The Scandinavian course caused problems for the Frenchman and above all for the Tuscan, who sustained a tremendous fall.
Uddevalla (Sweden), 1 July 2012 – It was an ill-fated day for AGV riders David Philippaerts and Gautier Paulin in the ninth world motocross championship stage. It was the Italian of the Yamaha Monster Energy team who was the unluckiest of the two. As he was tenaciously holding onto his fourth place position during the first MX1 heat, he was tossed from his bike during a jump just after completing the first half of the course. The hard impact with the ground fractured his wrists, which he had already broken halfway through the last season. It was a bad blow for the Tuscan rider and he will probably have to undergo surgery, which will force him to retire for a good part of the rest of the season.
Despite his outstanding credentials, Paulin instead was unable to achieve the results that could have been within reach. A fall during qualifications made a heavy impact on the end result as he was forced to take up an unattractive position at the starting gate, fully to his disadvantage at the green light of the two heats. He became entangled in a muddy spot at the first curve during the first heat, making him lose considerable terrain. After finally recovering, he was stopped by mud slung by a lapped rider that cancelled out his visibility and he took a fall. He ended the heat seventh. He started off tenth in the second heat, but was unable to get a good feel of the track wracked with sand, rocks and mud due to one downpour after another. In the end he settled for ninth place, which allowed him to maintain his number four ranking in the championship.
The tenth stage is the Latvia Grand Prix, scheduled for 14 July at the Kegums circuit.