Pirelli renews partnership with Youthstream for the FIM Motocross World Championship confirming its role as an Official Tyre Supplier until 2019
With 66 World titles won since 1980 until, to the performances of the SCORPION™ MX32™ range, the Milanese brand has established itself over many years, as the tyre manufacturer most dedicated to off-road competition
Pirelli has decided to renew the partnership with Youthstream, the organizer of the FIM Motocross World Championship, in order to confirm its role as an Official Tyre Supplier of the most important international series for off-road motorcycles, until the end of the 2019 season.
|Stefan Everts in 2004||Antonio Cairoli in 2017|
Pirelli’s commitment and success in the FIM Motocross World Championship is renowned and the Milanese brand is the only tyre manufacturer able to boast a Hall of Fame of 66 World titles (since 1980) in this Championship, thanks to the performances of SCORPION™ MX32™, definitely one of its most successful tyres.
|Romain Febvre in 2017||Tim Gajser in 2017|
Taking a close look, we can reasonably state that the history of the Motocross Champions of the last 40 years has been and continues to be a Pirelli prerogative, winning numerous titles with the most important representatives of such discipline. Most noticeably 7 World Championships with Belgian legend Stefan Everts, 5 with the Italian Antonio Cairoli, 9 (3 each) with the Belgian riders André Malherbe, Eric Geboers and Jöel Smets and 3 more titles won with British rider David Thorpe. The most recent 3 titles were conquered with the Dutchman Jeffrey Herlings and twice with the Slovenian Tim Gajser, just to name some of the riders that over the years have decided to rely on Pirelli and with the Italian tyre manufacturer, have won their titles.
|Antonio Cairoli||Antonio Cairoli|
Besides the relationships with the riders, the collaborative relations that Pirelli has managed to establish with the motorcycle manufacturers has been crucial as well. As many as 18 World titles won with KTM, 16 with Yamaha and another 16 with Honda, besides the 10 with Suzuki, the 3 with Husaberg and the 2 with Cagiva, demonstrate the ability of the Italian company to produce tyres for any manufacturer. In particular, since 2008 until today, Pirelli has won as many as 14 World titles with the manufacturer from Mattighofen: five consecutive titles with Antonio Cairoli in MX1 and three with Jeffrey Herlings in MX2, besides the ones won with Ken Roczen, Marvin Musquin and Jordi Tixier.
|Stefan Everts in 2004||Antonio Cairoli|
To get an idea of the effort and of the consistent work carried out by Pirelli, 7000 tyres were brought to the grand prix season, 1700 of which were actually used, in addition to 1200 mousses. From the beginning of the 2017 season, the Pirelli riders have already won 23 out of 24 races between MXGP and MX2! In the MXGP class, currently led by Tim Gajser, the first five riders in the ranking are equipped with Pirelli tyres, in MX2, the first four riders are using Pirelli tyres, including the series leader Pauls Jonass.
|Romain Febvre||Antonio Cairoli|
|Logo Tyre Supplier|
In the MXGP class the first rider not equipped with Pirelli tyres is currently in sixth, with a gap of 62 points to the leader and in MX2 the first rider who is not using Pirelli tyres is currently in the fifth ranking position with a gap of 69 points from the championship’s leader.
Giorgio Barbier, Pirelli’s Head of Moto Racing Activities, commented, following the renewal of the contract with Youthstream: “For Pirelli, the FIM Motocross World Championship continues to be a top activity in which we have always believed in and continue to do so, for this reason we have decided to renew our partnership with Youthstream until 2019. Particularly during the last years, we have had the chance to witness and contribute to the exponential growth of this championship which today features a large number of both riders and manufacturers and, most of all, a great media visibility, not only in the Old Continent but also in Asia and in South and North America, also thanks to its calendar including as many as 19 rounds, 6 of which outside Europe. This World Championship is an exceptional stage for us to create brand awareness in some Countries which are very important for our business and, at the same time, a perfect proving ground to develop the tyres with which we are increasing over the decades our silverware in this, the most important motocross championship”
David Luongo, Vice-President of Youthstream and Head of Operations, stated: “ Pirelli shares the same vision of what is to be a World Championship, to be a global brand all around the continents and we want to thank them for being with us for so many years. This renewal for a long term collaboration will help us to continue the opening of new markets for the MXGP World Championship. This has always been a target for Youthstream, and thanks to the interest and investment of such partner the MXGP is living a fantastic dynamic nowadays”.
|Tim Gajser||Jeffrey Herlings|
|Jeffrey Herlings||Tim Gajser|