With motocross often comes the need to fight through injury and pain, and Gautier Paulin demonstrated today that he could do that in spades.

Carrying the right knee injury sustained just last weekend in the Czech Republic, coupled with the fact that this weekend Lommel was even more rutted and ragged than usual, Paulin was unsure how his knee would hold up.

After yesterday’s qualifying race, the Frenchman conceded that he felt more tired than if he’d done two motos, yet he regrouped today to come out fighting, setting the fastest time in warm-up by a crushing margin of 3.6seconds on the CRF450RW.

A strong ride in race one saw him take second behind Shaun Simpson, and then in race two they found their positions reversed. With Paulin taking the early lead, and setting the fastest lap, the pair were fighting for the Grand Prix victory. As the 30-minute moto went on, in temperatures of nearly 30 degree Celsius, the physical toll of this track started to show and Paulin slipped back to third.

Gritting his teeth and pushing through that pain barrier, he set about chasing down Romain Febvre, and even started closing on leader Simpson, to seal second and his fifth podium of the season.

Evgeny Bobryshev meanwhile also had a stellar weekend, recording two fourth place finishes to take fourth overall. Importantly, with his haul of points Bobby now moves into third position in the World Championship, with four races remaining.

As the temperature soared, the deep sand was even more treacherous and demanding than usual. Incredibly rutted, deep and bumpy, staying on the bike was a stern enough test, and physical and mechanical endurance to push to the end were really tested.

Roger Harvey

HRC General Manager - MXGP

“Both Gautier and Bobby rode very good races today – strong and consistent without any real mistakes. Gautier did very well with the pain his knee was causing him and that really was a fantastic ride from him in a very difficult situation. Bobby also rode another two very consistent races using his head, and has been rewarded with third in the World Championship so we now hold the number two and three spots. I’m very pleased with the way everyone has worked this weekend, and whilst we are still aiming for the top we absolutely will work hard to keep both guys in the top three.”

Gautier Paulin 21

2nd, 2nd 2nd overall

“I gave 100 per cent today, not one little bit less. With the situation with the knee, this feels as good as the win in Valkenswaard and I’m really happy. We're always training here, but the track was pretty tough. I hurt my right knee in the first moto in Loket, so yesterday the qualifying was tough. I woke this morning more tired than if I made two GPs. I like to push my body to the limit, and this morning I said: ‘ok, now you have to get the job done so just push’. I want to thank HRC Honda because they have been working hard to make a big step with the engine which helped me a lot also today. I was really enjoying the track and feeling good on it with my riding. I needed to push 100 per cent today right to the end, and I did it but I had to dig deep in my mind to overcome the pain. I’m really happy with this second, and now we’ll go and rest a bit and be back at full fitness for the next race.”

Evgeny Bobryshev 777

5th, 4th 4th overall

“I’m really pleased with the weekend. It was so tough here that actually I’m glad we’ve finished it. It’s like I’ve never seen Lommel before – so rough and bumpy. It was a good consistent weekend with just one or two little mistakes, so we have to be happy. It’s also a great feeling to see my name third in the World Championship. I know there are still four races left and anything can happen, but it’s great to be there at the top, and that’s where we want to stay this season.”

MXGP 2015
Race Round 14   Belgium

Results Session 1

Sunny
Air Temp
26°C
Track Cond
Deep sand
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Simpson Shaun 24 GBR 25 Hitachi Construction Machinery Revo KTM KTM 34:36.275
2 Paulin Gautier 21 FRA 22 Team HRC - MXGP Honda +4.580
3 Febvre Romain 461 FRA 20 Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +30.238
4 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 18 Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +46.372
5 Bobryshev Evgeny 777 RUS 16 Team HRC - MXGP Honda +53.607
6 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 15 Team Suzuki Europe Motocross Suzuki +59.721
7 Strijbos Kevin 22 BEL 14 Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MXGP Suzuki +1:15.111
8 Waters Todd 47 AUS 13 Red Bull IceOne Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1:26.047
9 Krestinov Gert 337 EST 12 Wildcard Rider Honda +1:36.244
10 Bengtsson Filip 11 SWE 11 24MX Lucas Oil Honda Honda +1:39.797
11 Watson Ben 919 GBR 10 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +1:41.960
12 Rattray Tyla 28 RSA 9 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +1:46.477
13 Ratsep Priit 221 EST 8 Wildcard Rider Honda +2:12.128
14 Charlier Christophe 23 FRA 7 24MX Lucas Oil Honda Honda -1 lap
15 Ferris Dean 111 AUS 6 Wilvo Nestaan Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna -1 lap
16 Butron Jose 17 SPA 5 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM -1 lap
17 Heidecke Angus 156 GER 4 Wildcard Rider KTM -1 lap
18 Gercar Klemen 62 SLO 3 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna -1 lap
19 Vanderstraeten Mike 8 BEL 2 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna -2 laps
20 Ullrich Dennis 149 GER 1 Castrol Power1 Suzuki Moto-Base Suzuki -2 laps
21 Yamamoto Kei 400 JPN 0 Team Honda Red Moto Assomotor Honda -2 laps
MXGP 2015
Race Round 14   Belgium

Results Session 2

Sunny
Air Temp
26°C
Track Cond
Deep Sand
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Simpson Shaun 24 GBR 25 Hitachi Construction Machinery Revo KTM KTM 35:02.032
2 Paulin Gautier 21 FRA 22 Team HRC - MXGP Honda +6.005
3 Febvre Romain 461 FRA 20 Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +24.685
4 Bobryshev Evgeny 777 RUS 18 Team HRC - MXGP Honda +54.696
5 Strijbos Kevin 22 BEL 16 Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MXGP Suzuki +1:22.952
6 Waters Todd 47 AUS 15 Red Bull IceOne Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1:27.898
7 Rattray Tyla 28 RSA 14 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +1:53.573
8 Ferris Dean 111 AUS 13 Wilvo Nestaan Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1:58.778
9 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 12 Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +2:01.731
10 Krestinov Gert 337 EST 11 Wildcard Rider Honda +2:03.900
11 Charlier Christophe 23 FRA 10 24MX Lucas Oil Honda Honda +3:12.669
12 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 9 Team Suzuki Europe Motocross Suzuki +1 lap
13 Ratsep Priit 221 EST 8 Wildcard Rider Honda +1 lap
14 Heidecke Angus 156 GER 7 Wildcard Rider KTM +1 lap
15 Butron Jose 17 SPA 6 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +1 lap
16 Bengtsson Filip 11 SWE 5 24MX Lucas Oil Honda Honda +1 lap
17 Guarneri Davide 39 ITA 4 TM Racing Factory Team TM +1 lap
18 Gercar Klemen 62 SLO 3 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna +2 laps
19 Vanderstraeten Mike 8 BEL 2 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna +2 laps
20 Dewulf Jeffrey 212 BEL 1 Wildcard Rider Yamaha +2 laps
21 Yamamoto Kei 400 JPN 0 Team Honda Red Moto Assomotor Honda +3 laps
22 Leok Tanel 40 EST 0 Wildcard Rider Kawasaki +6 laps
23 Watson Ben 919 GBR 0 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha DSQ
Location Information

Dodenveldstraat, 3900 Overpelt, Belgium - View in Google Maps