Double Victory for Pirelli at the MXGP of Great Britain at Matterley Basin


Antonio Cairoli Takes Second Consecutive MXGP Win to Keep the Red Plate and Thomas Kjer Olsen Wins both MX2 Races to Jump atop Championship Standings


MATTERLEY BASIN, Great Britain (March 25, 2019) – Following brilliant results obtained at the opening round in ArgentinaPirelli confirmed the excellent performance of its products by dominating the Grand Prix of Great Britain – the second round of 2019 FIM Motocross World Championship - which took place at the spectacular Matterley Basin circuit. SCORPION™ MX32™ Mid Soft front and rear were the tires chosen by almost all the riders equipped by the Italian brand to face the medium-hard soil of the British track. 129 racers from 192 starters, in four classes, chose to rely on Pirelli.

Nine-time World Champion Antonio Cairoli secured his second overall victory in the MXGP class thanks to 1-2 moto scores. Tim Gajser carried the confidence from Saturday’s qualification heat win and grabbed the second moto victory, finishing runner-up overall (3-1) on the day. Privateer Jeremy Van Horebeek, competing for the Honda SR team, rode strong to fifth overall (5-6).

With defending champion Jorge Prado forced to miss the race due to injury, Thomas Kjer Olsen dominated the MX2 class with a perfect double moto victory. The results also gave Olsen the red plate in the championship standings. Henry Jacobi finished second (2-3) ahead of rookie Tom Vialle, who grasped the first podium of his young career with third overall (3-4). Calvin Vlaanderen’s fourth place (8-2) confirmed the extreme versatility of Pirelli’s tires as the brand filled the top four positions with four different manufacturers. 

At the Grand Prix of Great Britain, Pirelli presented teams with the SCORPION™ MX SOFT in the new 100/90-19 size, suitable for use with 250F bikes, which will certainly be a key model and bound to be used by several riders at the Grand Prix of the Netherlands hosted by the sandy Valkenswaard track next weekend.   

Race results (Pirelli riders in bold):   

MXGP race 1 

1. CAIROLI Antonio (ITA) 2.PAULIN Gautier (FRA) 3. GAJSER Tim (SLO) 4.DESALLE Clement (BEL) 5. VAN HOREBEEK Jeremy (BEL)   

MXGP race 2 

1. GAJSER Tim (SLO) 2. CAIROLI Antonio (ITA) 3. PAULIN Gautier (FRA) 4. JASIKONIS Arminas (LTU) 5. SEEWER Jeremy (SUI)   

MX2 race 1 

1. KJER OLSEN Thomas (DEN) 2. JACOBI Henry (GER) 3. VIALLE Tom (FRA) 4. WATSON Ben (GBR) 5. CERVELLIN Michele (ITA)   

MX2 race 2 

1. KJER OLSEN Thomas (DEN) 2. VLAANDEREN Calvin (NED) 3. JACOBI Henry (GER) 4. VIALLE Tom (FRA) 5.WATSON Ben (GBR)   

GP Overall:   


1. CAIROLI Antonio (ITA) 2. GAJSER Tim (SLO) 3.PAULIN Gautier (FRA) 4.DESALLE Clement (BEL) 5. VAN HOREBEEK Jeremy (BEL)   


1. KJER OLSEN Thomas (DEN) 2. JACOBI Henry (GER) 3. VIALLE Tom (FRA) 4. VLAANDEREN Calvin (NED) 5.WATSON Ben (GBR)   

Championship overall:   


1. CAIROLI Antonio (ITA) p.97 2. GAJSER Tim (SLO) p.89 3.PAULIN Gautier (FRA) p.74 4. VAN HOREBEEK Jeremy (BEL) p.66 5. DESALLE Clement (BEL) p.65   


1. KJER OLSEN Thomas (DEN) p.94 2. JACOBI Henry (GER) p.78 3. VLAANDEREN Calvin (NED) p.71 4. VIALLE Tom (FRA) p.65 5.WATSON Ben (GBR) p.63


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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. 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).


For Additional Information Please Contact:


Scott Roegner

Pirelli Moto Communications and Media Relations

North America Region

Tel: 949-365-5750



Emily Grannis

Marketing Director, Moto BU

North America RegionTel: 706-331-1585


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