Date: 29/10/2010

Honda Racing MX1 rider Evgeny Bobryshev recently donned his leathers to try out a bit of road racing aboard Honda’s flagship sports models, the CBR600RR and CBR1000RR at Ron Haslam’s Race School, Silverstone.

The day comprised a morning’s group instruction on board the track-spec CBR600RR before stepping up to the CBR1000RR for one to one instruction with lap time and on-board telemetry analysis. When asked how he felt about stepping up to the 1000cc machine after a morning on the 600, Bobby replied “the 600 is more than enough, I am not sure that I need more power but hey, I will give it a go anyway”.

On the CBR1000RR at the Silverstone International Circuit, if you can post below 1:20min lap times you are considered in the top tier of quick riders (bearing in mind that Ron himself can do a 1:12.5). Bobby was consistently banging in 1:19s throughout the afternoon session to prove that...if you can ride a bike quick, then you can ride a bike quick...whatever the surface!

Russian born Evgeny Bobryshev is not entirely new to road racing. He was Russian 125cc Champion in 2004 before making the switch to off-road. “I was once smoked by Mika Kallio in a race and that made me think that I should focus more on riding on dirt” he explained. As it turns out, Mika Kallio was actually in a different class in that race and was on superior machinery. Nonetheless the decision had been made and who can say that it was a bad one.

Bobryshev has had an amazing debut season in the MX1 World Championship. He has been challenging for podium positions on regular occasions and has established himself as one of the potential front runners of the series. He has also recently won the the ProSX1 race at the Belfast Supercross to cap off the 2010 season. In 2011 he will be looking to add consistency to his flashes of pure speed. Maybe he can apply some of the techniques learned on tarmac to his off-road riding. If not, he does have a job offer on the table as an Instructor at the Ron Haslam Race School.

“It was an awesome day! The high speeds and cornering took a bit of getting used to but once I got into the flow, I was loving it! I haven’t ridden a road racing machine for over six years so it was all a bit strange at first, to have all of that power was a little scary but huge fun! You know, I might even think about doing a bit of road racing next year” Evgeny Bobryshev.

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