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.

Roger Harvey

Roger Harvey

HRC General Manager - MXGP

“I’m really happy with the way today’s gone. Gautier is looking good and smooth on the bike, and seems as though he had nice control of the race. Bobby had a get-off this morning so was a little bit stiff and not as quite as smooth as he could be, but it'll be easier tomorrow. We’ll make some very small setting changes tonight after debriefing with the riders to give them even better bikes for tomorrow.”

Gautier Paulin

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“We just had the perfect day today with first in every session. I’m feeling right on the bike and it’s feeling good. We prepared for the weekend pretty well with the team, so let’s see tomorrow but we are in good shape. I controlled the qualifying with Romain behind because I saw Waters and Antonio crash. I passed Romain one time but then in the crash of Antonio his bike hit me so I had to get out of the track and Romain passed me back, but then I pass him again and controlled the race until the end. I didn’t give everything because we need to keep some for tomorrow, but we couldn’t do better so I’m happy.”

Evgeny Bobryshev

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“I’m happy with today because to finish third is good. I wanted to do better laptimes but I couldn’t because I was too stiff on the bike though so I wasn’t flowing and couldn’t find the line. I’m happy with everything else though, and with the track, and I'm fine from the crash tomorrow. I hurt my ankle a bit, but now it’s fine so now we look to tomorrow and making some small changes just to make me a bit easier on the bike.”

GP of Latvia

Kegums, Latvia

MXGP 2015, Round 12

Mixed / 19
Saturday 11 Jul 2015, 10:19 UTC
  • Track Condition: Sand
  • Air Temp: 19°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Gautier Paulin 21 FRA Team HRC – MXGP Honda 24:54.038
2 Romain Febvre 461 FRA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +0.359
3 Evgeny Bobryshev 777 RUS Team HRC – MXGP Honda +26.663
4 Tommy Searle 100 GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +27.892
5 Glenn Coldenhoff 259 NDL Team Suzuki Europe Motocross Suzuki +28.298
6 Kevin Strijbos 22 BEL Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MXGP Suzuki +30.087
7 Jeremy Van Horebeek 89 BEL Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +31.388
8 Tyla Rattray 28 RSA Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +38.978
9 Shaun Simpson 24 GBR Hitachi Construction Machinery Revo KTM KTM +40.011
10 Filip Bengtsson 11 SWE 24MX Lucas Oil Honda Honda +46.458
11 David Philippaerts 19 ITA DP19 Racing Yamaha +53.930
12 Nathan Watson 991 GBR Red Bull IceOne Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +54.541
13 Jose Butron 17 SPA Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +56.154
14 Davide Guarneri 39 ITA TM Racing Factory Team TM +56.783
15 Steven Frossard FRA Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +57.236
16 Christophe Charlier 23 FRA 24MX Lucas Oil Honda Honda +57.584
17 Dean Ferris 111 AUS Wilvo Nestaan Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1:17.741
18 Antonio Cairoli 222 ITA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1:29.868
19 Tanel Leok 40 EST Wildcard Rider Kawasaki +1:30.733
20 Davis Ivanovs 600 LAT Wildcard Rider Kawasaki +1:45.893
21 Maxim Nazarov 742 RUS Belogorie Russia Racing KTM +1:47.578
22 Kei Yamamoto 400 JPN Honda Racing Assomotor Honda +1 lap
23 Jake Nicholls 45 GBR Wilvo Forkrent KTM KTM +9 laps
24 Todd Waters 47 AUS Red Bull IceOne Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +11 laps
25 Alessandro Lupino 77 ITA Honda Racing Assomotor Honda +13 laps