Spearheading Husqvarna Motorcycles’ efforts at the 2018 Motocross of Nations, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing rider Gautier Paulin has helped Team France secure victory at the 72nd running of the event. Putting in two strong moto performances, Max Anstie played a key role in assisting Team Great Britain claim fifth in the Nations Classification.
With the RedBud circuit in the United States hosting the 2018 MXoN, intermittent rainfall throughout the weekend created muddy and demanding track conditions. Yet despite the challenging weather, fans from all over of the world filled the hillsides around the American track.
Running the #1 plate on his FC 450 in the MXGP class for Team France, Gautier Paulin got off to a great start in the first race – the combined MXGP/MX2 class race. Involved in some great battles with eventual moto winner Jeffrey Herlings, Paulin claimed a well-deserved overall runner-up result in race one.
Getting another good start in the MXGP/Open moto – the third and final race of the day – the Frenchman battled hard throughout the moto to eventually finish third overall and play a significant role in helping Team France top the podium. Gautier also claimed second in the MXGP class’ individual standings.
Despite mediocre starts in both of his races, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Max Anstie pushed hard in both motos in the Open class. Earning a 13th place result in his first race, the Brit came back stronger to claim sixth in his second moto.
Well represented at the 2018 edition of the historic event, 14 riders competed for their respective countries aboard Husqvarna machinery at RedBud. Among them, FC 450 powered riders Tanel Leok and Harri Kullas helped Team Estonia secure ninth in the Nations Classification. Husqvarna mounted Martin Barr was Team Ireland’s highest placed rider and FC 250 powered Ryan Sipes helped Team Puerto Rico earn 19th in the Nations Classification.
Gautier Paulin – Team France [MXGP]: “It is an incredible feeling to win the MXoN with Team France for a fifth time in a row. I really have no words to describe how happy I am. Conditions were far from ideal during the whole weekend here at Red Bud, but we made things work to our advantage. I gave my best in both motos and kept pushing until the very end. A special thanks to all the members of my Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team. Winning this trophy with Team France is the best way to wrap up a long season.”
Max Anstie – Team Great Britain [Open]: “The MXoN is always a special race and this year was no different. Last year things went great for me, this time it was a little harder. Free practice was good, then GB got 20th gate pick for qualification and I went down in the first turn of my race. My first moto today was tough but to end the event with a solid second moto result of sixth is really pleasing. Congratulations to Gautier and Team France.”
Results – FIM Motocross of Nations 2018
Nations Final Classification
1. France – 35pts
Gautier Paulin (Husqvarna), Jordi Tixier (KTM), Dylan Ferrandis (Yamaha)
2. Italy – 37pts
Antonio Cairoli (KTM), Alessandro Lupino (Kawasaki), Michele Cervellin (Yamaha)
3. The Netherlands – 41pts
Jeffrey Herlings (KTM), Glenn Coldenhoff (KTM), Calvin Vlaanderen (Honda)
Race 1 (MXGP + MX2)
1. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM) 16 laps, 36:14.743; 2. Gautier Paulin (Husqvarna) 36:40.159; 3. Jorge Prado (KTM) 36:46.226… 12. Tanel Leok (Husqvarna) 38:14.473… 16. Martin Barr (Husqvarna) 15 laps, 36:18.396… 30. Ryan Sipes (Husqvarna) 14 laps, 36:43.277… 37. Henry Jacobi (Husqvarna) 6 laps, 15:48.678
Race 2 (MX2 + Open)
1. Glenn Coldenhoff (KTM) 15 laps, 34:28.308; 2. Hunter Lawrence (Honda) 34:44.371; 3. Jorge Prado (KTM) 34:48.818… 7. Harri Kullas (Husqvarna) 35:01.213… 13. Max Anstie (Husqvarna) 36:05.633… 15. Pascal Rauchenecker (Husqvarna) 36:21.303… 17. Martin Barr (Husqvarna) 36:29.435… 25. Henry Jacobi (Husqvarna) 14 laps, 34:48.021… 36. Ryan Sipes (Husqvarna) 9 laps, 26:05.115
Race 3 (Open + MXGP)
1. Glenn Coldenhoff (KTM) 16 laps, 35:53.888; 2. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM) 35:57.858; 3. Gautier Paulin (Husqvarna) 36:57.575… 6. Max Anstie (Husqvarna) 37:06.357… 12. Harri Kullas (Husqvarna) 37:48.751… 19. Tanel Leok (Husqvarna) 15 laps, 36:33.916… 21. Pascal Rauchenecker (Husqvarna) 37:04.714