Gautier Paulin took second overall in today’s qualifying race for the MXGP of Czech Republic, converting the result from a good start that immediately saw the Frenchman into third on the works CRF450RW.

Emerging from the messy first corner scrapes unscathed, Gautier quickly set about chasing down Romain Febvre. Making his pass for second place, the lead duo then ran away from the rest of the pack.

Whilst Paulin had his own space on track for much of the race, Evgeny Bobryshev was much more in the midst of the action. Emerging from turn one in tenth, the Russian was embroiled in a four-bike battle for most of the 13-lap race. Dropping to twelfth at one point as the quartet traded places, he fought back to cross the line in eighth.

After overnight rain, the skies were clear today, and the high winds helped dry the track which soon needed to be watered between sessions. Much the same is expected tomorrow for the two races, the first of which gets underway at 1415hrs local time.

Roger Harvey

Roger Harvey

HRC General Manager - MXGP

“We’re pretty pleased with the way today has gone with Gautier second, and Bobby having the speed to be fastest in Timed Practice, but just not quite making the start in the race. It’s a wide start here to gate pick is not so important, but it’s also a tight and uphill first corner so getting through that cleanly is absolutely key, as we saw in many races today. Both guys are feeling comfortable and confident, so they should both be challenging for the podium tomorrow.”

Team HRC – MXGP
Gautier Paulin

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“I’m feeling good. The bike is good, and we build a lot for tomorrow. I tried some setup today which actually I didn’t really like, but we found something for qualifying so I could push, so we’re looking good for tomorrow. It’s a difficult first corner, but the start straight is really long which is good and fun because we don’t have this in MXGP normally. If they water too much overnight they will make a mess so I hope they continue working tomorrow like they did today. I had fun on the bike today.”

Team HRC – MXGP
Evgeny Bobryshev

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“It’s not kind of my compound here but I’m feeling good on this track. I have good speed and I’m feeling comfortable. In timed practice I had the pole, but then in the qualifying race I had a really bad start. To be honest at first I was a little scared after seeing the crash of Herlings. Then as the gate dropped I had a lot of spinning and I was almost last into the first corner. I managed to come out in around tenth, and then to finish eighth was ok, but I know tomorrow if we can start cleanly I have the pace to finish on the podium.”

Team HRC – MXGP
GP of Czech Republic

Loket, Czech Republic

MXGP 2015, Round 13

Sunny / 22
Saturday 25 Jul 2015, 11:30 UTC
  • Track Condition: Hard Pack
  • Air Temp: 22°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Romain Febvre 461 FRA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 23:42.613
2 Gautier Paulin 21 FRA Team HRC – MXGP Honda +11.060
3 Glenn Coldenhoff 259 NDL Team Suzuki Europe Motocross Suzuki +18.860
4 Shaun Simpson 24 GBR Hitachi Construction Machinery Revo KTM KTM +21.415
5 Tommy Searle 100 GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +22.695
6 Jeremy Van Horebeek 89 BEL Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +23.779
7 Clement Desalle 25 BEL Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MXGP Suzuki +25.156
8 Evgeny Bobryshev 777 RUS Team HRC – MXGP Honda +27.871
9 Kevin Strijbos 22 BEL Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MXGP Suzuki +29.837
10 Todd Waters 47 AUS Red Bull IceOne Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +31.278
11 David Philippaerts 19 ITA DP19 Racing Yamaha +40.641
12 Davide Guarneri 39 ITA TM Racing Factory Team TM +42.040
13 Nathan Watson 991 GBR Red Bull IceOne Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +43.049
14 Tyla Rattray 28 RSA Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +55.619
15 Dean Ferris 111 AUS Wilvo Nestaan Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1:00.828
16 Jose Butron 17 SPA Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +1:02.048
17 Lukas Neurauter 909 AUT Wildcard Rider KTM +1:03.520
18 Filip Bengtsson 11 SWE 24MX Lucas Oil Honda Honda +1:08.737
19 Jake Nicholls 45 GBR Wilvo Forkrent KTM KTM +1:13.633
20 Dennis Ullrich 149 GER Castrol Power1 Suzuki Moto-Base Suzuki +1:15.257
21 Kei Yamamoto 400 JPN Honda Racing Assomotor Honda +1:15.442
22 Angus Heidecke 156 GER Wildcard Rider KTM +1:18.089
23 Klemen Gercar 62 SLO Wildcard Rider Husqvarna +1:43.790
24 Panagiotis Kouzis 38 GRE Wildcard Rider Honda +1 lap
25 Pier Filippo Bertuzzo 173 ITA Wildcard Rider Yamaha +1 lap
26 Christophe Charlier 23 FRA 24MX Lucas Oil Honda Honda +5 laps
27 Gregory Aranda 20 FRA Wildcard Rider Kawasaki +12 laps