Pirelli is celebrating reaching 81 titles in the FIM Motocross World Championship after the penultimate round of the 2023 World Championship (Maggiora Park, Italy). Two new world titles were secured one round early by Jorge Prado Garcia (Red Bull GasGas Factory Racing) in MXGP and Andrea Adamo (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) in MX2. Both riders have used Pirelli’s Scorpion MX32 tyre range throughout the season to dominate.
MXGP riders on Dunlop tyres continued their run of success in 2023 with victories in MXGP, MX2 and WMX at Arnhem in The Netherlands. Romain Febvre took his sixth overall FIM Motocross World Championship victory of the season with a second and first place finish in the two Sunday races. Over the weekend, riders used Dunlop’s latest Geomax MX34 front and Geomax MX14 rear tyre to handle the soft, sandy surface of the Arnhem track. Dunlop works with some of the fastest motocross riders to develop the next generation of motocross tyres. Wim Van Achter, motorsport manager, Dunlop, said the riders’ success “demonstrates the performance and quality of Dunlop’s motocross range.”
Exol Lubricants has announced it will be sponsoring Enduro rider Kealan Harvey for 2023, as the brand looks to support young riders on the motocross track. Sixteen-year-old Harvey’s 2023 KTM 150 Enduro bike will run on Exol’s Optima Racing Two Stroke (M124) oil and the brand’s logo will be seen on his motocross bike and racing kit.
Dunlop has added the new Geomax MX34 to its championship-winning Geomax motocross range. The versatile MX tyre contains several innovations that build on its acclaimed predecessor, the manufacturer says, offering increased grip and consistency on a range of intermediate surfaces. The new tyre is available from July 2023 in 17 sizes, sitting between the Dunlop Geomax MX14 for sand and mud performance and the intermediate to hardpack-focused Geomax MX53.
Mitas has extended its Mousse range with junior sizes to better support young racers on the path to higher racing classes. Mousse replaces the need for inner tubes in off-road two-wheeler racing. Gustavo Pinto Teixeira, vice president of Two Wheels and Specialty Tires at Yokohama TWS, explains: “There is a lot of excitement about adding two of the most popular junior sizes to our existing Mousse range. With this addition, we are creating a solid foundation for developing young talented racers.”
Romain Febvre claimed his second consecutive victory in MXGP, winning the inaugural FIM Motocross World Championship round in Lombok, Indonesia. It was the second time in two weeks that the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team rider visited the top of the podium. Febvre used Geomax MX34 front and MX14 rear tyres to manoeuvre through the mix of sand and dirt terrain in the high heat and humidity.
The fifth consecutive FIM Women’s Motocross World Championship (WMX) title was won on Dunlop tyres on Saturday, 23 October. New Zealander Courtney Duncan was crowned champion for the third time in as many years. Eddy Seel, event leader MXGP, Dunlop, said he is “proud of Dunlop’s track record in this increasingly competitive championship.”
Dunlop rider Romain Febvre scored his first Grand Prix win of the FIM Motocross World Championship season at Lommel, Belgium, on Sunday. The Frenchman shared the podium with fellow Dunlop rider Pauls Jonass, who placed third. Both riders tackled one of the championship’s toughest circuits on Dunlop’s Geomax tyres. Dunlop also continued its success in the FIM Women’s Motocross World Championship; Shana van der Vlist won the second round of the season, beating six-time champion Kiara Fontanesi to lead a Dunlop 1-2 result. The brand is by far the most successful tyre brand in WMX competition, having taken Fontanesi or Duncan to the championship win in eight of the nine last seasons.
Maxxis shares that its new MaxxCross MX-SM sand motocross tyre – a product “designed to offer the performance expected by professionals” – is now in stock. The tyre is distributed by Bickers in the UK.
Maxxis continued its 2019 MXGP progress in the 2020 season, with its MaxxCross range helping to deliver podiums in several European classifications. For the second consecutive year, a rider on MaxxCross tyres won the European 125cc Motocross Championship with Andrea Bonacorsi of Fantic Motor factory team after the title win in 2019 with Mattia Guadagnini. The manufacturer said that the newest addition to the MaxxCross range, the MX-SM sand tyre, had proven its performance alongside the championship-winning MX-ST, offering consistent high performance.
Mitas has extended the Terra Force-MX motocross competition tyre range, introduced at the beginning of 2019, to include junior sizes designed for motorcycles from 50cc to 85cc engine displacement. These additional sizes will be available from October.
The Bridgestone British Masters Battlecross Championship (Pro & Amateur MX1 MX2, plus all youth classes), Bridgestone Cup and Bob Lewis Memorial Trophy will all be on the line in a one-off, winner-takes-all event at Cusses Gorse near Salisbury in September. Covid-19 lockdown restrictions have seen the competitive racing season all but cancelled, but the one-off weekend in Wiltshire has been agreed to being the most effective way of crowning this year’s champions, meaning that one or two shocks might just be on the cards.
154 days since the last race at Valkenswaard, Netherlands, Glenn Coldenhoff restarted the FIM Motocross World Championship season off in winning form, taking victory with Dunlop tyres at Kegums, Latvia. The Dutch rider gave the new Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team its maiden win on Sunday afternoon after a tense late-race battle in the second of two rounds in the MXGP of Latvia. Earlier in the day, Coldenhoff narrowly missed out on the Race 1 win by 1.9 seconds. Eddy Seel, MXGP event leader, Dunlop: “It was great to see MXGP return to action after a five-month break, and even better that Coldenhoff and GasGas took a memorable victory with Dunlop Geomax tyres. With four more races on the same track over the next week, our partner teams can fight for even more wins soon.”