Paulin and AGV lead the way in France
The sixth round of the championship saw Paulin Gautier on the MX1 podium while Philippaerts could do no better than 6th place.
Saint Jean d’Angely (France), 3 June 2012 – Gautier Paulin got his new AGV AX-8 EVO helmet just a few days before his home event. The red, white and blue helmet carrying the colours of his national flag seem to have changed the bad luck he had at Brazil as he took his second podium place of the season. First in the pre-qualification and second in Saturday's qualification, the official Kawasaki rider was definitely one of the favourites to win the French Grand Prix and didn't disappoint. With just a touch more luck it could have finished in an even better position. Gautier started well in the first heat but found himself in seventh place after the first corner. Lap after lap, encouraged by huge support from the fans, he eased away from the pack and, with six laps to go, passed Christophe Pourcel to cross the line second behind Antonio Cairoli. In the second heat, the rider from Marseilles started from fifth position but in the latter stages of the race a mistake cost him dearly and he dropped back to ninth. Following the mistake, Gautier set off in pursuit but the time he had lost was too much to make up and he finished third behind Cairoli and Pourcel.
Following his success in the second race in Mexico, David Philippaerts, who doesn't particularly like the French track, compromised his chances in the first race by starting outside the top twenty. The Yamaha Monster Energy rider, was only able to take tenth place in the first heat although in the second race he did much better and lay in third place behind Cairoli and Paulin for a long time only to then lose a couple of places before the chequered flag. David however keeps his sixth place in the overall standings just 10 points behind the KTM of Ken De Dycker.
The next round of the Championship takes place on 10 June at Agueda in Portugal.