Racing in front of his legions of home fans, Gautier Paulin was the fastest man on track in qualifying at Villars Sous Ecot today, taking the chequered flag in second just ahead of his Team HRC teammate Evgeny Bobryshev who took third.
Bobby got off to a good start and spent much of the race in second position, being pipped by Paulin in the closing minutes. Home hero Gautier had a slightly trickier afternoon though after stalling on the landing of a jump at the end of the first lap.
Having been running in fourth at the end of lap one, the stall lost him crucial seconds which slipped him down the order to seventh. Mounting a determined comeback, by the third lap he was up to third and set about closing down both Bobby in second and leader Romain Febvre. In doing so, he set the fastest lap of the 20-minute race.
The sign of true racers is their ability to deal with adversity, and in the face of a difficult weekend for Team HRC the results speak volumes about the spirit and determination in each and every one of the team members and riders.
|1||Febvre Romain||461||FRA||Yamaha Factory Racing||Yamaha||24:33.984|
|2||Paulin Gautier||21||FRA||Team HRC - MXGP||Honda||+6.508|
|3||Bobryshev Evgeny||777||RUS||Team HRC - MXGP||Honda||+12.993|
|4||Van Horebeek Jeremy||89||BEL||Yamaha Factory Racing||Yamaha||+15.117|
|5||De Dycker Ken||9||BEL||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||+19.711|
|6||Nagl Max||12||GER||Red Bull IceOne Husqvarna Factory Racing||Husqvarna||+21.794|
|7||Simpson Shaun||24||GBR||Hitachi Construction Machinery Revo KTM||KTM||+26.732|
|8||Cairoli Antonio||222||ITA||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||+26.864|
|9||Waters Todd||47||AUS||Red Bull IceOne Husqvarna Factory Racing||Husqvarna||+36.365|
|10||Charlier Christophe||23||FRA||24MX Lucas Oil Honda||Honda||+36.887|
|11||Frossard Steven||183||FRA||Wilvo Forkrent KTM||KTM||+39.362|
|12||Aranda Gregory||20||FRA||Wildcard Rider||Kawasaki||+40.373|
|13||Lupino Alessandro||77||ITA||Team Honda Red Moto Assomotor||Honda||+42.134|
|14||Philippaerts David||19||ITA||DP19 Racing||Yamaha||+43.507|
|15||Coldenhoff Glenn||259||NDL||Team Suzuki Europe Motocross||Suzuki||+44.443|
|16||Ferris Dean||111||AUS||Wilvo Nestaan Husqvarna Factory Racing||Husqvarna||+44.898|
|17||Soubeyras Cedric||120||FRA||Wildcard Rider||Yamaha||+57.546|
|18||Alessi Mike||800||USA||Wildcard Rider||Suzuki||+58.818|
|19||Heidecke Angus||156||GER||Wildcard Rider||KTM||+1:00.205|
|20||Butron Jose||17||SPA||Marchetti Racing Team KTM||KTM||+1:01.977|