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.

Roger Harvey

HRC General Manager - MXGP

“It was a good day today for both guys. Gautier rode well to a solid second which is great for tomorrow, and it’s a shame that Bobby had a bit of arm pump, but he made a good start into third and was running strongly until mid-distance. The start position is not so critical tomorrow, so for both guys good starts and they can be in the mix. The altitude is having an effect here, but it’s the same for everyone and there are a few things we can work on to help improve the bikes more for tomorrow.”

Gautier Paulin 21

2nd

“I was riding easy today and I had a good feeling. Romain was a little faster but I could push more, so I’m feeling great. The track was a little bit one line today, but I think you can still make passes. Tomorrow the conditions should be different if the rain comes, but we’re feeling fine, so no problem.”

Evgeny Bobryshev 777

6th

“I made some good passes in the first corners to come out in third. From the middle, I got bad arm pump in my right arm though. I felt like my arm was blocked and I couldn’t control the bike so I had to slow down and many guys passed me. A few laps from the end I got better feeling again, but it wasn’t enough. Sixth is still fine for tomorrow – I just need another good start and I know I have the pace. Tomorrow will be better for sure – I missed a little riding in the last week, and there’s maybe a bit of altitude effect, so I just needed today’s riding and I’m sure tomorrow I’ll be fine.”

MXGP 2015
Qualifying Round 17   Mexico

Top ten

Sunny
Air Temp
27°C
Track Cond
Hard pack
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
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
Location Information

Parque Ecológico Metropolitano de León, Mexico - View in Google Maps