Paulin and Searle takes the win at Sevlievo in World MX
The sun was shining in Sevlievo for Round 2 of the World Motocross Championship and it was Gautier Paulin and Tommy Searle on the top of the podium in the MX1 and MX2 class, respectively.
Kawasaki Racing's Gautier Paulin has obtained the first overall victory of the season while Christophe Pourcel was second and Antonio Cairoli third. Clement Desalle finished third in the first heat, but he crashed in the second one while he was riding fifth and he ended eighth overall.
In MX2 another Kawasaki machine was on the top step of the podium thanks to Tommy Searle's victory. Jeffrey Herlings was second and Joel Roelants was third in Sevlievo thanks to his 1-4 result.
Gautier Paulin took his first overall victory of the season
Kawasaki Racing Team's Gautier Paulin has obtained the first overall victory of the season on his new 450cc machine after being second and first in today's heats. In the first heat, Paulin admitted that he made several mistakes because he is still getting used to the extra power of his bike, but he managed to finish second. However, in Moto 2 Paulin had an excellent race, and once he overtook Christophe Pourcel in the opening lap, he pulled away until the chequered flag.
Monster Energy Kawasaki Pro Circuit's Christophe Pourcel did an incredible first race, getting the lead in the first lap and dominating it until the end. In the second race, he took the holeshot and led the opening lap, but he admitted that he was surprised by Paulin's speed and had to settle down for the second position.
Cairoli may have won the opening round in the soft sand but he couldn't keep the pace on the hardpack in Sevlievo
The third step of the podium was for Red Bull KTM Factory Racing's Cairoli after finishing fourth and third in today's heats. The Italian, who is still leading the championship, suffered from arm pump in the beginning of both heats, so it was difficult for him to keep the speed. Cairoli decided to ride safe, get as many points as possible and he is now ready to improve his riding on hard pack to win on his home soil next weekend.
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing's De Dycker did not have a good start in the first race and was only seventh, but he got a much better start in the second moto, he fought against Cairoli and Desalle and he moved up to the third position at one point of the race. In the end, De Dycker was fourth in the second moto, which gave him an overall fourth position.
For Honda World Motocross' Bobryshev it was not an easy weekend, as his right thumb was still hurting a lot, but he battled against the pain and finished fifth overall. In the first heat, the Russian did not take the first corner well and was stuck in eighth position most of the race, but in the second moto he had a better start and finished fifth.
Boog had a good start in the first heat and finished sixth, but in the second moto he fought from an initial thirteenth position to finish in a solid seventh place, which gave him an overall sixth result. The French was followed by Philippaerts, who was fifth in the first heat but a crash in the second moto made him cross the finish line in the 13th position.
Desalle had a consistent first moto and managed to finish third, but in the second heat, while he was fighting for the fourth position, he made a mistake after the finish jump and his handle bar was completely torn. Desalle tried to make a lap, but he had to enter the pitlane to receive some assistance from his team. His 18th position in the second heat made him obtain an overall eighth place.
Simpson was ninth and Sebastien Pourcel completed the top ten.
Team Floride Monster Energy Kawasaki Pro Circuit's Tommy Searle had a perfect weekend in Sevlievo, as he not only won the qualifying race yesterday, but he also obtained the first overall victory of the season today. Searle had good starts in both heats and managed to lead both from the beginning. However, in the first moto he lost his front break and had to settle down with a third position. In the second moto, he had no opponent and he dominated it from beginning to end.
The second position was for Red Bull KTM Factory Racing's Jeffery Herlings, who was very satisfied with his performance today. Even starting from the outside, Herlings managed to ride at the front, and while he took advantage of Searle's mechanical problem in the first heat to finish second, in the second moto he rode second from beginning to end.
Team Floride Monster Energy Kawasaki Pro Circuit's Roelants succeeded in winning the first heat of the day, but the fourth position in the second one made him finish on the third step of the rostrum. Roelants has admitted that riding with Kawasaki this year has improved his riding significantly, and the fact of having a hardpack specialist like Searle as a teammate has helped him a lot to improve his riding on tracks like the one in Sevlievo.
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing's Jeremy Van Horebeek rode two solid motos this weekend and ended fourth overall. In the first heat he did not have a good start and had to move up from tenth position to finish fourth, whereas in the second heat he rode comfortably on the third place from beginning to end.
MX2 Race 1 top ten:
1. Joel Roelants (BEL, Kawasaki), 39:43.795;
2. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), +0:09.286;
3. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), +0:17.680;
4. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, KTM), +0:24.904;
5. Harri Kullas (FIN, Suzuki), +0:39.615;
6. Max Anstie (GBR, Honda), +0:44.290;
7. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), +0:50.642;
8. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:53.251;
9. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), +0:54.123;
10. Michael Leib (USA, Yamaha), +1:09.346;
MX2 Race 2 top ten:
1. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), 39:24.388;
2. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), +0:02.231;
3. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, KTM), +0:43.372;
4. Joel Roelants (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:52.201;
5. Max Anstie (GBR, Honda), +0:59.616;
6. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Husqvarna), +1:18.428;
7. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), +1:23.833;
8. Alexander Tonkov (RUS, Honda), +1:26.744;
9. Harri Kullas (FIN, Suzuki), +1:29.499;
10. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, Kawasaki), +1:29.660;