Team HRC Finishes 2015 MXGP Season Second and Third
Team HRC’s Gautier Paulin and Evgeny Bobryshev finished the 2015 MXGP season in the USA today placed second and third respectively in the World Championship.
Aboard the factory Honda CRF450RW, Paulin won five motos and Bobby won a further two qualifying races this season, and the duo shared a total of nine Grand Prix podiums.
Sealing second and third in the world, it is just the second year that the team has been a fully-fledged factory HRC effort, and coupled with a World Championship title in European MX250 and the MX2 World title on the works CRF250RW, it’s been a strong year for Honda.
At the finale in Glen Helen this weekend, a pair of 8th place finishes for Paulin put him 7th overall in the MXGP of the USA, just behind Bobby who was sixth overall with a ninth and a fifth, having been running as high as second in race two.
- Roger Harvey: HRC General Manager – MXGP
- “We certainly can’t complain with second and third in the world, and with Tim winning the MX2 World Championship, it’s been a great year for Team HRC and for Honda. I’d like to congratulate Tim and the Honda Gariboldi team for a fantastic season on the works 250, flying the HRC flag in MX2. This weekend was reasonable, but the important thing was second and third in the championship and I’m very pleased with that. Now we have a clear goal for next year – to improve by one place!”
- Gautier Paulin: Race Result: 8th, 8th 7th Overall
2nd in World Championship
- “It’s great to end the season with second overall, and top Honda. It’s been a hard season with many up and downs, with winning in Valkenswaard and then also having some really bad moments like with my knee. Towards the end of the season I was pushing but trying to control the knee, and in motocross it’s difficult to do that. Now we concentrate on the Motocross of Nations, and then I have a full check on my condition to come back 100 percent next season. I want to thank Honda and HRC, and all my partners, for this season and for all the hard work.”
- Evgeny Bobryshev: Race Result: 9th, 5th. 6th overall
3rd in World Championship
- “I feel great after this season. I put my goal in front of me before this season and I followed this goal and now we have achieved it. It was really important for me to stay healthy; this was the main goal. Now we have third place so it’s really great.“If you take Russian legends like Kavinov, 36 years ago he was in third place, so now after such a long time I have ended this gap and done the same. There are many people in Russia who know the history and really follow this sport, and they’re really happy that a Russian has done this again.
“It’s a strange feeling to be third to be honest. Until I get my medal, for me it’s difficult to believe it as it’s been such a long time to do this in the championship. I knew always that I could do this and my speed was top three. In Mexico when I secured the place it was a strange feeling, and I was thinking ‘why don’t I feel it yet?’, but since then I start thinking more ‘wow, I’m third!’. I feel just a great satisfaction inside.”
Tim Gajser – 2015 MX2 World Champion!
Nineteen-year-old Tim Gajser took an historic MX2 World Championship title today for the Honda Gariboldi Racing Team.
It’s been a triumphant and meteoric year for Gajser and Honda Gariboldi Racing. In Arco di Trento in April he scored his career first MX2 Grand Prix victory on the CRF250RW. Since, four more victories have followed, including a further three trips to the podium.
With three stellar performances on the sand tracks of Belgium, Italy and the Netherlands he took the lead of the MX2 World Championship, and with a faultless ride here in America clinched this historic title.
It’s the first 250cc world title for Honda since Fred Bolley in 2000, and the first small-class crown for the Japanese marque since Alessandro Puzar in 1995.
It’s also the first World Championship for the Honda Gariboldi Racing team, and Gajser becomes the first Slovenian to win the MX2 title. For team partner SHIFT, it’s also the first championship victory since Jeff Emig’s supercross title in 1997.
Already establishing himself as a leading force in MX2 towards the end of last year, the kid from Slovenia’s record is now even more impressive:
2007 65cc European Champion
2009 85cc European Champion
2012 First Slovenian 125cc European and World Champion. GP debut
2014 5th MX2 World Championship – first full season with Honda Gariboldi
2015 MX2 World Champion
With a contract with HRC until at least the 2020 season, Gajser has already added a significant chapter to the history of Honda and HRC in the Motocross World Championship.
- Giacomo Gariboldi: Team Principal
- “This is just a dream! Like a fairytale. We did it. I’m just so happy for Tim, the whole Gajser family who are so close, and everyone in the team. It’s like a family. All year we have worked more like a family than a team. It’s been our best year in motocross and to achieve this historic win just two years after HRC came with factory support is incredible. I’m so thankful to HRC and Honda, and the Japanese engineers for all their support as we wouldn’t be here without them, and they are just so easy to work with and very quickly became part of the family. I can’t put into words how much this means, especially as we have put Honda right back at the front; at the top of the world again. I said earlier this season that the championship would go down to the last race, but Tim was just so strong and rode so well, he earned this championship and he deserves it.”
- Tim Gajser:
Race Result: 6th/4th Championship position: 1st
- “I can’t believe it, it’s just amazing this feeling. I think I will feel it even more tomorrow when I wake up, but right now it’s just a dream. We have been working so hard for this for all my life. This is what we do all the work and the training for. I can’t thank everyone enough – my family, the team and my mechanics, Honda and HRC, and everyone who has supported me along the way. I’m so happy! The year started a little rough and I made some mistakes, but I’m only human and in the second half, it just got better and better. It’s been an incredible year with my first MX2 GP victory, and now the first MX2 World Championship. At the start of the year we couldn’t have imagined this, even though it’s what we aim for, so to now have the medal around my neck and the no.1 plate on the bike is just incredible. I love the Honda, and now I can’t wait to get back on the 450 next weekend for the Nations!”
2015 FIM MXGP / MX2 World Motocross Championship
Round 18: Glen Helen – U.S.A