Gautier Paulin finished third in race two at the MXGP of Italy today amid thunderstorms that made track conditions very tough.

Terrible weather at the start of the day meant that the track was waterlogged and incredibly muddy. As a result, only ten riders went out on track for the morning warm-up and both Team HRC riders opted to sit the session out as with track conditions so changeable, there was little to be gained by venturing out but a lot at stake with the track perilously slippery.

By race one, the thunderstorms had stopped and the skies cleared, but the track remained very treacherous, causing many yellow flags. From the start Evgeny Bobryshev slotted into ninth and rode a measured race to keep ahead of the conditions and come home in eighth, having been fighting for sixth in the closing stages.

Gautier Paulin struggled at the start when his gate bounced and slowed his progress into turn one, so he found himself mid-pack and experiencing the worst of the conditions with roost and spray from the bikes around him. As a result, he was forced to remove his goggles and pit at the end of the first lap for a new set which dropped him to 19th. He fought back to cross the line in 14th by the finish.

Race two was more fruitful for the Frenchman as he carved his way to the front with a strong start and settled into a third position that he retained until the end. Bobby was tangled in a first corner incident however, and whilst he didn’t crash, his right leg was injured. Although scans show no fracture, the pain hampered the rest of his race and he will undergo more scans during the week before Germany.

Roger Harvey

HRC General Manager - MXGP

“To be honest we were there at the front yesterday but not good enough today, on Sunday. Gautier had problems in the first race but Bobby wasn’t bad. In the second Gautier got a nice third place but I’d like to him a bit closer to the front, which we know can come. Bobby just got tangled in the first corner and he got a bit of a knock which took the wind out of him a bit and stopped any charge like we saw from him yesterday, so overall it's been a frustrating day."

Gautier Paulin 21

14th, 3rd 8th overall

“In the first moto the start was ok but then I struggled with my goggles in the first corner. I was around eighth and in the middle just getting mud, mud, mud from everywhere so then I had to take them off. On the first lap I stopped in the pits to change them and then had a small crash so it was a really hard moto for me but I was able to finish and get points and that’s it. In the second moto I finished third and that’s ok but I was looking for much better again from this weekend.”

Evgeny Bobryshev 777

8th, 11th 9th overall

“It’s been a really tough day today. Yesterday I had really good speed and today everything was really turned upside down. The rain was so hard this morning so we had really bad conditions on track. In the first race I was in ninth and then got to eighth but it was like a train behind each other and you couldn’t push or pass. In the second race I had a really good start and was up on the inside but then someone really impacted me from the right side and hit my leg and his bike stuck in my bike wheel. I couldn’t move forward until we got the bikes separated, and then my leg was hurting during riding. I had to do now an exam during the week to see what’s happening with my leg. At the moment there’s a big haematoma, but I think nothing really serious which I’m thankful for.”

MXGP 2015
Race Round 9   Italy

Race one

Overcast
Air Temp
18°C
Track Cond
Muddy
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Febvre Romain 461 FRA 25 Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 34:30.862
2 Philippaerts David 19 ITA 22 DP19 Racing Yamaha +16.185
3 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 20 Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +22.837
4 Waters Todd 47 AUS 18 Red Bull IceOne Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +25.631
5 Lupino Alessandro 77 ITA 16 Team Honda Red Moto Assomotor Honda +39.407
6 Simpson Shaun 24 GBR 15 Hitachi Construction Machinery Revo KTM KTM +43.504
7 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA 14 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +53.425
8 Bobryshev Evgeny 777 RUS 13 Team HRC - MXGP Honda +55.228
9 Strijbos Kevin 22 BEL 12 Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MXGP Suzuki +56.129
10 Butron Jose 17 SPA 11 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +58.612
11 Charlier Christophe 23 FRA 10 24MX Lucas Oil Honda Honda +1:01.159
12 De Dycker Ken 9 BEL 9 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1:11.798
13 Aubin Nicolas 903 FRA 8 Wildcard Rider Suzuki +1:12.660
14 Paulin Gautier 21 FRA 7 Team HRC - MXGP Honda +1:24.142
15 Nagl Max 12 GER 6 Red Bull IceOne Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1:25.856
16 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 5 Team Suzuki Europe Motocross Suzuki -1 lap
17 Gercar Klemen 62 SLO 4 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna -1 lap
18 Irt Matevz 289 SLO 3 Wildcard Rider Yamaha -1 lap
19 Bertuzzo Pier Filippo 173 ITA 2 Wildcard Rider Yamaha -1 lap
20 Rattray Tyla 28 RSA 1 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki -1 lap
21 Yamamoto Kei 400 JPN 0 Team Honda Red Moto Assomotor Honda -12 laps
MXGP 2015
Race Round 9   Italy

Race two

Overcast
Air Temp
18°C
Track Cond
Muddy
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Strijbos Kevin 22 BEL 25 Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MXGP Suzuki 35:17.283
2 Nagl Max 12 GER 22 Red Bull IceOne Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +2.013
3 Paulin Gautier 21 FRA 20 Team HRC - MXGP Honda +24.778
4 Waters Todd 47 AUS 18 Red Bull IceOne Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +29.652
5 Simpson Shaun 24 GBR 16 Hitachi Construction Machinery Revo KTM KTM +32.520
6 Febvre Romain 461 FRA 15 Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +36.443
7 Philippaerts David 19 ITA 14 DP19 Racing Yamaha +37.465
8 De Dycker Ken 9 BEL 13 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +38.913
9 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 12 Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +39.945
10 Charlier Christophe 23 FRA 11 24MX Lucas Oil Honda Honda +53.466
11 Bobryshev Evgeny 777 RUS 10 Team HRC - MXGP Honda +1:08.186
12 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 9 Team Suzuki Europe Motocross Suzuki +1:13.051
13 Rattray Tyla 28 RSA 8 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +1:59.751
14 Butron Jose 17 SPA 7 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM -1 lap
15 Irt Matevz 289 SLO 6 Wildcard Rider Yamaha -1 lap
16 Gercar Klemen 62 SLO 5 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna -1 lap
17 Yamamoto Kei 400 JPN 4 Team Honda Red Moto Assomotor Honda -1 lap
18 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA 3 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM -1 lap
19 Bertuzzo Pier Filippo 173 ITA 2 Wildcard Rider Yamaha -1 lap
20 Lupino Alessandro 77 ITA 1 Team Honda Red Moto Assomotor Honda -1 lap
21 Aubin Nicolas 903 FRA 0 Wildcard Rider Suzuki -17 laps
Location Information

Via Fornaci, 25, 28014 Maggiora, Novara, Italy - View in Google Maps