Superb Double Podium for HRC Riders in Red Weekend in Spain
It was a red weekend in Talavera de la Reina as Honda’s factory CRF riders took a double podium and made it three in the top five at the MXGP of Spain.
- Gautier Paulin
- Gautier Paulin
Honda Gariboldi’s Tim Gajser dominated the weekend on the #243 CRF450RW, whilst Gautier Paulin made a return to the podium with two fantastic races to finish third overall. Evgeny Bobryshev also enjoyed a consistent weekend to finish sixth and fifth for fifth overall on the #777 machine.
Gautier Paulin made a great start in race one, slotting into second from the first corner. After the pack shuffled in the opening lap, he found himself in fourth, but settled into a rhythm to chase down Clement Desalle in third, whilst resisting pressure from Toni Cairoli behind in a three way battle for third.
Nipping at the heels of that battle was Evgeny Bobryshev who climbed from ninth at the start to finish sixth, just out of reach of the group ahead of him.
In race two, again there were three Hondas in the top four from the start, and the order quickly settled with Gajser taking the lead from Max Nagl and Paulin slotting into third ahead of Bobby in fourth. As another four-bike battle for third developed, Gautier dug deep to resist pressure from Romain Febvre whilst the Frenchman got ahead of Bobby with two laps to go.
Honda extends its lead of the Manufacturers’ Championship, whilst Gajser extends his lead of the World Championship.
- Evgeny Bobryshev
- Evgeny Bobryshev
- Gautier Paulin:
Race Result: 4th, 3rd 3rd Overall
- “I’m really happy to be riding again after the injury and enjoying my time on the bike, having fun and to be on the podium again. I couldn’t believe I could have two good races like that because I was still feeling tired, and I think I pushed more mentally than physically because my condition is missing a little because I haven’t been able to train like I want during my recovery. Yesterday the track was more rough and I set the best lap time because I could make speed more with my technical side than physical. But we are getting stronger and stronger again with more time on the bike, so I’m really enjoying this moment.”
- Evgeny Bobryshev:
Race Result: 6th, 5th 5th Overall
- “To finish fifth overall after a couple of consistent races is good, and we collected more points this weekend, but to be honest I’m a little frustrated and disappointed. I just didn’t gel with this track this weekend. In the second race I was following Gautier and trying to pass him, but it’s tight and twisty which I don’t like so much and I just couldn’t make it work. But I’m really happy for Gautier and want to congratulate him to come back strongly and stand on the podium today after missing some races this season. Honestly I didn’t have so much fun this weekend, but considering that fifth and another 31 points is good.”
- Roger Harvey: HRC General Manager – MXGP
- “It’s been a really great weekend in Spain and the boys have all ridden very well. Tim was superb in topping the sheets in every session, and it was fantastic to see three Hondas in the top four from the starts, as well as David taking both holeshots on the 250, and to have three bikes in the top five overall from the Grand Prix. At the halfway point of the season we now lead the Riders’ and Manufacturers’ World Championships, so although there is a long way to go we’re in a strong position.”
- Gautier Paulin
Exceptional Gajser Dominates MXGP of Spain with Perfect Weekend
Tim Gajser’s domination of the MXGP of Spain continued today as the Slovenian set the fastest time in warm-up, and took a pair of runaway victories to win his fifth MXGP of the season, and maintain his 100 percent podium record.
It means that this weekend, Gajser topped the charts in every single session, extending his championship lead to 24 points.
In both races Tim started well on the #243 CRF450RW, and in the early laps it was a contest between he and Max Nagl. Putting up a good fight, Gajser nevertheless was the faster rider and wasted no time in taking the lead and delivering a series of fastest laps to runaway by a margin of 6.4 and 3.6 seconds respectively in the two races.
In MX2 there was also a CRF at the sharp end at the starts, as David Herbreteau took a clean sweep of holeshots, being the fastest starter in both races on his CRF250R.
Running in the top ten for much of race one, unfortunately a few mistakes started to creep in and David slipped to 16th by the finish. He followed his career-first holeshot with a second in race two to take a clean sweep, but on lap one he crashed whilst in the wave section and was taken to the medical centre for scans on his right ankle. Initial results indicate that there is nothing broken, but badly bruised. David will undergo more checks in the week once the swelling has reduced.
Spaniard Jorge Zaragoza endured a troubled home GP weekend when he was forced to retire in race one on the third lap with a technical issue when water caused a short in the engine kill switch which stopped the engine, and then was caught up in a turn one crash in the second race. Dropping to the back of the grid, he fought back to finish 20th.
The MXGP season moves to France and to St Jean d’Angely next weekend for the second of this back-to-back pair.
- Tim Gajser:
Race Result: 12th/4th Championship position: 1st
- “It’s been such an amazing weekend. I couldn’t believe that I could top the charts in every session, or that at halfway through the season we could have finished on the podium at every single race, with five wins too. It’s an amazing feeling. This weekend also shows that we’re working in the right way to keep strong, because in the last few races I’ve made some rookie mistakes, and we’ve worked on this area a lot since Trentino so a double victory here is the perfect way to come back after a week off and shows that our work pays off immediately. I want to say thank you especially to the team this weekend and to my mechanic Nico and engineer Roger because there was big work between the races, and it’s such a great feeling to be able to deliver them the results. They do such a good job and I trust them completely to give me the perfect bike, and we definitely had a perfect bike this weekend.”
- David Herbreteau:
Race Result: 16th/36th Championship position: 20th
- “I’m upset because of the crash and the injury to my ankle. It’s good that nothing seems to be broken, but we have to wait for more checks this week to see the condition more clearly. It’s a shame because I made two good starts – the first two holeshots of my MX2 career – and I think we could have showed something in race two. Now I just hope to be fit enough to race well in France next weekend, but we’ll have to wait a little later this week to know more.”
- Jorge Zaragoza:
Race Result: 37th/20th Championship position: 16th
- “It’s been a tough weekend because of bad luck that’s made us on the back foot from the start of the weekend. The starts today were not so bad and we could get inside the top ten, but then we couldn’t finish race one because of the problem of the water in the engine stop switch, and then in race two two riders made me like a sandwich and we crashed so I had to again come from the back. The pace wasn’t so bad and I think I’m improving in this on Sunday, but it’s not what we want from the home GP. But it’s like this so we must move now to France and focus on putting it all together there.”
- Giacomo Gariboldi:
- “Every race Tim surprises because he shows that he can just keep getting better, learning and moving forward. To have a perfect weekend at the top of every session is fantastic, and it moves Tim and Honda further ahead in the World Championship. I’m also very pleased that David could take his first two holeshots in MX2, although that didn’t translate to results because of the crash. But nothing is broken so we will work more in the week but hope that he can come back strong in France next week for his home GP. Congratulations also to Gautier for making it two Hondas on the podium today!”
2016 FIM MXGP / MX2 World Motocross Championship
Round 01: Talavera de la Reina – Spain