Si Racha (Thailand) 10 March 2013
After an excellent start to the season at Qatar, Gautier Paulin did even better this time out to take second place in the MX1 class at the Thailand Grand Prix.
The eccentric French rider was once again one of the key players on this debut race at the new track situated about thirty kilometres from the tourist destination of Pattaya where the riders went after the race at Qatar.
In Thailand, Paulin did not have white livery of the local sponsor on his KX-F 450 that we saw in Losail. This time the official Kawasaki rider was sporting its traditional green colour scheme alongside of the black graphics on the AX-8 Evo helmet that Paulin has been wearing on this part of the season “I've put aside the white colour scheme I raced in last week"– explained Gautier – "but seeing that I liked it a lot, I'll probably use it again with other colours that I'm preparing with the AGV design team”.
In Thailand, Paulin simply got better as the race progressed and was one of the few riders able to overcome an enormous double jump that made all the difference over the other riders. In the MX1 round, he finished fourth after coming back from mid-field while in the Superfinal, he was in third place for most of the race then passed the vice world champion Clement Desalle to take place of honour in the GP.
David Philippaerts had a mixed day. He gave his best in the MX1 class where he came up from mid-field to finish sixth while in the combined MX1/MX2 his engine cut out and he remained at the back of the pack to come home twentieth.
Shaun Simpson was unlucky after a fall at the start of the first heat forced him to retire due to a broken front brake cable; in the second heat he fought his way up to thirteenth place only to run out of fuel a few minutes from the end.
The World Series now takes a two-week break and will start again with the Dutch Grand Prix on the sandy track of Valkenswaard.