Frenchman Gautier Paulin immediately made an impact in the MX1 class by snatching victory in a guest appearance at the final MX1 GP of 2011, his first race on a 450cc bike. The following year, his first full season in the competition, he finished a sensational third overall, winning the second round in Bulgaria, and securing three further podium finishes. Gautier had already experienced great success in the MX2 class - he took his first MX GP victory in 2009 at the opening round in Italy and over the season he tallied up two GP wins and seven podium finishes to finish third in the overall standings. A broken fibula one week before the opening GP in 2010 ruined any chances of a world title that year, but Gautier did win the Lierop GP and achieved podiums in Sweden, the Czech Republic and Italy. He also gained seven podiums in 2011 before switching to MX1. Ex-BMX world champion Gautier, who comes from Draguignan in the French Alps, did not take up motocross until he was 15 years old, but he quickly established a formidable reputation by racing to the European MX2 title in 2007 at the age of 17. He is a super stylish rider, who demonstrated his competitive spirit and strength of character during his rookie MX1 season. The pitfalls which await any class newcomer against exalted opposition inevitably cost Gautier points on occasions, but he rebounded each time. His future in the sport looks bright.
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