In today’s qualifying race for the MXGP of the Netherlands, at a sand-filled Assen TT circuit, Team HRC’s Gautier Paulin finished third and Evgeny Bobryshev sixth on their CRF450RWs.

The track has been specially constructed within the permanent road-racing circuit, and as such the ground is comprised of a soft and slippery sand that got increasingly rough as the race progressed.

From the start, both Gautier and Bobby were strong and soon settled into second and fourth respectively, with Bobby pushing for third. As the race progressed, a couple of mistakes saw him slip to sixth, where he elected to stay and conserve energy for tomorrow’s two races.

With no respite during a lap, the Assen track demands maximum focus and physical exertion, especially as it is so rough and because with the soft sand the line changes every lap. Still, with Gautier especially relishing the rough conditions, the team are confident ahead of tomorrow’s two races with both riders feeling strong and consistent.

Roger Harvey

HRC General Manager - MXGP

“A positive day for the team today on difficult track conditions. Because the sand is so soft the line is always changing so the riders need to adapt a lot lap-by-lap, but the positions of both Gautier and Bobby are fine for tomorrow. We can see from the practice sessions too that the speed is there for both riders, so we’ll see what condition the track is in tomorrow morning and then take it from there. It’s very technical here, but I think both our guys can do well this weekend.”

Gautier Paulin 21


“The track is tough and really rough with some tricky bumps, but more it gets rough, the better it is for me. I don’t like it when sand tracks have not enough ruts because you can't really play the game with the technique. Right now at the end of the day it was better and the position is good for qualifying. I had a good feeling, so it was a positive day.”

Evgeny Bobryshev 777


“It was strange today as here the sand is really very tough, so when you shut off the throttle the bike brakes a lot and you almost go over the bars. You have to be always focused on this track as it’s really gnarly. For me it was ok. I didn’t have a good start, but then I was challenging for top three. I passed Gautier but then he passed me back, and then I made too many mistakes and I got passed. Then I was thinking I’m not going to lose my energy to fight back as I know I have the speed for tomorrow and sixth is ok for me for the start. My goal was just to save energy and hold sixth, and the day that really counts is tomorrow.”

MXGP 2015
Qualifying Round 16   Netherlands

Results Session

Air Temp
Track Cond
Soft Sand
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL Team Suzuki Europe Motocross Suzuki 24:09.280
2 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +6.192
3 Paulin Gautier 21 FRA Team HRC - MXGP Honda +7.504
4 Febvre Romain 461 FRA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +12.089
5 Simpson Shaun 24 GBR Hitachi Construction Machinery Revo KTM KTM +17.662
6 Bobryshev Evgeny 777 RUS Team HRC - MXGP Honda +24.581
7 Rattray Tyla 28 RSA Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +37.423
8 Ferris Dean 111 AUS Wilvo Nestaan Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +45.246
9 Waters Todd 47 AUS Red Bull IceOne Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +48.266
10 Watson Ben 919 GBR Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +50.780
11 Bengtsson Filip 11 SWE 24MX Lucas Oil Honda Honda +55.535
12 Guarneri Davide 39 ITA TM Racing Factory Team TM +1:10.636
13 Nagl Max 12 GER Red Bull IceOne Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1:15.786
14 Delince Jeremy 926 BEL Wildcard Rider Honda +1:30.053
15 Butron Jose 17 SPA Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +2:12.254
16 Gijsbertsen Mike 13 NDL Wildcard Rider Kawasaki +1 lap
17 Heidecke Angus 156 GER Wildcard Rider KTM +1 lap
18 Wouts Kevin 185 BEL Wildcard Rider KTM +1 lap
19 Goncalves Rui 999 POR MX Racing Team Husqvarna +1 lap
20 Larsen Nikolaj 249 DEN Wildcard Rider KTM +1 lap
21 Edmonds Stuart 167 IRE Wildcard Rider Honda +1 lap
22 Macler Ludovic 952 FRA Wildcard Rider Suzuki +1 lap
23 Dewulf Jeffrey 212 BEL Wildcard Rider Yamaha +1 lap
24 Gercar Klemen 62 SLO Wildcard Rider Husqvarna +1 lap
25 Boulard Bryan 474 BEL Wildcard Rider Honda +2 laps
26 Engle Kyle 287 USA Wildcard Rider Suzuki +3 laps
27 Philippaerts David 19 ITA DP19 Racing Yamaha +10 laps
28 Yamamoto Kei 400 JPN Team Honda Red Moto Assomotor Honda +13 laps
29 Charlier Christophe 23 FRA 24MX Lucas Oil Honda Honda DNS
Location Information

Assen, The Netherlands - View in Google Maps