Frenchman Gautier Paulin announced today that he will retire from professional racing at the end of the year. The last three rounds of FIM World Motocross Championship, all set to take place in Italy, will be the last of his career.
Paulin won the EMX2 World Championship in 2007 and finished third in the 2009 MX2 World Championship. He moved to the premier class the following year and has enjoyed great success.
Paulin was also a member of French team that won five consecutive Motocross of Nations overalls from 2014 to 2018.
Below is his statement:
“It is with a great deal of emotion that I have decided to call «time» on my career. I have dedicated my whole life to my sport and it has made me the man I am today. I had a wonderful awakening in 2007 when I signed my first pro contract and won my first title. It set me on a path I had dreamt of. I’m so grateful that I got to fight with the best riders in the world, gain the trust of the most prestigious companies and brands, wear my nation’s jersey for eleven consecutive years at the Motocross of Nations and win the event. I love challenges, performance, hard work, and having the desire to give my best.
“I’ve experienced indescribable feelings of joy, I’ve led the MX2 and MXGP world championships, sang the Marseillaise with the public, and lived through strong emotions that have marked me forever. I also have the most unbelievable fans and I humbly thank every single one of them as well as every single person that helped or believed in me for the last fifteen years and more. Sport unites us.
Now it is time for the next chapter. #GP21“
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