The first of the 19 rounds of the motocross world championship saw the Maxxis tyres immediately protagonists with the best result ever obtained in the MXGP class, the maximum expression of world motocross.
Fresh from a satisfying seasonal debut in the Internazionali d’Italia, Alessandro Lupino raced two fantastic heats that allowed him to close the Russian Grand Prix in 4th place overall behind three world champions of motorcycle Factories.
At the start with the KTM of the Marchetti team, just like the other Maxxis riders, Lupino relied on Maxxcross MX-ST tyres on front and rear for their excellent traction and directionality qualities on hard and uneven terrain such as that of the circuit located on the edge of the Black Sea. Already in Race 1 the Italian rider underlined his determination by taking immediately 4th place that he maintained until three laps to the end when he was overtaken by the Dutch champion Jeffrey Herlings. In Race 2 he made an excellent comeback which allowed him to go from 9th to 4th after three quarters of the race, maintaining his position until the finish line and thus securing 4th place also in the overall classification.
A good performance also for the Belgian Jeremy Van Horebeek who, riding the factory Beta, opened the season in the top ten by closing the Russian GP 9th overall after having finished 11th twice.
In MX2 the best result was got by Simon Laengenfelde. The German of the Diga GAS GAS team broke the forecasts and finished in 9th place with a good progression that saw him crossing the finish line first 12th and then 8th. On the other hand, nothing to do for the Swedish teammate Isak Gifting, who disregarded the predictions due to crashes that relegated him to the rear of both heats.
The one obtained in the top category of the World cross was our best result ever - Roberto Antonellini, manager of the Maxxis Racing Service explained - confirming progresses we are continuously making. It was a great satisfaction to arrive one step away from the MXGP podium with a rider of a private team, right next to three of the major factory manufacturers. Too bad for Gifting who, despite the potential, missed the top ten which was got instead by the other three Maxxis riders as protagonists
The second round of the world championship is scheduled for the 27th of June on the British track of Matterley Basin.