With an unrivaled display of team spirit, the trio of French Kawasaki Thor riders recorded their country’s second victory in the annual event for national teams with a score of just seventeen points, to the twenty-seven of second-placed Belgium and thirty-three of USA and Great Britain.
Paulin took his Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team bike to victory in the opening moto for MXGP and MX2 riders and, with Ferrandis ninth, France opened up an early lead in the team classification with ten points to the thirteen of second-placed USA.
In the second moto for Open class and MX2 machinery it was Frossard’s turn to do battle and he charged to second, while Ferrandis, unselfishly accepting the team’s outside gate, again finished ninth to further extend the French lead to seven points over Great Britain.
With Paulin victorious and Frossard fourth in the final moto, the French sealed the victory on a glorious day. The first time in nearly 30 years that the winning team in the annual event, have all come from the same manufacturer. The winning team.., all THOR riders.