Josef Dobes in top five
RaceYamaha factory supported rider Luigi Seguy and privateer Josef Dobes fought hard on a very difficult and hot Gorna Rositza circuit in Sevlievo, Bulgaria today. Yamaha JK racing team rider Seguy once again struggled with his ongoing knee injury, yet despite many large jumps around the circuit and a lot of pain on the hard landings the Frenchman battled through for a very credible eight place. With this result Seguy is back in the championship top ten.
Josef Dobes was the best Yamaha today with a fifth position finish, his best so far this year. Double world champion and veteran rider Alex Puzar won the GP in front of Philippe Dupasquier and upcoming talent Ben Townley.
Mark De Reuver did not race in Bulgaria due to an injured ankle.
Luigi Seguy confirmed the ongoing predicament with his left knee; Some days I wake up and its okay, others I have big problems. Its difficult to have an operation while I am still competitive and fighting for my top ten place.
The Grand Prix of Bulgaria proved to be a day of pain as Seguy felt his knee giving trouble early on Sunday morning. A bad start in the 125cc race was not making matters any better for the 26-year-old.
I was in around 15th place, Seguy said. Then worked my way into tenth on lap one. From there I just had to fight hard for anything. I like this track very much, although when youre a long way back you can forget catching the front guys. Its very quick and many riders have good speed here.
Once Seguy could find a better rhythm he moved into eight place, however this would be the end of his rise through the field. In the early laps I lost some places to riders, Seguy said. First Billy Mackenzie passed me, then Marco Dorsch. I really tried to push hard and could get past Mackenzie to move into my final eight place.
The 19-year-old Czech Republic rider Josef Dobes bolted out of the start in the top ten and by the end of the first lap was in fifth place. Continuing on from his good results in Italy (sixth) the teenager clocked super quick laps on the Yamaha, finally finishing in one better in fifth, some three seconds behind fourth placed Stephen Sword and 12 seconds off a podium place.