Mixed start for Team HRC in Argentina
The opening day of the MXGP of Argentina was a mixed affair for Team HRC, as the promise of Evgeny Bobryshev finishing Timed Practice second fastest ultimately was the highlight of the day, with the Qualifying Race being less fruitful.
Both Bobryshev and Gautier Paulin gave it their best shot on the CRF450RW, and Bobby was running third for the first quarter distance but ultimately the package didn’t have the pace to stay at the front. On the hard yet sandy surface the duo crossed the line in 8th and 7th respectively.
MXGP’s latest brand new track proved a shining example on its debut, with thousands of fans lining the trees that surround the track and many more expected tomorrow for the two races.
“The result for qualifying isn’t where we want to be, that’s for certain, and we should be much better than that. But there’s a number of considerations like altitude that are coming into play, so we just need to work on different things overnight to improve the situation for tomorrow. Tomorrow is race day so that’s when it really counts.”
Gautier Paulin 21
“The track’s really nice – technical with a lot of rhythm and the surface is hard pack and sandy so it’s tricky but it’s fun to ride. The start wasn’t the best but then I had good rhythm. I had some problems with lapped riders, and I made a few mistakes, but we’re not where we want to be here so we need to see what we can do for tomorrow.”
Evgeny Bobryshev 777
“From the start my rear wheel hit a hole on my start gate so it jumped and I lost a bit of drive so everyone else got in front, but then I got through the first corner really well and was third. We have to think what to do with the tyre tomorrow because I'm losing some grip on the straight, and we’re just losing too much time over the other riders. Overall it was ok but we’ll have to see what strategy we can take tomorrow morning.”