Paulin: To continue riding my bike would be selfish
Gautier Paulin has revealed that he’s decided to put his bikes in the garage and take some time off the bike as the hospitals and emergency services are under enough pressure as it is due to the Coronavirus outbreak. The Factory Yamaha rider has also stated he’s adapted his training – with the next round of MXGP taking place in June it would be a good idea to not over train. It’s going to be a very long season which could lead to burn out.
This is unfamiliar to Paulin and the rest of the GP riders who are usually right in the thick of racing right now but everyone in the sport is just going to have to wait it out. Fingers crossed there’s some good news on the way soon.
“To answer your many questions about the Covid-19: I adapt my training and my physical preparation to the particular situation that we are experiencing. We do a wonderful sport, but not without risk. The athlete that I am tells me to do hours of motorbike to be ready on D-day but the man that I am tells me that our countries are in health crisis and that by continuing my motorcycle training as if nothing had happened, it would be a selfish choice, it would put others in danger and me included. Hospitals and emergency services are saturated. Conclusion: my mechanics are at home in confinement and my motorcycles in the garage”, Paulin stated on social media.