Pirelli Scorpion MX™ dominates FIM Motorcross World Championship Europe GP

  • Gautier Paulin (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing) and many other Pirelli MXGP riders dominated the FIM Motorcross World Championship Grand Prix of Europe

  • Gautier Paulin and Pauls Jonass (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) emerged as the overall winners for the MXGP and MX2 race categories

  • 19 out of 20 riders who finished in the Top Five of all four races raced using Pirelli Scorpion MX™ tyres

    Gautier Paulin in Race 2

It was a good day for Pirelli in the Netherlands with the majority of their FIM Motorcross World Championship riders scoring top ten positions in the Grand Prix of Europe, Valkenswaard. The biggest accomplishment would be in the form of 27 year old MX rider, Gautier Paulin who emerged as the victor riding for the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory racing outfit.


Gautier Paulin (Image source: Pirelli)

“In MXGP it is like all out war from the moment the gate drops until the finish flag and that’s something I’m not used to, but we will get there,” Herlings explained, “We are getting the speed and I think there is one thing left and that’s the starts. I felt like I was close today, I was really close to the win and that’s good.”

Jeremy Van Horebeek

Paulin won the first race and P2 for the second race for the MXGP category which secured him the overall victory of the Grand Prix of Europe. The return to motorcross racing showed to everyone that still has what it takes to win and compete with the likes of Jeremy Van Horebeek (Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing), Jeffrey Herlings (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) and Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Antonio Cairoli who took the victory in Race 2.

Jeffrey Herlings

The MXGP championship leader is still Tim Gajser (Team HRC) with 234 points, Antonio Cairoli second with 220 points and Gautier Paulin with 192 points sitting in third.

Pauls Jonass taking the hole shot

In the MX2 category, it was Pauls Jonass from the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing squad who made a clean sweep for both races and of course, overall winner. The 20 year old from Latvia fended off other talented riders such as Julien Lieber (LRT KTM) and Thomas Covington from the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team.

Pauls Jonass (Image source: Pirelli)

Pauls Jonass is now in the lead of the MX2 championship with 242 points; just 19 points ahead of Jeremy Seewer (Suzuki Racing) with 223 points and Julien Lieber with 197 points.

Jeremy Seewer

The demanding track with its sandy and bottom hard composition were not an issue for Pirelli’s Scorpion MX tyre combination of soft rear and medium soft front to capitalize all categories and podium positions.

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The seventh round of the FIM Motorcross World Championship will see more action track of Kegums for the Grand Prix of Latvia on 7 May 2017. In the meantime, you can check out the Europ GP race highlights below.

Grand Prix of Europe race results:

MXGP race 1

  1. PAULIN Gautier (FRA)
  2. VAN HOREBEEK Jeremy (BEL)
  3. HERLINGS Jeffrey (NED)
  4. BOBRYSHEV Evgeny (RUS)
  5. JASIKONIS Arminas (LTU)

MXGP race 2

  1. CAIROLI Antonio (ITA)
  2. PAULIN Gautier (FRA)
  3. HERLINGS Jeffrey (NED)
  4. GAJSER Tim (SLO)
  5. VAN HOREBEEK Jeremy (BEL)

MX2 race 1

  1. JONASS Pauls (LAT)
  2. LIEBER Julien (BEL)
  3. COVINGTON Thomas (USA)
  4. SEEWER Jeremy (SUI)
  5. VAN DONINCK Brent (BEL)

MX2 race 2

  1. JONASS Pauls (LAT)
  2. SEEWER Jeremy (SUI)
  3. VAN DONINCK Brent (BEL)
  4. OLSEN Thomas Kjer (DEN)
  5. LAWRENCE Hunter (AUS)

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