Team France, with their three riders Gautier Paulin from Team HRC and his teammates Romain Febvre and Benoit Paturel, took a third successive Motocross of Nations victory today by the tightest of margins.
In his opening race in the Open class, Paulin finished third on his CRF450RW, and backed up by a win and fourth too, it was enough to clinch a third crown for the French squad by just a single point over Team Netherlands. Nipping at their heels too were Team USA, just a further three points adrift.
In the opening race, Evgeny Bobryshev also delivered a strong performance on number 36 machine to be running fifth and fighting with Gautier for the top three, but a small crash at the halfway mark interrupted his progress.
In their second Open class race, both Paulin and Bobryshev emerged from the first corner melee in the middle of the pack, but set about fighting back strongly. As the laps counted down, the pair made swift progress towards the top ten, and although Paulin remained 11th Bobryshev continued to fight his way to sixth, setting the second fastest lap, to help Team Russia to eleventh overall.
Today was also occasion to pay tribute to the greats of the sport with a Legends’ Parade lap, featuring the 1986 Team USA Nations winners David Bailey, Rick Johnson and Johnny O’Mara, whose Honda machines were on display all weekend, and the likes of Honda World Champions Jean-Michel Bayle and David Thorpe who took to the track on period-branded Honda CRFs.
Bold denotes a team with at least one Honda rider
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