Gautier Paulin secures third in the World
Gautier Paulin secured the final third place in his rookie season in the FIM World MX1 Motocross Championship, with two solid rides to fifth overall at the final round in Germany. It has been a long time that a Kawasaki didn't stand on the podium of the most competitive series in the world, and with Xavier Boog seventh in the standings the Kawasaki Racing Team did his best season of the decade.With his thoughts on the final position in the standings the Frenchman rode two tactical races at Teutschenthal to increase his narrow advantage over fellow Kawasaki rider Christophe Pourcel and avoided taking risks, which might negate his fine efforts throughout the season as a whole. Starting fifth in each moto Gautier rode with authority to take fourth and fifth placings, well ahead of his series rival to secure third in the series, a sterling performance for a rookie and one which augurs well for the future as he faces at least the next two seasons with the Kawasaki Racing Team.

Team colleague Xavier Boog suffered a most unfortunate crash during practice as one of the numerous stones, which litter the German switchback circuit, block the chain immediately before a jump. Battered and bruised Xavier overcame a first lap collision to charge back to ninth in the opening moto and was rewarded for his persistence with seventh in race two. The French routinier thus completed his third consecutive season with the Kawasaki Racing Team in MX1 GP competition with a seventh placed world ranking.Gautier Paulin: "I'm very happy to bring a medal to the team and to Kawasaki. At the beginning of the season I was hoping for more than bronze; but MX1 is definitely a strong class! I didn't have so much pressure this weekend, and I rode two good races; the goal here was to keep the third place in the standings and I did it, thanks to the team, which was always behind me throughout the season."Xavier Boog: "I had a big crash during the practice session, when I got a stone in the chain just before a jump, and my body was painful today! In the first race I was involved in a collision on the first lap, but I was able to recover to ninth place. My second start was better, and even though I had cramps in my leg I finished seventh, which is a regular number for me as it is the third year in a row that I have taken this position in the championship!"

Thierry Chizat Suzzoni, team owner: "It's a great satisfaction for all the team members to get this third position in the MX1 World Championship, as everyone was close behind Gautier to help him to reach this result. It was his first season in the MX1 class, Gautier learned a lot and also the team as it's the first time since a while that we were fighting for heat and GP wins. I'm sure that next year we'll be even stronger, and I'm proud that we could offer this podium to Kawasaki. I want also to congratulate Xavier, who did another strong season with us and got for the third year in a row the seventh position in the most competitive series in the world. Now everyone is focused on Lommel, as both riders have been selected in the French team, and we are sure that 2013 will be a great year!"
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