Evgeny Bobryshev and Gautier Paulin finished sixth and seventh respectively in qualifying for the MXGP of Belgium today in the demanding sand of Lommel.

With a packed running schedule, the track became increasingly rutted and bumpy as the day progressed, leading to a few mistakes and crashes throughout the pack. From the start Bobby and Paulin got good jumps but then got shuffled around in the first few corners to emerge in tenth and twelfth.

As the pack settled and got into a rhythm, the duo ran together for much of the race as they fought their way back towards the front, passing and re-passing each other a couple of times in the process.

With a combination of speed, consistency and staying the right side of the conditions when others fell foul, at the flag Bobby had worked himself into sixth and Gautier seventh. Being inside the top ten is crucial for the start here, so both riders have every chance of making it to the front in tomorrow’s two races.

Roger Harvey

HRC General Manager - MXGP

“It’s not been the easiest of days. It’s a very difficult track, but of course it’s the same for everyone. We got out of the start pretty well, but it didn’t work out through the first corner with some jostling so the riders were down in 10th and 11th when the field settled down. Then it took a lot of time to get through the field which is the nature of this track. It’s very very tough, and tomorrow it quite possibly will be harder again with more heat, so riding clean and staying on will be the focus. Being the top ten, the start position isn’t so bad and they have the chance still to get out well.”

Evgeny Bobryshev 777

6th

“I was feeling fine in the race. The track is really rough, there’re really no flat places. From the start I was top seven or something, and then for the first lap I don’t know why but I was just cruising and everybody was passing me like I was standing and then I was out of the top ten. But then I started increasing the speed and getting my rhythm and repassing people. I was behind Jeremy in sixth and I still was feeling strong at the end of the race but I wasn’t pushing so much as it’s not necessary today – I’m happy with sixth and it’ a good gate pick. Tomorrow will be heavy, but I want to do the same as today and again be strong until the end.”

Gautier Paulin 21

7th

“It's tough but it was ok today. Lommel tomorrow will be a different day and I still have a good place on the gate. We’ll see tomorrow as the track again will be different to today as it gets more and more rough. It was quite tricky at the start with the dust as I couldn’t see much, but for today in qualifying it’s ok.”

MXGP 2015
Qualifying Round 14   Belgium

Results Session

Sunny
Air Temp
25°C
Track Cond
Deep sand
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Simpson Shaun 24 GBR Hitachi Construction Machinery Revo KTM KTM 25:04.611
2 Febvre Romain 461 FRA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +11.856
3 Strijbos Kevin 22 BEL Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MXGP Suzuki +19.997
4 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL Team Suzuki Europe Motocross Suzuki +21.832
5 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +25.097
6 Bobryshev Evgeny 777 RUS Team HRC - MXGP Honda +32.939
7 Paulin Gautier 21 FRA Team HRC - MXGP Honda +36.356
8 Waters Todd 47 AUS Red Bull IceOne Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +37.554
9 Watson Ben 919 GBR Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +38.729
10 Rattray Tyla 28 RSA Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +41.277
11 Bengtsson Filip 11 SWE 24MX Lucas Oil Honda Honda +45.597
12 Leok Tanel 40 EST Wildcard Rider Kawasaki +54.454
13 Ratsep Priit 221 EST Wildcard Rider Honda +57.672
14 Krestinov Gert 337 EST Wildcard Rider Honda +1:01.061
15 Ferris Dean 111 AUS Wilvo Nestaan Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1:25.221
16 Charlier Christophe 23 FRA 24MX Lucas Oil Honda Honda +1:42.328
17 Vanderstraeten Mike 8 BEL Wildcard Rider Husqvarna +1:48.712
18 Heidecke Angus 156 GER Wildcard Rider KTM +1 lap
19 Guarneri Davide 39 ITA TM Racing Factory Team TM +1 lap
20 Gercar Klemen 62 SLO Wildcard Rider Husqvarna +1 lap
21 Ullrich Dennis 149 GER Castrol Power1 Suzuki Moto-Base Suzuki +1 lap
22 Kouzis Panagiotis 38 GRE Wildcard Rider Honda +2 laps
23 Yamamoto Kei 400 JPN Team Honda Red Moto Assomotor Honda +3 laps
24 Nicholls Jake 45 GBR Wilvo Forkrent KTM KTM +5 laps
25 Dewulf Jeffrey 212 BEL Wildcard Rider Yamaha +6 laps
26 Searle Tommy 100 GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +8 laps
27 Butron Jose 17 SPA Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +13 laps
28 Desalle Clement 25 BEL Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MXGP Suzuki DNS
29 Frossard Steven 183 FRA Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki DNS
Location Information

Dodenveldstraat, 3900 Overpelt, Belgium - View in Google Maps