It was a positive day for Team HRC in Italy today as Evgeny Bobryshev took his first premier class qualifying race victory a clean sweep of the timesheets, going fastest in all sessions.
Both he and Gautier Paulin spent the entirety of the qualifying race in the top four, for most of it separated by just metres. After an action-packed last few laps in which the lead changed three times, Bobryshev emerged to take his first and Team HRC’s fifth premier class qualifying victory.
Paulin, who had been running second and chasing down World Champion Antonio Cairoli for the lead, made a small mistake with five minutes to go, losing the front on the slippery track. On the same lap, Cairoli made a similar mistake and also went down, promoting Ryan Villopoto to the lead, which he too crashed out of soon after.
Whilst Bobryshev remained consistent to take the flag in the lead, Paulin recovered to third to make it the first time that Team HRC has had both riders on the podium in MXGP qualifying.