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.

Roger Harvey

HRC General Manager - MXGP

“Today was a good day. It’s not been an easy weekend overall for us, but I’m pleased with the guys today getting out there and getting the job done. Both made reasonable starts and Bobby had a characteristically good first two corners to come out in third. It’s a good result for both of them up there in second and third, so hopefully this lays the foundations for tomorrow.”

Gautier Paulin 21

2nd

“I had a good feeling on the bike today. I stalled the bike right after the finish jump on the first lap so I lost some time and got passed by several riders, but overall it wasn’t bad. I wasn’t pushing so so hard because it’s really technical to ride here so I was waiting a little for the first few laps, but then I start pushing and made the fastest lap time and could come back to second. I didn’t have the best start, but it’s coming much better. The paddock was so crazy with fans; it was really awesome and I’m really happy to ride at my home GP.”

Evgeny Bobryshev 777

3rd

“I had a good start and cut inside on the first corner so I was really in a good position in third. Then I moved to second and was keeping that second position to maybe four laps from the end, but my problem was that I wasn’t flowing around this track today and I felt way too stiff on the bike and was making a few mistakes, but today was ok and I learn the track more, and tomorrow is another day so I’m looking forward to it.”

MXGP 2015
Qualifying Round 8   France

Results

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
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
Location Information

Villars-sous-Écot, France - View in Google Maps