KTM and Pirelli Riders Dominate the Belgian GP and Control the Championship Standings in Both Classes, While Herlings and Prado Triumph in MXGP and MX2.

 LOMMEL, Belgium (Aug. 7, 2017) – On the newly redesigned layout of Lommel, the ultimate sand track, Pirelli tires demonstrated their great performance by dominating both Grand Prix categories. All Pirelli riders chose the SCORPION™ MX32™ Mid Soft front, while opting for the SCORPION™ MX Soft rear.   

A great victory was taken by Jeffrey Herlings in MXGP, confirming his status as one of the world's best sand riders. Very quick from the first practice session, when he was over two seconds faster than his rivals, the Dutchman won both races and moved to second place in the championship standings. Antonio Cairoli was runner-up behind Herlings and was also the only rider to match Jeffrey’s speed. The Sicilian did not take any unnecessary risks and increased his lead in the championship to 99 points. The final step of the podium belonged to Glenn Coldenhoff. Gautier Paulin and Max Nagl also rode strong in the treacherous conditions to finish in fifth and sixth, respectively.

 Jorge Prado celebrated his second MX2 win of the season. The Spaniard finished second in the first race and returned to win the second moto. A promising second place finish was acquired by red plate holder Pauls Jonass, who won race one and made a fantastic comeback in the second, which saw him charge from last position on the opening lap to cross the finish line in fifth. Julien Lieber remained consistent throughout the day to finish in third. To complete an awesome day for Pirelli in the MX2 class, fourth place went to Jeremy Seewer, who remains second in the championship, while Thomas Kjer Olsen rounded out the top five.

 Pirelli also celebrated a victory in the sixth round of the EMX125 European Championship thanks to Mikkel Haarup. The Danish rider is second in the standings, just eight points behind with two races remaining.

 The 15th round of the season will take place next weekend with the Grand Prix of Switzerland, which is hosted by the Frauenfeld circuit near Zurich.

 Race results:    

MXGP race 1  

1. HERLINGS Jeffrey (NED)  2. CAIROLI Antonio (ITA)  3. COLDENHOFF Glenn (NED)  4. VAN HOREBEEK Jeremy (BEL)  5. NAGL Maximilian (GER)  

  MXGP race 2  

1. HERLINGS Jeffrey (NED)  2. CAIROLI Antonio (ITA)  3. ANSTIE Max (GBR)  4. COLDENHOFF Glenn (NED)  5. DESALLE Clement (BEL) 

  MX2 race 1  

1. JONASS Pauls (LAT)  2. PRADO GARCIA Jorge (SPA)  3. SEEWER Jeremy (SUI)  4.PATUREL Benoit (FRA) 5. LIEBER Julien (BEL)    

MX2 race 2  1. PRADO GARCIA Jorge (SPA)  2. LIEBER Julien (BEL)  3. OLSEN Thomas Kjer (DEN)  4. SEEWER Jeremy (SUI)  5. JONASS Pauls (LAT)     

  GP Overall:     

MXGP  

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

  MX2  

1. PRADO GARCIA Jorge (SPA)  2. JONASS Pauls (LAT)  3. LIEBER Julien (BEL)  4. SEEWER Jeremy (SUI)  5. OLSEN Thomas Kjer (DEN)       

Championship overall:     

MXGP  

1. CAIROLI Antonio (ITA) p.567  2. HERLINGS Jeffrey (NED) p.468  3. DESALLE Clement (BEL) p.462 4. PAULIN Gautier (FRA) p.446  5. GAJSER Tim (SLO) p.376  6. FEBVRE Romain (FRA) p.365    

MX2  

1. JONASS Pauls (LAT) p.589  2. SEEWER Jeremy (SUI) p.539  3. KJER OLSEN Thomas (DEN) p.437  4. PATUREL Benoit (FRA) p.429 5. LIEBER JULIEN (BEL) p.412  6. COVINGTON Thomas (USA) p.351

 

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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).

 

For Additional Information Please Contact:

 

Scott Roegner

Pirelli Moto Communications and Media Relations

NAFTA Region

Tel: 949-365-5750

Mail: motopress.nafta@pirelli.com  

 

Emily Grannis

Marketing Director, Moto BU

NAFTA Region

Tel: 706-331-1585

Mail: emily.grannis@pirelli.com  

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