SCORPION™ MX Tires to Make Season Debut with JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing at the Hangtown Motocross Classic
ROME, GA – May 7, 2019 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Pirelli Tire North America has announced a new partnership with the JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing team that will see the brand serve as the team’s official motorcycle tire, beginning with the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship season opener on May 18 for the Hangtown Motocross Classic. The JGRMX team previously competed on Pirelli’s SCORPION™ MX tires from 2011-2016, achieving multiple victories in the Pro Motocross Championship and Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship.
“Everyone at Pirelli is looking forward to working with the Joe Gibbs Racing organization once again,” said Josh Whitmire, Director of Sales, Pirelli. “We’ve shared great success together in the past, winning in supercross and motocross, and our commitment remains the same when the gate drops for the Pro Motocross Championship at Hangtown. Together, our goal is to not only be successful on the racetrack, but to also improve the fan experience off of the track as well.”
With the Pro Motocross season opener rapidly approaching, the JGRMX 450 Class roster will be led by 2017 Western Regional 250SX Champion Justin Hill (#46). In the 250 Class, Alex Martin (#26), who finished runner-up in the championship in 2016 and 2018, will be seeking his first professional championship. Weston Peick (#18) continues to rehab from injury and has shared several podium appearances with SCORPION™ MX tires throughout his career.
“This is an exciting opportunity to be partnering with Pirelli,” said Alex Martin. “Pre-season motocross testing has been going really well and I’m stoked on how the SCORPION™ MX tires have been working on my RM-Z250. Pirelli has an impressive resume around the world and I’d love to achieve the same results they had at the RedBud MXoN last year.”
“I’m very excited to reunite with Pirelli in a multi-year deal, beginning next week at the Hangtown National,” said Jeremy Albrecht, JGRMX Team Manager. “They keep improving their product and have been very successful on the world stage. We’ve won races on the brand in the past and hope to bring them more wins in the U.S. The people at Pirelli are passionate and believe in the brand and we’re thrilled to be a part of that.”
Pirelli boasts an impressive 70 Motocross World Titles and is no stranger to success on American soil, dominating the 2018 Motocross of Nations at RedBud MX. Pirelli riders claimed every qualification win, moto win, overall victory and holeshot with the SCORPION™ MX32™ Mid Soft front and SCORPION™ MX Soft rear tires.
The SCORPION™ MX tire range consists of the SCORPION™ MX32™ Mid Soft, SCORPION™ MX32™ Mid Hard and SCORPION™ MX Soft tread patterns in a variety of sizing options.
To learn more about the complete line of Pirelli motorcycle tires, please visit www.pirelli.com.
Pirelli was founded in Milan in 1872 and today stands as a global brand known for its cutting edge technology, high-end production excellence and passion for innovation that draws heavily on its Italian roots. With around 30,000 employees, Pirelli is a major player in the tire industry and the only global player focused solely on the Consumer tire market, which includes tires for cars, motorcycles and bicycles. Pirelli is now concentrating on High Value tire markets, delivering innovative tires and developing Specialties and Super Specialties for its comprehensive product portfolio. Pirelli has a long link with motorsport and it sustains its technological excellence by bringing innovations developed within the motorsport arena into its consumer products. The company currently supports over 460 car and motorcycle sport events and has been the exclusive tire supplier to the Formula One™ World Championship since 2011. Such a strong presence in motorsport enables Pirelli to transfer a series of avant-garde solutions to its day-to-day operations providing the final consumer with the maximum levels of performance and safety.
Pirelli Tire North America (PTNA) services North America 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).
Joe Gibbs Racing Motocross (JGRMX), based in Huntersville, NC, was founded in 2007 by Coy Gibbs, son of NFL Hall of Fame head coach and multi-time NASCAR Championship winning team owner Joe Gibbs. JGRMX competes in both the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship series as well as the Monster Energy Supercross series with support from Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. aboard Suzuki RM-Z250 and RM-Z450 race machines.
Source: Pirelli Tire North America