2010 Bercy Supercross
Yamaha rider Kyle Chisholm claimed his third consecutive top three finish on Sunday evening - the final night of the fantastic Bercy Supercross in Paris - and just missed out on the "King of Bercy" crown by one point to Geico Honda rider Justin Barcia.
The American drew his Yamaha YZ450F up to within two seconds of his countryman in the last Main Event of the weekend but was finally unable to clinch his first checkered flag after scoring two third positions in front of a sell-out capacity on Friday and Saturday.
The narrow and tricky track inside the stadium was becoming worn and slippery by the final night of racing but Motoconcepts Yamaha rider Chisholm, on his first visit to Bercy Supercross, made his speed and condition count at the crucial moment. He was the only rider among an impressive entry list to have reached the podium on all three occasions.
Kyle Chisholm (Motoconcepts Yamaha) says: "It's my first time here and I've had a lot of fun. The fans are awesome and they definitely get into it. I couldn't catch Justin at the end; each night I was gaining time and positions all the way through the Mains. I'm happy to have taken a result like this and to have come to Paris."
Yamaha Monster Energy Motocross Team's Gautier Paulin was seventh in the final classification after scoring 4th and 7th with the YZ450FM on Saturday and Sunday.
The Frenchman's supercross battles with Barcia provided some of the action highlights of the meeting. Paulin suffered a freak crash aboard his Yamaha on Friday which caused a DNF and sadly ruled him out of contention for the top step of the Bercy Supercross podium.
Otherwise the 20 year old Frenchman was among the fastest riders and not only took Superpole on Friday, but also won the ‘L'Americaine' elimination heat. Paulin also took second last week at the Supercross in Genoa in Italy.
Gautier Paulin (Monster Energy Yamaha) says: "This is my third time at Bercy Supercross but the first with the Yamaha Monster Energy team and it is special to race here. It was easy to see and hear how much the fans appreciate the riders, right from the moment the introduction film begins and then we roll onto the stadium floor."
"To have your home public behind you like that is something you can't really explain. It is difficult to understand, you just feel it in your heart."
the MX2-GP factory Yamaha rider will now enjoy a ten day holiday in the Dominican Republic.
Former AMA MX Champion Grant Langston left Paris with a sore pelvis after briefly dislocating his hip through a supercross accident caused by another rider on Friday.
The South African announced that his career as a professional is now over and he hopes to stay in the industry and impart the knowledge that helped obtain titles on both sides of the Atlantic to younger riders.
Final Supercross Paris Bercy Results:
1) Justin Barcia, Honda
2) Kyle Chisholm, Yamaha
3) Cedric Soubeyras, KTM
4) Greg Aranda, Kawasaki
5) Antonio Cairoli, KTM
6) Arnaud Tonus, Suzuki
7) Gautier Paulin, Yamaha Monster Energy MX Team
8) Cyrille Coulon, Suzuki
9) Fabien Izoird, Suzuki
10) Ryan Morais, Suzuki