Gautier Paulin of the Kawasaki Racing Team showed skill and endeavour to narrowly miss the overall podium against the American experts at the annual Paris-Bercy Supercross.
The home country hero was eventually classified fourth, but he showed flashes of brilliance around the tight artificial track, so different to the outdoor GP tracks he normally races but the everyday fare for the visiting Americans. Gautier took his KX450F-SR to a series of holeshots on the opening evening and the final afternoon as he recorded leads laps on each day on his way to third and fourth places. And he added a fifth place on Saturday evening after a sensational ride during the single lap Superpole event to snatch the prize ahead of the visiting Americans.
Kawasakis powered four of the seven European-based finalists on two days out of three. Gregory Aranda and Valentin Teillet of Rockstar Bud Racing Kawasaki secured eighth and eleventh place overall after making it to the Main event on all three days, while Italian visitor Matteo Bonini won the non-qualifiers race on the opening night before joining them in the Main event on each of the two following days.
Gautier Paulin: “I’m very happy with my results this weekend. I came here to have fun and to be with the French fans and I never forgot that the goal of my team and our sponsors is the 2014 MXGP World Championship. Everything was positive; I was pleased to race here, to meet the fans, and to race against some of the best American Supercross riders. I never crashed during the weekend, got some holeshots, won the Superpole one night, and scored a podium result on Friday to finish fourth overall behind three Americans. It was great to be here; the fans were incredible and I enjoyed every hour of my weekend. Now we have some more testing sessions, and then I will take a break to recover as the season was long.”