Pirelli Continues Winning Ways at MXGP of France Held in Saint Jean D’Angely

 

Tim Gajser Dominates the MXGP Class and Closes in on Antonio Cairoli’s Red Plate. Jorge Prado Wins MX2 to Extend his Championship Lead

 

SAINT JEAN D’ANGELY, France (May 27, 2019) - The third consecutive race in three weeks for the 2019 FIM Motocross World Championship took place at Saint Jean d’Angely for the Grand Prix of France and round seven of the series. To better tackle the hard and rutted soil, Pirelli-equipped riders were able to rely on the excellent performance of the SCORPION™ MX32™ Mid Soft range in various sizes - front and rear - which allowed the Italian company to take overall victory in both classes and in the EMX250 race.   In the MXGP class, Tim Gajser again won both races. The Slovenian proved to be fastest on track since the first practice session and dominated throughout the weekend. Thanks to the haul of points earned, he sits just 10 away from championship leader Antonio Cairoli, who was hit by bad luck and only finished seventh at the end of the day. There was a great third place for Romain Febvre who has made a full recovery from the ankle injury picked up at the first meeting of the year.  Jeremy Seewer also rode well and repeated his fifth place overall obtained last weekend in Portugal.

There was a sixth win for Jorge Prado in MX2 who proved to be the man to beat in the MX2 class in Saint Jean d’Angely. Thomas Kjer Olsen finished in third place but lost another 11 points in the championship to the Spaniard Prado. Good performances were also recorded by Mitchell Evans and Adam Sterry who finished fourth and fifth overall, respectively.

Pirelli confirmed the performance of their tires with overall victory in the third round of the EMX250 European Championship thanks to Stephen Rubini and third place by Benistant ThibaultRubini, despite an ankle problem, is second in the championship standings and has shown that he has what it takes to aim for the title.   After three consecutive races the 2019 FIM Motocross World Championship will take a break next weekend and resume June 8-9 with the Grand Prix of Russia: hosted by the Orlyonok circuit.

    Race results (Pirelli riders in bold):   

MXGP race 1 

1. GAJSER Tim (SLO) 2. CAIROLI Antonio (ITA) 3.TONUS Arnaud (SUI) 4. SEEWER Jeremy (SUI) 5. FEBVRE Romain (FRA)   

MXGP 

race 2 

1. GAJSER Tim (SLO) 2. FEBVRE Romain (FRA) 3. TONUS Arnaud (SUI) 4.DESALLE Clement (BEL) 5. PAULIN Gautier (FRA)   

MX2 

race 1 

1.GEERTS Jago (BEL) 2. PRADO GARCIA Jorge (SPA) 3. KJER OLSEN Thomas (DEN) 4. VIALLE Tom (FRA) 5. POOTJES Davy (NED)   

MX2 

race 2 

1. PRADO GARCIA Jorge (SPA) 2.GEERTS Jago (BEL) 3. WATSON Ben (GBR) 4. EVANS Mitchell (AUS) 5. KJER OLSEN Thomas (DEN)   

GP Overall:   

MXGP 

1. GAJSER Tim (SLO) 2.TONUS Arnaud (SUI) 3. FEBVRE Romain (FRA) 4.DESALLE Clement (BEL) 5. PAULIN Gautier (FRA)   

MX2 

1. PRADO GARCIA Jorge (SPA) 2.GEERTS Jago (BEL) 3. KJER OLSEN Thomas (DEN) 4. EVANS Mitchell (AUS) 5. STERRY Adam (GBR)   

Championship overall:   

MXGP 

1. CAIROLI Antonio (ITA) p.311 2. GAJSER Tim (SLO) p.301 3.PAULIN Gautier (FRA) p.218 4.DESALLE Clement (BEL) p.208 5. JASIKONIS Arminas (LTU) p.190 6. SEEWER Jeremy (SUI) p.184   

MX2 

1. PRADO GARCIA Jorge (SPA) p.297 2. KJER OLSEN Thomas (DEN) p.283 3. GEERTS Jago (BEL)p.217 4. JACOBI Henry (GER) p.210 5. EVANS Mitchell (AUS) p.187 6. WATSON Ben (GBR) p.184

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ABOUT PIRELLI

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

Mail: motopress.nafta@pirelli.com  

 

Emily Grannis

Marketing Director, Moto BU

North America RegionTel: 706-331-1585

Mail: emily.grannis@pirelli.com   

 

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