This weekend will see the Team HRC riders head to France for Gautier Paulin’s home race just days after the action-packed GP of Great Britain.
The Villars-sous-Écot track in the east of the country, close to the Swiss border, is effectively a brand new track after undergoing a rebuild specifically for the MXGP. The venue is expected to be filled with patriotic French fans flocking to support local hero Gautier Paulin on the CRF450RW.
The French event will be particularly special for Paulin as it will be his first time riding red in front of his home crowd in MXGP and the French fans will be supporting their rider all the way to the chequered flag, expecting the best out of their home hero after his domination in the Motocross of Nations. Last time out, Paulin was one of the riders who lost out due to the red flag and so will be going into the MXGP of France with podium success firmly on his mind.
At the MXGP of Great Britain, Evgeny Bobryshev once again took a step forward in performance and confidence. The Russian rider will be looking to benefit from his team-mates knowledge of the track as most riders, with the exception of the French Motocross of Nations riders who used it for practice, will not have ridden the track. With only a few days between events, Bobby is looking to continue the momentum into the French GP and earn himself a podium finish.
The revamped Villars-sous-Écot track, a new addition to the MXGP calendar, has been built on the site of an old venue, features elevation changes and has a hard pack surface. The weather conditions look to be similar to those experienced at Matterley Basin: warm air temperatures with a chance of rain.
On track action for the MXGP riders will begin on Saturday with Free Practice at 10h45 local time and culminate in Sunday’s two races at 14h15 and 17hr10 local time.