French Motocross sensation, Gautier Paulin, rocketed to a maiden MX1 GP victoryÃ‚Â in his very first appearance in the elite class, at the final round of the FIM Motocross World championship held in Fermo, Italy over the weekend.
The Monster Energy Yamaha racer, got the green light from his team late on Thursday evening after fellow team-mate Steven Frossard was ruled out with a lung infection.
Changing to the more powerful 450 machine was no problem for 21-year-old Paulin as he cruised to an easy victory in the qualification race to give him pole position for the 2x 35min + 2 lap races on Sunday. He then went on to grab his first hole-shot in the MX1 class and put on a display for the Italian crows which saw him run away with his first ever MX1 moto victory.
The second moto had the crowd on their feet as fellow Frenchman Christophe Pourcel joined in the battle right from the start.Ã‚Â He lead the first half of the moto with Paulin breathing down his neck but then Paulin went 4 seconds per lap fatser to post the fastest lap of the race as he blew past his countryman. Pourcel retaliated ten minutes later when Paulin started to suffer from blisters and regained the lead. Paulin cruised to second place and secured a phenomenal victory in his first MX1 Grand Prix debut.
“For sure I am really happy and I didn’t really know what I could expect for my first MX1 GP. In the first race I made the hole-shot and was on my own so I sent my rhythm and just rode out the moto. In the second it was really good fun to race with Christophe and we passed each other but the track was getting harder and harder with more bumps; normally it is smoother for the MX2 motos. It was my first race on the 450 and I knew I was winning the grand prix so I did not want to go crazy. I was riding safe. With Monster Energy Yamaha we did something special today.”