PAULIN TWELFTH OVERALL IN PORTUGAL

Courtesy of ICEOne Racing

In the MXGP category, the Portuguese GP brought mixed fortunes for Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Gautier Paulin. Putting in a solid moto one performance at the fast Agueda track, the Frenchman started the GP with a strong fourth place result. Getting a good start and racing in eighth position in moto two Gautier was frustratingly unable to finish the second moto due to a technical issue.

The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team will return to action at the sixth round of the 2018 FIM Motocross World Championship in Russia on April 30, May 1.



Gautier Paulin:“Race organisers did a great job with the track after the rain on Saturday and I really enjoyed racing in Portugal. We’ve done an awesome job with our bike set-up and I was looking forward to capitalising on that in the two motos. In the first race I had a great pace and even put in the fastest lap time. I was racing in third but Cairoli found a better line and made the pass before the end so I finished fourth. A small technical issue didn’t let me finish moto two but we take the positives from the GP and move on. My speed was great throughout the weekend despite the track being rutted and difficult and this means we’re on the right track for the rest of the season.”

Gautier Paulin – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
Results – 2018 FIM Motocross World Championship, Round 5MXGP – Overall
1. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM) 50pts; 2. Antonio Cairoli (KTM) 44; 3. Tim Gajser (Honda) 36… 12. Gautier Paulin (Husqvarna) 18… 17. Tanel Leok (Husqvarna) 12

MXGP – Race 1
1. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM) 16 laps, 34:14.689; 2. Antonio Cairoli (KTM) 34:20.949; 3. Tim Gajser (Honda) 34:22.946; 4. Gautier Paulin (Husqvarna) 34:25.431… 13. Tanel Leok (Husqvarna) 35:53.893… 20. Ander Valentin (Husqvarna) 15 laps, 35:28.690; 21. Klemen Gercar (Husqvarna) 35:30.779… 28. Simon Mallet (Husqvarna) 14 laps, 35:53.320

MXGP – Race 2
1. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM) 17 laps, 35:12.692; 2. Antonio Cairoli (KTM) 35:47.065; 3. Clement Desalle (Kawasaki) 35:56.041… 17. Tanel Leok (Husqvarna) 16 laps, 35:25.254… 20. Ander Valentin (Husqvarna) 36:10.682… 25. Klemen Gercar (Husqvarna) 15 laps, 35:16.359; 26. Simon Mallet (Husqvarna) 35:21.080

MX2 – Overall
1. Jorge Prado (KTM) 50pts; 2. Thomas Kjer-Olsen (Husqvarna) 40; 3. Jed Beaton (Kawasaki) 38… 8. Henry Jacobi (Husqvarna) 25… 11. Iker Larranaga (Husqvarna) 15… 16. Brent Van doninck (Husqvarna) 12

MX2 – Race 1
1. Jorge Prado (KTM) 17 laps, 36:19.765; 2. Pauls Jonass (KTM) 36:24.613; 3. Jed Beaton (Kawasaki) 36:25.975; 4. Thomas Kjer-Olsen (Husqvarna) 36:32.704… 9. Henry Jacobi (Husqvarna) 37:39.116… 13. Brent Van doninck (Husqvarna) 38:03.859… 16. Iker Larranaga (Husqvarna) 38:07.779… 24. Enzo Toriani (Husqvarna) 16 laps, 38:24.460

MX2 – Race 2
1. Jorge Prado (KTM) 17 laps, 35:22.081; 2. Thomas Kjer-Olsen (Husqvarna) 35:25.105; 3. Ben Watson (Yamaha) 35:25.277… 8. Henry Jacobi (Husqvarna) 36:02.941… 11. Iker Larranaga (Husqvarna) 36:19.542… 17. Brent Van doninck (Husqvarna) 37:02.784… 25. Enzo Toriani (Husqvarna) 16 laps, 36:29.082

Championship Standings – After Round 5

MXGP
1. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM) 241; 2. Antonio Cairoli (KTM) 225; 3. Romain Febvre (Yamaha) 169… 5. Gautier Paulin (Husqvarna) 147… 18. Max Anstie (Husqvarna) 45; 19. Tanel Leok (Husqvarna) 41… 25. Harri Kullas (Husqvarna) 14… 29. Ander Valentin (Husqvarna) 5

MX2
1. Pauls Jonass (KTM) 216pts; 2. Jorge Prado (KTM) 202; 3. Thomas Kjer-Olsen (Husqvarna) 185… 10. Henry Jacobi (Husqvarna) 96; 11. Thomas Covington (Husqvarna) 91… 16. Iker Larranaga (Husqvarna) 66… 23. Brent Van doninck (Husqvarna) 30

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