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.