This weekend marks both the return to action of the FIM Motocross World Championship after a brief break and the penultimate round of the European season.
After the cancellation of the MXGP of Brazil, due to be held last weekend, the Crossodromo International track in the Italian city of Mantova steps into the limelight this weekend for round 14 of 18. Located between Verona and Modena in the north of Italy, the venue is not far from the team’s base in Padova.
Another sand track, Team HRC are familiar with Mantova having tested there on occasion. With more time to allow his knee to recover since the MXGP of Belgium, where he gritted his teeth to fight through the pain in his most determined performance of the season, Paulin will be sure to again demonstrate his stunning sand pace. As Bobby continues to shine and rekindle his true form, another consistent ride will see him consolidate his best championship performance since graduating to MXGP in 2010.
It’s been a remarkably consistent season for the Team HRC duo of Gautier Paulin and Evgeny Bobryshev, who this year are enjoying the run of good fortune that’s proved elusive in recent years. Currently in second and third in the championship, at this point in the season Paulin has stood on the podium five times including his victory in the Netherlands, and Bobryshev has climbed onto the box twice and secured two qualifying race wins.