The 3rd round of the FIM MX World championship held in Beto Carrero, Brazil has seen Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing’s, Gautier Paulin, narrowly miss out on an overall podium after the French star lead both moto’s at the red-soiled theme park circuit.
Having qualified in an easy 3rd position on Saturday, Paulin had a good gate pick for Sunday’s race and used that to his advantage by grabbing the hole-shot in moto 1. He then made a small mistake in a turn and allowed Van Horebeek to sneak past, and moments later Paulin lost his front end and crashed in lap two on an off camber turn. He was down to 14th and had to remount and give chase to the pack. Paulin picked off positions each lap running a fast consistent lap time. He had to catch Philippaerts as rain started to fall however Paulin did not back off the pace and fought tooth and nail right to the flag and was able to pass Todd Waters on the final lap to salvage 6th position.
Another great hole-shot put Paulin in the drivers seat for moto 2. He came under pressure from Desalle in the opening laps but soon found a good rhythm and succeeded in gapping the Belgian. Cairoli managed to hook a tow and battled with Paulin around the halfway point. The Italian eventually made a pass stick and took the victory with Paulin in a strong second.
Gautier Paulin: “I got two good starts today, but I’m disappointed with the mistake I made in a corner during the first race. The bike was upside down and it took me too much time to restart. I lost the GP podium there, as I was fourteenth after this crash. I recovered to sixth, but it was tough with the rain during the second half of the race. There were many positives this weekend – my starts were good and in the second race I finished second. Now we go back to Europe and after the three overseas GPs I have the same motivation. I am ready to fight and I will give my best as well as the team to get the best results.”
Paulin returns to Europe and will have a week break before heading to Arco di Trento, Italy for round 4 of the 18 round series.
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