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.

Roger Harvey

HRC General Manager - MXGP

“The track was quite gnarly and catching a few riders out, so the boys rode very sensible races and I’m happy enough with third and fourth from today. Tomorrow with good starts and consistent riding, we can be in a good place so I’m reasonably happy with today and we know what we need to do tomorrow to make an improvement.”

Gautier Paulin 21

3rd

“I’m not totally happy with today. We tried to go one direction for the qualifying just to be sure for the race and it was the wrong direction so I wasn’t feeling so good. I had a good start but then I was riding really tight because it was tough for me to hold the bike. It was ok for laptime today and qualifying, but to be sure for the race we tried something else and it wasn’t good, but we know where we are going so we’ll work on forward for tomorrow.”

Evgeny Bobryshev 777

4th

“Out of the gate I just lost the balance a bit and I went to the left and I touched Febvre so we had a little squeeze on the straight, and then in the second corner I was pushed out a little bit and lost quite some places there too. But then I took a rhythm and was staying behind the guys. I didn’t want to make some mistakes because the track was quite tricky and difficult to pass. I used today just to try and get the flow for tomorrow on the hard soil because the track is really hard pack, and fourth is ok for the start tomorrow.”

MXGP 2015
Qualifying Round 11   Sweden

Results Session

Sunny
Air Temp
24°C
Track Cond
Hard pack
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Strijbos Kevin 22 BEL Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MXGP Suzuki 24:12.498
2 Febvre Romain 461 FRA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +4.589
3 Paulin Gautier 21 FRA Team HRC - MXGP Honda +12.068
4 Bobryshev Evgeny 777 RUS Team HRC - MXGP Honda +18.685
5 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL Team Suzuki Europe Motocross Suzuki +20.152
6 Searle Tommy 100 GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +21.503
7 Waters Todd 47 AUS Red Bull IceOne Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +29.100
8 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +36.430
9 Philippaerts David 19 ITA DP19 Racing Yamaha +37.860
10 Simpson Shaun 24 GBR Hitachi Construction Machinery Revo KTM KTM +38.600
11 Ferris Dean 111 AUS Wilvo Nestaan Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +41.893
12 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +42.649
13 Watson Ben 919 GBR Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2 Team Yamaha +44.097
14 Butron Jose 17 SPA Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +47.672
15 Bengtsson Filip 11 SWE 24MX Lucas Oil Honda Honda +48.388
16 Charlier Christophe 23 FRA 24MX Lucas Oil Honda Honda +48.731
17 Heidecke Angus 156 GER Wildcard Rider KTM +1:06.435
18 Lupino Alessandro 77 ITA Team Honda Red Moto Assomotor Honda +1:07.183
19 Ullrich Dennis 149 GER Castrol Power1 Suzuki Moto-Base Suzuki +1:08.062
20 Thuresson Filip 251 SWE 24MX Lucas Oil Honda Honda +1:11.197
Location Information

Äsperödsvägen 81, 451 34 Uddevalla, Sweden - View in Google Maps