Team HRC’s Gautier Paulin and Evgeny Bobryshev finished today’s Grand Prix of Argentina in fifth and eighth places overall respectively, but the numbers don’t tell the whole story.
Light drizzle fell at the start of the opening race and for the opening few laps, but did little more than dampen the track. Bobryshev emerged strongly from turn one in third, and despite slipping to eighth at one point the resurgent Russian finished fifth – his best result since the Italian GP in June last year, just before the injury in the second race of that GP that ruled him out for the rest of the season.
Paulin emerged from the first few corners in 16th, then set about clawing his way back through the field. He climbed to sixth before a crash demoted him to 9th, but he fought back to sixth once again.
Race two started similarly, with Bobby in third and Paulin 16th, but whilst Gautier crossed the line seventh to claim fifth overall, lying fifth in the World Championship, a crash on lap one and the resultant finger injury ruled Bobby out of another strong finish as he had to claw his way back to tenth. Nevertheless, as he continues to re-find his form it’s his strongest showing since breaking his tibia and fibula mid-way through last season in Italy.