With the FIM MX GP series returning to Europe for round 4 of the 18 round series a massive turnout of spectators lined the hillside circuit of Arco di Trento to witness and exciting battle between the MXGP gladiators. Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team’s Gautier Paulin was the man to beat as the Frenchman looked well on his way to claiming his first double moto victory however the Frenchman was hijacked with a technical problem in the second moto when he his crankcase was damaged by a rock which forced him out of the race.
Paulin dominated the day by setting fastest time in the morning warm up. As the gate dropped for moto 1 he rocketed out of the gate to claim the holeshot and controlled the race from the front. He never put a foot wrong and took a convincing victory in front of the Belgian duo of Desalle and Van Horebeek. Determined to stamp his authority on the second moto Paulin once again had amazing focus and shot to the front of the pack for his 4th consecutive holeshot. He looked set to repeat his victory when disaster struck on lap 5. A rock had caused detrimental damage to the crankcase. The French star pulled into pit lane bitterly disappointed.
Gautier Paulin: “It could have been a perfect weekend, but it was not to be and of course I am frustrated this evening. It was more important than ever to have good starts here at this track, so we worked a lot on this and I got two holeshots. In the first moto I posted a couple of fast laps and then controlled my rivals, and the plan was to do the same in the second race. I had another holeshot, but after five laps I had to stop as a stone hit the crankcase".
Determined to pull back the loss in points, Paulin travels to Bulgaria next week for round 5. He will be confident on track where he has taken consecutive victories in the last two outings in Sevlievo.
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