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Paulin and Tonkov take pole in Maggiora. Dean Ferris second fastest

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Frenchman Gautier Paulin has taken his second overall MX1 pole position this year and Alexander Tonkov took his first ever MX2 race today at a newly renovated Maggiora circuit in Italy for the FIM MX1 & MX2 Motocross World Championship.

Kawasaki Racing Team‰Ûªs Paulin did not have one of his best starts today in the qualifying race, but after three laps the French rider managed to move up to second behind Tommy Searle, who had been leading the race from the beginning. Paulin admitted that he felt really comfortable and with three laps to go he clinched the fastest lap of the race and succeeded to overtake Searle for the win.

CLS MX2 Kawasaki Monster Energy Pro Circuit‰Ûªs Tommy Searle suffered a big crash during the pre-qualifying session, but it did not stop him to taking part in the qualifying race where he almost pulled of the victory.

The third position went to Red Bull KTM Factory Racing‰Ûªs Ken De Dycker, who struggled once again with his start, but he managed to move from his initial ninth position to the final podium spot.

Honda World Motocross‰Ûª Max Nagl had a really good qualifying race, starting down in the thirteenth position but managing to finish in a solid fourth place.

ICE1Racing‰Ûªs Xavier Boog had an excellent start in second, but the French rider could not keep the rhythm of the front runners and crossed the finish line fifth.

Davide Guarneri, who is wearing a vintage design on his racing gear as well as on his KTM, started with the front group today and he was able to finish sixth. His compatriot Antonio Cairoli crashed in the opening lap of the qualifying race and even if he had a deep cut on his left arm he managed to finish the race in the seventh position ahead of Evgeny Bobryshev, who had also crashed after the start, and Jeremy Van Horebeek. Clement Desalle started down in the 20th position and when he was recuperating some places when Jonathan BarragÌÁn crashed on him. In the end the Belgian recuperated his rhythm and he was able to finish tenth.

Home rider David Philippaerts had an outstanding start, but unfortunately he crashed while he was riding second. The Italian hit his head in the crash and he was taken to the hospital for some further exams.

Billy Mackenzie was very pleased to be back racing in the Grand Prix and today he was able to finish twelfth in the qualifying race. The British rider was impressed on how much the series had grown and tomorrow he hopes to have get some good starts and he will try to finish among the top ten or top fifteenth of the class.

American Jeff Alessi had a mechanical problem in his Yamaha machine and he had to enter the pitlane at the first stages of the qualifying race.
Start of the MX2 qualifying race
ESTA Motorsports Honda‰Ûªs Alexander Tonkov was very pleased today for having achieved his maiden MX2 race victory in the qualifying race.

The Russian, who is turning twenty next month, had obtained the best lap time in the pre-qualifying session and after taking the holeshot in the qualifying heat, he managed to keep a good rhythm at the front. Jeffrey Herlings caught the Russian and in the last lap the Dutch rider took the lead, but a few corners afterwards Herlings crashed and Tonkov recuperated the first position.

Monster Energy Yamaha‰Ûªs Dean Ferris had a good start today and he rode fourth most of the heat, but in the last stages of the race he overtook JosÌ© ButrÌ_n and when Herlings crashed the Australian moved up to second. Ferris, who had won the qualifying race in ErnÌ©e in France, is ready to fight once again for a podium finish tomorrow, as he is feeling really comfortable on his Yamaha, as well as on the Italian track.

KTM Silver Action‰Ûªs JosÌ© ButrÌ_n was back again today racing with the front group and after a really good start he rode comfortably in the third place. However, he was surprised by Ferris and dropped down one position, but he recuperated it when Herlings crashed in the last lap.

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing‰Ûªs Jeffrey Herlings had to settle down with the fourth place.

His teammate Jordi Tixier was eighth after the start but he was able to find a good rhythm and he crossed the finish line fifth. The Red Bull KTM Factory rider obtained the fastest lap of the race, which proves that he felt really well on the Italian track and tomorrow he might be back on the podium if he is able to have a good start.

Jake Nicholls did not have a good start either, but he made an incredible recovery from his initial eleventh position to his final sixth place. Alessandro Lupino was really satisfied with his seventh place today as he had not been very lucky in the previous Grand Prix and he hopes to do well tomorrow in front of his home crowd. Romain Febvre finished eighth in the qualifying race and Priit Ratsep and Mel Pocock completed the top ten.

Main Photo: Paulin obtained his second pole in Maggiora
Credit: Youthstream
Tonkov won his first MX2 heat

MX1 Qualifying Race top ten:
1. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), 24:21.430;
2. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), +0:04.218;
3. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), +0:19.837;
4. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Honda), +0:22.550;
5. Xavier Boog (FRA, KTM), +0:25.120;
6. Davide Guarneri (ITA, KTM), +0:26.229;
7. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:27.093;
8. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:28.779;
9. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:39.359;
10. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), +0:41.490.

MX2 Qualifying Race top ten:
1. Alexander Tonkov (RUS, Honda), 24:37.774;
2. Dean Ferris (AUS, Yamaha), +0:00.558;
3. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), +0:03.911;
4. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), +0:05.352;
5. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), +0:05.685;
6. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), +0:12.895;
7. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Kawasaki), +0:16.188;
8. Romain Febvre (FRA, KTM), +0:22.391;
9. Priit Ratsep (EST, KTM), +0:24.100;
10. Mel Pocock (GBR, Yamaha), +0:26.397;

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