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Pirelli unbeatable also at Saint Jean d’Angely for the Grand Prix of France of Motocross

Jeffrey Herlings dominates again in MXGP and continues to lead the Championship standing; Jorge Prado tastes victory in MX2 and reduces the gap to series leader Pauls Jonass

The Grand Prix of France, round ten of twenty, marked the midpoint of the 2018 FIM Motocross World Championship. The Saint Jean d’Angely circuit is formed from hard soil, that due to rainfall that hit the area Saturday night was difficult, slick and scarred with deep ruts. The riders were able to face the conditions thanks to Pirelli tyres.

 

Jeffrey Herlings celebrated a seventy-five career victory and was the strongest in France. The Dutch rider, equipped by the Pirelli SCORPION™ MX32™ Mid Soft, won both MXGP races. Antonio Cairoli, using SCORPION™ MX Soft, finished in second place despite arriving in Saint Jean d’Angely missing some training due to a knee injury suffered at the British Grand Prix. Herlings now leads the standings with an advantage of 62 points over Cairoli. Tim Gajser completed the overall podium in premier class that was ruled by Pirelli. Romain Febvreperformed well in his home Grand Prix obtaining fifth position overall.

 

In MX2 victory belonged to Jorge Prado who also managed to reduce his gap in the standings from team-mate Pauls Jonass. The Latvian had to deal with bad luck in France but managed to limit the damage in the points table by finishing fifth overall. Thomas Covington, winner of qualification and the first moto, grabbed second place ahead of teammate Thomas Kjer Olsen; the Dane was third in GP overall and holds the same rank in the championship. The SCORPION™ MX Soft dominated the MX2field confirming the enormous potential of this tire in muddy conditions.

 

Pirelli achieved excellent results in the sixth round of the EMX250 European Championship with Mathys Boisrame who won the race and jumped to first place in the contest, and remain at the top of the EMX125 European Championship with Rene Hofer.

Next weekend the riders will tackle the Grand Prix of Italy which will be hosted by the Ottobiano sand circuit for the second year in a row.

 

Race results (Pirelli riders in bold):

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

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

 

MX2 race 1
1. COVINGTON Thomas (USA)
2. KJER OLSEN Thomas (DAN)
3. PRADO GARCIA Jorge (SPA)
4. JONASS Pauls (LAT)
5. GEERTS Jago (BEL)

MX2 race 2
1. PRADO GARCIA Jorge (SPA)
2. GEERTS Jago (BEL)
3. COVINGTON Thomas (USA)
4. KJER OLSEN Thomas (DAN)
5. VLAANDEREN Calvin (RSA)

 

GP Overall:

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

MX2
1. PRADO GARCIA Jorge (SPA)
2. COVINGTON Thomas (USA)
3. KJER OLSEN Thomas (DAN)
4. GEERTS Jago (BEL)
5. JONASS Pauls (LAT)

 

Championship overall:

MXGP
1. HERLINGS Jeffrey (NED) p.486
2. CAIROLI Antonio (ITA) p.424
3. DESALLE Clement (BEL) p.351
4. FEBVRE Romain (FRA) p.323
5. PAULIN Gautier (FRA) p.296
6. GAJSER Tim (SLO) p.295

MX2
1. JONASS Pauls (LAT) p.434
2. PRADO GARCIA Jorge (SPA) p. 418
3. KJER OLSEN Thomas (DEN) p.328
4.WATSON Ben (GBR) p.305
5. VLAANDEREN Calvin (RSA) p.259
6. GEERTS Jago (BEL) p.217

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