In his MX1 rookie season, Kawasaki Racing Team’s, Gautier Paulin has won his first GP of the 2012 season at round 2 of the FIM MX World championship in Sevlievo, Bulgaria.
Paulin proved to be fast all weekend finishing second in his qualification race behind red plate holder, Antonio Cairoli, and setting consistently fast lap times. He also set fastest time in Sunday’s morning warm up on the technical hillside Sevlievo circuit.
As the gate dropped for Race 1, Paulin rubbed elbows with fellow Frenchman Christophe Pourcel going down the start straight. Pourcel was able to capitalize on the first lap and quickly moved into the lead leaving Paulin in fourth place. ‘GP 21’ settled into a good race rhythm and made his move on Belgian, Clement Desalle before putting a superb move on Cairoli to take second spot. He tried to hunt down Pourcel but had to settle for second by the checkered flag.
Race 2 would be a Paulin domination after he had to ride an aggressive first lap to pass Cairoli, Desalle and Pourcel for the lead. Getting into his comfort zone he pushed hard at the front and kept a safe four to five second gap over Pourcel. With barely any mistakes Paulin rode to a superb victory and has moved to second in the world championship standings.
“I really love the MX1 class! The championship has only just started – we are here at the second GP and to get the win already is a great feeling. I was happy with my riding in Valkenswaard but had an unfortunate crash but today I felt safe on the bike and had good speed and came through with the win. The Factory Kawasaki worked well and the guys in the team did a great job and this is how I would like to continue for the rest of the season.” commented Paulin.
Paulin heads to Round 3 of the 16 round series next weekend, 28-29 April in Fermo, Italy where he won his first ever MX1 GP at the final round of the series last year.
Images: Bavo Swijgers
Race results:

MX1 Race 1:
1 Pourcel, Christophe FRA Kawasaki
2 Paulin, Gautier FRA Kawasaki
3 Desalle, Clement BEL Suzuki
4 Cairoli, Antonio ITA KTM
5 Philippaerts, David ITA Yamaha
6 Boog, Xavier FRA Kawasaki
7 de Dycker, Ken BEL KTM
8 Bobryshev, Evgeny RUS Honda
9 Goncalves, Rui POR Honda
10 Aranda, Gregory FRA Yamaha

MX1 Race 2:
1 Paulin, Gautier FRA Kawasaki
2 Pourcel, Christophe FRA Kawasaki
3 Cairoli, Antonio ITA KTM
4 de Dycker, Ken BEL KTM
5 Bobryshev, Evgeny RUS Honda
6 Pourcel, Sebastien FRA Kawasaki
7 Boog, Xavier FRA Kawasaki
8 Leok, Tanel EST Suzuki
9 Simpson, Shaun GBR Yamaha
10 Strijbos, Kevin BEL KTM

MX1 GP Overall:
1 Paulin, Gautier FRA Kawasaki 47
2 Pourcel, Christophe FRA Kawasaki 47
3 Cairoli, Antonio ITA KTM 38
4 de Dycker, Ken BEL KTM 32
5 Bobryshev, Evgeny RUS Honda 29
6 Boog, Xavier FRA Kawasaki 29
7 Philippaerts, David ITA Yamaha 24
8 Desalle, Clement BEL Suzuki 23
9 Simpson, Shaun GBR Yamaha 22
10 Pourcel, Sebastien FRA Kawasaki 21

MX1 World championship standings:
1 Cairoli, A. ITA 88
2 Paulin, G. FRA 79
3 Desalle, C. BEL 67
4 de Dycker, Ken BEL 63
5 Pourcel, C. FRA 59
6 Strijbos, K. BEL 51
7 Boog, Xavier FRA 49
8 Simpson, Shaun GBR 45
9 Philippaerts, D. ITA 44
10 Leok, Tanel EST 42


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