Team HRC’s Gautier Paulin finished third in today’s qualifying race for the first GP of the season here at Losail, Qatar, getting his first GP back with Honda off to a strong start.

Steadying into a rhythm from the start and sitting within the top five aboard the red and blue CRF450RW, in the latter half of the 24minute race the big Frenchman started pushing to overcome first Kevin Strijbos and then Max Nagl to secure third.

Meanwhile, after commencing a recovery into the top ten, Evgeny Bobryshev was forced to stop on track as a stone became lodged in his back brake, locking it on and proving impossible to dislodge. He will start tomorrow’s opening race from 26th position.

The much-anticipated first race of the season starts at 2015hrs local time tomorrow.

Roger Harvey

HRC General Manager - MXGP

“That was a very good ride from Gautier; excellent. Controlled, steady, he looked very safe, and I think he just measured the opposition up and did what he had to. He took his opportunities when he could and was moving forward throughout the whole race, so it was a very good ride from him. There are a lot of rocks on the track here and deep ruts and unfortunately for Bobby a stone jammed into the back brake and pretty well locked it on. But to be honest the start line here is quite even so to be down the back is not a huge problem, and with a good jump he can be at the front and right back in there again. Overall we’re pretty happy with this first qualifying race of the year and the objective for tomorrow is to be up there on the podium.”

Gautier Paulin 21

3rd

“Overall third is a good place in the gate for tomorrow, definitely. We need to improve some places but it’s good. I started riding safe with not the best line but I could find some ways to pass some riders, and then I pushed a little more so I was having a good rhythm in the end. Tomorrow is when we get the points, but the feeling is good overall.”

Evgeny Bobryshev 777

26th

“I didn’t have a good gate jump but then I managed to come through in the first few corners. In the beginning I was having problems with the goggles and all the tear-offs went in one, so for ten minutes I was wiping the goggles with my hands. Then I got a stone in my back brake and it was blocked and got stuck so I couldn’t continue. Unfortunately I have the last gate tomorrow but we have to think positive and make a good start and come out fighting. Tomorrow it will be different.”

MXGP 2015
Qualifying Round 1   Qatar

Results Session

Dry
Air Temp
18°C
Track Cond
Ruts
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 2:57.028
2 Desalle Clement 25 BEL Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MXGP Suzuki +4.946
3 Paulin Gautier 21 FRA Team HRC - MXGP Honda +7.150
4 Nagl Max 12 GER Red Bull IceOne Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +12.479
5 Strijbos Kevin 22 BEL Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MXGP Suzuki +16.261
6 Febvre Romain 461 FRA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +26.411
7 Simpson Shaun 24 GBR Hitachi Construction Machinery Revo KTM KTM +32.424
8 Villopoto Ryan 2 USA Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +33.693
9 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +43.779
10 Waters Todd 47 AUS Red Bull IceOne Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +48.825
11 Guarneri Davide 39 ITA TM Racing Factory Team TM +52.290
12 Watson Ben 919 GBR Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +53.031
13 De Dycker Ken 9 BEL Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +57.321
14 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL Team Suzuki Europe Motocross Suzuki +59.784
15 Frossard Steven 183 FRA Wilvo Forkrent KTM KTM +1:09.264
16 Searle Tommy 100 GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1:13.134
17 Philippaerts David 19 ITA DP19 Racing Yamaha +1:13.687
18 Butron Jose 17 SPA Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +1:14.448
19 Bengtsson Filip 11 SWE 24MX Lucas Oil Honda Honda +1:43.209
20 Ferris Dean 111 AUS Wilvo Nestaan Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1:45.796
21 Yamamoto Kei 400 JPN Team Honda Red Moto Assomotor Honda +1:50.388
22 Rattray Tyla 28 RSA Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +1:58.024
23 Coates Paul 177 GBR JK Racing Yamaha Active Yamaha +2:00.544
24 Lupino Alessandro 77 ITA Team Honda Red Moto Assomotor Honda -1 lap
25 Shipton Jake James 731 GBR Wildcard Rider KTM -2 laps
26 Bobryshev Evgeny 777 RUS Team HRC - MXGP Honda -4 laps
27 Goncalves Rui 999 POR MX Racing Team Husqvarna -6 laps
28 Charlier Christophe 23 FRA 24MX Lucas Oil Honda Honda -7 laps
Location Information

Losail International Circuit, Al Daayen, Qatar - View in Google Maps