By Adam Duckworth
He may have started his two-wheel racing career winning a World BMX championship, but Honda's current World No2 MXGP rider Gautier Paulin already has his eyes on some riding after motocross and wants to have a crack on a MotoGP bike.
The Frenchman, pictured above with motocrosser-turned MotoGP rider Jean-Michel Bayle who is his mentor at HRC, admits he's never ridden a road race bike but having visited two races wants to have a try. Paulin rides downhill mountain bikes and road-going motorcycles for fun - a real speed junkie.
"On a dirt bike I try hard to reach the limit, and once you do, you begin to feel there is no limit!" he says in a video for Honda at last weeks's Milan bike show. "Twice this year I went to see Marc Marques and Dani Pedrosa at GPs and the bikes look crazy. So good. After MX, I want to go MotoGP!"
Paulin also talks about his first proper motorcycle - an 85cc motocrosser back in 2002 - and how all he wanted to do was jumps. Plus he reveals how Honda doesn't look at other manufacturers' works bikes when developing his HRC 450 factory bike.