Evgeny Bobryshev took his second qualifying race win of the season in France today as, up until the last lap, Team HRC dominated the opening day at St Jean d’Angely.
From the start, it was home hero Gautier Paulin who quickly established himself as the pacesetter, climbing his way from fourth to take the lead at just under one-third distance.
Bobryshev recovered from a start that saw him slot into 12 by turn two, and fought through the pack with remarkable ease, setting the fastest lap in the process.
Chasing his teammate, it was a Honda 1-2 for much of the second half of the race as the CRF450RWs proved the bike to beat. Just as it looked like a foregone conclusion, Paulin crashed out of the lead in a big way on the final lap, at the bottom of one of the very fast downhill sections.
He was able to pick himself up and walk away, but sustained a cut just above his right eye which required stitches. After checks at the track’s medical facilities, he was released and will rest tonight. Only in the morning will it be clear whether he will ride in tomorrow’s two races or not.
|1||Bobryshev Evgeny||777||RUS||Team HRC - MXGP||Honda||24:04.326|
|2||Febvre Romain||461||FRA||Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team||Yamaha||+2.788|
|3||Guillod Valentin||92||SWI||Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team||Yamaha||+3.991|
|4||Desalle Clement||25||BEL||Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing||Kawasaki||+6.369|
|5||Nagl Max||12||GER||Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing||Husqvarna||+7.664|
|6||Van Horebeek Jeremy||89||BEL||Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team||Yamaha||+13.479|
|7||Cairoli Antonio||222||ITA||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||+17.407|
|8||Searle Tommy||100||GBR||Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki||Kawasaki||+22.180|
|9||Tixier Jordi||911||FRA||Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing||Kawasaki||+28.311|
|10||Coldenhoff Glenn||259||NDL||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||+31.511|
|11||Ullrich Dennis||149||GER||KTM Sarholz||KTM||+32.582|
|12||Teillet Valentin||737||FRA||Wildcard Rider||Kawasaki||+15.750|
|13||Gajser Tim||243||SLO||Honda Gariboldi||Honda||+36.585|
|14||Potisek Milko||32||FRA||Tip Top MP32 Racing Team||Yamaha||+38.509|
|15||Nicholls Jake||45||GBR||Hitachi Construction Machinery Revo KTM||Husqvarna||+53.706|
|16||Graulus Damon||71||BEL||24MX Lucas Oil Honda||Honda||+1:00.364|
|17||Butron Jose||17||SPA||Marchetti Racing Team KTM||KTM||+1:00.447|
|18||Goncalves Rui||999||POR||NewHolland 8biano Massignani Husqvarna||Husqvarna||+1:05.607|
|19||Boog Xavier||121||FRA||BUD Racing Monster Energy Kawasaki||Kawasaki||+1:06.813|
|20||Kullas Harri||151||FIN||KTM Sarholz||KTM||+1:07.962|