For Team HRC factory rider Brian Bogers the Monster Energy Grand Prix of Lombardia last weekend proved to be a pleasant experience. The Dutchman finished in ninth place overall after finishing with a very inconsistent 20-2 score. It was his second race finish that gave him a lot of pleasure after a less than average start to the 2019 season.
Bogers was looking forward to returning to Mantova after the five-week break in the MXGP calendar, as it is circuit that had been kind to him in the past and brought back a lot of happy memories.
“It was good to have a little time away from the races,” Bogers said. “It is a long and tough season, but I still kept working very hard to keep building up my level of fitness and speed. After my second race in Trentino when I got my first top 10, it gave me motivation to continue with what we’ve been doing because I saw that the effort was paying off and we were heading in the right direction. I really looked forward to racing in Mantova. It was at this track that I had my first podium in 250s, so I like the track and I liked riding.”
Overnight rain gave Bogers even more joy as he woke on Sunday morning to a circuit that was covered in water and tough conditions. A big crash in the first corner of the opening race though quickly brought him back down to ground, in more ways than one. His second race runner-up spot however nearly doubled his season points.
“My good day actually started last night when it started raining, so that made the track a bit of a mess but I actually quite like these sorts of conditions. Overall it wasn’t too bad and definitely not as bad as something like Russia a couple of years back, but I knew that I could do well. In the first heat I got a terrible start because I crashed and got stuck under the bike and I couldn’t move until somebody helped me. After that I had to change my goggles and even with that, I ended up 20th. It wasn’t the result I wanted so I was very focused for the second race, especially at the start and that helped me turn the first corner in third place. After a couple of laps, the rider in front of me crashed, so I stayed in second place for the rest of the race. My speed was very good, my fitness was good and I’m just really happy with this result. This whole team do a great job, they support me and keep believing in me and I know with their help I can do this on a normal track too. We are still building, and this is great step in the process.”
Now onto Portugal this weekend, where Bogers will once again fight to stay inside the top ten and climb up the MXGP points standings, where he currently holds down 17th position with 55 points.