29
May
2017
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14:49
Europe/Amsterdam

Pirelli keeps ahead at Ernée for the Grand Prix of France of the FIM Motocross World Championship

Antonio Cairoli, second overall in MXGP, extends his lead in the Championship while Pauls Jonass celebrates his fourth overall victory of the season and continues to front MX2

Tricky and challenging terrain lay in store for the ninth round of the FIM MXGP World Championship at Ernee for the Grand Prix of France. The French circuit is chiselled from medium-hard soil that became slippery due to rain falling on Sunday morning. Deep ruts and poor grip conditions determined choice for the SCORPION™  MX32™ MID SOFT front and rear, the most widely used Pirelli’s selection in the championship and permitted to riders to achieve great results in all classes.
Antonio Cairoli action Pauls Jonass action
Antonio Cairoli action Pauls Jonass action
   
Antonio Cairoli was runner-up in MXGP. The eight-times world champion did not take any unnecessary risks across a difficult surface and with second place left Ernèe with a 50 point lead over Gautier Paulin. The French rider, galvanized by his home crowd, gave his best and thanks to the third spot overall has moved up to second position in the championship. Max Nagl obtained his first race win and finished the GP in fourth. A good performance was posted by Jeremy Van Horebeek in fifth, while Tim Gajserwas not able to compete due to the pain of the left shoulder that he injured in Germany the previous weekend.
Antonio Cairoli Romain Febvre
Antonio Cairoli Romain Febvre
   
Pauls Jonass celebrated his fourth overall victory in the MX2 class. The Latvian comprehensively owned the first race and avoided mistakes to finish second later on. Jeremy Seewer was third overall and continues to hold second place in the championship. Hunter Lawrence confirmed his good form by getting fourth in front of Julien Lieber.
Antoni Cairoli Antoni Cairoli on the podium
Antoni Cairoli Antoni Cairoli on the podium
   
A great weekend for Pirelli also in European Championship EMX250 thanks to Team Assomotor first (Mathys Boisrame) and third place (Alberto Forato), and Jago Geerts's second place. Pirelli grabbed the top spot in EMX125 with Kevin Horgmo. In two weeks time the riders will line up for the Grand Prix of Russia that will be held in Orlyonok; the track located near the shores of the Black Sea and which will host the MXGP for the first time.
Gautier Paulin Jeffrey Herlings & Antonio Cairoli
Gautier Paulin Jeffrey Herlings & Antonio Cairoli
   
Race results: MXGP race 1 1. NAGL Maximilian (GER) 2. CAIROLI Antonio (ITA) 3. VAN HOREBEEK Jeremy(BEL) 4. DESALLE Clement (BEL) 5. HERLINGS Jeffrey (NED) MXGP race 2 1.DESALLE Clement (BEL) 2. PAULIN Gautier (FRA) 3. CAIROLI Antonio (ITA) 4. FEBVRE Romain (FRA) 5. HERLINGS Jeffrey (NED) MX2 race 1 1. JONASS Pauls (LAT) 2. SEEWER Jeremy (SUI) 3.PATUREL Benoit (FRA) 4. LIEBER Julien (BEL) 5. LAWRENCE Hunter (AUS) MX2 race 2 1.PATUREL Benoit (FRA) 2. JONASS Pauls (LAT) 3. SEEWER Jeremy (SUI) 4. LAWRENCE Hunter (AUS) 5. PRADO GARCIA Jorge (SPA)
Jeffrey Herlings Jeremy Van Horebeek & Romain Febvre
Jeffrey Herlings Jeremy Van Horebeek & Romain Febvre
   
GP Overall: MXGP 1.DESALLE Clement (BEL) 2. CAIROLI Antonio (ITA) 3. PAULIN Gautier (FRA) 4. NAGL Maximilian (GER) 5. VAN HOREBEEK Jeremy(BEL) MX2 1. JONASS Pauls (LAT) 2. PATUREL Benoit (FRA) 3. SEEWER Jeremy (SUI) 4. LAWRENCE Hunter (AUS) 5. LIEBER Julien (BEL)
Kevin Horgmo Max Nagl
Kevin Horgmo Max Nagl
   
Championship overall: MXGP 1. CAIROLI Antonio (ITA) p.347 2. PAULIN Gautier (FRA) p.297 3. DESALLE Clement (BEL) p.289 4. GAJSER Tim (SLO) p.261 5. VAN HOREBEEK Jeremy (BEL) p.261 6. HERLINGS Jeffrey (NED) p.253 MX2 1. JONASS Pauls (LAT) p.372 2. SEEWER Jeremy (SUI) p.330 3. KJER OLSEN Thomas (DEN) p.291 4. LIEBER JULIEN (BEL) p.282 5. PATUREL Benoit (FRA) p.265 6. COVINGTON Thomas (USA) p.208
Race 1 start Pauls Jonass on the podium
Race 1 start Pauls Jonass on the podium