Pirelli renews FIM Motocross World Championship supply deal to 2019

Tuesday 16th May 2017 | 0 Comments

Pirelli has renewed its partnership with FIM Motocross World Championship organiser, Youthstream
Pirelli has renewed its partnership with FIM Motocross World Championship organiser, Youthstream

Pirelli has renewed its partnership with Youthstream, the organiser of the FIM Motocross World Championship. Under the deal the manufacturer will continue to be the official tyre supplier to the headline international series for off-road motorcycles until the end of the 2019 season. Pirelli has supplied the tyres for 66 world titles (since 1980) in the championship, and calls its Scorpion MX32 “one of its most successful tyres.”

Through the championship Pirelli has established collaborative relations with the various motorcycle manufacturers involved in the series. 18 world titles were won with KTM, 16 with Yamaha, and another 16 with Honda, besides the 10 with Suzuki, three with Husaberg and two with Cagiva.

Pirelli’s commitment to the series is illustrated by the sheer volume of tyres it supplies; 7,000 were brought to the grand prix season, 1,700 of which were actually used, in addition to 1,200 mousses. From the beginning of the 2017 season, the Pirelli riders have 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.

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: “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, added: “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.”

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