Frenchman Gautier Paulin finished today’s MXGP of the Netherlands in fourth place overall just ahead of teammate Evgeny Bobryshev, but the results don’t tell the full story.

In the first race, the Team HRC pairing spent most of the 30minutes running together. By midway round the first lap, Bobby was in second and Gautier third, and just five minutes in, Bobby took the lead with the #21 rider following him through to make a Honda 1-2. As a battle with Shaun Simpson, the top three were shaken up and the flag dropped with Gautier second and Bobby third, both having been strongly in contention for the victory.

Race two got off to a similar start for Bobby as he powered his way into the top three from the start, and then with stunning pace on Assen’s soft sand moved himself into the lead on the opening lap and built himself a cushion of over eight seconds. Gautier didn’t enjoy as good a start and, having been close to the edge in the first corner melee, found himself in thirteenth.

As the race unfolded, the Team HRC pairing found themselves closer together though, as Gautier climbed through the field to an eventual fourth, whilst Bobby was left ruing a couple of mistakes and a crash that robbed him of a race he surely could have won and demoted him to fifth at the flag.

Twenty five thousand fans turned out to watch the spectacle that is MXGP today for the inaugural MXGP of the Netherlands in Assen. They filled the grandstands of the TT Circuit to witness how 250,000m3 of sand had transformed the road racing circuit into a world-class motocross track.

The MXGP of the Netherlands was also the final European round of the 2015 MXGP season, and now only two Grands Prix remain – a back-to-back pairing of overseas races in Mexico and the USA in two weeks.

Roger Harvey

HRC General Manager - MXGP

“In general it was a good day today. Both Bobby and Gautier showed good speed, enough to win, and Bobby’s speed in race two especially was quite amazing, but then a small mistake cost him. Really we should have been on podium today, but it was a good weekend in general to consolidate second and third in the championship. It was a difficult track and a difficult day for everyone. It’s a unique track for the grand prix series, and the grandstands filled so the atmosphere was great and I think it worked really well.”

Gautier Paulin 21

2nd, 4th 4th overall

“It is not a bad weekend. It’s a transition weekend as it's now six weeks since I hurt my knee and with this week off I can start training like normal again to be strong in Mexico and Glen Helen too. In the first moto I could have won it as I had that feeling. I had a good battle with Shaun and I was in the lead but then I had a problem with lappers and he passed me. Then we had a good rhythm, but two laps to go I made a small mistake so I finished second. In the second moto I had a really bad start and I was close to crashing in the first corner and the second corner too. I was really far away from the front, and then on this track even if it’s sandy it’s really hard to pass, first because it was tight and second because it was sandy.”

Evgeny Bobryshev 777

3rd, 5th 5th overall

“I had a good weekend to be honest. I was keeping third place until the end in the first moto and I was happy with that. For the second race I had a really good start and kept it wide open into the first corner and came out third. Then I was leading for ten laps until Febvre passed me, and then I made a few mistakes which cost me a win in this race. So for sure in that way I’m frustrated, but in the other way I had the speed, I got more good points and I go home healthy. I had many fans coming over here and friends from Russia so I had a lot of support. It was my GP and I was feeling for it, but we’ve still two races to go.”

