The spectacular hard-packed, fast and jumpy circuit of Matterley Basin played host to the British Grand Prix where Paulin put his YZ450F on the third step of the podium.
The 28-year-old Frenchman was brilliant in the opening race where he capitalized on an error of a rider in front of him, and as a result of his smooth and masterful performance he was able to turn his top-three start into a second place finish. An unchallenged third place in Race 2 confirmed his speed and fitness, and allowed him to uncork a bottle of champagne for the first time since the Grand Prix of Lombardia in August last year.
Monster Energy Wilvo Yamaha MXGP's last podium was back in April 2017 where Arnaud Tonus finished third at the MXGP of Trentino. Tonus was less fortunate this weekend. The Swiss rider ran a hot pace in every session. He pushed hard and made some great passes to finish sixth in the first race, but had his Grand Prix bought to an abrupt end halfway through Race 2 when another rider hit him with such force that his foot-peg broke and he could not complete the race. Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP's Jeremy Seewer put in a Spartan ride this weekend with two fantastic starts and two relentless races where he dug deep for eighth in Race 1 and a season best fifth place finish in Race 2.
The Swiss rider was seventh overall in the Grand Prix classification and has progressed to seventh in the MXGP Championship standings. Filling in for Romain Febvre, Dean Ferris' return to racing did not go to plan. The Australian got faster with every lap completed throughout the weekend, but did not get a chance to prove his potential with a fall at the start of Race 2 cutting his Grand Prix short.
Ferris fears a knee injury and will be examined by medical professionals. The next round of the FIM Motocross Grand Prix will take place in Valkenswaard, The Netherlands, on the weekend of March 24th.