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Dunlop in the hunt as MXGP second-half starts in Sweden

The second half of the 2012 FIM Motocross World Championship kicks-off in Uddevalla, Sweden on July 1, with Gautier Paulin proudly leading the Dunlop challenge.

Riding in his first full MX1 campaign, the Frenchman has been the revelation of the season so far – the Paulin, Kawasaki Racing and Dunlop partnership achieving fastest laps, moto wins, podiums and an overall victory!
In addition to his three rostrum visits, Paulin has been a contender on every type of terrain encountered – collecting fourth on three occasions and finishing outside the overall top five just once, after a mechanical problem in Mexico.

The 2012 half-time whistle metaphorically blew after the recent Belgian GP, round eight of 16, held at a newly constructed circuit in the Ardennes village of Bastogne.

Paulin came into the last of three back-to-back rounds having scored podiums in France (3rd) and Portugal (2nd). Hopes of going ‘3-2-1’ were bolstered by a close second in the opening moto at Bastogne, but a small fall in race two left him fifth overall.

Paulin said: “I had a good feeling in the first race, controlled my race and my last lap was my fastest. My second start was not so good, and then I made a couple of mistakes. I didn’t feel so comfortable so I didn’t take any risks.”
Paulin remains fourth in the standings, just nine points from second place.

Three positions behind is team-mate Xavier Boog, who took a moto win in Brazil and has scored points in all 16 races so far. Boog, just one point from sixth in the championship and 26 from fifth, said: “I’m not so far from the fifth position in the standings, but I can’t afford any more bad starts.”