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.”
The promoter of the FIM MXGP World Championship has extended its partnership with Dunlop. Infront Moto Racing has signed the tyre brand up to a new three-year partnership agreement to be an official tyre supplier of the series.
One of the technologies Dunlop race-tested during its engagement in FIM World Motocross Grand Prix Championship (MXGP) last year was an improved tread pattern with tie-bars between shoulder blocks. When coupled with a new block arrangement, this configuration provided higher resistance against cracking when ridden on firm intermediate terrain. Dunlop also found this resistance was further helped by an all-new compound with higher shear resistance. It has now incorporated these developments into a new multi-terrain MX tyre, the Dunlop Geomax MX33.
At the start of the 2012 FIM World Motocross Grand Prix (MXGP) Championship, Dunlop began working with Kawasaki Racing Team, developing its Geomax range of tyres around the needs of the team’s top-level riders. Now, 11 MXGP wins later, the relationship continues with the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team’s signing of an extended Technical Partnership with Dunlop for the 2018, 2019 and 2020 MXGP seasons.