Feature photo: Paulin celebrates his moto win from Lommel 10 days ago.

Gautier Paulin announced today that he will be retiring at the end of the current 2020 MXGP Motocross World Championship series. The Frenchman Monster Energy Yamaha MXGP rider that has 12 overall GP wins, 22 GP Moto wins, 11 MXoN appearances—standing on top of the MXoN podium five times—decided it is time to hang his racing boots up at thirty-years-old.

Gautier currently sits sixth in the 2020 MXGP title chase and has proven in 2020 that he still has what it takes with a moto win and a 2nd overall in the MXGP class just 10 days ago, but when you know it is time to hang it up, you just know. We have truly enjoyed covering Gautier’s decorated career and wish him the best in his post-racing life.

Check out Gautier’s social media post announcing his retirement below.

“It is with a great deal of emotion that I have decided to call «time» on my career. I have dedicated my whole life to my sport and it has made me the man I am today. I had a wonderful awakening in 2007 when I signed my first pro contract and won my first title. It set me on a path I had dreamt of. I’m so grateful that I got to fight with the best riders in the world, gain the trust of the most prestigious companies and brands, wear my nation’s jersey for eleven consecutive years at the Motocross of Nations and win the event.”

“I love challenges, performance, hard work, and having the desire to give my best.
I’ve experienced indescribable feelings of joy, I’ve led the MX2 and MXGP world championships, sang the Marseillaise with the public, and lived through strong emotions that have marked me forever. I also have the most unbelievable fans and I humbly thank every single one of them as well as every single person that helped or believed in me for the last fifteen years and more. Sport unites us.”

“Now it is time for the next chapter. #GP21”