Round 5 of the FIM MX World championship held at the Gorna Rositza circuit in Sevlievo, Bulgaria has seen Monster Energy Kawasaki racer, Gautier Paulin win another convincing moto to finish second overall at the Bulgarian GP with his AGV AX-8 Evo helmet.
Setting the fastest time in the morning warm up session, Paulin stamped his authority on the first MXGP moto by grabbing a good start and immediately attacking for the lead. He got out front early and worked hard to pull a comfortable gap, choosing some unique lines as he also set the fastest lap of the race. With the rutted technical circuit playing to the Frenchman’s advantage Paulin took his 3rd moto win of the season to set himself up for moto 2.
The heaven’s opened prior to the start of moto 2 and the final decider would become a lottery. Cairoli got the all important hole-shot and had a clear track ahead while Paulin had to fight his way to 4th getting soaked with mud in the process. Not wanting to take unnecessary risks he kept it on two wheels and brought home his Kawawaki in 4th spot to secure silverware for the GP.
Gautier Paulin: ”We had a real motocross track this weekend and it was great to ride on Saturday with such good grip. I really enjoyed going in the corners full gas. Today the conditions were different but the organisers did a good job to prepare the track. I was second at the start of the first race but I passed Cairoli straight away in a corner and controlled my rivals to post the fastest lap and win this race. The second moto was different with the rain – my start was not so bad but not as good as the first one. I was running in fourth position and it was important to get a podium result again. Now I will fly to Belgium to train in the sand before the GP of Valkenswaard.”
With 5 races gone Paulin is back to 4th in the standings having closed the gap on second and third place. Valkenswaard GP in a fortnight will see a change of underground as the sand circuit will separate the men from the boys for round 6 of the 18 round series.