Dunlop MXGP Riders Take Pre-Season 1-2 In Italy

Ray Chuss Ray Chuss

Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team riders Gautier Paulin and Steven Frossard took the top two spots in the Elite Final at the Montevarchi round of the Italian Motocross Championship. The pair made a last minute switch to the event for pre-MXGP season preparations after their planned French event was cancelled due to flooding.

In the MX1 class race Paulin led convincingly with Frossard finishing third after backing off in the closing laps to avoid being hit by stones. In the Elite Final the pair had a mistake-free run as they dominated to the chequered flag with Paulin first followed by Frossard.

Gautier Paulin:
“It was great to be here with all the team, racing for the first time since November. I inevitably had some arm pump as this was my first race for so long, and I rode carefully all day as there were some deep ruts and it could have been dangerous. But I still won both races; I had a good feeling and that’s a great way to start the season, even if we know that nobody is riding at 100% so early in the season.”

Steven Frossard:
“It’s just an Italian championship, but it was great to be back racing at the front of the pack. I didn’t get the holeshot and the stones here were a problem if you were chasing somebody! I’m happy with my podiums; I had a good rhythm and didn’t get tired. It’s my first race for a while, but next weekend I will do another international race in France and then we’ll go to Qatar.”

MXGP 2014

1 March (Sat), QATAR
9 March, THAILAND
30 March, BRAZIL
13 April, TRENTINO
20 April, BULGARIA
4 May, THE NETHERLANDS
11 May, SPAIN
25 May, GREAT BRITAIN
1 June, FRANCE
15 June, ITALY
22 June, GERMANY
6 July, SWEDEN
13 July, FINLAND
27 July, CZECH REPUBLIC
3 August, BELGIUM
17 August, UKRAINE
7 September, STATE OF GOIAS
14 September, MEXICO

All events are live on mxgp-tv.com and Motors TV, the pan-European motor sport channel. In the USA and Canada coverage the races will now be shown on the CBS Sports Network.

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