MXGP 2015
Race Round 16   Netherlands

Race one

Sunny
Air Temp
22°C
Track Cond
Soft Sand
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Simpson Shaun 24 GBR 25 Hitachi Construction Machinery Revo KTM KTM 34:06.986
2 Paulin Gautier 21 FRA 22 Team HRC - MXGP Honda +7.820
3 Bobryshev Evgeny 777 RUS 20 Team HRC - MXGP Honda +17.408
4 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 18 Team Suzuki Europe Motocross Suzuki +21.124
5 Febvre Romain 461 FRA 16 Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +27.726
6 Nagl Max 12 GER 15 Red Bull IceOne Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +33.041
7 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 14 Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +50.954
8 Ferris Dean 111 AUS 13 Wilvo Nestaan Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +56.817
9 Waters Todd 47 AUS 12 Red Bull IceOne Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1:04.682
10 Rattray Tyla 28 RSA 11 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +1:27.079
11 Bengtsson Filip 11 SWE 10 24MX Lucas Oil Honda Honda +1:30.722
12 Watson Ben 919 GBR 9 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +1:32.619
13 Guarneri Davide 39 ITA 8 TM Racing Factory Team TM +1:35.252
14 Butron Jose 17 SPA 7 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +1:36.739
15 Dewulf Jeffrey 212 BEL 6 Wildcard Rider Yamaha +1 lap
16 Heidecke Angus 156 GER 5 Wildcard Rider KTM +1 lap
17 Delince Jeremy 926 BEL 4 Wildcard Rider Honda +1 lap
18 Goncalves Rui 999 POR 3 MX Racing Team Husqvarna +2 laps
19 Larsen Nikolaj 249 DEN 2 Wildcard Rider KTM +2 laps
20 Gijsbertsen Mike 13 NDL 1 Wildcard Rider Kawasaki +2 laps
21 Gercar Klemen 62 SLO 0 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna +2 laps
22 Yamamoto Kei 400 JPN 0 Team Honda Red Moto Assomotor Honda +3 laps
23 Boulard Bryan 474 BEL 0 Wildcard Rider Honda +3 laps
24 Edmonds Stuart 167 IRE 0 Wildcard Rider Honda +7 laps
25 Wouts Kevin 185 BEL 0 Wildcard Rider KTM +11 laps
26 Engle Kyle 287 USA 0 Wildcard Rider Suzuki +12 laps
27 Macler Ludovic 952 FRA 0 Wildcard Rider Suzuki +16 laps
28 Philippaerts David 19 ITA 0 DP19 Racing Yamaha DNS
29 Charlier Christophe 23 FRA 0 24MX Lucas Oil Honda Honda DNS
MXGP 2015
Race Round 16   Netherlands

Race two

Sunny
Air Temp
22°C
Track Cond
Soft Sand
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Febvre Romain 461 FRA 25 Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 33:54.650
2 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 22 Team Suzuki Europe Motocross Suzuki +8.684
3 Simpson Shaun 24 GBR 20 Hitachi Construction Machinery Revo KTM KTM +15.773
4 Paulin Gautier 21 FRA 18 Team HRC - MXGP Honda +20.569
5 Bobryshev Evgeny 777 RUS 16 Team HRC - MXGP Honda +24.983
6 Nagl Max 12 GER 15 Red Bull IceOne Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +26.774
7 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 14 Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +41.941
8 Butron Jose 17 SPA 13 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +1:21.248
9 Waters Todd 47 AUS 12 Red Bull IceOne Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1:25.816
10 Dewulf Jeffrey 212 BEL 11 Wildcard Rider Yamaha +1:30.051
11 Ferris Dean 111 AUS 10 Wilvo Nestaan Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1:35.858
12 Watson Ben 919 GBR 9 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +1:44.424
13 Heidecke Angus 156 GER 8 Wildcard Rider KTM +1 lap
14 Wouts Kevin 185 BEL 7 Wildcard Rider KTM +1 lap
15 Guarneri Davide 39 ITA 6 TM Racing Factory Team TM +1 lap
16 Delince Jeremy 926 BEL 5 Wildcard Rider Honda +1 lap
17 Bengtsson Filip 11 SWE 4 24MX Lucas Oil Honda Honda +1 lap
18 Goncalves Rui 999 POR 3 MX Racing Team Husqvarna +1 lap
19 Edmonds Stuart 167 IRE 2 Wildcard Rider Honda +2 laps
20 Gijsbertsen Mike 13 NDL 1 Wildcard Rider Kawasaki +2 laps
21 Larsen Nikolaj 249 DEN 0 Wildcard Rider KTM +2 laps
22 Gercar Klemen 62 SLO 0 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna +2 laps
23 Yamamoto Kei 400 JPN 0 Team Honda Red Moto Assomotor Honda +2 laps
24 Macler Ludovic 952 FRA 0 Wildcard Rider Suzuki +3 laps
25 Boulard Bryan 474 BEL 0 Wildcard Rider Honda +12 laps
26 Rattray Tyla 28 RSA 0 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +15 laps
27 Engle Kyle 287 USA 0 Wildcard Rider Suzuki +18 laps
28 Philippaerts David 19 ITA 0 DP19 Racing Yamaha DNS
29 Charlier Christophe 23 FRA 0 24MX Lucas Oil Honda Honda DNS
Location Information

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