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Paulin 3 points away from GP of Portugal win

Paulin 3 points away from GP of Portugal win

Gautier Paulin has won the second moto of the Portuguese MX1 GP in an epic battle to secure second overall for the day at round 7 of the series. Persistent lite rain made for a muddy Saturday qualification race with Paulin finding it difficult to ride to his potential thus having to settle for 5th place.

A morning drizzle would make sure that the first moto would be another mud fest as Paulin lined up on the gate. He did not get a great start but managed to sneak up the inside of the first turn and emerged in the top 10. He quickly moved through the pack and with Cairoli making a small mistake on a hairpin turn, he moved into 3rd. The Italian fought back and regained the podium spot while Desalle and Pourcel had gapped the rest of the pack. Opting to not take any risks Paulin trailed Cairoli to the flag for 4th.

Riders and spectators welcomed the sun for moto 2 as the Agueda circuit dried quickly. Paulin grabbed a better start this time and quickly latched onto Christophe Pourcel who lead while Cairoli and Desalle followed. Desalle then made it past Paulin and Pourcel for the lead. Paulin lost no time in relegating Pourcel to third and then he made a move on Desalle for the lead. An exciting battle ensued with Paulin, Desalle and Cairoli. Cairoli put in a last lap dash to take the lead but Paulin quickly counter attacked to take it back and hold on for the victory.

Gautier Paulin: “I had to settle for fourth place in the first race after another rider crashed into me at the start and damaged the pipe so I lost power. The track was rough for the second moto, and I had a great race with Desalle and Cairoli. Antonio had tried to pass me several times in the last three laps and he eventually found a way on the last lap, but I wanted the win after doing all the work for 35 minutes and passed him back. It’s great to get a second podium in a row; we all worked hard and that’s a nice reward for the team.”

With no time for a break, Paulin heads to Belgium for round 8 to be held in Bastogne on 16-17 June.
Race results:
MX1 Race 1: 1. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), 40:04.024; 2. Christophe Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:06.155; 3. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:16.903; 4. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:23.550; 5. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), +0:41.323; 6. Jonathan Barragan (ESP, Honda), +0:43.183; 7. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:45.298; 8. Sebastien Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), +1:13.177; 9. Matiss Karro (LAT, KTM), +1:16.143; 10. Shaun Simpson (GBR, Yamaha), +1:16.869;

MX1 Race 2: 1. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), 39:04.520; 2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:00.484; 3. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), +0:25.785; 4. Christophe Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:29.957; 5. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), +0:31.550; 6. Rui Goncalves (POR, Honda), +0:33.435; 7. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:38.248; 8. Tanel Leok (EST, Suzuki), +0:43.679; 9. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), +0:48.689; 10. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, KTM), +0:50.250;

MX1 Overall: 1. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), 45 points; 2. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), 43 p.; 3. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 42 p.; 4. Christophe Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), 40 p.; 5. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), 32 p.; 6. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), 24 p.; 7. Rui Goncalves (POR, Honda), 22 p.; 8. Jonathan Barragan (ESP, Honda), 22 p.; 9. Tanel Leok (EST, Suzuki), 21 p.; 10. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), 21 p.;

MX1 Championship: 1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 295 points; 2. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), 258 p.; 3. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), 255 p.; 4. Christophe Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), 254 p.; 5. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), 211 p.; 6. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), 190 p.; 7. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), 185 p.; 8. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, KTM), 171 p.; 9. Rui Goncalves (POR, Honda), 156 p.; 10. Tanel Leok (EST, Suzuki), 142 p.


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