Evgeny Bobryshev set the fastest lap of the qualifying race in Italy today but crossed the line in fourth after a first corner incident involving both he and Gautier Paulin that demoted the Team HRC pairing to the back of the pack.

Bobryshev was also fastest in the Timed Practice session earlier in the afternoon, just ahead of Paulin who was second fastest, so the pace is once again most certainly there for the pair on the Honda CRF450RW.

In the race, both riders got out of the gate well and were at the front of the pack into the left-handed turn one, but that’s where the drama began as the two came together and crashed, dropping to last.


Mounting their comebacks, they followed each other as they charged through the field, passing riders with each and every lap, to climb back to fourth for Bobby and sixth for Paulin. On his charge, Bobby was the fastest man on track.

With good pace and good gate jumps, and a good feeling on the CRF450RW, the team are looking forward to the promise of strong performances in tomorrow’s two races.

Roger Harvey, HRC General Manager – MXGP:

“Both guys got out of the start quite well from good positions – first and second at the gate – but unfortunately tangled at the first corner and went down so it wasn’t the ideal start to qualification.

“But then both of them had good rides back through the field when they got going again. Both guys have good speed here this weekend and Bobby was fastest in the race. He was using a lot of fast and sweeping lines which was good to see, and Gautier was being more precise as is his style, and both did well to get back to fourth and sixth which is fine for the start here tomorrow.”

Evgeny Bobryshev #777:

“I have a really good feeling with this track. There are many fast places which really suits me. Unfortunately in the qualifying race I had a crash with Gautier.

“We were right on the inside and everybody was closing to the inside into the corner and I just touched him and we crashed together. But then I had a good comeback. Many guys crashed but I had a good feeling with the bike and a good feeling with the track so I could pass many riders. With no rain it was good today, so we’re hoping for the same again tomorrow.”

Gautier Paulin #21:

“I had a good start actually. I had a good laptime in timed practice in second so a good position in the gate, then into the first corner I think Bobby just missed his braking so he hit me and we crashed. I got his bike on top of me so I couldn’t get up quickly.

“I started to comeback and I was riding okay but not like I want because it was pretty tricky with many yellow flags with many bikes on the ground so I tried to manage and respect those. The first 10 minutes I didn’t ride like I wanted, but then I started pushing. I missed my braking and passed over a berm and lost again four places so had to come back again. Sixth is not a bad place after the crash at the start but I’m definitely looking forward to something more tomorrow.”

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 NAGL Max 12 GER Red Bull IceOne Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 24:42.694
2 VAN HOREBEEK Jeremy 89 BEL Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +4.702
3 SIMPSON Shaun 24 GBR Hitachi Construction Machinery Revo KTM KTM +7.624
4 BOBRYSHEV Evgeny 777 RUS Team HRC Honda +9.534
5 COLDENHOFF Glenn 259 NDL Team Suzuki Europe Motocross Suzuki +13.588
6 PAULIN Gautier 21 FRA Team HRC Honda +14.956
7 STRIJBOS Kevin 22 BEL Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MXGP Suzuki +15.640
8 FEBVRE Romain 461 FRA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +16.548
9 LUPINO Alessandro 77 ITA Team Assomotor Honda Honda +23.868
10 WATERS Todd 47 AUS Red Bull IceOne Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +24.551
11 RATTRAY Tyla 28 RSA Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +25.136
12 BUTRON Jose 17 SPA Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +26.728
13 DE DYCKER Ken 9 BEL Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +40.460
14 FERRIS Dean 111 AUS Wilvo Nestaan Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +44.429
15 AUBIN Nicolas 903 FRA Wildcard Rider Suzuki +49.615
16 YAMAMOTO Kei 400 JPN Team Assomotor Honda Honda +56.838
17 PHILIPPAERTS David 19 ITA DP19 Racing Yamaha +57.097
18 IRT Matevz 289 SLO Wildcard Rider Yamaha +1:16.215
19 BERTUZZO Pier Filippo 173 ITA Wildcard Rider Yamaha +1:20.352
20 GERCAR Klemen 62 SLO Wildcard Rider Husqvarna +1:28.730