Carrying confidence from his first 2012 MX1 GP victory in Bulgaria a week prior, Kawasaki Racing Team’s, Gautier Paulin, was disappointed not to be on the podium at round 3 of the FIM Motocross world championship held in Fermo, Italy.
Both Paulin and Pourcel went head to head in Saturday’s qualification race with Paulin gaining the upper hand with the victory and pole position for Sunday’s race. When the gate dropped for the first 35min + 2 lap moto, Pourcel grabbed the hole-shot and Paulin quickly moved past championship leader, Antonio Cairoli, then he made his move on Pourcel for the lead. Pourcel quickly countered while Cairoli hitched a tow. With 2 laps to go Paulin upped his pace and started to pressurize his fellow countryman forcing him into a mistake, which handed him the lead. Pourcel wasted no time in a quick recovery and with two corners to go Paulin missed his inside rut allowing Pourcel to sneak past for the win.
A detrimental slip in the first corner ruined Paulin’s chances of a podium when he went down and had to remount in last place. He pushed hard throughout the moto gaining as many positions as possible. At the checkered flag he salvaged 6th place for 4th overall.
“I was really happy with my qualifying and the pole position on Saturday and felt great on the KX450F-SR. I was confident for the first moto and had a great start but then made a mistake on the last lap so I was not happy about that. The second moto I lost the front end and had to come back from last which was frustrating for me. My goal was to be upfront at this GP and I showed I have the speed so I will try to minimize my mistakes at the next race.” said Paulin.
A week’s break will allow Paulin some rest before he travels to Guadalajara, Mexico for round 4 of the 16 round series.