Gautier Paulin took a gate-to-flag victory today in the qualifying race at Valkenswaard, The Netherlands, taking the holeshot and never looking back as he stormed to his first qualifying win for Team HRC aboard the Honda CRF450RW.
In a similarly strong showing to last weekend in Italy, Evgeny Bobryshev followed Paulin home in fourth with both riders showing solid and consistent podium pace. In the morning’s Timed Practice, Bobby was second fastest, and never has either rider been out of the top five this weekend, so confidence is high going into tomorrow’s races.
Having worked hard on areas such as starts even since the last Grand Prix in Italy just days ago, Team HRC have taken another step forward this weekend. Both riders also like the track, and Paulin is no stranger to success here, having taken victory in the first moto last year.
The weather was changeable today with overcast skies yielding rain both last night and late this afternoon, but after a recent spell of dry weather in the region, the condition of the sand was very good. Track resumes with Warm-Up at 11:25hrs local time, and race one gets underway at 14:15hrs.
|1||Paulin Gautier||21||FRA||Team HRC - MXGP||Honda||24:56.603|
|2||Cairoli Antonio||222||ITA||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||+12.841|
|3||Febvre Romain||461||FRA||Yamaha Factory Racing||Yamaha||+19.537|
|4||Bobryshev Evgeny||777||RUS||Team HRC - MXGP||Honda||+23.192|
|5||Simpson Shaun||24||GBR||Hitachi Construction Machinery Revo KTM||KTM||+24.465|
|6||Rattray Tyla||28||RSA||Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing||Kawasaki||+35.748|
|7||Nagl Max||12||GER||Red Bull IceOne Husqvarna Factory Racing||Husqvarna||+40.379|
|8||Coldenhoff Glenn||259||NDL||Team Suzuki Europe Motocross||Suzuki||+52.663|
|9||Philippaerts David||19||ITA||DP19 Racing||Yamaha||+56.409|
|10||Bengtsson Filip||11||SWE||24MX Lucas Oil Honda||Honda||+59.931|
|11||Desalle Clement||25||BEL||Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MXGP||Suzuki||+1:09.084|
|12||De Dycker Ken||9||BEL||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||+1:12.081|
|13||Ferris Dean||111||AUS||Wilvo Nestaan Husqvarna Factory Racing||Husqvarna||+1:13.749|
|14||Searle Tommy||100||GBR||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||+1:15.537|
|15||Butron Jose||17||SPA||Marchetti Racing Team KTM||KTM||+1:16.322|
|16||Leok Tanel||40||EST||Wildcard Rider||Kawasaki||+1:20.067|
|17||Charlier Christophe||23||FRA||24MX Lucas Oil Honda||Honda||+1:22.074|
|18||Boog Xavier||121||FRA||Wildcard Rider||Kawasaki||+1:33.226|
|19||Frossard Steven||183||FRA||Wilvo Forkrent KTM||KTM||+1:39.785|
|20||Guarneri Davide||39||ITA||TM Racing Factory Team||TM||+1:40.490|