Gautier Paulin and his Bud Racing Kawasaki took the honors this weekend in Loket, and won their second GP of the season in Czech Republic.
It has been quite a long time that Gautier Paulin didn’t battle for a GP win, and for sure the staff was delighted to see him taking the holeshot of the second heat in Czech Republic. Gautier rode as strong as ever, and this time could prove that both the man and the bike are totally focused on their goal. With two more GP’s, 100 points to deliver and 28 points between series leader and himself, Gautier till believes in his chances to be crowned mid September in Brazil.
After his disappointing performance in Lommel last week, Gautier was highly motivated and trained hard before flying to Czech Republic. Saturday was pretty tough for him with a crash during a practice session and later a collision during the qualifying race; only sixteenth on the grid Gautier knew that a good start was possible from everywhere here, and twice he started in the top ten. Ninth at the beginning of race one, Gautier found the spots to pass his rivals and came back fourth. He grabbed the holeshot in the second race and then delivered a strong ride to collect his first heat win since Turkey, and the second GP success of his career after Italy four months ago. Championship leader Marvin Musquin retired with a damaged engine in moto two, and confirmed that in Motocross everything can happen until the last race! David Vuillemin didn’t travel to Loket, always suffering from his back injuries after his crash in Iffendic.
The World Championship will continue at the end of this month, with the fourteenth of fifteenth rounds organized in Lierop (The Netherlands) on August 29th-30th
Gautier Paulin: ‘It was important to react this weekend, to prove that the team and I are better than what we got in Lommel were we had a couple of problems. On Monday morning I was training, and the technical staff was working on the bikes to prepare this GP. Everyone in the team trusts me, mentally I always believe that I have a chance to get the title and when I got the holeshot in the second heat I knew that a win was possible. I didn’t take too many risks as the track was slippery, on Saturday I crashed during a practice session and then had collided with another rider in the qualifying race. I was sixteenth on the grid but I knew that here you can get a holeshot from anywhere; I remember that Mickael Maschio did it from the twenty eighth gate! This win is great for the team where everyone works hard. Now my goal is to reach good results in Lierop, I want to show that I can ride fast also on a sandy circuit; this coming Monday I will be training in Hossegor, and so on during three weeks.’
Stephane Dassé: ‘We expected a podium result when we came here, but not a win until Gautier grabbed the holeshot of the second race. Then we knew that he could do it! He got a strong start, gave everything once more and confirmed that he’s a real fighter; we must give all our best for him. After Lommel everyone worked hard to prepare Loket, and Gautier offered us a nice reward with the win. David planes to return racing here, but he did a test on the bike last Wednesday and his back is till painful so we decide to postpone his come back.’