Pirelli SCORPION MX32 Mid Soft Sweeps the Podiums at Loket for the Grand Prix of Czech Republic

Pirelli - Grand Prix of the Czech Republic

Jeffrey Herlings Takes the MXGP Victory and Increases his Lead in the Standings. Jorge Prado Grabs MX2 Overall and is the New Red Plate Holder

LOKET, CZECH REPUBLIC – July 23, 2018 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –  Loket’s ‘Serpentine’ circuit hosted the Grand Prix of the Czech Republic for the 14th round of the 2018 FIM Motocross World Championship. The medium-hard soil of the historic Czech track meant many grip problems for the riders, but even in these conditions, SCORPION™ MX32™ Mid Soft front and rear tires proved their effectiveness by dominating race day and allowing Pirelli to monopolize the top five in both classes.

Pirelli - Grand Prix of the Czech Republic

Jeffrey Herlings obtained his 11th victory in MXGP. The Dutchman won both races and consolidated his lead in the championship standings to bring his advantage over Antonio Cairoli to 30 points. After winning the qualification heat on Saturday, the nine-time world champion took the lead in both races from the start, but was forced to surrender to Herlings’ comeback through the first laps. Tim Gajser hovered close behind and finished third overall. There were good results also for Romain Febvre and Jeremy Van Horebeek, who finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

There was a change at the top of MX2 class with Jorge Prado winning the Grand Prix and becoming the new leader in championship. In Loket, the Spaniard posted the same points as Calvin Vlaanderen but won the overall due to placing higher in race 2, relegating the South African to second place. An excellent third position was captured by Thomas Covington, who continued his recent bright run of form. Pauls Jonass finished fourth and, after having held the red plate since the opening round, is now forced to chase Prado. Thomas Kjer Olsen was fifth overall and keeps third position in championship.

Pirelli - Grand Prix of the Czech Republic

In two weeks time riders will tackle the Grand Prix of Belgium, which as usual, will be hosted by the challenging sandy circuit of Lommel.

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. VAN HOREBEEK Jeremy (BEL)

MXGP race 2

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

MX2 race 1

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

MX2 race 2

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

GP Overall:

MXGP

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

MX2

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

Championship overall:

MXGP

1. HERLINGS Jeffrey (NED) p.633
2. CAIROLI Antonio (ITA) p.603
3. DESALLE Clement (BEL) p.479
4. GAJSER Tim (SLO) p.450
5. FEBVRE Romain (FRA) p.432
6. PAULIN Gautier (FRA) p.419

MX2

1. PRADO GARCIA Jorge (SPA) p.595
2. JONASS Pauls (LAT) p.584
3. KJER OLSEN Thomas (DEN) p.454
4. WATSON Ben (GBR) p.427
5. VLAANDEREN Calvin (RSA) p.414
6. COVINGTON Thomas (USA) p.375

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