Motocross

Gautier Paulin Wins 31st Edition Of Mantova Starcross

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The 31st edition of the Mantova Starcross has seen Monster Energy Kawasaki racer, Gauiter Paulin take the top step of the podium under sunny Italian skies.

Paulin started the two-day event with a strong Saturday qualification race leading home the Suzuki duo of Clement Desalle and Kevin Strijbos.

In the one on one knockout race Paulin made it to the final duel with Desalle but did not take any risks as the Belgian got the better start and won the 1 lap showdown.

Track conditions changed with overnight watering and become rough and demanding with ruts forming quickly, however Paulin adapted accordingly and was set for the 3 moto challenge. The first race of the day would saw an exciting duel between Paulin and Desalle.

The two riders pulled a sizeable gap over Strijbos in third and it was Desalle who managed to hang on for the win with Paulin breathing down his neck at the finish.

In Moto 2 Paulin took control of the race at the halfway mark as he passed Desalle and then succeeded in putting 12 seconds between the challengers to take a strong victory.

The 3rd and deciding moto was a Paulin show as he grabbed the lead on the opening lap and never looked back. Taking the checkered flag by over 26 seconds from Desalle he wrapped up the overall win with a convincing 2-1-1 score.

‰ÛÏI enjoy racing in Mantova‰Û
Clement Desalle lead home a double Rockstar Podium finishing in second ahead of team-mate Kevin Strijbos - Credit: Suzuki Racing
Overall Mantova Starcross Results:
1. Paulin FRA KAWASAKI
2. Desalle BEL SUZUKI
3. Strijbos BEL SUZUKI
4. Leok EST TM
5. Beggi ITA HONDA

Top Image: Gautier Paulin on his way to winning the 2014 Mantova Starcross

Credit: Enzo Tempestini

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