Gautier Paulin took second overall in today’s qualifying race for the MXGP of Czech Republic, converting the result from a good start that immediately saw the Frenchman into third on the works CRF450RW.
Emerging from the messy first corner scrapes unscathed, Gautier quickly set about chasing down Romain Febvre. Making his pass for second place, the lead duo then ran away from the rest of the pack.
Whilst Paulin had his own space on track for much of the race, Evgeny Bobryshev was much more in the midst of the action. Emerging from turn one in tenth, the Russian was embroiled in a four-bike battle for most of the 13-lap race. Dropping to twelfth at one point as the quartet traded places, he fought back to cross the line in eighth.
After overnight rain, the skies were clear today, and the high winds helped dry the track which soon needed to be watered between sessions. Much the same is expected tomorrow for the two races, the first of which gets underway at 1415hrs local time.