After making some important strides in the set-up of his YZ450F during the 5-week break, Gautier Paulin felt good despite the extreme conditions this weekend. Renowned for his precision and unique line choice, the French ace did well to navigate the treacherous circuit of Mantova as he stormed from outside of the top-ten, after a rider fell in front of him at turn-one, to sixth in Race 1 where he remained lonely and unchallenged for the entire 30 minute plus 2-Lap duration of the race.
Going from strength to strength, Paulin got his YZ450F off to a blistering start in the final race as he chased the championship leader, Antonio Cairoli, around turn-one. He had hoped to latch onto the back of the nine-time World Champion but ended up making a mistake that cost two positions. Nevertheless, he managed to regroup for a fourth-place finish and was able to celebrate the Grand Prix with a bottle of champagne.
'To finish first, first you have to finish' was the quote of the day at the Lombardian Grand Prix. Jeremy Seewer put in two sensational performances as he charged from outside of the top-15 in both races for two top-10 finishes. While most riders would be happy to emerge from such a brutal Grand Prix with two solid scores, 7 - 9, the 24-year-old Swiss star leaves Mantova frustrated, yet determined, as he looks to the next Grand Prix that will take place next weekend in Agueda, Portugal. Arnaud Tonus was one of seven riders that fell at turn-one in the opening race of the weekend.
The Swiss rider was able to remount his YZ450F but with his bike and gloves caked in mud, returning to full race-pace proved difficult and he was only able to labor home a 25th place finish. In the second and final heat of the day, Tonus was able to banish his Race 1 demons with a top-ten finish in Race 2.
Paulin uncorked his third bottle of bubbles this season and has strengthened his place inside the top-three in the MXGP Championship Classification. Seewer wound up seventh overall and has moved up into sixth position, while Tonus was 15th in the Grand Prix overall and is now 12th in the Championship.