Gautier Paulin#21

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Bio

DOB: 3/26/1990
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 81 kgs
Residence: Draguignan
Hometown: Draguignan
Bike: KX450F-SR

Results

2011: 4th MX2 World championship
2010: 10 th MX2 World championship
2009: 3rd MX2 World championship
2008: 21st MX2 World championship

Recent Activity

THOR CELEBRATES MXON VICTORY WITH JEREMY VANHOREBEEK AND TEAM BELGIUM

The 67th edition of the Motocross of Nations has welcomed 85.000 motocross mad spectators during an action packed weekend which has seen over 40 nations battle for the coveted Chamberlain Trophy.  The Talkessel circuit in Teutschenthal, Germany marked an impressive appearance for no less than 9 of the THOR supported riders representing  6 different nations:

Gautier Paulin – France
Christophe Charlier – France
Jeremy VanHorebeek – Belgium
Brett Metcalfe – Australia
Todd Waters – Australia
David Philippaerts – Italy
Alessandro Lupino – Italy
Valentin Guillod – Switzerland
Kenneth Gundersen – Norway

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THOR was able to celebrate a well deserved victory with Jeremy Van Horebeek and Team Belgium after they toppled Team GERMANY (last years winners) to hoist the Chamberlain trophy on the top step of the podium. A further two more podiumspots were filled with THOR riders David Philippaerts and Alessandro Lupino representing TEAM ITALY alongside Antonio Cairoli for 3rd on the rostrum.

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Brett Metcalfe and Todd Waters were favorites alongside countryman Dean Ferris after Metcalfe won his qualification race beating Ryan Dungey to the checkered flag. 10 – 8 scores for Mettcalfe in his moto’s secured 4th place for TEAM Australia.

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Gauiter Paulin and Christophe Charlier were disappointed with their scores which saw France finish in 5th place.

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Swiss talent Valentin Guillod found himself in leading the first MX1-MX2 moto.  The 21 year-old showed great tenacity in the opening laps to lead the world’s fastest riders. He eventually ended 9th.

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Next’s year’s edition will see all nations travel to Latvia to battle for the chamberlain trophy and the bragging rights of best MX Nation in the world.

VANHOREBEEK ON THE PODIUM IN MOTO UK MX GP

The penultimate round of the FIM MX World championship series has attracted over 25.000 spectators as well as 319 riders who took part in the 4 day special edition MX GP festival in Matterly Basin UK.

THOR’s Jeremy Van Horebeek claimed a strong second moto podium finish with second place however a nasty first turn crash in moto 1 kept the Belgian from an overall podium.  The incident also affected team-mate Gautier Paulin as he was hit in the start but pushed hard to recover to 9th.   A strong, consistent performance in moto 2 saw the Frenchman end 5th.   David Philippaerts was enjoying his recent string of solid results and 7th in moto 1 ensured that the Italian was a force to be reckoned with.  Unfortunately for DP19 he got caught under his bike in a pile-up before the wave section and he had to retire in moto 2.

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Christophe Charlier had a wonderful turn around of a tough weekend on the rough chalked based Matterly track.  A crash in moto 1 left Charlier with only a handful of points but the Corsican quickly changed that when he got to the front in moto 2 and never looked back.  Charlier controlled the race and took a commendable victory.  Matterly also marked the return of Arnaud Tonus who has missed most of the 2013 due to injury.  The CLS Monster Energy Pro Circuit rider was pleased with in 8th in moto two and will be looking to build hisspeed and strength to contend for the 2014 MX2 title.  Team-mate Alsessandro Lupino matched Tonus with 8th in moto 1 but had to retire in Moto 2 while holding 6th spot.

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The final round of the 17 round FIM MX World championship will take place on the treacherous and demanding sand circuit of Lierop 7-8 September in the Netherlands.

PAULIN VICTORIOUS IN MAGGIORA

Thor’s Gautier Paulin has claimed a sensational victory at round 9 of the FIM Motocross World championship held on the historical Maggiora circuit in Italy.   The Factory Kawasaki racer, went head to head with reigning world champion, Antonio Cairoli, andcame out on top in an epic final moto battle in front of almost 40.000 spectators.    THOR’s Alessandro Lupino had the Italian crowd cheering him on as he claimed another solid podium result.

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Paulin started his Italian GP off with a bang as he cruised to victory in Saturday’s MX qualification race.  David Philippaerts was having his best qualification race of the season on board his 1986 David Bailey – Maggiora Honda replica machine but then went down hard, much to the dismay of his home crowd.

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Philippaerts would dig deep to ride the first MX1 moto on Sunday with a suspected broken nose but another crash sidelined the Italianformer MX1 world champ.

The tricky hillside circuit witnessed an exciting first MX1 moto as Paulin had to come through the pack after being ousted out in the first turn.  Belgian, Clement Desalle, took advantage of a good start and took the victory while Paulin put in a last minute charge to catch second place man, Ken Dedycker, but he could not break the Belgian giant and had to settle for 3rd.   Fellow THOR team-mate Jeremy Van Horebeek  was holding his own for most of the moto until he let Cairoli by after occupying 4th place.

The final MX1 moto would be one for the history books as Gautier Paulin grabbed the hole-shot and put a quick 3 second gap between his Factory Kawasaki and the rest of the pack.  Cheered on by an electric crowd,  Cairoli got two breaks when Van Horebeek and Dedycker let him by and he managed to close down Paulin’s advantage.   With 3 laps remaining, Paulin changed his lines to defend the Italian’s attack and with one lap to go he pushed hard to break his nemesis and take an emotional victory which had the Frenchman holding back his tears on the podium.

