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2019 MXGP Of Italy | GoPro Onboard & Analysis



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Gautier Paulin’s GoPro footage from the 2019 MXGP of Italy has been uploaded and like always, there’s a lot to see from the fifteenth round of the 2019 Monster Energy FIM Motocross World Championship. The Monster Energy Wilvo Yamaha Official rider did very well at the Imola race and we took notes of certain things in the footage. Press play and read on… 


As the pack made it to the first turn, it looked like Paulin was going to come out deep in the running order. Surprisingly, he carved a tight line and emerged in a great position behind Alessandro Lupino and Tommy Searle. The MXGP series is still trying to find a way to bring traditional motocross into a stadium-like setting and the Imola track is another example of the project. They made good use of the venue’s hillside for elevation and intrigue, but unfortunately, it left a lot to be desired for racing. A lot of the lines funneled into one place, there was little room for error (Ivo Monticelli was knocked unconscious after crash on the pavement), and the flow was strange. One thing we like about the MXGP series is how every track has its own terrain type and the Imola track was old school hardpack, which is unlike anything riders face in the US series. 

The clip cuts to the final laps when Paulin pushed to catch Jeremy Seewer. We won’t spoil the outcome but have to point out Paulin’s technique and line choices. He never seemed to stall his forward momentum, he somehow found smooth lines, and was easy on the throttle all the way around the course.


Paulin’s initial jump off the gate in Italy didn’t seem great, because he was out dragged by Gajser and Monticelli as they entered turn one, but he again found the most direct line and came out in third place. Paulin seemed to be at full intensity right at the start and he followed teammate Tonus for a few moments, then found his line and put on a clean block pass for the lead spot.

It’s a bummer the clip cut so suddenly to when Coldenhoff made the pass for the lead, because we’d like to see if there had been some early indication that he was close behind or if it was a complete surprise attack. It seemed to break Paulin’s concentration for a moment and Gajser got by as well, but a crash by the MXGP champion later on shifted the order. The clip cut again to the end of the 20-lap race; that’s a lot of laps for an outdoor race and you can hear how the bike’s brakes were taking abuse. After the flag, the top finishers congratulated each other, which is cool to see at this level.


Michael Antonovich

Michael Antonovich has a wealth of experience with over 10 years of moto-journalism under his belt. A lifelong racing enthusiast and rider, Anton is the Editor of Swapmoto Live and lives to be at the race track.

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