A treacherous and demanding Lommel sand circuit welcomed over 20.000 spectators for round 11 of the FIM MX world championship in Belgium over the weekend. Yamaha Monster Energy racer, Gautier Paulin, was disappointed with his 7-5 result but still gave his all aboard the YZ25FM machine.
Qualifying in 3rd position in timed training and 5th in the qualification race, Paulin was set for a good starting position come moto 1.Ã‚Â The Frenchman rounded the first lap in 6th and set his sights on Tommy Searle when the two collided exiting a sandy turn and went down.Ã‚Â Paulin recovered to 7th determined to make amends in moto 2.
As the gate dropped for the final moto he grabbed a superb start and just missed out on the hole-shot to Ken Roczen but then threw away his advantage when he crashed on the first lap.Ã‚Â Paulin quickly recovered and set a blistering pace, rocketing to 4th position but then he lost his rhythm and a spot to Max Anstie to end 5th.
“After winning in Lierop last year I expected to do well here in Lommel and the team have put in a great effort for this race but it did not happen for us.Ã‚Â I felt strong in both motos but crashed with Tommy in moto 1 and then crashed myselfÃ‚Â in moto 2 which I am disappointed with.Ã‚Â We have to now focus on Loket next weekend.Ã‚Â I have won there before so that should give me some more motivation” explained Paulin.
Round 12 of the 15 round series takes place in Loket, Czech Rep on the 6-7 August.