The Zelta Zirgs circuit in Kegums Latvia, hosted round 10 of the FIM MX World championship this weekend. Yamaha Monster Energy’s, Gautier Paulin was looking to add to his 6 consecutive podiums in front of 21.000 spectators however the French youngster was clean out of luck on the tricky track and left Latvia more than disappointed.
Paulin set pole position in the pre-qualifying practice on Saturday and rode a solid qualification race to end 3rd putting him in a good starting position for Sunday’s race. He grabbed a good start in race 1 but went down in the second turn and was run over by a gaggle of riders. Paulin remounted and gave chase to the pack, setting the fastest lap of the race and rocketing his YZ250F to 8th position at the end of the 35min + 2 lap race.
Bruised and scathed from his first race encounter, Paulin almost went down on the first lap of race 2 when his bike swapped and he hit the bars with his chest, knocking the wind out of him. It took him several laps to gain his breathe back when he knuckled down to salvage 10th.
“I am really disappointed with this result because I showed I was one of the fastest today but I guess it was not my day. I lost a lot of time when I crashed in the first moto and got stuck under another riders bike. I set the fastest lap of the race after that but that does not help the results. I’ll take this week to recover and then I’ll be back in Belgium to train and test in the sand before Lommel.” explained Paulin.
The Belgian GP in Lommel will take place on the 30-31 July for round 11 of the 15 round series.