Difficult day for Team HRC at Sweden MXGP

Bobryshev_Paulin_MXGP_Sweden_2015-07-06It was a tough weekend for the Team HRC pairing of Gautier Paulin and Evgeny Bobryshev at the MXGP of Sweden, who despite some strong showings finished ninth and thirteenth overall.

It’s a disappointing result, made more so by the pair’s qualifying promise yesterday and after Bobby’s pace in race one which brought a high before heartbreak for the Russian. With a strong start he got himself into second and then settled into a rhythm, chasing race-leader Romain Febvre as the two ran away from the rest of the field. Just as a comfortable-looking Bobby seemed to be setting up a trip to the podium, halfway through a small and innocuous crash damaged the clutch lever and left him without a clutch, forcing him to retire.

In that same race, Gautier found himself in seventh from the start, but as the race progressed and he pushed his way forwards, he crossed the line in fifth. As the day’s running progressed, the track got rougher and ever-more challenging and a single line emerged, making opportunities few and far between and treacherous.

This meant that in race two, the positions in which riders started was pretty much where they finished. That was true for Bobby who got away from the line in tenth and took the chequered flag in eighth. Paulin started ninth and was running eighth before a small crash demoted him to 14th, and the Frenchman took the flag in tenth position.

Roger Harvey, HRC General Manager
“It’s been a tough weekend here in Sweden and we know that our pace is much better than these results suggest. Track conditions were tricky, but that was the same challenge for everyone so we need to learn from this weekend and move on from it.”

Gautier Paulin, no.21
“In the races today, the place you start was the place you finish, pretty much, with just one or two passes. Otherwise you have to take too much risk to do something more and we can see all the crashes there have been today. I crashed once in the first moto and twice in the second which is way too much but on this type of track it was just like on or off – I didn’t even know and I was on the ground. Now we keep putting in the work and go to Latvia for a better weekend.”

Evgeny Bobryshev, no.777
“To be honest, today has not been a positive day. The track was really bad condition by the end and with so many bumps and ruts, it becomes quite dangerous for the riders. For me the first race was a shame because I was in second after a good start, but then I lost control and damaged the clutch lever so had to stop. In the second race I could close up, but I just stayed in the same place where I started because there was no line or place to pass.”