Team HRC’s pairing of Evgeny Bobryshev and Gautier Paulin endured a frustrating MXGP of Thailand, with Bobby just missing out on an overall podium by two points, and Gautier’s race two assault being derailed when his bike was hit on the opening lap.

As the temperature at the Suphanburi Motorsport Land venue soared to 37 degrees Celsius, with an oppressive humidity of 58 per cent, there was a lot of Honda red at the front of the pack at the start of race one.

Honda Gariboldi’s Tim Gajser on the HRC factory machine slotted into second, whilst Bobryshev and Paulin were embroiled in the pack and emerged in 8th and 14th respectively, but it was Japanese Kei Yamamoto on the CRF450R who took his first holeshot. The Team HRC duo faired well in the heat and fought through the pack valiantly, Bobby climbing to an eventual fourth and Gautier, who was the fastest man on track in the closing stages of the race, took the flag in seventh.

Race two was almost a reversal of positions with Bobby exiting turn one in tenth but Gautier sitting strongly in fourth. However, frustration came again for the Frenchman when Valentin Guillod’s bike got out of shape in front of him exiting the last corner, and as the rear snapped back into line it cleaned out the front wheel of his Honda CRF and put him on the ground.

A seventh place for Bobryshev meant that he missed the podium by just two points, finishing fourth overall in the Grand Prix, whilst Paulin recovered to ninth but was let ruing what could have been.

Evgeny Bobryshev

Evgeny Bobryshev 777

4th overall

“For me until now it was the hardest race. The weather and the track were both very tough. I couldn’t get well with the track and I was struggling in the corners and couldn’t flow my speed. The track was less rutted today than yesterday though, so the guys at the track and the organisers made a good job with the work they did overnight. The first race was ok and I stayed in fourth so I’m happy with that. But still I struggled a little and couldn’t push myself too hard. I had a bad start in the second race and had to come back from ninth but when I got behind Simpson I couldn’t push hard enough to pass him. Compared to one year ago when we were last in Thailand I am different though. I handle the heat better and changed my style a bit, working a lot over winter, and I think that people can see that too. It was a hot weekend for us, but also for my mechanics who had some heavy work this weekend so I’d like to thank them too for the great job they’re doing.”

Team HRC – MXGP
Gautier Paulin

Gautier Paulin 21

7th overall

“This weekend hasn’t been easy because of the track and the heat, but that’s motocross and it’s what we love. In the second race I had a good start and I was improving every session on this track. At the end of the first lap Guillod had a big slide from left to right and once he got back the grip, his bike went straight into my front wheel and I couldn’t do anything – I just lost my bike and was ejected. I wasn’t his fault, it’s just racing. The scary thing was being on the floor and with the dust not being able to see what was coming. But after that we got back on the bike and did some good few laps, passing people like Antonio and Strijbos and pushing well to the end.

“Again we keep on working. It’s a long way until the end of the championship but I feel more and more that I’m in the rhythm. Just our two weekends so far something has happened to slow us down so it’s a little frustrating, but we just need to keep looking forward. If I was leading the moto I wouldn’t have a problem with other riders, so we just need to keep pushing. I’m putting in so much effort and so is the team, so things like this are frustrating, but I know where I’m at, I keep a good mind, and we move on to the next round.”

Team HRC – MXGP
Roger Harvey

Roger Harvey

HRC General Manager - MXGP

"It's been a frustrating weekend here in Thailand. Bobby was strong all weekend - he's usually been weak in the heat but he turned it round this year with a very strong. He just missed the podium, but that's how it is. Gautier was in the middle of everything all weekend, and just as he was making headway in the second race he was cleaned out and went down, so that's also very frustrating. Tim delivered a great ride, especially considering the situation he was in one year ago in Thailand last time. Another podium and second in the championship isn't half bad for a rookie!"

