Both categories of the FIM Motocross World Championship were decided on the same day and with only one round of the 2011 series remaining as Antonio Cairoli and Ken Roczen claimed the MX1 and MX2 classes respectively for the works KTM team, both equipped with Pirelli Scorpion MX.

Virtually a foregone conclusion, the Italian rider Cairoli had been consistently the best performer throughout the MX1 season and arrived in Germany with a hefty lead over closest rival, Yamaha’s Steven Frossard – but his third position in the first moto was enough to start the celebrations. Not content with the renewal of his status as champion after the first moto – his third crown in a row in the premier class – the 25 year old chased through to second position in the next race to claim overall victory at the Grand Prix of Europe.
The MX2 contest ended with a perfect storybook scenario as the dominant 17-year-old German rider Ken Roczen was able to finish as runner-up to Tommy Searle and ahead of teammate Jeffrey Herlings to secure his first title – becoming the youngest rider ever to do so.
“It was a day that will live long in the memory,” said Pirelli Racing Service Manager Giovanni Gatti. “Also because at this meeting, where both classes were won, Roczen and Cairoli were especially pleased with the tires they had at their disposal here and throughout the season where we have seen a number of different terrains. Today all the riders opted for the Scorpion MidSoft 32 with the exception of Cairoli who went with the MidHard 454. Bad luck for Christophe Pourcel and Steven Frossard, who both fell out of the first MX1 moto.”
The European round of the calendar saw Pirelli further decorated with success in the Veteran’s Cup thanks to Belgian Pascal Bal aboard his Yamaha. Pirelli has now accumulated 56 Motocross World Championships thanks to a hot streak that began in 1980 (only in ‘88 did the Scorpion MX miss out), and is still evident today as witnessed by Pirelli riders filling out the top four positions of both MX1 and MX2 divisions. The final round of the championship will take place on September 11th at the Grand Prix of Italy at Fermo, where the Scorpion MX can gain yet another title and complete a full set with the European 125cc Two-Stroke contest currently in the hands of Italian Simone Zecchina.

MX1

Overall Classification:

1. Antonio Cairoli KTM Team Red Bull Factory  
2. Evgeny Bobryshev Honda Team World Motocross  
3. Xavier Boog Kawasaki Kawasaki Racing Team  

 

Championship standings after 14 rounds of 15

1. Antonio Cairoli KTM p. 596  
2. Steve Frossard Yamaha p. 472  
3. Clement Desalle Suzuki p. 461  

 

MX2

Overall Classification

1. Tommy Searle Kawasaki Team CLS  
2. Ken Roczen KTM Team Red Bull Factory  
3. Jeffrey Herlings KTM Team Red Bull Factory  

 

Championship standings after 14 rounds of 15

1. Ken Roczen KTM p. 635
2. Jeffrey Herlings KTM p. 585  
3. Tommy Searle Kawasaki p. 526

 

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