Under clear Swedish skies, the Team HRC duo of Gautier Paulin and Evgeny Bobryshev finished third and fourth respectively today aboard the Honda CRF450RW.
The pair have been on the pace all day, finishing second and third in free practice, and fourth and fifth in a very close-fought Timed Practice, barely half a second down.
Gautier got off to a good start and soon moved into second, embroiled in a battle with championship leader Romain Febvre. Despite not feeling 100 per cent on the bike, he still finished in third place.
From the start, Bobby had a little shoulder-rubbing with Febvre, and then in the second corner got pushed wide and lost a few more place to eighth. In typical spirit though, he fought back to fourth, setting his personal best time on the last lap of the race, which at the time made him the fastest bike on track.
With third and fourth, both Team HRC riders have good starting positions for tomorrow, and with the data from today’s running will have their sights set squarely on the podium again.