The FIM Motocross World Championship (MXGP) was held in Turkey today, with the Afyon venue hosting the 17th round of the series, as well as the 5th and final round of the FIM Women’s Motocross World Championship (WMX).
It was in the latter where Dunlop star rider, Courtney Duncan, clinched her first world title. The Bike It DRT rider Kawasaki rider dominated the first heat after taking the lead on the second lap. The 23-year-old New Zealander built a lead of over twelve seconds on her way to winning her fourth of the five 2019 races.
For Dunlop, Duncan’s win sealed a dominant WMX season for the tyre brand’s Geomax range of off-road tyres. All five races were won on Dunlop, with Belgian rising star Amandine Verstappen winning the opening round at Valkenswaard in the Netherlands.
Six of the last seven women’s world championships have been won by riders who chose Dunlop Geomax. Duncan succeeds Kiara Fontanesi as champion. The Italian’s 2018 championship was her fifth on Dunlop tyres.
In the MXGP category, Glenn Coldenhoff took pole position on his Dunlop-equipped KTM, run by the Standing Construct Team. He was aiming for a hat-trick of wins after his searing late-season form but had to settle for second place after a battling ride. Coldenhoff praised his tyres, stating: “The Dunlop Geomax MX33 worked really well on the Turkish track. I could push really hard throughout and they gave me great confidence.”
Significantly, the MX33 is a tyre that is available for the public to buy, rather than being a ‘confidential’ development tyre. Launched last year, MX33 features an advanced compound with a higher molecular weight polymer and carbon microparticles. This, coupled with a redesigned construction has given MX33 riders improved tyre durability and a wide range of performance across the varying terrains of the MXGP and WMX seasons.
To cap a triumphant day for Dunlop riders, Mike Kras won the EMX2T Championship. This is the European series for 250cc bikes, and the Dutchman took his third win of the year to take the crown on his KTM.
Although Turkey marked the final rounds for the WMX and EMX2T series, the FIM World MXGP Championship has one round left. This takes place in Shanghai, China next weekend.
PR by Reeves Public Relations agency in Birmingham and Newcastle