On the fast hard-pack track Herlings is peerless while Cairoli has to settle for the second step

Jeffrey Herlings has again been unbeatable on his works KTM with Pirelli Scorpion MX tyres. The facts are undisputable. Ten MX2 race wins and five Grand Prix in a row were celebrated with his latest success in Bulgaria for the fifth round of seventeen in the series. The fresh victory by the Dutchman was managed thanks to a large distance over team-mate Jordi Tixier, who was able to consolidate second position in the championship. Third place went to the surprising figure of Kawasaki CLS’ Alex Lupino. The Italian toasted his first Grand Prix podium at Sevlievo and, like most other Pirelli riders, did it with a selection of Scorpion MX MidSoft 32 F front and MidSoft 32 rear. Only seventh, Glenn Coldenhoff competing with his KTM Standing Construct machine booted with Scorpion MX, was still able to fill third place in the MX2 points table just behind the factory bikes.

In MX1 Antonio Cairoli was able to rescue his Grand Prix with a second moto victory and second place on the podium at the circuit several hours drive from the city of Sofia. Fourth in the first moto and across a track where he didn’t have the best feeling the Sicilian gained revenge in the second race when he defeated Gautier Paulin to take the chequered flag. Third and fourth overall were Suzuki duo Clement Desalle and Kevin Strijbos respectively while Ken De Dycker suffered from bad starts and was seventh in the classification, dropping from second to fourth in the championship points table. Across the grippy hard-pack at Sevlievo the Pirelli elite were able to compare compounds; between the MidSoft 32 and MidHard 554 almost all selected the former with only Tommy Searle choosing otherwise. The Brit was sixth overall after a second moto collision with another rider. Round six will take place on May 5th at Agueda for the Grand Prix of Portugal.

Grand Prix of Bulgaria, Sevlievo: Temperature 18°, Humidity 49%


MX1 Overall Classification

1. Paulin Gautier Kawasaki Kawasaki Racing Team
2. Antonio Cairoli KTM Team Red Bull Factory
3. Clement Desalle Suzuki Team Rockstar
4. Kevin Strijbos Suzuki Team Rockstar
5. Jeremy Van Horebeek Kawasaki Kawasaki Racing Team

 

MX1 World Championship standings after 5 of 17 rounds

1. Antonio Cairoli KTM p. 235
2. Gautier Paulin Kawasaki p. 195
3. Clement Desalle Suzuki p. 189
4. Ken De Dycker KTM p. 183
5. Kevin Strijbos Suzuki p. 160

 

MX2 Overall Classification

1. Jeffrey Herlings KTM Team Red Bull Factory
2. Jordi Tixier KTM Team Red Bull Factory
3. Alex Lupino Kawasaki Team CLS
4. José Butron KTM Team KTM Silver Action
5. Max Anstie Suzuki Team Rockstar

 

MX2 World Championship standings after 5 of 17 rounds

1. Jeffrey Herlings KTM p. 250
2. Jordi Tixier KTM p. 185
3. Glenn Coldenhoff KTM p.187
4. José Butron KTM p. 143
5. Christophe Charlier Yamaha p. 137