Gautier Paulin qualified in third for the MXGP of Great Britain today at the Matterley Basin track, and teammate Evgeny Bobryshev also demonstrated strong pace to set the third quickest lap on his way back to eighth.
From the start Gautier emerged in sixth after a little evasive action forced him onto a slipperier part of the track, but then set about closing down the lead pack. Making good progress, with just four minutes of the 20 minute race to go he made a pass for third stick and didn’t look back as he continued his and the team’s strong run of podium performances.
The start wasn’t quite so easy for Evgeny Bobryshev who emerged from the first few corners down in 12th. Fighting back determinedly, the big Russian showed exceptional pace, at one point setting the fastest lap of the race as he clawed back lost ground and closed on the quartet of riders ahead of him. Ultimately, his pace was good enough for third fastest, but only seven hundredths shy of the best lap.
Racing tomorrow at the Winchester, UK venue gets underway at 1415hrs local time with the first of two 30-minute motos.