Frenchman Gautier Paulin rides in the MXGP class of the FIM World Motocross Championship for the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing team. Born on 26th March 1990 in Draguignan in the French Alps, super stylish Gautier was a BMX champion before taking up motocross at the relatively late age of 15.
He entered his first GP, the MX2 GP of Northern Ireland at Desertmartin, in 2006, and the following year he was crowned UEM European EMX2 champion as well as finishing 28th in his first full season in the World Championship. His breakthrough year was undoubtedly 2009, riding for Kawasaki Bud Racing PSM, when he finished third in the MX2 World Championship, and picked up his first GP win in Italy at Faenza.
He switched to the Monster Energy Yamaha team for 2010, finishing tenth in the World Championship, before graduating to the MX1 class for the final race of 2011. He immediately made an impact by snatching victory in his first race on a 450cc bike, and he built on that great start by finishing third in 2012 and fifth in 2013 for the Kawasaki Racing Team.
To the end of 2013, he had amassed a total of eight GP wins, including three at MX2 level and five at MX1, and there are surely lots more to come – in 2014, he won the MXGP of Qatar at Losail and currently lies eighth overall in the Championship standings, despite being sidelined for three months due to a broken collarbone and thumb suffered during round six in Valkenswaard.