Pirelli SCORPION™ MX32™ dominates the Grand Prix of France of the FIM Motocross World Championship
Pirelli wins in both classes; Nagl and Herlings still lead the championship in MXGP and MX2
A great show for the eighth round of the 2015 FIM Motocross World Championship that was held at the beautiful circuit of Villars sous Ecot. The French track hosted a Grand Prix for the first time after a break of more than twenty years. With a very hard-packed surface and characterized by fast climbs and drops the course put a strain on tyres but even in these difficult conditions riders equipped with Pirelli have grabbed victories and good results in both classes.
MXGP saw a fantastic victory for Romain Febvre that - thanks to the SCORPION MX™ 32™ 80/100-21 front and 110/90-19 at the rear – gave the Frenchman the great satisfaction of winning his first Grand Prix in the premier class in front of his home crowd. In his rookie year in MXGP, the French rider won the second moto by more than three seconds over Max Nagl and walked the top step of the podium thanks to the second position he captured in the first race. Third place overall went to Antonio Cairoli. Like his opponent in the fight for the title - Max Nagl – Cairoli ran the new prototype front tyre developed by Pirelli in 80/100-21 dimensions. The new rubber combined with the SCORPION™ MX32™ 120/90-19 on the rear showed some excellent performance on the difficult French course. Nagl, fourth overall and equipped with the same Pirelli tyres as Cairoli, continues to lead the championship with 19 points on the eight-times world champion. A decent fifth place was taken by Dean Ferris. Bad luck for Clement Desalle who was forced to withdraw from the Grand Prix due to a shoulder injury he suffered during Saturday’s practice. After two races without a victory, Jeffrey Herlings returned to dominate the MX2 class. The Dutch rider, with the SCORPION™ MX32™ 80/100-21 front and 110/90-19 at the rear, won both races. Herlings fronts the MX2 championship by more than 100 points. Tim Gajser and Jordi Tixier, equipped with the same Pirelli tyres as the winner, finished race day with the same score but the Slovenian rider was runner-up thanks to his second moto ranking. Pauls Jonass, fourth overall, was in decent form. Pirelli was the dominant tyre in the MX2 class with nine riders in the top ten of the Grand Prix of France equipped with the SCORPION™ MX32™. The 2015 series will resume after a week off with the Grand Prix of Italy to be hosted at the historic track of Maggiora. Results:
MXGP race 1 1. CAIROLI Antonio (ITA) 2. ROMAIN Febvre (FRA) 3.BOBRYSHEV Evgeny (RUS) 4. FERRIS Dean (AUS) 5. VAN HOREBEEK Jeremy (BEL) MXGP race 2 1. ROMAIN Febvre (FRA) 2. NAGL Max (GER) 3.BOBRYSHEV Evgeny (RUS) 4. FERRIS Dean (AUS) 5. COLDHENOFF Glenn (NED) MX2 race 1 1. HERLINGS Jeffrey (NED) 2. GUILLOD Valentin (SUI) 3. TIXIER Jordi (FRA) 4. GAJSER Tim (SLO) 5. PETROV Petar (BUL)
|Herlings in action 3|
MX2 race 2 1. HERLINGS Jeffrey (NED) 2. GAJSER Tim (SLO) 3. TIXIER Jordi (FRA) 4. JONASS Pauls (LAT) 5. ANSTIE Max (ENG) GP overall: MXGP 1. ROMAIN Febvre (FRA) 2.BOBRYSHEV Evgeny (RUS) 3. CAIROLI Antonio (ITA) 4. NAGL Max (GER) 5. FERRIS Dean (AUS) MX2 1. HERLINGS Jeffrey (NED) 2. GAJSER Tim (SLO) 3. TIXIER Jordi (FRA) 4. JONASS Pauls (LAT) 5. GUILLOD Valentin (SUI) Championship overall: 1. NAGL Max (GER) p.332 2. CAIROLI Antonio (ITA) p.313 3. DESALLE Clement (BEL) p.291 4. FEBVRE Romain (FRA) p.282 5. PAULIN Gautier (FRA) p. 252 6.BOBRYSHEV Evgeny (RUS) p.247 MX2 1. HERLINGS Jeffrey (NED) p.358 2.GUILLOD Valentin (SUI) p.246 3. JONASS Pauls (LET) p.245 4. TIXIER Jordi (FRA) p.229 5. TONKOV Aleksandre (RUS) p.218 6. GAJSER Tim (SLO) p.209