Meanwhile on the number 21 machine, Gautier Paulin started the day strongly and was attacking the front of the field in the opening free and timed practice sessions, but sadly it wasn‰Ûªt to be his weekend. Two bad starts left him in the melee, and his day was cut short when he caught his foot in a rut in the second race, crashed and twisted his knee.
‰ÛÏIt was a really good venue and a really good track here in Charlotte, and I enjoyed riding it a lot. They did a lot of hard work since the rain yesterday and the condition of the track today was good. Unfortunately though I had two bad starts today which made it hard,' Paulin said.
'My riding was good but I‰Ûªm not happy with myself about the starts. The track was really technical and had some nice flow, and I think with good starts we could have been in the mix today.
'In the second moto, I also twisted my ankle badly which is why I had to stop. On the inside of one corner I got my foot stuck in the mud so I lost the front end because of that, and when I crashed it twisted my ankle. The team have worked on it already tonight and it‰Ûªs feeling better, but at first there was so much pain I couldn‰Ûªt continue," the Frenchman concluded.
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