Gautier Paulin capitalised on his qualifying performance yesterday to seal third place overall today in Qatar, getting his season with Team HRC off to a strong start with a podium from his first Grand Prix riding the Honda CRF450RW.

Taking a fourth place in race one, Gautier then leapt into second position from the start of race two. In a race-long battle with Clement Desalle and Antonio Cairoli, the Frenchman fought hard to hold third place at the line, guaranteeing him third spot overall.

Evgeny Bobryshev returned to Grand Prix action today for the first time since the Italian GP in June last year, and recorded an eighth and a ninth to finish in eighth overall. Happy to be back, the result lays a strong foundation from which he can build now he’s back to race fitness.

Roger Harvey

HRC General Manager - MXGP

“Our target for this year is to be on the podium at each race, so I’m happy with what we achieved today. Gautier rode a very controlled race and really used his head, especially when he was under a bit of pressure. Bobby hasn’t been riding for so many months so the results are not so bad. He managed the race well, and though he just ended up in the middle of nowhere racing nobody, he’s two reasonable results under his belt to start the season.

“It’s been a good day’s racing, so in general, we’re pleased. It’s all about making sure we get in solid results now so we’re in a position to attack later this year. There has obviously been one or two changes to the team since last year, but at the first Grand Prix here everyone’s working very well together. The riders have been helped tremendously by JMB and on the mechanical side the team have done a great job, so I’m pleased with where we are.”

Gautier Paulin 21

4th, 3rd 3rd overall

“It’s the first race in the World Championship for me with Team HRC so I’m really happy to start the season like this, and it’s always good to be on the box. We’re not at the top, but the season is long so it’s already good to be in third place. For sure you always want better but it’s been a very smooth first grand prix. I’m really happy to work with my crew. We improve every time I go on the bike so we’re in good shape.”

Evgeny Bobryshev 777

8th, 9th 8th overall

“It’s been a long time since I’ve raced like this so it’s good to be back for sure. I now have to build it up. We have lots of races so I just want to be consistent, stay positive and build from here now that I’m back.

“In the beginning it was difficult because I was fighting in the middle and the front group already pulled away so when I got the space I was alone in the middle so it’s difficult to find the right speed. It could be better for sure but I have to be happy. Yesterday I had problems with the stone in the brake so I had last gate pick and was right on the outside of the first corner so to finish 9 and 8 is ok. Overall I’m really happy with the bike, it’s all working really good so thanks to the team who have done a great job.”

MXGP 2015
Race Round 1   Qatar

Race one

Dry
Air Temp
19°C
Track Cond
Ruts
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Nagl Max 12 GER 25 Red Bull IceOne Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 34:52.985
2 Desalle Clement 25 BEL 22 Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MXGP Suzuki +1.221
3 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA 20 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +17.329
4 Paulin Gautier 21 FRA 18 Team HRC - MXGP Honda +24.809
5 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 16 Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +34.810
6 Febvre Romain 461 FRA 15 Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +42.395
7 Simpson Shaun 24 GBR 14 Hitachi Construction Machinery Revo KTM KTM +47.295
8 Bobryshev Evgeny 777 RUS 13 Team HRC - MXGP Honda +56.052
9 Villopoto Ryan 2 USA 12 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +59.609
10 Philippaerts David 19 ITA 11 DP19 Racing Yamaha +1:03.179
11 Frossard Steven 183 FRA 10 Wilvo Forkrent KTM KTM +1:07.347
12 Strijbos Kevin 22 BEL 9 Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MXGP Suzuki +1:09.114
13 Guarneri Davide 39 ITA 8 TM Racing Factory Team TM +1:10.638
14 Butron Jose 17 SPA 7 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +1:11.962
15 Waters Todd 47 AUS 6 Red Bull IceOne Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1:12.855
16 Searle Tommy 100 GBR 5 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1:37.678
17 Rattray Tyla 28 RSA 4 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +1:40.068
18 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 3 Team Suzuki Europe Motocross Suzuki +1:47.302
19 De Dycker Ken 9 BEL 2 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1:53.060
20 Charlier Christophe 23 FRA 1 24MX Lucas Oil Honda Honda +1:56.702
21 Goncalves Rui 999 POR 0 MX Racing Team Husqvarna -1 lap
22 Bengtsson Filip 11 SWE 0 24MX Lucas Oil Honda Honda -1 lap
23 Ferris Dean 111 AUS 0 Wilvo Nestaan Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna -1 lap
24 Shipton Jake James 731 GBR 0 Wildcard Rider KTM -1 lap
25 Lupino Alessandro 77 ITA 0 Team Honda Red Moto Assomotor Honda -1 lap
26 Yamamoto Kei 400 JPN 0 Team Honda Red Moto Assomotor Honda -1 lap
MXGP 2015
Race Round 1   Qatar

Race two

Dry
Air Temp
19°C
Track Cond
Ruts
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Nagl Max 12 GER 25 Red Bull IceOne Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 35:00.295
2 Desalle Clement 25 BEL 22 Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MXGP Suzuki +6.023
3 Paulin Gautier 21 FRA 20 Team HRC - MXGP Honda +8.752
4 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA 18 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +12.787
5 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 16 Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +17.740
6 Strijbos Kevin 22 BEL 15 Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MXGP Suzuki +24.676
7 Febvre Romain 461 FRA 14 Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +36.357
8 Villopoto Ryan 2 USA 13 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +40.816
9 Bobryshev Evgeny 777 RUS 12 Team HRC - MXGP Honda +1:03.589
10 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 11 Team Suzuki Europe Motocross Suzuki +1:07.182
11 Butron Jose 17 SPA 10 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +1:11.081
12 Guarneri Davide 39 ITA 9 TM Racing Factory Team TM +1:18.154
13 Waters Todd 47 AUS 8 Red Bull IceOne Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1:19.054
14 Simpson Shaun 24 GBR 7 Hitachi Construction Machinery Revo KTM KTM +1:24.312
15 De Dycker Ken 9 BEL 6 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1:31.028
16 Rattray Tyla 28 RSA 5 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +1:38.714
17 Ferris Dean 111 AUS 4 Wilvo Nestaan Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +2:09.010
18 Goncalves Rui 999 POR 3 MX Racing Team Husqvarna -1 lap
19 Charlier Christophe 23 FRA 2 24MX Lucas Oil Honda Honda -1 lap
20 Bengtsson Filip 11 SWE 1 24MX Lucas Oil Honda Honda -1 lap
21 Lupino Alessandro 77 ITA 0 Team Honda Red Moto Assomotor Honda -1 lap
22 Shipton Jake James 731 GBR 0 Wildcard Rider KTM -1 lap
23 Yamamoto Kei 400 JPN 0 Team Honda Red Moto Assomotor Honda -1 lap
Location Information

Losail International Circuit, Al Daayen, Qatar - View in Google Maps