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Dunlop Geomax MX3S grips Paturel to first MX2 GP victory

  • Tonus takes MXGP race win
  • Anderson claims European MX300 Championship

The FIM Motocross World Championship round at the Frauenfeld – Gachnang track saw KEMEA Yamaha Official MX’s Benoit Paturel claimed his first ever MX2 Grand Prix victory today at the MXGP of Switzerland. The Frenchman fought a hard race one, taking second place only 0.62 seconds after the leader. Race two was his, winning by over four seconds to take the event win. Five Dunlop riders finished in the top-ten. The result promotes him to third in the championship. While it is his first GP win, he has previously won on Dunlop tyres at the 2016 Motocross of Nations.

In MXGP Wilvo Yamaha’s Arnaud Tonus had a strong home first race with a victory in which he led every lap. In race two he was denied a better event result than ninth by contact from an opponent which caused the Swiss rider to crash on the second lap.

In addition to the World Championship events, this weekend’s support races included the FIM European MX300 season finale. Britain’s James Dunn won the first race and the Grand Prix, but it was fellow Brit and Dunlop/KTM rider Brad Anderson who won race two to confirm the 2017 Championship title.

Tyre Choice: Dunlop riders all used Dunlop Geomax MX3S front and rear.

Eddy Seel, Dunlop Event Leader:

“We hope that Benoit can continue like this. He had a great ride – he showed great speed and aggressive passing. Hopefully we can have more results like this before the end of the season. Congratulations go to Brad Anderson on his title. It's great to have another Dunlop champion.”

The next event, the MXGP of Sweden, takes place on the track at Uddevalla on 20th August.