Team HRC – MXGP
GP of Thailand

Suphan Buri Motorsport Land, Thailand

MXGP 2016, Round 2

Sunny / 37
Sunday 6 Mar 2016, 10:05 UTC
  • Track Condition: Hard
  • Air Temp: 37°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Romain Febvre 461 FRA 25 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 34:41.154
2 Ben Townley 8 NZL 22 Team Suzuki World MXGP Suzuki +6.038
3 Max Nagl 12 GER 20 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +7.876
4 Jeremy Van Horebeek 89 BEL 18 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +10.723
5 Tim Gajser 243 SLO 16 Honda Gariboldi Racing Honda +20.508
6 Shaun Simpson 24 GBR 15 Wilvo Virus Performance KTM KTM +23.325
7 Evgeny Bobryshev 777 RUS 14 Team HRC – MXGP Honda +32.355
8 Jose Butron 17 SPA 13 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +36.229
9 Gautier Paulin 21 FRA 12 Team HRC – MXGP Honda +38.176
10 Valentin Guillod 92 SWI 11 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +41.132
11 Kevin Strijbos 22 BEL 10 Team Suzuki World MXGP Suzuki +43.047
12 Antonio Cairoli 222 ITA 9 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +47.932
13 Alessandro Lupino 77 ITA 8 Honda Racing Assomotor Honda +50.244
14 Tommy Searle 100 GBR 7 Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki Kawasaki +56.903
15 Milko Potisek 32 FRA 6 Tip Top MP32 Racing Team Yamaha +1:04.770
16 Christophe Charlier 23 FRA 5 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1:12.194
17 Tanel Leok 40 EST 4 Wildcard Rider Kawasaki +1:42.623
18 Kei Yamamoto 400 JPN 3 Honda Racing Assomotor Honda +2:02.034
19 Glenn Coldenhoff 259 NDL 2 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +-1 lap
20 Clement Desalle 25 BEL 1 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +8.718
Sunny / 37
Sunday 6 Mar 2016, 07:01 UTC
  • Track Condition: Hard
  • Air Temp: 37°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Romain Febvre 461 FRA 25 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 34:04.313
2 Antonio Cairoli 222 ITA 22 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +2.775
3 Tim Gajser 243 SLO 20 Honda Gariboldi Racing Honda +5.871
4 Evgeny Bobryshev 777 RUS 18 Team HRC – MXGP Honda +18.040
5 Jeremy Van Horebeek 89 BEL 16 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +21.958
6 Tommy Searle 100 GBR 15 Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki Kawasaki +33.137
7 Gautier Paulin 21 FRA 14 Team HRC – MXGP Honda +36.125
8 Kevin Strijbos 22 BEL 13 Team Suzuki World MXGP Suzuki +47.200
9 Shaun Simpson 24 GBR 12 Wilvo Virus Performance KTM KTM +51.008
10 Christophe Charlier 23 FRA 11 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +59.191
11 Valentin Guillod 92 SWI 10 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +1:02.840
12 Milko Potisek 32 FRA 9 Tip Top MP32 Racing Team Yamaha +1:05.143
13 Jose Butron 17 SPA 8 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +1:13.586
14 Alessandro Lupino 77 ITA 7 Honda Racing Assomotor Honda +1:16.599
15 Glenn Coldenhoff 259 NDL 6 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1:24.528
16 Clement Desalle 25 BEL 5 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +1:30.705
17 Tanel Leok 40 EST 4 Wildcard Rider Kawasaki +-1 lap
18 Kei Yamamoto 400 JPN 3 Honda Racing Assomotor Honda +1.934
19 Alex Snow 31 GBR 2 iFly JK Racing Yamaha +1:27.176
20 Thanarat Penjan 171 THA 1 Wildcard Rider Honda +-3 laps
Sunny / 36
Saturday 5 Mar 2016, 10:01 UTC
  • Track Condition: Deep
  • Air Temp: 36°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Ben Townley 8 NZL Team Suzuki World MXGP Suzuki 24:39.205
2 Romain Febvre 461 FRA Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +3.512
3 Antonio Cairoli 222 ITA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +5.459
4 Jeremy Van Horebeek 89 BEL Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +13.490
5 Tim Gajser 243 SLO Honda Gariboldi Racing Honda +20.501
6 Kevin Strijbos 22 BEL Team Suzuki World MXGP Suzuki +25.259
7 Max Nagl 12 GER Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +29.967
8 Gautier Paulin 21 FRA Team HRC – MXGP Honda +35.794
9 Shaun Simpson 24 GBR Wilvo Virus Performance KTM KTM +37.280
10 Glenn Coldenhoff 259 NDL Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +38.030
11 Evgeny Bobryshev 777 RUS Team HRC – MXGP Honda +45.703
12 Tommy Searle 100 GBR Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki Kawasaki +50.283
13 Valentin Guillod 92 SWI Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +52.650
14 Alessandro Lupino 77 ITA Honda Racing Assomotor Honda +1:09.673
15 Kei Yamamoto 400 JPN Honda Racing Assomotor Honda +1:21.723
16 Christophe Charlier 23 FRA Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1:35.505
17 Alex Snow 31 GBR iFly JK Racing Yamaha +-1 lap
18 Chaiyan Romphan 31 THA Wildcard Rider Yamaha +1:49.975
19 Thanarat Penjan 171 THA Wildcard Rider Honda +-3 laps
20 Milko Potisek 32 FRA Tip Top MP32 Racing Team Yamaha +-7 laps
Rider Standings
Sunday, 6 Mar 2016 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Romain FEBVRE 461 FRA 92 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
2 Tim GAJSER 243 SLO 86 Honda Gariboldi Racing Honda
3 Evgeny BOBRYSHEV 777 RUS 74 Team HRC – MXGP Honda
4 Jeremy VAN HOREBEEK 89 BEL 68 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
5 Antonio CAIROLI 222 ITA 64 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
6 Shaun SIMPSON 24 GBR 57 Wilvo Virus Performance KTM KTM
7 Kevin STRIJBOS 22 BEL 48 Team Suzuki World MXGP Suzuki
8 Tommy SEARLE 100 GBR 47 Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki Kawasaki
9 Max NAGL 12 GER 44 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
10 Ben TOWNLEY 8 NZL 42 Team Suzuki World MXGP Suzuki
11 Valentin GUILLOD 92 SWI 37 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha
12 Gautier PAULIN 21 FRA 37 Team HRC – MXGP Honda
13 Jose BUTRON 17 SPA 35 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM
14 Glenn COLDENHOFF 259 NDL 33 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
15 Milko POTISEK 32 FRA 28 Tip Top MP32 Racing Team Yamaha
16 Christophe CHARLIER 23 FRA 24 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
17 Alessandro LUPINO 77 ITA 23 Honda Racing Assomotor Honda
18 Tanel LEOK 40 EST 21 Wildcard Rider Kawasaki
19 Kei YAMAMOTO 400 JPN 11 Honda Racing Assomotor Honda
20 Clement DESALLE 25 BEL 9 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki
21 Alex SNOW 31 GBR 3 iFly JK Racing Yamaha
22 Thanarat PENJAN 171 THA 1 Wildcard Rider Honda