Team HRC’s Gautier Paulin finished today’s qualifying race in second position, and the Frenchman is feeing strong on the Honda CRF450RW at the track at which he took victory last year.
From the start, he and teammate Evgeny Bobryshev settled into a rhythm in second and third respectively, the Russian having made some great progress through the field in the opening corners.
From then on, Paulin looked very comfortable in second, pacing himself and doing what he needed to secure his gate pick for tomorrow. Bobby was also running strongly in third and it was looking increasingly like a Team HRC 2-3, until he was struck by arm-pump in the middle stages of the race and slipped back through the field to finish in sixth.
Nevertheless, both riders have respectable gate picks for tomorrow, when the nature of the track may change drastically anyway if the forecast storms arrive. The rain held off today in the Leon region of Mexico, meaning the ground dried hard, but if the downpours come tomorrow, the races could be a lottery.
|1||Febvre Romain||461||FRA||Yamaha Factory Racing||Yamaha||24:52.626|
|2||Paulin Gautier||21||FRA||Team HRC - MXGP||Honda||+4.494|
|3||Simpson Shaun||24||GBR||Hitachi Construction Machinery Revo KTM||KTM||+5.179|
|4||Nagl Max||12||GER||Red Bull IceOne Husqvarna Factory Racing||Husqvarna||+19.327|
|5||Coldenhoff Glenn||259||NDL||Team Suzuki Europe Motocross||Suzuki||+22.708|
|6||Bobryshev Evgeny||777||RUS||Team HRC - MXGP||Honda||+23.115|
|7||Rattray Tyla||28||RSA||Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing||Kawasaki||+26.360|
|8||Van Horebeek Jeremy||89||BEL||Yamaha Factory Racing||Yamaha||+33.268|
|9||Butron Jose||17||SPA||Marchetti Racing Team KTM||KTM||+1:00.147|
|10||Ferris Dean||111||AUS||Wilvo Nestaan Husqvarna Factory Racing||Husqvarna||+1:03.327|