Paulin 5th in Latvian GP The official Kawasaki rider consolidates its fourth place in the MXI World Championship series on the Latvian track sand Kegums (Latvia), 15 July 2012
Putting the poor results of the Swedish round behind him, the AGV rider Gautier Paulin was back to his usual good form in the MXI class of the Latvian GP where he took fifth position in the overall standings. The French rider was very much at home on the sand in this tenth round of the MX1 championship and after a series of top qualifying times, he took a promising fifth position. On the Sunday however the weather changed and repeated downpours made life very difficult for the riders who had to extract themselves from deep ruts, mud and slippery areas. Needless to say, mistakes were the order of the day. Paulin fully exploited the power of his Kawasaki KX-F 450 and started up with the leaders in both races; in the first he started from sixth, rode very fast and made no mistakes. This allowed him to make up a couple of places and he crossed the finishing line in fourth position. In the early laps of the next race, Gautier took third position after passing the Scottish rider Shaun Simpson to then find himself in second after Antonio Cairoli fell. Unfortunately, despite the fact that he was looking good for a podium place, he made several mistakes at mid-race distance due to pain from previous damage to his forearms and this allowed three rivals to pass him. He lost his rhythm and had to settle for sixth place. Paulin took fifth place overall for the day and, with this, consolidated his fourth place in the Championship where he is now nine points behind his compatriot Christophe Pourcel.
As expected, the Yamaha Monster Energy rider David Philippaerts did not take part in this event nor will he race in the remaining rounds due to the fractured wrists he suffered in the Swedish GP. After the Uddevalla GP, David had successful surgery on both fractures but it will be three months before he can ride again which, in effect, means next season.
The next race will be the Russian GP on 22 July at the new Semigorje track about 400 km from Moscow.