Nine-Time World Champion Antonio Cairoli to Compete on SCORPION™ MX Tires
ATLANTA, GA – May 25, 2022 – (Motor Sports NewsWire) – Pirelli Tire North America will make its return to the 2022 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship paddock when the 12-round series kicks off on Saturday, May 28 for the Fox Raceway National in Pala, California. Pirelli will have its 18-wheeler race transporter on-site at each event, providing technical support and trackside assistance to all racers competing on SCORPION™ MX tires. The season opener at Fox Raceway will also welcome nine-time FIM World Champion Antonio Cairoli who will compete under the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing tent on a Pirelli-equipped KTM 450 SX-F.
“I’m really excited to be in the US,” said Cairoli. “It has always been a dream to race the Nationals and now we have the chance to do it so I’m really happy and looking forward to it.”
Cairoli and Pirelli have a long history of success together, capturing countless victories and six MXGP Titles together. After retiring from full-time racing at the end of 2021, he has committed to the first two rounds with the possibility of continuing throughout the summer.
“My relationship with Pirelli is really important because it’s an Italian brand and they have always supported me throughout my career,” Cairoli continued. “Being here in the US I could run my own sponsors. They’ve been with me forever, and everybody knows it’s a super tire, so I’m really happy and proud to continue with their support.”
Pirelli remains true to its “we sell what we race, we race what we sell” motto, offering anyone access to purchase the exact tires used by its professional riders and racing teams. This strategy has allowed Pirelli to focus on developing tires for motocross-specific tracks and ensures that the consumer is receiving its latest technology and products.
“It’s going to be an exciting summer of racing in the Pro Motocross Championship,” said Nick Walton, off-road race manager, Pirelli. “Our brand has continued to elevate its game these past couple of seasons and having nine-time World Champion Antonio Cairoli join us stateside is special. He’s one of the sport’s most decorated athletes and has a long history of winning with Pirelli across the world, which we hope is something that continues throughout his American tour this summer.”
Joining Cairoli on the SCORPION MX range for this summer’s Pro Motocross Championship will be Muc-Off/FXR/Club MX Yamaha, BarX/Chaparral Suzuki, Firepower Honda, and the Phoenix Racing Honda teams.
In addition to the race teams, Pirelli’s unwavering support and dedication to privateers throughout the paddock remains, as all racers who place inside of the top 30 in the 250 and 450 Classes will receive a FREE set of SCORPION™ MX tires at the following round. For racers who place outside of the top-30, Pirelli’s local trackside vendor will be on-hand to provide additional assistance.
Pirelli’s global motocross dominance remains unmatched with 76 Motocross World Championships that include riders such as defending MXGP World Champion, Jeffrey Herlings, defending MX2 World Champion, Tom Vialle, current MXGP World Championship leader, Tim Gajser, and nine-time World Champion, Cairoli.
The SCORPION™ MX range will rely on the performance of three different soil applications for the upcoming 12-round season with the SCORPION™ MX Soft which is intended for sand and mud, SCORPION™ MX32™ MidSoft which favors intermediate to soft soil, and SCORPION™ MX32™ MidHard which is designed for use on intermediate to hard soil.
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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. In particular, Pirelli is a global leader in the production of racing and high performance motorcycle tires both for on and off road applications. Pirelli has a long link with motorsport and the multitude of successes include a record of seventy-two world titles gained in the FIM Motocross World Championship thanks to the performance of its mx product range. In road-racing, since 2004 Pirelli has made the FIM Superbike World Championship for production-based motorcycles the ideal proving ground to develop not only the products used in competition, but also tires used daily by motorcyclists all over the world. Inspired by the philosophy now become a motto “We sell what we race, we race what we sell”, Pirelli has managed to bring to fruition all the experience acquired in this championship, applying some of the patents and materials developed for racing activity to the product portfolio dedicated to road use.
Source: Pirelli Tire S.p.A