Pirelli Dominates the MXGP of Great Britain at Matterley Basin

Pirelli jonass action - MXGP of Great Britain

Jeffrey Herlings Sweeps the MXGP Class to Extend Championship Points Lead, While Pauls Jonass Emerges Victorious in the MX2 Class

MATTERLEY BASIN, GREAT BRITAIN – June 4, 2018 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –  The Matterley Basin circuit hosted the GP of Great Britain for the ninth round of the 2018 FIM Motocross World Championship. Beautiful spring weather graced the weekend and a track of medium-hard soil and is considered one of the most beautiful and spectacular of the whole series. The SCORPION™ MX32™ Mid Soft was used by all Pirelli-equipped riders, including by the factory KTM riders who swept both classes and continue to lead the MXGP and MX2 point standings.

cairoli herlings action - MXGP of Great Britain

Jeffrey Herlings won again in MXGP. It was the seventh seasonal victory for the fast Dutchman who again managed to overtake Antonio Cairoli in the final part of both races and leads the championship standings by 54 points ahead of the Italian. The nine-time world champion Cairoli was the only rider able to fight on equal terms with Herlings. Despite a painful ankle it was a great race for Romain Febvre who scored third place. It was a positive day also for Tim Gajser who finished fifth overall.

MX2 Grand Prix thrived on the challenge between Pauls Jonass and Jorge Prado. On this occasion it was the reigning champion Jonass who sealed overall victory by winning both races. The young Spaniard Prado tried to beat his teammate but had to settle for second place, in spite of some valiant efforts all the way to the checkered flag. An excellent performance was enjoyed by Calvin Vlaanderen, who obtained the third place overall, and Thomas Covington who finished in fifth.

There was also success for Pirelli in the fifth round of the EMX250 European championship thanks to the home rider Steven Clarke. The Italian brand also toasted victory in the Veteran World Cup – a single round affair staged at Matterley Basin – with Martin Zerava second and who led home two-time world champion Mickael Pichon.

Pirelli herlings finish1 - MXGP of Great Britain

There is no break for riders and teams with Saint Jean d’Angely welcoming the Grand Prix of France for the 10th round of twenty in the 2018 FIM World Motocross Championship.

Race results (Pirelli riders in bold):

MXGP race 1

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

MXGP race 2

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

MX2 race 1

1. JONASS Pauls (LAT)
2. PRADO GARCIA Jorge (SPA)
3. COVINGTON Thomas (USA)
4. VLAANDEREN Calvin (RSA)
5. WELTIN Marshal (USA)

MX2 race 2

1. JONASS Pauls (LAT)
2. PRADO GARCIA Jorge (SPA)
3. VLAANDEREN Calvin (RSA)
4. WATSON Ben (GBR)
5. JACOBI Henry (GER)

GP Overall:

MXGP

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

MX2

1. JONASS Pauls (LAT)
2. PRADO GARCIA Jorge (SPA)
3. VLAANDEREN Calvin (RSA)
4. WATSON Ben (GBR)
5. COVINGTON Thomas (USA)

Championship overall:

MXGP

1. HERLINGS Jeffrey (NED) p.436
2. CAIROLI Antonio (ITA) p.382
3. DESALLE Clement (BEL) p.314
4. FEBVRE Romain (FRA) p.291
5. PAULIN Gautier (FRA) p.267
6. GAJSER Tim (SLO) p.257

MX2

1. JONASS Pauls (LAT) p.401
2. PRADO GARCIA Jorge (SPA) p.373
3. KJER OLSEN Thomas (DEN) p.288
4.WATSON Ben (GBR) p.279
5. VLAANDEREN Calvin (RSA) p.234
6. BEATON Jed (AUS) p.216

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