Gautier Paulin finished the qualifying race for the MXGP of the Netherlands in eighth place today, climbing his way from 11th at the start on Assen’s soft sand.

The track was made particularly tricky by the soft nature of the sand, which soon became rutted, as well as being remarkably slippery, and caught many riders out. Consequently, overtaking was tough and a multitude of crashes throughout the field brought out yellow flags which also interrupted the flow.

Evgeny Bobryshev was one of those riders to get caught out, suffering two crashes that demoted the Russian from 10th to 19th. As he started to climb his way through the field, his progress was halted as he pitted to allow the team to investigate what he thought was possibly crash-related damage.

Gautier Paulin 21

8th

“It was a difficult race because it was hard to get into any flow with the traffic and because I was behind many crashes, and flow is exactly what you need around this track. On the second corner from the start one rider cut the corner and nearly hit me so I had to shut off, and then I got swamped through the waves because I had to build up my momentum again. I only got a few laps that were my own, without traffic, and it’s difficult to pass here so for the start tomorrow will be really important to get out of gate and keep the flow into the first wave section.”

Evgeny Bobryshev 777

DNF

“The track was tough today but actually I was feeling ok and pushing on, coming up to tenth. Then unfortunately I had a couple of crashes which put me down the order. It was hard to overtake because of the ruts and the soft sand, but still I could come up to 14th. Then I felt something strange and I wasn’t sure if something had got damaged in the crashes so I came into the pits for the team to check everything. It’s a shame because we now have a big job tomorrow to come from the outside at the start, and knowing that passing will be hard, but we’ll come back out fighting.”

Roger Harvey

HRC General Manager - MXGP

“To be honest today isn’t where we want to be after qualifying, but we keep positive and keep pushing because tomorrow is when the points are on the table. Both Bobby and Gautier were making solid progress until Bobby’s crashes which give him a lot of work to do tomorrow, but we know he’s strong at coming through the field in the opening corners when he’s at the back of the pack, so we look forward to seeing what tomorrow brings.”

MXGP 2016
Qualifying Round 16   Netherlands

Results Session

Sunny
Air Temp
24°C
Track Cond
Soft Sand
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 24:04.630
2 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +14.120
3 Desalle Clement 25 BEL Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +14.777
4 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +22.430
5 Tixier Jordi 911 FRA Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +30.784
6 Leok Tanel 7 EST Wildcard Rider KTM +34.839
7 Gajser Tim 243 SLO Honda Gariboldi Honda +35.474
8 Paulin Gautier 21 FRA Team HRC - MXGP Honda +42.625
9 Simpson Shaun 24 GBR Wilvo Virus Performance KTM KTM +44.463
10 Butron Jose 17 SPA Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +52.965
11 Strijbos Kevin 22 BEL Team Suzuki World MXGP Suzuki +54.819
12 Goncalves Rui 999 POR NewHolland 8biano Massignani Husqvarna Husqvarna +1:04.455
13 Nagl Max 12 GER Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1:05.025
14 Graulus Damon 71 BEL 24MX Lucas Oil Honda Honda +1:08.025
15 Satink Rick 941 NDL Wildcard Rider Husqvarna +1:12.638
16 Guillod Valentin 92 SWI Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +1:14.450
17 Lupino Alessandro 77 ITA Team Honda Red Moto Assomotor Honda +1:14.523
18 Kullas Harri 151 FIN KTM Sarholz KTM +1:16.903
19 Searle Tommy 100 GBR Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki Kawasaki +1:39.532
20 Wouts Kevin 185 BEL Wildcard Rider KTM +2:10.410
Location Information

Assen, The Netherlands - View in Google Maps