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First podium of the season for Gautier Paulin

Published July 6th, 2010

Gautier Paulin has scored his first MX2 podium of the season after a successful Swedish GP in Uddevalla. The twenty-year-old Frenchman impressed a strong crowd of 22.000 with his speed and determination on a difficult and slippery circuit as he pulled through two difficult starts to score a 5-3 result.

A crash in the qualification race on Saturday meant that Paulin had to race from the back of the pack to salvage 18th spot, inevitably placing him wide on the starting grid for Sunday’s race. With morning rain making track conditions even more technical, Paulin rolled onto the start for moto 1 knowing that he would have no advantage in the first turn. Keeping out of trouble while he jostled for positions on the opening lap, he came from outside the top ten and started to pick off rider after rider. As the race drew on, Paulin got stronger and stronger and started to close in on series leader, Marvin Musquin. With one lap to go he closed to within 1 second of his fellow countryman and chased him home to end 5th.

A little better luck in the start of moto 2 meant that Paulin was inside the top ten as he completed the opening lap. Once again he found himself chasing Musquin as the duo caught Dutch youngster Jeffrey Herlings around the 25 minute mark. Paulin seemed to find an extra burst of energy as he rocketed past both Musquin and then Herlings to move into third spot. His efforts were rewarded with an overall podium, Paulin’s first of the season.

“It’s great to be on the podium and this what the Team and I work for. Every GP we get stronger and improve and people see that my speed is there and that I am capable of running up front. I have been living in Belgium for the past few weeks and I will return there to prepare for Lommel. I proved in the pre season races that I can race in the sand and I want to be strong at the Belgian GP and hopefully be on the podium.” said a content Paulin.

Race results:

MX2 Race 1

1 Frossard, Steven FRA Kawasaki

2 Herlings, Jeffrey NED KTM

3 van Horebeek, Jeremy BEL Kawasaki

4 Musquin, Marvin FRA KTM

5 Paulin, Gautier FRA Yamaha

6 Kullas, Harri FIN Yamaha

7 Osborne, Zach USA Yamaha

8 Roelants, Joel BEL KTM

9 Simpson, Shaun GBR KTM

10 Charlier, Christophe FRA Yamaha

11 Lupino, Alessandro ITA Yamaha

12 Teillet, Valentin FRA KTM

13 Leib, Michael USA Kawasaki

14 Tonus, Arnaud SUI Suzuki

15 Delince, Jeremy BEL KTM

MX2 Race 2

1 Roczen, Ken GER Suzuki

2 Frossard, Steven FRA Kawasaki

3 Paulin, Gautier FRA Yamaha

4 Herlings, Jeffrey NED KTM

5 Musquin, Marvin FRA KTM

6 van Horebeek, Jeremy BEL Kawasaki

7 Leib, Michael USA Kawasaki

8 Roelants, Joel BEL KTM

9 Osborne, Zach USA Yamaha

10 Karro, Matiss LAT Suzuki

11 Simpson, Shaun GBR KTM

12 Nicholls, Jake GBR KTM

13 Lupino, Alessandro ITA Yamaha

14 Charlier, Christophe FRA Yamaha

15 Kullas, Harri FIN Yamaha

MX2 GP Overall:

1 Frossard, Steven FRA Kawasaki 47

2 Herlings, Jeffrey NED KTM 40

3 Paulin, Gautier FRA Yamaha 36

4 van Horebeek, Jeremy BEL Kawasaki 35

5 Musquin, Marvin FRA KTM 34

6 Roelants, Joel BEL KTM 26

7 Osborne, Zach USA Yamaha 26

8 Roczen, Ken GER Suzuki 25

9 Leib, Michael USA Kawasaki 22

10 Simpson, Shaun GBR KTM 22

11 Kullas, Harri FIN Yamaha 21

12 Lupino, Alessandro ITA Yamaha 18

13 Charlier, Christophe FRA Yamaha 18

14 Nicholls, Jake GBR KTM 12

15 Karro, Matiss LAT Suzuki 11

MX2 World championship standings:

1 Musquin, M. FRA 438

2 Roczen, Ken GER 355

3 Frossard, S. FRA 355

4 Herlings, J. NED 326

5 Osborne, Zach USA 275

6 Simpson, Shaun GBR 268

7 van Horebeek, J. BEL 244

8 Tonus, Arnaud SUI 243

9 Roelants, Joel BEL 240

10 Kullas, Harri FIN 203

11 Nicholls, Jake GBR 189

12 Charlier, C. FRA 171

13 Paulin, G. FRA 168

14 Lupino, A. ITA 129

15 Verbruggen, D. BEL 127


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