Gautier Paulin took the victory in the qualifying race for the MXGP of Latvia today with a clean sweep of all sessions, and teammate Evgeny Bobryshev made it two Hondas in the top three with an equally strong showing.
Dominant from the morning’s free practice, Paulin topped the timesheets throughout the day and, coming from fifth at the first corner, made swift progress to control the race from the front and cross the line for the victory.
Meanwhile Evgeny Bobryshev also put his CRF450RW in third for tomorrow’s two races. Despite a crash in the timed practice session this morning whilst running second fastest, the Russian continued his strong form into the afternoon with third place at his home race.
Whilst rain hit the Kegums track today in intermittent downpours, the MXGP qualifying race remained dry. The forecast for tomorrow is much the same, so on the Latvian sand Team HRC are hoping for more of the same tomorrow when the first race gets underway at 1415hrs local time.