The Team HRC pairing of Evgeny Bobryshev and Gautier Paulin both demonstrated strong pace on the opening day of this weekend’s MXGP of Spain at the Talavera de la Reina track.

Despite changeable conditions as rain and sun took turns throughout the day, Bobby brought the #777 CRF450RW home in third, resisting last lap pressure from Valentin Guillod.

After emerging from the first turn in sixth, Paulin had to pick himself up from a crash on lap two that he couldn’t avoid. As Simpson stopped in a rut, Paulin and Febvre both were left with nowhere to go. Whilst Paulin didn’t crash or even drop the bike, he found himself sandwiched between the other two and consequently stuck. Dropping to 19th, the Frenchman pushed hard to recover to eighth, impressively setting the fastest lap of the race on his final lap, in which he also made two passes.

Evgeny Bobryshev 777

3rd

“I’m very happy with today. I didn’t have the best start but then I managed to make lots of spots back at the beginning. I had a few problems with the feeling on the track today because it was changing so much and I was a little too stiff on the bike. From the middle of the race I pulled back and lost two seconds a lap because I wasn’t feeling so comfortable, but I’m happy to finish third and we’ll do some work for tomorrow with the setting, and the weather should be good with more sun so it’ll be easier for the setting.”

Gautier Paulin 21

8th

“I had a good start and my feeling was good today. I was following the rhythm of Romain who was trying pass Simpson, but then Simpson stopped in the ruts just after a jump. Romain hit him and when this happened, we were so close so I was still in the air so I couldn’t avoid them and hit Romain. He fell and was a little under my bike so I had to pull my bike back out. After that I came back strong. It was tough to pass but the rhythm was good and I was feeling great, and we had the fastest time so I was really on it and everything is there for tomorrow.”

Roger Harvey

HRC General Manager - MXGP

“I’m pleased with today across the board because Tim dominated every session, Bobby finished third and Gautier set the fastest lap of the race, and would have been in the running without getting caught up in a crash in front of him. The track was really good today and well prepared, but the rain made it tricky because the track was changing almost with every session so the team worked hard on the bikes all day. Tomorrow should be a better day for the weather, and I think we’re well placed to make the most of that.”

MXGP 2016
Qualifying Round 9   Spain

Results Session

Overcast
Air Temp
17°C
Track Cond
Hard Pack
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Gajser Tim 243 SLO Honda Gariboldi Honda 25:26.125
2 Nagl Max 12 GER Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +8.939
3 Bobryshev Evgeny 777 RUS Team HRC - MXGP Honda +15.887
4 Guillod Valentin 92 SWI Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +16.187
5 Desalle Clement 25 BEL Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +21.306
6 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +22.984
7 Nicholls Jake 45 GBR Hitachi Construction Machinery Revo KTM Husqvarna +23.310
8 Paulin Gautier 21 FRA Team HRC - MXGP Honda +25.113
9 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +26.777
10 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +33.230
11 Tixier Jordi 911 FRA Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +45.397
12 Leok Tanel 7 EST Wildcard Rider KTM +49.907
13 Searle Tommy 100 GBR Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki Kawasaki +56.998
14 Butron Jose 17 SPA Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +1:01.083
15 Ullrich Dennis 149 GER KTM Sarholz KTM +1:03.413
16 Valentin Ander 920 SPA F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +1:04.718
17 Lupino Alessandro 77 ITA Team Honda Red Moto Assomotor Honda +1:05.029
18 Potisek Milko 32 FRA Tip Top MP32 Racing Team Yamaha +1:07.336
19 Goncalves Rui 999 POR NewHolland 8biano Massignani Husqvarna Husqvarna +1:10.651
20 Strijbos Kevin 22 BEL Team Suzuki World MXGP Suzuki +1:20.702
21 Soubeyras Cedric 120 FRA Wildcard Rider Yamaha +1:29.055
22 Malin Valtteri 430 FIN KTM Sarholz KTM +1:30.929
23 Kullas Harri 151 FIN KTM Sarholz KTM +1:31.749
24 Heidecke Angus 156 GER KTM Sarholz KTM +1:32.840
25 Ratsep Priit 221 EST 24MX Lucas Oil Honda Honda +1:35.782
Location Information

CM-4102, 45600 Talavera de la Reina, Toledo, Spain - View in Google Maps