05.06.2012  
Top five for the KRT riders in France
The French Grand Prix has always been special for the Kawasaki Racing Team, and this year it was even more with two French riders in the team. This round of the Motocross World Championship was good for KRT, as Gautier Paulin grabbed one of the three podium placings while Xavier Boog collected his best result this season with a fifth positionThis GP has been successful, with nice weather, good attendance, great organisation and very interesting races in the MX1 class. Second in qualification, Gautier Paulin's had some good jump of the gate in both heats, but an incident at turn two of the opening moto dropped him to tenth place before he set the fastest laps of the race to storm up the leaderboard to finish in the wheeltracks of the winner. Chasing the leader from the word go in race two Paulin looked a likely winner as he again set the fastest lap, but a freak incident as a small stone rolled into the path of his front wheel and caused him to crash cost him his chance. The Frenchman fought back dramatically to snatch third place to ensure a podium finish overall and strengthen his championship challenge as he is now just two points away from second in the series.



Teammate Xavier Boog completed a Kawasaki sweep of the placings in race one as he finished a superb fourth; third during most of the period, Xavier was passed during the last ten minutes by Paulin. Seventh in the second race, Xavier recorded his best overall GP result of the season in fifth after making a couple of significant passes late in the second race.Gautier Paulin: "It's good to be back on the podium after just missing it a couple of times. I had good speed on this track, in fact I made the fastest lap times in both races. My Kawasaki got me out of the gate well in both races, but an incident at turn two in the first race left me about tenth and I couldn't quite catch the winner. I was chasing the leader in race two when my front wheel slipped on a small rock as I approached a double jump before a downhill. I lost a lot of time as I had to scramble back up the hill to get my bike and it was facing the wrong way so I was pleased to pass Desalle and Philippaerts to finish third and get a podium; that is always nice at your home GP."Xavier Boog: "My first race was pretty good, as I was third for most of the race, never far from the leaders, and only Gautier passed me near the end. I didn't ride so well in for most of the second race; it took me thirty-five minutes to find the good lines and it was too late by then to get better than seventh! But fifth in the GP is my best result so far this year, so the trend is in the right direction."



Yves Demaria: "The racing was so interesting in the MX1 class that we didn't want to see the finish flag! Cairoli confirms that he is the man to beat, but Gautier was fast this weekend and did two strong races and stays with the top three riders. Xavier did a great first race, but in the second one he had more troubles to get a good rhythm
 
   
 
 
 
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