Gautier Paulin secured the final podium celebration during the fifteenth and last round of the season, and offered to Bud Racing Kawasaki its first main International result. David Vuillemin ended his racing career with an eighth position during the last heat of the campaign.
Due to heavy rain in the area of Santa Cataline, the traditional program had been changed, with all the racing, including qualifications, re-scheduled for Sunday. The traditional qualification heat was replaced by a brief timed practice period, that was successful for Gautier Paulin fifth in the same second as the poleman. In the MX1 class position David Vuillemin snatched the eleventh position, and both were confident as the track was in perfect condition for the races despite all the previous rain.
Gautier Paulin was in the top ten of the first start, and after a couple of fast laps he reached the sixth position behind Gonçalves; despite all his efforts it was his final ranking in this moto. Fifth at mid-race of the last heat of the year, Gautier had a technical problem on the bike and didn’t cross the finish line but the 19 years old Frenchman, who will be part of the national team during the Motocross of Nations in three weeks time, climbed on the third step of the final 2009 championship. In the MX1 class David had a bad start in the opening race and was back in fifteenth position when he had to retire during the fifth lap with brake trouble. Then for the last race of his career David enjoyed the spectacular layout and finished in eighth position, for a thirteenth final rank in the series.
David Vuillemin: “I’m happy with this weekend. I would have been in the top ten of the first race without a problem with my rear brake and later I finished eighth for the last race of my career. My start wasn’t so good but I passed a couple of riders including Leok and Swanepoel, I had a lot of fun there. The track was well prepared, with deep ruts and a nice ground; it’s incredible to see how good the track was despite the heavy rain we had during the week. The organizers did a great job and I’m happy to finish my career here, it was nice to be back for an oversea event where the atmosphere is always different.”
Gautier Paulin: “My first race was good, I got a great start but Roczen made a mistake in front of me and I lost some positions during the first lap. I came back to sixth behind Gonçalves and I couldn’t found a place to pass him but this result was enough to secure third position in the series. The second start was not as good but I was back in fifth place when a technical problem stopped me; I didn’t finished the race but I had a lot of fun on this technical layout for my last race with a 250 four-stroke this season. We will now focus on the 450 that I will ride at the Motocross of Nations and several supercross events; we already did some testing and my goal at the Nations will be to get a team title as I missed the individual one.”
Stephane Dassé: “This final round was a success and we’re happy, the Brazilian organizers deserved it as they did a great job to prepare the event. Gautier secured his third position in the series during the first race, then he was stopped by a technical problem but the most important was the overall podium. David did a great second heat, he came back from fourteenth to eighth and it was a pleasure to work with him during this last race of his career. No we’ll prepare the next races with the 450, Gautier will race the Motocross of Nations and a couple of Supercross alongside Gregory Aranda who already integrate the team. “