Gautier Paulin - His Words
Interview Friday 03rd January 2013
I started my physical training again in December, first at home and then in the mountains. I went to Switzerland, before moving to La Clusaz later to join Didier Rochette and some other athletes. Xavier Boog and Arnaud Tonus go there each Winter and they let me share this experience so we worked in a really good atmosphere. We had a great support from the station of La Clusaz and even if the weather was not always nice we worked hard. For the first time I did some ski cross-country - it’s different than cycling and that’s great to work and discover new sports. The program was intense, but we did everything with a good spirit, alongside two riders that I appreciate and who share the same passions as I do.
Since then I have never stopped working as the first races will start very soon in a few weeks! I will for sure be in Mantova on January 27th and in Valence on February 17th, and have just received confirmation from Hawkstone Park so we will also be there on the 9-10 Feb in England. But for sure I will spend some time with the team in the Netherlands and Belgium in early January, as we need to get some bike time before these races.
This year the first Grand Prix will be in Qatar and it will be an amazing experience to race there and then in Thailand! That’s great for the World Championship racing at these destinations as they gain more credibility with such events. Our sport has grownup, has a good image and the fans all over the world are able to experience GP motocross. This year we’ll have a new schedule for these GP’s as the MX1 and MX2 riders will race together. I think that it’s a good idea for the oversea events as we’ll have forty good riders behind the gate. For sure we’ll have less races on television but with the time difference I’m not sure that so many people would have watched all the races at that time of night anyway? As I say it’s a good idea for these four oversea GP’s but we must not kill the MX2 category, which already had to deal with the age limit. I think it will be tough for the spectators who are new to our sport on television, to understand that the rider who finishes sixth overall is actually the MX2 winner! It’s going to be interesting to test the experience this yea but then it will be important to talk with the riders and the teams before taking any decision for the future.
I’m confident coming into this new season. 2012 was a learning year for me with a new bike, a new class, new team and new rivals, and we added a nice page to the history of the team as we battled for GP wins and brought back Kawasaki to the podium. I know my team inside out now - how everyone works and the KX 450 F-SR has no more secrets for me. I’m very excited and can’t wait be behind starting gate again. I know that I will feel the adrenaline and once more I will do my best to reach my goals. I wish you a great 2013-year and hope to see many of you on the track and thanks again for your support!