Herlings and Cairoli walk the top steps at round eight of seventeen in the FIM Motocross World Championship
Another double was celebrated by Pirelli Scorpion MX and also victory in the second round of the European EMX250 series at the Grand Prix of France. Antonio Cairoli managed to defeat home favourite Gautier Paulin to record his fifth MX1 triumph of the season with second position in the first moto and then a comfortable win in the second race. It was a powerful statement from the champion and series leader who will head to Italy and his own local Grand Prix next weekend with a 56 point advantage over the French Kawasaki rider. Third place went to Clement Desalle, who classified ahead of other Pirelli representatives Ken De Dycker and Kevin Strijbos.
MX2 is still under the iron-grip of Jeffrey Herlings but France was an important success as the Dutchman raced and conquered with a 1-1 scorecard while in considerable pain after a big crash in the Saturday qualification Heat. The works KTM man beat other Pirelli racers Dylan Ferrandis, Christophe Charlier and Alexander Tonkov. The European EMX250 event was owned by Valentin Guillod as the Swiss celebrated two wins from two on his privately run KTM, booted with Scorpion MX MidSoft 32.
“Yesterday during practice we decided to test the new Scorpion SX front with Davide Guarneri,” said Pirelli Racing Service Manager Giovanni Gatti on the tyre that had until now had only been used in the indoor arenas. “The outcome was positive but we decided to hold back for the race as the ground changed slightly and the need for optimum traction and stability was paramount on such a slippery surface. The same can be said for Cairoli, who set the fastest time with a MidHard 554 front but then for Sunday kept with the tried and tested MidSoft 32 selection that was also taken by the other Pirelli riders; only Desalle and Strijbos decided to try the 120/90-19 dimensions and Charlier and Lupino also differed in their choice with 120/80-19”.
On June 16th the ninth round of the FIM Motocross World Championship will take place at the historic circuit of Maggiora in Italy.
Grand Prix of France: Ernée, Temperature 16°, Humidity 74%
MX1 Overall classification:
|1.||Antonio Cairoli||KTM||Team Red Bull Factory|
|2.||Paulin Gautier||Kawasaki||Kawasaki Racing Team|
|3.||Clement Desalle||Suzuki||Team Rockstar|
|4.||Ken De Dycker||KTM||Team Red Bull Factory|
|5.||Kevin Strijbos||Suzuki||Team Rockstar|
MX1 Championship standings (after 8 ounds):
||Antonio Cairoli||KTM||p. 377|
|2.||Gautier Paulin||Kawasaki||p. 321
|3.||Clement Desalle||Suzuki||p. 309
|4.||Ken De Dycker||KTM||p. 277
|5.||Kevin Strijbos||Suzuki||p. 243|
MX2 overall result:
|1.||Jeffrey Herlings||KTM||Team Red Bull Factory|
|2.||Dylan Ferrandis||Kawasaki||Team Rockstar Bud Racing|
|3.||Christophe Charlier||Yamaha||Team Monster Energy|
|4.||Alexander Tonkov||Honda||Team Standing Construct|
|5.||Jake Nicholls||KTM||Team Wilvo Nestaan|
MX2 championship standings (after 8 rounds):
|1.||Jeffrey Herlings||KTM||p. 397|
|2.||Jordi Tixier||KTM||p. 287|
|3.||José Butron||KTM||p. 247|
|4.||Glenn Coldenhoff||KTM||p. 237|
|5.||Christophe Charlier||Yamaha||p. 230