1991 Youngest ever winner 500cc GP, France
1994 Winner Motocross des Nations, Team GB / 125cc Class Winner
1996 British Champion 125cc / 2nd World Championship 125cc
1997 British Champion 125cc
1999 British Champion Open Class

Paul has been riding bikes for over 3 decades and has competed at every level that the sport has to offer.

A winning member and individual class winner in the 125cc category at the 1994 Motocross des Nations, runner up in the 1996 125cc World championship, and winner of three British Championships -1996, 1997, 1999 – Paul has a deep understanding of the sport as well as a profound knowledge that will help any rider achieve their goal of becoming more confident in their ability to perform, as well as advancing their technical skills to become a faster, much safer rider in the process.

Paul Malin – A Brief History
Paul started riding bikes at the age of three years old after receiving an Italjet 50cc auto as a Christmas present, and was entered into his first race the very next day.

By the age of four he’d already won his first race and by the time he was six he was winning on a regular basis, turning those wins into his first championship come the season’s end. More titles came during the next two years (in both grass track and motocross) and his efforts were rewarded with a place on the prestigious Team Green Kawasaki youth team. And he didn’t disappoint there either and went on to win every major honour before switching his efforts and fixing his sights on a career as a professional motocross racer.

At the age of 17, Paul started the 1989 season competing in the 125cc and 250cc British championship, as well as the Open Class support championship, also on a 250. At the halfway stage of the season and with results going pretty much to plan in the smaller championship classes Kawasaki decided to put Paul’s skills to the test by offering him a chance to prove himself on the more powerful 500cc two stroke machine – then seen as the premier class at world championship level. While his debut training ride went better than expected, his British championship race debut left a lot to be desired, failing to score in either of the three moto’s. It was sink or swim time, and needless to say, Paul decided to swim and quickly managed to turn things around with the help of one or two experienced professionals. Within two rounds he was running up front and challenging for podium places, which for someone so young was seen as nothing short of outstanding.

1990 was Paul’s first full season in the 500cc World championship at 18 years old, and with the same desire and determination as he’d shown the previous year, set about his more experienced rivals in a fearless manner, picking up podiums along the way. When the curtain came down at the end of the year, Paul had bettered his pre-season goal of a top 15 finish by placing 11th. But what was more impressive was the fact that he’d beaten everybody at least once along the way, and that list reads like a who’s who? from one of the sport’s golden era’s: Eric Geboers, Dave Thorpe, Georges Jobe, Kurt Nicol, Jacky Martens, Billy Liles…and all of this on a production machine that could be bought over the counter. Needless to say, Kawasaki rewarded him with a full factory machine for the 1991 season.

Following his meteoric rise to success, Paul’s own personal goal for 1991 was to place inside the top five in the world, and when the season got under way in Switzerland at Payerne, the GP fraternity were stunned to see the progress he’d made during the off-season. As the gate dropped for the opening race of the year, Paul grabbed the holeshot and never looked back, pulling out a 15 second lead over his rivals – until a blown oil seal in the rear shock absorber left him ‘riding on the spring’ alone. Undeterred Paul continued as best he could and managed to salvage some points, albeit those coming by way of an undeserved 11th place. However, the seed of confidence had been sewn, and as it turned out, GP success was just around the corner. 

Within a couple of GP’s Paul’s title ambitions were well and truly on track as he stormed to an historic double moto win at the French GP aged just 19 years and three months, followed by victory a week later in the deep sand of Holland. A spate of mechanical problems mid-season derailed the youngster’s hopes momentarily, and even though any chance of winning the world title had mathematically gone after dropping as low as 7th, he bounced back to winning ways to salvage 4th overall in the series at the final round.

The following two seasons were hampered by injuries – one of the perks of the job – as well as a team change (Kawasaki to Yamaha at the end of ’92) and it wasn’t until 1994 when things started to look promising once more. At the Motocross des Nations in Switzerland, Paul was drafted in at the last minute to race the 125cc class in the highly prestigious event, and before the event he’d openly stated that if he scored a couple of top five places then a switch to the quarter litre class might have to be an option for the following year. You could say then that the two moto wins he picked up that helped Great Britain win the event for the first time in 27 years, as well as ending 13 years of American dominance went someway to helping him decide that for the next few years, the 125cc class was where he was headed. As it turned out, it wasn’t a bad place to be.

The high light of the 1995 season was winning the British GP on the back of a string of results that saw a steady improvement of 5th, 4th and 3rd, culminating with a win and a 2nd in England moving him up to 5th in the standings at the halfway mark. The low point came one week later when he broke a bone in his wrist, which would have detrimental effects by the end of the campaign, eventually placing him 11th.

1996 turned out to be his best year in the world championship, and armed with Factory equipment via Michele Rinaldi went on to place 2nd in the series. The only rounds where he failed to make the podium were rounds one and twelve, so all in all a fairly consistent season. The year also ended with Paul claiming his first British championship, which was repeated in 1997.

More British Championship success followed in 1999 winning the British Open class title racing a YZ250, bringing Yamaha their first success in this class, taking 8 moto wins along the way.

Paul retired from racing in 2000 Paul and immediately was hired by a production company to present the Maxxis British Championship, which aired on Sky Sports. As well as that, he worked alongside the sport’s governing body – The ACU - to head up the Youth Academy.

Since 2008 Paul has been the voice of the FIM Motocross World Championship which airs on Motors TV, Eurosport and CBS as well on line at MXGP-TV.COM. He also provides commentary for the FIM Supermoto World Championship, and although his racing days are well and truly behind him, he is still very much in demand as a magazine test rider, testing everything from production bikes to the Factory machines of the stars from MXGP.