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.

“I’m feeling good. The bike is good, and we build a lot for tomorrow,” Gautier Paulin said. “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.”

“It’s not kind of my compound here but I’m feeling good on this track,” said Evgeny Bobryshev. “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.”

HRC General Manager – MXGP, Roger Harvey commented: “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.”

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 FEBVRE Romain 461 FRA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 23:42.613
2 PAULIN Gautier 21 FRA Team HRC Honda +11.060
3 COLDENHOFF Glenn 259 NDL Team Suzuki Europe Motocross Suzuki +18.860
4 SIMPSON Shaun 24 GBR Hitachi Construction Machinery Revo KTM KTM +21.415
5 SEARLE Tommy 100 GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +22.695
6 VAN HOREBEEK Jeremy 89 BEL Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +23.779
7 DESALLE Clement 25 BEL Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MXGP Suzuki +25.156
8 BOBRYSHEV Evgeny 777 RUS Team HRC Honda +27.871
9 STRIJBOS Kevin 22 BEL Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MXGP Suzuki +29.837
10 WATERS Todd 47 AUS Red Bull IceOne Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +31.278
11 PHILIPPAERTS David 19 ITA DP19 Racing Yamaha +40.641
12 GUARNERI Davide 39 ITA TM Racing Factory Team TM +42.040
13 WATSON Nathan 991 GBR Red Bull IceOne Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +43.049
14 RATTRAY Tyla 28 RSA Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +55.619
15 FERRIS Dean 111 AUS Wilvo Nestaan Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1:00.828
16 BUTRON Jose 17 SPA Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +1:02.048
17 NEURAUTER Lukas 909 AUT Wildcard Rider KTM +1:03.520
18 BENGTSSON Filip 11 SWE 24MX Honda Racing Honda +1:08.737
19 NICHOLLS Jake 45 GBR Wilvo Forkrent KTM KTM +1:13.633
20 ULLRICH Dennis 149 GER Castrol Power1 Suzuki Moto-Base Suzuki +1:15.257
21 YAMAMOTO Kei 400 JPN Team Assomotor Honda Honda +1:15.442
22 HEIDECKE Angus 156 GER Wildcard Rider KTM +1:18.089
23 GERCAR Klemen 62 SLO Wildcard Rider Husqvarna +1:43.790
24 KOUZIS Panagiotis 38 GRE Wildcard Rider Honda +1 lap
25 BERTUZZO Pier Filippo 173 ITA Wildcard Rider Yamaha +1 lap
26 CHARLIER Christophe 23 FRA 24MX Honda Racing Honda +5 laps
27 ARANDA Gregory 20 FRA Wildcard Rider Kawasaki +12 laps
28 FROSSARD Steven 183 FRA Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki DNS