Pirelli Scorpion MX Makes Clean Sweep At Grand Prix Of Bulgaria

_Pirelli News Release

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SEVLIEVO, Bulgaria -- Pirelli dominated the beginning of the motocross season last weekend as the Scorpion MX racked-up three GP wins, a clean sweep of all the series, and took the lead in three championships at the Grand Prix of Bulgaria - the first of fifteen rounds of the World Championship. The superior technology and performance of Pirelli's product helped the MidSoft 32 monopolize MX1 and was used by the top six riders in the classification. The tire prevailed in MX2 with Marvin Musquin, and the Women's World Championship was added to the streak by German Stephanie Laier.

MX1
WEATHER Sun TEMPERATURE 73
HUMIDITY 62% TERRAIN Dirt

The first round of the world championship was a showcase for the formidability of the MidSoft 32 front and rear tires fitted to the top six bikes listed in the final classification. With 1st and 2nd won in the Motos, the overall win went to 2009 vice-champion Max Nagl, who beat his new team-mate Antonio Cairoli, who finished 2nd, adding to his 5th place earlier in the day. 2008 champion David Philippaerts performed well in his new factory Yamaha and will be in contention for another title. Philippaerts finished in between works Rockstar Teka Suzuki riders Clement Desalle and Steve Ramon, also running Scorpion MX, finishing in front of 6th place rider Ken De Dycker. In the top-ten, Pirelli-fitted riders also included Joshua Coppins in 9th with the twin cylinder Aprilia and Davide Guarneri in 10th.

**Overall Classification:
1. Max Nagl KTM
2. Antonio Cairoli KTM
3. Clement Desalle Suzuki
4. David Philippaerts Yamaha
5. Steve Ramon Suzuki

Championship standings:
1. Max Nagl KTM Team Red Bull De Carli 47
2. Antonio Cairoli KTM Team Red Bull De Carli 41
3. David Philippaerts Yamaha Team Yamaha Monster 36
4. Clement Desalle Suzuki Team Teka 36
5. Steve Ramon Suzuki Team Teka 34**

MX2
WEATHER Sun TEMPERATURE 73
HUMIDITY 62% TERRAIN Dirt

Marvin Musquin and the Pirelli Scorpion MX literally disappeared from the rest of the field in MX2. The Frenchman used the factory KTM with MidSoft 32 front and rear and escaped Ken Roczen to won both Motos ahead of the German Teka Suzuki rider. It was a surprising Grand Prix for Red Bull KTM's Jeffrey Herlings, who on his grand prix debut defied his lack of experience to take fourth overall. In 8th was Scottish team-mate Shaun Simpson, who was recovering from a hand injury.

Overall Classification:
**1. Marvin Musquin KTM
**2. Ken Roczen Suzuki
3. Steven Frossard Kawasaki
**4. Jeffery Herlings KTM
**5. Arnaud Tonus Suzuki

Championship standings:
**1. Marvin Musquin KTM Team Red Bull Factory 50
**2. Ken Roczen Suzuki Team Teka 44
3. Steven Frossard Kawasaki Team CLS 38
**4. Jeffery Herlings KTM Team Red Bull Factory 36
**5. Arnaud Tonus Suzuki Team Teka 34

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