The Italian Reaches the Title with One Round Remaining at the GP of Netherlands and Captures Pirelli’s 68th Motocross World Championship Featuring the SCORPION™MX Tire Line
|ASSEN , Netherlands (September 11, 2017) – It all concluded yesterday. The TT Circuit Assen was the stage for Antonio Cairoli, riding his Pirelli-equipped KTM, to rule the FIM Motocross World Championship for the ninth time. Thanks to the performance of the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing rider, Pirelli has achieved its 68th World Title in this discipline, confirming itself as the most successful tire brand in the history of motocross.|
Antonio Cairoli with the Pirelli SCORPION MX32.
Cairoli wrapped up the championship in the MXGP class with one round remaining to crown a season that was practically perfect. After two seasons hindered by injuries, Cairoli returned for the ninth title of his incredible career and has been at the top of world rankings for fifteen years.
This season the World Champion – who with nine titles can now aim to match the record of ten held by Belgian Stefan Everts – has shown impressive consistency by winning six GP’s so far and finishing as runner-up in another four GPs. The 31-year-old Sicilian from Patti was able to count on the unmatched performance of Pirelli‘s SCORPION ™ MX tires. In particular the SCORPION ™ MX32 ™ Mid Soft front and SCORPION ™ MX32 ™ Mid Soft rear, which has been the most frequently used selection by Cairoli and the other Pirelli-equipped riders in the MXGP and MX2 classes.
Fans celebrate with the 9-time World Champion Antonio Cairoli.
At the end of the weekend Cairoli wanted to thank Pirelli, stating: “After two unlucky seasons, going back to winning the world title is something fantastic that we have achieved with the will and the work of the whole team and our technical partners. That’s why I want to thank Pirelli”.
It was an emotional day for the 31-year old Italian Antonio Cairoli.
The Grand Prix of the Netherlands, the penultimate round of the FIM Motocross World Championship, took place at the famous TT Circuit of Assen. On the Dutch track, featuring sandy terrain made particularly wet and challenging by falling rain on Saturday, the SCORPION MX ™ 32 ™ Mid Soft front and the SCORPION ™ MX32 ™ Soft rear have once again proved to be the best performing tires in these conditions, allowing Pirelli to fill the podiums of both categories.
With a double moto victory Jeffrey Herlings won in MXGP, ahead of Romain Febvre (4-3) and Max Anstie (3-4). Cairoli was second and sixth in the two races.
Jorge Prado claimed the MX2 overall victory via 2-1 moto scores.
In the MX2 class, with only one GP left until the end of the championship, Pauls Jonass (1-7) gained another point on Jeremy Seewer (5-2) and now has a 41-point advantage. The GP victory went to Spain’s Jorge Prado with second and first positions in the motos.
In seven days time, the riders will begin the final battle of the 2017 FIM Motocross World Championship for the Grand Prix of Pays de Montebeliard in France. Race results (in bold Pirelli riders):