Alesandro Lupino was the outright crowd favourite in the MX2 class and after 6th place in moto 1 the Italian youngster was determined to give the crowd their monies worth.   Lupino charged through the pack in the final outing and with every position he made up, a roar would echo throughout theMaggiora hills.  Lupino made his last move on Russian, Alexander Tonkov with two laps to go and the crowd erupted to cheer him to the finish line in 2nd place.   Christophe Charlier lost out on his starts scoring a 5-6 result and was disappointed to have missed out on a podium opportunity.

With the series now passing the halfway point,  MX1 and MX2 riders will have a short week off  before 3 tough GP’s back to back will take the championship to Sweden, Lativa and Finland.

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Thor MX Makes It A Big Weekend with Wins Around the World

Thor riders were back at it again over the weekend, winning races around the globe in dominating fashion. Collecting the first win of the weekend was Thor’s Mike Brown at the season opener of the EnduroCross series. At the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Brown collected the fastest hot-lap time in both the afternoon and night sessions, grabbed a heat-race win, and took his first EnduroCross series win of his career. While he has won at X Games, this is the first series win for the 41-year old. Also putting in great efforts in the main event were Thor’s Taylor Robert and Destry Abbott, finishing sixth and 11th, respectively.

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Mike Brown

Also running in Las Vegas was the final round of the Monster Energy Supercross Series at Sam Boyd Stadium. Villopoto clinched the championship last weekend in Salt Lake City, Utah, but he was hungry to claim that 10th win of the season. He got to the front quickly and by the second lap he had moved into the lead, adding another win to his impressive comeback season.

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Ryan Villopoto

The 250SX riders had a lot of racing to do over at Sam Boyd Stadium, with a 15-lap main event and a 10-lap East/West Shootout. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki interim rider Tyler Bowers started the night on a positive note as he broke through for his first career win in the Eastern Regional 250SX Main Event. Later in the East/West Shootout, he was in the top five, but a crash pushed him back and he recovered for 14th.

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Tyler Bowers

It was a hard-fought battle for Eastern Regional title-contender Marvin Musquin who finished just a few points out of the title. He never gave up and nearly beat Bowers to the line, taking second in the main event and second in the standings. In the East/West Shootout, Musquin finished on the podium again with a third-place result.

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Marvin Musquin

In the Western Regional 250SX Main Event, Martin Davalos shot out of the gate and grabbed the holeshot, leading the field for 11 laps before eventually rounding out the podium in third. Tyla Rattray was able to work his way up to ninth. Davalos almost had another podium finish in the East/West Shootout, but finished just off the podium in fourth, while Rattray finished 10th.

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Martin Davalos

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Out in the Utah desert, Thor’s Kurt Caselli added another win to the weekend with an impressive ride at the AMA National Hare and Hound in Jericho, Utah. After six rounds, Caselli holds a decent points gap over second place in the championship standings.

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Kurt Caselli

On the other side of the globe, the FIM Motocross World Championship headed to Agueda, Portugal for the sixth round of the season. Thor’s Gautier Paulin held off his toughest rivals to claim the overall win by finishing with a 1-2 moto finish, making it back-to-back wins for the Frenchman.

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Gautier Paulin

Also in the MX1 class, Thor’s Jeremy Van Horebeek showcased his speed with a 5-6 finish for seventh overall, while David Philippaerts was just behind him in eighth overall with an 8-8 moto result. In the MX2 class, Christophe Charlier put in a great ride to finish with a top five.

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Jeremy Van Horebeek

Also in the MX1 class, Thor’s Jeremy Van Horebeek showcased his speed with a 5-6 finish for seventh overall, while David Philippaerts was just behind him in eighth overall with an 8-8 moto result. In the MX2 class, Christophe Charlier put in a great ride to finish with a top five.

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Charlie Mullins

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One final win was added to the tally when Thor amateur rider Ryder DiFrancesco took the win during the KTM Supercross Juniors Challenge in Las Vegas during the Monster Energy Supercross.

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Ryder DiFrancesco

Thor’s Charlie Mullins and Gautier Paulin Both Pick Up Wins

It was another great weekend for the Thor riders all around the globe, with Charlie Mullins and Gautier Paulin both pick up wins in their respective series.

At the Big Buck GNCC in Union, S.C., Mullins won his third race of the season over teammate Kailub Russell, who placed second. While Mullins won by 30 seconds, Russell finished nearly four minutes ahead of the third place rider. The win helped Mullins extend his championship lead to 10 points.

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In XC2 class, Thor’s Grant Baylor tied his season-best finish of second, moving him into second place in total points for the year. Baylor battled for his second-place result, finishing just half a second in front of the third-place finisher.

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After dominating every timing and qualification session, Thor’s Gautier Paulin continued to look great when it counted, winning the FIM Motocross World Championship in Bulgaria. His victory moved him into second place in the World Championship classification. Thor’s Jeremy van Horebeek was good for fifth place overall, his best result of the year. David Philippaerts took eighth overall, a result that has him edging ever closer to a top-10 season finish.

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In MX2 class, Thor’s Alessandro Lupino took third overall, his best result of the season. Christophe Charlier was able to finish sixth overall with a 7-5 moto result.

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Thor’s Maria Forsberg had a long race weekend that started with the Women’s Enduro X race at the X Games. After finishing with a silver medal in Brazil, she flew back and captured the GNCC Women’s class win in Union, S.C.

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