Double Victory for Pirelli at the Grand Prix of Patagonia for the Motocross World Championship Season Opener

 

Herlings Outduels Cairoli to Take the Red Plate in the MX1 Class. Jonass Sweeps the MX2 Class and Leads the Classification with Maximum Points

 

NEUQUEN, Argentina (March 5, 2018) – The 'Grand Prix of Patagonia-Argentina' was hosted by the Villa La Angostura circuit and opened the 2018 FIM Motocross World Championship. Action-packed races were again typical scenes on this awesome Argentinian track with 16 riders from 29 starters in MXGP and 18 from 32 in MX2 equipped by Pirelli. All the riders supported by the Italian brand opted for the excellent SCORPION™ MX32™ Mid Soft front while on the rear they chose the new SCORPION™ MX SOFT; with these tires Jeffrey Herlings scaled the MXGP podium ahead of Antonio Cairoli with Yamaha riders Jeremy Van Horebeek and Romain Febvre fourth and fifth overall.

It was a fantastic Grand Prix for Herlings. The Dutchman tied with Cairoli on points but celebrated victory thanks to his triumph in the second moto. The nine-time World Champion could do little about the charge of his teammate in the second race but confirmed with his speed and competitiveness that he will be again one of the title contenders this year.


MX2 defending champion, Pauls Jonass, was easily the fastest in Argentina. The Latvian won Saturday’s Qualification Heat and both races on Sunday to close the Grand Prix with maximum points. Pirelli ruled the full podium of the MX2 class thanks to Thomas Kjer Olsen in second and Hunter Lawrence in third.

In two weeks time the FIM MXGP World Championship will be back in Europe for the second round of the season, which will be hosted by the Valkenswaard’s ‘Eurocircuit' in the Netherlands.

 

Race results (Pirelli riders in bold):

MXGP race 1

1. CAIROLI Antonio (ITA)

2. HERLINGS Jeffrey (NED)

3. DESALLE Clement (BEL)

4. FEBVRE Romain (FRA)

5. VAN HOREBEEK Jeremy (BEL)


MXGP race 1

1. HERLINGS Jeffrey (NED)

2. CAIROLI Antonio (ITA)

3. DESALLE Clement (BEL)

4. VAN HOREBEEK Jeremy (BEL)

5. FEBVRE Romain (FRA)


MX2 race 1

1. JONASS Pauls (LAT)

2. LAWRENCE HUNTER (AUS)

3. KJER OLSEN Thomas (DEN)

4. WATSON Ben (GBR)

5. JACOBI Henry (GER)


MX2 race 2

1. JONASS Pauls (LAT)

2. KJER OLSEN Thomas (DEN)

3. SANAYEI Darian (USA)

4. WATSON Ben (GBR)

5. VLAANDEREN Calvin (RSA)

 

GP Overall:

MXGP

1. HERLINGS Jeffrey (NED)

2. CAIROLI Antonio (ITA)

3. DESALLE Clement (BEL)

4. VAN HOREBEEK Jeremy (BEL)

5. FEBVRE Romain (FRA) 


MX2

1. JONASS Pauls (LAT)

2. KJER OLSEN Thomas (DEN)

3. LAWRENCE HUNTER (AUS)

4. WATSON Ben (GBR)

5. BEATON Jed (AUS)

 

Championship overall:

MXGP

1. HERLINGS Jeffrey (NED) p.47

2. CAIROLI Antonio (ITA) p.47

3. DESALLE Clement (BEL) p.40

4. VAN HOREBEEK Jeremy (BEL) p.34

5. FEBVRE Romain (FRA) p.34

6. PAULIN Gautier (FRA) p.30


MX2

1. JONASS Pauls (LAT) p.50

2. KJER OLSEN Thomas (DEN) p.42

3. LAWRENCE HUNTER (AUS) p.37

4. WATSON Ben (GBR) p.36

5. BEATON Jed (AUS) p.27

6. BRYLYAKOV Vsevolod (RUS) p.24

 

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ABOUT PIRELLI

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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