The Frenchman, whose season was interrupted by injury after he had won the first GP of the year in March and taken four moto victories from the first twelve, was right back to form for the final GP of the year.
After a secure fourth place in qualification on this new addition to the series, he had a solid ride to fourth in race one before ridsing to the occasion in race two to take the lead midway through the 35 minute race to secure victory on both moto and the overall classification. Despite missing seven of the seventeen GPs he finished the championship in eighth place.
Steven Frossard came into the race nursing an ankle injury, but he showed typically rugged determination to defend his fifth place in the championship standings with two brave rides to seventh and eighth. The two KRT riders will now return to their European base to prepare for the final major event of the season, the annual world team contest, the Motocross of Nations, where they will represent France.
Gautier Paulin: “I’m never happy when I finish second like I did in Brazil, and this weekend it’s great to win the final GP of the season. The positions in the championship were fixed so everyone came here to get the best result, and I’m very happy with my performance. We had to learn this new track so I rode safe on Saturday and qualified in fourth. Today was better; in the first race it took me time to find a good rhythm but in the second one I had a better start and battled for the win. I feel ready for the MX of Nations, the last race of the season.”
Steven Frossard: “I came here with one main goal, to keep my fifth position in the World Championship. I had to deal with a painful ankle, and didn’t put the left foot on the ground today; in common with some other members of the team I had some stomach troubles today and that didn’t helped me to stay concentrated. In the first race my rhythm was not so good, and in the second I felt tired as I went several times to the toilet today.”