AGV and Paulin are the stars of the Bulgarian GP
Kawasaki’s French rider wins in the MX1 and goes into first place in the championship ranking.
Sevlievo (Bulgaria), 22 April 2012 – A splendid success for Gautier Paulin in the second round of the Motocross World Championship which saw the official Kawasaki rider win in the MX1 class ahead of Christophe Pourcel and championship leader Antonio Cairoli. The French rider repeated the win at his debut in the premier class of the Italian GP last year with his strong and consistent tactics that showed the high level of competiveness he had already achieved at the start of the championship. In the first run, he started in 4th position but managed to overtake both the Suzuki rider Clement Desalle and Cairoli, crossing the finish line in the place of honour behind Pourcel. In the next run, he started behind his teammate on the Suzuki but immediately sped up and after a few bends took the lead, which he kept without hesitation to the finish line. “It has been a great satisfaction for me and for my new team – explained Gautier who raced wearing the AGV AX-8 EVO helmet – also because the first run was rather challenging, especially trying to keep up a fast pace although I am not yet fully used to the powerful 450cc. Now I will continue to do my best, but keeping a safety margin, as consistency in the rankings is also important. The next stage is the Italian GP on the Fermo track, which I like, as I showed by winning last year. But the championship is very long and my opponents are highly competitive, however, there is much respect in the MX1 class and it is a pleasure racing together”. David Philippaerts also raced wearing AGV colours, however, as in the Dutch GP, he only gave a half-satisfying performance. In fact, he made a good start in the first heat, which saw him cross the finish line in 5th place, whereas he slipped in the second, relegating him to the rear, from which he came back to arrive in 13th place. Hence, the official rider for Yamaha Monster Energy ended the GP in 7th overall place, and now ranks 9th overall in the World Championship. The next round will take place on the track in Fermo, in the Marche region, on 29 April.