News Report 11 September 2011

2011 GP of Italy

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09 / 11 / 2011
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Paulin in sensational Italian MX1-GP debut victory


Monster Energy Yamaha’s Gautier Paulin stepped up to the premier MX1-GP class in fine style by taking the powerful and agile factory YZ450FM to victory at a sizzling Fermo and the Grand Prix of Italy. The final round of fifteen in the FIM Motocross World Championship was played out in front of 18,000 spectators and across the steep and hard-pack track on the Adriatic coast, south of Ancona.

Paulin, riding the works machine of Steven Frossard after the Frenchman was forced to miss the meeting due to a chest infection, made his debut in the category and assisted Frossard’s confirmation of the runner-up spot in the MX1-GP standings; a fantastic achievement for number ‘183’ in his rookie season.

At Fermo, Paulin gelled immediately with the works machine and confidently notched pole position on Saturday to grab the inside gate. Two decent starts helped towards his race performances and the first moto was outstanding as the 21 year old edged a four second lead by the second lap and controlled the full distance. In the second affair he enjoyed a close battle with Christophe Pourcel and set the fastest circulation of the race on lap ten as he pushed into the lead. With a guaranteed overall win in his sights and across an increasingly rough track Paulin elected not to take too many risks and made sure of the spoils with an assured runner-up place behind Pourcel.
For the second Grand Prix in a row Anthony Boissiere was one of the protagonists in the mid top ten and was sixth overall with results of fifth and seventh. The Frenchman was particularly active in the first race where he barrelled through tussles with Davide Guarneri, Evgeny Bobryshev and Christophe Pourcel to reach the top five. He paid the price a little for his exertions in the second moto and tired slightly but it was still a bright finish to the season for the Monster Energy Yamaha man.

Carlos Campano embarked on his last ride in the Monster Energy Yamaha set-up but his day was ruined with a first moto fall that left him with a painful left wrist. He was forced out of the second race despite a brave attempt to grab some points.

After fifteen rounds in fourteen countries the FIM Motocross World Championship has come to a close and with Frossard in second position Yamaha have managed to secure the runner-up position in the Manufacturer’s standings. David Philippaerts unfortunately was on the sidelines since round eleven and ends the year in ninth place. Carlos Campano finishes nineteenth in the standings while Anthony Boissiere, after his strong rally in the closing races, has taken thirteenth.

Steven Frossard will undergo a scan on his chest on Monday (12th) and will make a decision over his fitness to represent his country at the 65th Motocross of Nations next week at St Jean D’Angely. Campano hopes to fly the flag for Spain and Arnaud Tonus will steer a YZ450F for Switzerland.
Gautier Paulin, 1st:

“For sure I am really happy and I didn’t really know what I could expect for my first MX1 GP. In the first race I made the holeshot and was on my own so I sent my rhythm and just rode out the moto. In the second it was really good fun to race with Christophe and we passed each other but the track was getting harder and harder with more bumps; normally it is smoother for the MX2 motos. It was my first race on the 450 and I knew I was winning the grand prix so I did not want to go crazy. I was riding safe. With Monster Energy Yamaha we did something special today.”

Anthony Boissiere, 6th:

“It was a good result again and I am very happy. I feel really good on the bike now, already for the last three races, and I am only sad that it is towards the end of the season. Fifth place in the first moto was great after a bad start but I felt a little bit tired in the second. I had another bad start but the riding was OK. Overall it was a good weekend.”

Carlos Campano, 28th:

“It was a hard day and not really the way I wanted to finish the season. I want to thank the team though because with this bike it was like a step forward for me. I could start with the front guys and race with people who have won motos this year. It gives you confidence to be able to show what you know you are capable of. I hope the wrist will be OK for the Nations next week. I think it should be.”