Pirelli’s dominance on the world stage spreads across many discipline but few were as convincing in the face of tough competition as the World and British Motocross Championships. With a clean sweep in the premier MX1 class and World titles in MX2, the Women’s series’ and the British Championships, it was an historic year for Pirelli, which prides itself on its racing pedigree.
Reigning World Champion Antonio Cairoli added to his considerable FIM World Motocross titles this year, the fourth in total, with the MX1 crown. After a dramatic switch to KTM in the close season the Italian superstar set up his 2010 title with an astonishing 15 GP wins during the year. Pirelli’s dominance of the world motocross stage was total in the premier MX1 class with the top three riders, Cairoli, Clement Desalle (Suzuki) and David Philippaerts (Yamaha) all utilising Pirelli’s motocross tyre range in the demanding series.
A near identical story in the second tier, MX2 championship, saw the Frenchman Marvin Musquin also retaining the world title for himself and the ever-dominant KTM. Taking yet another title for the Austrian Motorcycle manufacturer, Steffi Laier added to her and KTM’s trophy cabinet with an historic sixth Women’s World Motocross Championship.
The British Championships were no less a tough contest for Pirelli in 2010 and it was CAS Honda’s Russian new boy Evgeny Bobryshev who took the series by storm. His run of 17 podiums, including 11 race wins, showed his burgeoning talents and maintained the CAS Honda squad’s high success rate in the British series. A brace of second places in MX1 and MX2 added to Pirelli’s strong result haul in the UK with Stephen Sword (CCM) and Jake Nicholls (KTM) respectively bagging runners-up spot in each class.
In the popular and innovative Red Bull Pro National series, Pirelli enjoyed a fantastic first year of official presence with a tyre supply – support vehicle and sponsorship of the series itself. A wide array of riders from youth to professional turned to Pirelli this year and the Italian company ended with a majority of the grid on their tyres.
Jason Griffiths, Pirelli Racing Manager said, “While this has been a very competitive and hard year in the UK for Pirelli in off-road sport, grabbing the MX1 title with Bobryshev showed his talent and that the CAS Honda squad has found yet another young star. Second place in the two main classes is no small achievement for Sword and Nicholls either. We also thoroughly enjoyed getting close to the grassroots riders through our involvement in the Red Bull Pro National series and got fantastic feedback from riders of all levels and ages.
Things couldn’t have been more impressive and dominant on the world stage though. The demands on riders, bikes and tyres is incredibly high in motocross so it is with particular pride we can look back on a fantastic 2010 campaign.”
World MX1 Championship
1. Antonio Cairoli, KTM (Pirelli)
2. Clement Desalle, Suzuki (Pirelli)
3. David Philippaerts, Yamaha (Pirelli)
World MX2 Championship
1. Marvin Musquin, KTM (Pirelli)
2. Ken Roczen, Suzuki
3. Steven Frossard, Kawasaki
Women’s World Championship
1. Steffi Laier, KTM (Pirelli)
British MX1 Championship
1. Evgeny Bobryshev, Honda (Pirelli)
2. Stephen Sword, CCM (Pirelli)
3. Brad Anderson, Honda
British MX2 Championship
1. Zach Osbourne, Yamaha
2. Jake Nicholls, KTM (Pirelli)
3. Martin Barr, Honda