august 06, 2018 - Pirelli

Pirelli dominates the Motocross Grand Prix of Belgium at Lommel’s sandy “hell”

Lommel (Belgium), 6 August 2018 – The infamous track at Lommel hosted the Grand Prix of Belgium for the fifteenth round of 2018 FIM Motocross World Championship. On the soft and sandy terrain of the Flemish course Pirelli riders were able to rely on the SCORPION™ MX32™ Mid Soft front and SCORPION™ MX Soft rear tyres that once more allowed the Italian brand to grab overall victory in both classes. A hot and unusual climate for the region further increased the difficulties for the riders over the weekend.

Jeffrey Herlings confirmed his reputation as a sand specialist through dominating qualifying and both races in the MXGP class. The Dutchman took the lead in the early laps and set an uncatchable pace. Thanks to this double victory Herlings extended his championship lead to 36 points. Antonio Cairoli was runner-up on both occasions behind the Dutchman, and is his nearest threat in the standings. There was an excellent third place for Max Anstie who managed to get on the podium for the second time this season. Good races also for Romain Febvre and Glenn Coldenhoff who finished fourth and fifth respectively.

The MX2 red plate added no extra pressure to new bearer Jorge Prado. The young Spaniard won both races at Lommel and continues to front the standings with an advantage that has now risen to 28 points. Both Husqvarna factory riders, Thomas Covington and Thomas Kjer Olsen, finished respectively in second and third position for another MX2 podium completely swept by Pirelli. At least two falls slowed the progress of Pauls Jonass, who finished fifth overall. The reigning champion sits a close second in the table.

In two weeks time the riders will attempt the Grand Prix of Switzerland which will be hosted for the third year in a row by the spectacular Frauenfeld circuit near Zurich.
 
Race results (Pirelli riders in bold):

MXGP race 1
1. HERLINGS Jeffrey (NED)
2. CAIROLI Antonio (ITA)
3. FEBVRE Romain (FRA)
4. ANSTIE Max (GBR)
5. SEEWER Jeremy (SUI)
 
MXGP race 2
1. HERLINGS Jeffrey (NED)
2. CAIROLI Antonio (ITA)
3. COLDENHOFF Glenn (NED)
4. ANSTIE Max (GBR)
5. FEBVRE Romain (FRA)

MX2 race 1
1. PRADO GARCIA Jorge (SPA)
2. COVINGTON Thomas (USA)
3. KJER OLSEN Thomas (DEN)
4. JONASS Pauls (LAT)
5. VLAANDEREN Calvin (RSA)

MX2 race 2
1. PRADO GARCIA Jorge (SPA)
2. GEERTS Jago (BEL)
3. COVINGTON Thomas (USA)
4. KJER OLSEN Thomas (DEN)
5. WATSON Ben (GBR)
 
GP Overall:

MXGP
1. HERLINGS Jeffrey (NED)
2. CAIROLI Antonio (ITA)
3. ANSTIE Max (GBR)
4. FEBVRE Romain (FRA)
5. COLDENHOFF Glenn (NED)

MX2
1. PRADO GARCIA Jorge (SPA)
2. COVINGTON Thomas (USA)
3. KJER OLSEN Thomas (DEN)
4. GEERTS Jago (BEL)
5. JONASS Pauls (LAT)

Championship overall:

MXGP
1. HERLINGS Jeffrey (NED) p.683
2. CAIROLI Antonio (ITA) p.647
3. DESALLE Clement (BEL) p.503
4. GAJSER Tim (SLO) p.478
5. FEBVRE Romain (FRA) p.468
6. PAULIN Gautier (FRA) p.435

MX2
1. PRADO GARCIA Jorge (SPA) p.645
2. JONASS Pauls (LAT) p.617
3. KJER OLSEN Thomas (DEN) p.492
4.WATSON Ben (GBR) p.453
5. VLAANDEREN Calvin (RSA) p.444
6. COVINGTON Thomas (USA) p.417