Gautier Paulin continued Team HRC’s podium performances today with a hard fought third place in the qualifying race for tomorrow’s MXGP of Thailand.
Getting away from the start gate in third position, he was squeezed down to tenth by the exit, from where he mounted his impressive comeback. Evgeny Bobryshev was not so fortunate, when he was taken out in the same tight first corner and forced to the back of the pack.
Both riders mounted their own comebacks, with Paulin consistently and surgically cutting his way through the field to finish third and Bobby working his way through the pack to twelfth. Unfortunately, on lap nine Bobby crashed and gave himself all the work to do again, but with less time to do it in.
By the finish, Paulin crossed the line a fine third giving himself a strong starting position for tomorrow’s races, but Bobby has a lot of work to do having finished 19th. The first of tomorrow’s two races gets underway at 1315hrs local time.
|1||Villopoto Ryan||2||USA||Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing||Kawasaki||23:41.909|
|2||Desalle Clement||25||BEL||Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MXGP||Suzuki||+33.419|
|3||Paulin Gautier||21||FRA||Team HRC - MXGP||Honda||+39.764|
|4||Nagl Max||12||GER||Red Bull IceOne Husqvarna Factory Racing||Husqvarna||+45.150|
|5||De Dycker Ken||9||BEL||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||+53.571|
|6||Rattray Tyla||28||RSA||Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing||Kawasaki||+57.761|
|7||Philippaerts David||19||ITA||DP19 Racing||Yamaha||+1:03.839|
|8||Cairoli Antonio||222||ITA||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||+1:08.477|
|9||Frossard Steven||183||FRA||Wilvo Forkrent KTM||KTM||+1:13.457|
|10||Searle Tommy||100||GBR||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||+1:14.376|
|11||Febvre Romain||461||FRA||Yamaha Factory Racing||Yamaha||+1:14.619|
|12||Goncalves Rui||999||POR||MX Racing Team||Husqvarna||+1:19.683|
|13||Strijbos Kevin||22||BEL||Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MXGP||Suzuki||+1:24.155|
|14||Ferris Dean||111||AUS||Wilvo Nestaan Husqvarna Factory Racing||Husqvarna||+1:27.823|
|15||Butron Jose||17||SPA||Marchetti Racing Team KTM||KTM||+1:33.407|
|16||Van Horebeek Jeremy||89||BEL||Yamaha Factory Racing||Yamaha||+1:40.684|
|17||Waters Todd||47||AUS||Red Bull IceOne Husqvarna Factory Racing||Husqvarna||+1:43.616|
|18||Guarneri Davide||39||ITA||TM Racing Factory Team||TM||+1:1:53.667|
|19||Bobryshev Evgeny||777||RUS||Team HRC - MXGP||Honda||-1 lap|
|20||Watson Ben||919||GBR||Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team||Yamaha||-1 lap|
|21||Coates Paul||177||GBR||JK Racing Yamaha Active||Yamaha||-1 lap|
|22||Yamamoto Kei||400||JPN||Team Honda Red Moto Assomotor||Honda||-1 lap|