Pirelli SCORPION™ MX Soft Tires Dominate Motocross Grand Prix of Lombardia at Ottobiano


Double Victory for Antonio Cairoli in MXGP. The Italian Takes Advantage of Jeffrey Herlings’ Absence Due to Injury to Narrow the Points Gap. Jorge Prado Wins in MX2 and Closes in on Pauls Jonass in the Standings


OTTOBIANO, Italy (June 18, 2018) – Ottobiano hosted Round 11 of the 2018 FIM Motocross World Championship which was held in hot conditions and in front of an electrifying crowd. To tackle the sandy soil of the spectacular Italian track, Pirelli riders were able to rely on the excellent SCORPION™ MX Soft rear that coupled with the SCORPION™ MX32™ Mid Soft front tire, allowing the Italian manufacturer to celebrate overall victory in both classes.   Red Plate holder Jeffrey Herlings was out of the GP due to a collarbone injury and overall victory in the MXGP class belonged to Antonio Cairoli. The nine-time world champion won both races and has reduced the margin down to just 12 points in the standings. It was an excellent race also for Husqvarna factory riders Gautier Paulin and Max Anstie who finished in second and third place, respectively. The MXGP podium was completely ruled by PirelliTim Gajser finished fourth just ahead of Romain Febvre.



Jorge Prado grabbed the overall victory in MX2. The young Spaniard was very fast all weekend and finished in front of Thomas Covington, winner of the qualifying heat and the first race, but tired in the second outing. Pauls Jonass climbed to the third step of the podium and remains in the lead of the championship. The KTM factory riders are now divided by just nine points in the standings. Thomas Kjer Olsen confirmed his good form by finishing fourth.



After three consecutive races, the FIM Motocross World Championship will resume its journey on July 1st in Pangkal Pinang for the Grand Prix of Indonesia, the first of two consecutive races to be hosted by the Asian country.   


Race results (Pirelli riders in bold):   

MXGP race 1 

1. CAIROLI Antonio (ITA) 2.DESALLE Clement (BEL) 3. ANSTIE Max (GBR) 4. PAULIN Gautier (FRA) 5. FEBVRE Romain (FRA)   

MXGP race 2 

1. CAIROLI Antonio (ITA) 2. GAJSER Tim (SLO) 3. PAULIN Gautier (FRA) 4. ANSTIE Max (GBR) 5. SEEWER Jeremy (SUI)   

MX2 race 1 

1. COVINGTON Thomas (USA) 2. PRADO GARCIA Jorge (SPA) 3. JONASS Pauls (LAT) 4. WATSON Ben (GBR) 5. KJER OLSEN Thomas (DAN)   

MX2 race 2 

1. PRADO GARCIA Jorge (SPA) 2. KJER OLSEN Thomas (DAN) 3. JONASS Pauls (LAT) 4. COVINGTON Thomas (USA) 5. WATSON Ben (GBR)   

GP Overall:   


1. CAIROLI Antonio (ITA) 2. PAULIN Gautier (FRA) 3. ANSTIE Max (GBR) 4. GAJSER Tim (SLO) 5. FEBVRE Romain (FRA)   


1. PRADO GARCIA Jorge (SPA) 2. COVINGTON Thomas (USA) 3. JONASS Pauls (LAT) 4. KJER OLSEN Thomas (DAN) 5. WATSON Ben (GBR)   

Championship overall:   


1. HERLINGS Jeffrey (NED) p.486 2. CAIROLI Antonio (ITA) p.474 3. DESALLE Clement (BEL) p.374 4. FEBVRE Romain (FRA) p.354 5. PAULIN Gautier (FRA) p.334 6. GAJSER Tim (SLO) p.332   


1. JONASS Pauls (LAT) p.474 2. PRADO GARCIA Jorge (SPA) p. 465 3. KJER OLSEN Thomas (DEN) p.366 4.WATSON Ben (GBR) p.339 5. VLAANDEREN Calvin (RSA) p.286 6. COVINGTON Thomas (USA) p.254


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