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Pirelli leads both FIM Motocross World Championship classes after the Grand Prix of Russia at Orlyonok

Jeffrey Herlings closes second in MXGP class and brings his Championship lead to 23 points while Pauls Jonass dominates MX2 and kept the Red Plate

Perfect weather and a great audience were the setting for the sixth round of the 2018 FIM Motocross World Championship which, for the second year in a row, was hosted by the Orlyonok track on Tuesday and a holiday date slot in Russia. The SCORPION™  MX32™ Mid Soft front and rear tyres were chosen by all Pirelli-equipped riders to attack the medium/hard and particularly slippery soil of the Russian track located on the shores of the Black Sea.

 

In the MXGP class title contenders Jeffrey Herlings and Antonio Cairoli finished second and third. Thanks to this result the Dutchman has increased his lead in the standings over the nine times world champion. Excellent performances were also produced by Romain Febvre, Tim Gajser and Gautier Paulinwho filled the placings from fourth to the sixth overall.

 

Pauls Jonass returned to rule the MX2 category. The Latvian dominated Qualification on Saturday and then both races on Sunday leaving teammate Jorge Prado as runner-up. Thomas Kjer Olsenwas fifth overall and continues to occupy third spot in the championship standings just behind the KTM factory riders.

 

On May 13th the Kegums circuit will host the Grand Prix of Latvia; the seventh round of twenty in the 2018 campaign.

 

Race results (Pirelli riders in bold):

MXGP race 1
1. DESALLE Clement (BEL)
2. CAIROLI Antonio (ITA)
3. HERLINGS Jeffrey (NED)
4. PAULIN Gautier (FRA)
5. GAJSER Tim (SLO)

MXGP race 2
1. HERLINGS Jeffrey (NED)
2.DESALLE Clement (BEL)
3. FEBVRE Romain (FRA)
4. GAJSER Tim (SLO)
5. CAIROLI Antonio (ITA)

 

MX2 race 1
1. JONASS Pauls (LAT)
2. PRADO GARCIA Jorge (SPA)
3.WATSON Ben (GBR)
4. KJER OLSEN Thomas (DEN)
5. RUBINI Stephan (FRA)

MX2 race 2
1. JONASS Pauls (LAT)
2. PRADO GARCIA Jorge (SPA)
3. CERVELLIN Michele (ITA)
4. VLAANDEREN Calvin (RSA)
5. KJER OLSEN Thomas (DEN)

 

GP Overall:

MXGP
1. DESALLE Clement (BEL)
2. HERLINGS Jeffrey (NED)
3. CAIROLI Antonio (ITA)
4. FEBVRE Romain (FRA)
5. GAJSER Tim (SLO)

MX2
1. JONASS Pauls (LAT)
2. PRADO GARCIA Jorge (SPA)
3. WATSON Ben (GBR)
4. CERVELLIN Michele (ITA)
5. KJER OLSEN Thomas (DEN)

 

Championship overall:

MXGP
1. HERLINGS Jeffrey (NED) p.286
2. CAIROLI Antonio (ITA) p.263
3. DESALLE Clement (BEL) p.212
4. FEBVRE Romain (FRA) p.203
5. PAULIN Gautier (FRA) p.180
6. COLDENHOFF Glenn (NED) p.152

MX2
1. JONASS Pauls (LAT) p.266
2. PRADO GARCIA Jorge (SPA) p. 246
3. KJER OLSEN Thomas (DEN) p.219
4.WATSON Ben (GBR) p.176
5. BEATON Jed (AUS) p.156
6. VLAANDEREN Calvin (RSA) p.130