Pirelli Leads both FIM Motocross World Championship Classes After the MXGP of Russia at Orlyonok

Herlings Finishes Runner-Up to Extend Championship Lead to 23 Points, While Jonass Dominates MX2 to Keep the Red Plate

ORLYONOK, RUSSIA – May 2, 2018 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –  Perfect weather and a large crowd were the setting for the sixth round of the 2018 FIM Motocross World Championship, which for the second year in a row, was hosted by the Orlyonok track on Tuesday and a holiday date slot in Russia. The SCORPION™ MX32™ Mid Soft front and rear tires were chosen by all Pirelli-equipped riders to attack the medium/hard and particularly slippery soil of the Russian track located on the shores of the Black Sea.

Pirelli - GP of Russia

In the MXGP class, title contenders Jeffrey Herlings and Antonio Cairoli finished second and third. Thanks to this result, the Dutchman Herlings has increased his lead in the standings over the nine-time World Champion. Strong rides were also recorded by Romain Febvre, Tim Gajser and Gautier Paulin, who filled the fourth, fifth, and sixth positions, respectively.

Pirelli - GP of Russia

Pauls Jonass returned to rule the MX2 category with his fourth victory of the season. The Latvian dominated Qualification on Saturday and then both races on Sunday leaving teammate Jorge Prado as runner-up. Thomas Kjer Olsen was fifth overall and continues to occupy third place in the championship standings just behind the factory KTM riders.

Pirelli - GP of Russia

On May 13th the Kegums circuit will host the Grand Prix of Latvia for the seventh of 20 rounds in the 2018 campaign.

Race results (Pirelli riders in bold):

MXGP Race 1

1. DESALLE Clement (BEL)
2. CAIROLI Antonio (ITA)
3. HERLINGS Jeffrey (NED)
4. PAULIN Gautier (FRA)
5. GAJSER Tim (SLO)

MXGP Race 2

1. HERLINGS Jeffrey (NED)
2. DESALLE Clement (BEL)
3. FEBVRE Romain (FRA)
4. GAJSER Tim (SLO)
5. CAIROLI Antonio (ITA)

MX2 Race 1

1. JONASS Pauls (LAT)
2. PRADO GARCIA Jorge (SPA)
3. WATSON Ben (GBR)
4. KJER OLSEN Thomas (DEN)
5. RUBINI Stephan (FRA)

MX2 Race 2

1. JONASS Pauls (LAT)
2. PRADO GARCIA Jorge (SPA)
3. CERVELLIN Michele (ITA)
4. VLAANDEREN Calvin (RSA)
5. KJER OLSEN Thomas (DEN)

GP Overall:

MXGP

1. DESALLE Clement (BEL)
2. HERLINGS Jeffrey (NED)
3. CAIROLI Antonio (ITA)
4. FEBVRE Romain (FRA)
5. GAJSER Tim (SLO)

MX2

1. JONASS Pauls (LAT)
2. PRADO GARCIA Jorge (SPA)
3. WATSON Ben (GBR)
4. CERVELLIN Michele (ITA)
5. KJER OLSEN Thomas (DEN)

Championship Overall:

MXGP

1. HERLINGS Jeffrey (NED) p.286
2. CAIROLI Antonio (ITA) p.263
3. DESALLE Clement (BEL) p.212
4. FEBVRE Romain (FRA) p.203
5. PAULIN Gautier (FRA) p.180
6. COLDENHOFF Glenn (NED) p.152

MX2

1. JONASS Pauls (LAT) p.266
2. PRADO GARCIA Jorge (SPA) p. 246
3. KJER OLSEN Thomas (DEN) p.219
4. WATSON Ben (GBR) p.176
5. BEATON Jed (AUS) p.156
6. VLAANDEREN Calvin (RSA) p.130

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Founded in 1872, Pirelli is among the largest global tire makers, and focuses its business on the high end, premium product segment where it is a world leader. Present in over 160 countries, Pirelli has 22 manufacturing sites and employs approximately 38,000 people around the world. Successfully competing in motorsports since 1907, Pirelli is currently the exclusive supplier of the Formula 1 championship, the Superbike world championship, and many other championships around the world.

Pirelli Tire North America (PTNA) services NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) member countries through its Modular Integrated Robotized System (MIRS) facility and research and development center at its Rome, Georgia headquarters, its state-of-the-art manufacturing plant in Silao, Mexico and its New York City, Montreal and Mexico City sales and marketing offices. The company manufactures, distributes and markets original equipment and replacement tires for export and domestic car/motorcycle applications (US, CA, MX) and Agro/Heavy Truck platforms (MX).

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