Team HRC’s Gautier Paulin qualified second in the Open class in which he is competing aboard the Honda CRF450RW for the 2016 Motocross of Nations.
The Team France rider, who alongside his two teammates are the defending Nations winners from last year, started strongly and immediately launched himself into second. There he stayed for the duration of the race, resisting pressure from Dean Ferris in the closing stages.
The performance of Paulin and his teammates means that Team France qualified at the top of the timesheets ahead of tomorrow’s three races, where each and every rider in the MXGP, MX2 and Open classes will compete twice.
From the start of the 20minute + two lap race, there were no fewer than five fast-starting Honda CRFs in the top ten.
For Team Russia, Evgeny Bobryshev also had a solid opening day aboard his CRF450RW to climb from ninth at the start to finish sixth. Team Russia also automatically qualified for tomorrow’s races and line up in twelfth, just behind the all-Honda Team Japan.
Following tomorrow morning’s warm-up, the first of the three races gets underway at 1310hrs local time.
Bold denotes a team with at least one Honda rider