Catching Up With…Gautier Paulin

There is a long tradition of European, and especially French, riders jumping across the pond to test their mettle against the best Supercross racers in the world.  This year, American SX fans will be introduced to another new French talent by the name of Gautier Paulin.  If you follow the World Motocross Grand Prix scene at all, then you will recall that Paulin lead the first half of the MX2 Championship in 2009, capturing several moto and overall wins along the way.  The former BMX champion then went onto decimate the field in one his motos at the Motocross of Nations before being hauled off in an ambulance in the second moto with some fairly serious injuries.  All healed up now, Gautier (pronounced “Gaw-tee-ay”) signed with the main factory Yamaha team in Europe for 2010, which also afforded him the opportunity to venture stateside as well.  Teamed up with the DNA Shred Stix/Star Racing/Yamaha team, Paulin will contest the first three rounds of the West Coast Supercross series before heading back over Europe.  We found Gautier between motos at the Yamaha test track and asked him a few questions.