After establishing his speed with a double race victory on the hard-pack clay of Faenza, Italy, last weekend, Paulin lined up in Arnhem eager to test his bike set up and racecraft on a softer surface. In Race 1, the ‘21’ bounced back from a substandard start and a ‘near fall’ to finish fourth hot on the heels of his teammate, Seewer, in third.
In the second and final race of the day, both Paulin and Seewer got off to great starts and were challenging a place at the front of the field. Seewer, unfortunately, had to retire after damaging his bike in a small crash while Paulin challenged Glenn Coldenhoff for the lead.
After showing excellent speed for the entire 30-minute plus 2-lap duration of the race, a last-lap attempt at taking the top spot from the Dutchman, Coldenhoff, gave Romain Febvre the prime opportunity to steal second position from his French counterpart in the final throws. Paulin eventually finished third in the race and was classified third overall.
After a disappointing close to what was a positive weekend, Seewer is out for redemption and will line his YZ450FM up alongside his Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP teammate Arnaud Tonus next weekend, August 2nd, at another Dutch International in Axel, The Netherlands.