MXGP of Asia: 14th July 2019
Having finished 12th in the first of two Indonesian rounds, Iker Larranaga made a return to the MX2 class of the Asian Grand Prix, which was held on the spectacular Semarang circuit, located in the central island of Java.
In the first race, he was victim of a crash that broke his race pace and didn't allow him to place better than 15th. However, in the second race, Larranaga got the start in the top ten and despite a mistake that put him to 11th place, he managed to recover up to the 9th, thus securing the 12th place overall of the day.
MXGP of Indonesia: 7th July 2019
The MXGP of Indonesia was the 11th World race. In the event, the Maxxis rider Iker Larranaga with his KTM SX-F 250 repeated the result of the German GP, conquering the 12th place of the MX2 class.
For the particular type of terrain with which the compact circuit was built, the Spanish rider chose the MaxxCross MX-ST for both wheels for the best performance. In the qualifying race of Saturday Larranaga placed 11th, and in both Sunday races the Marchetti Racing team rider finished 12th, improving his Championship standing from 20th to 19th.
MXGP of Germany: 23rd June 2019
In the first race, Guadagnini started as the leader and kept his position throughout. In the second race, the Husqvarna Maddii Racing rider had contact with an opponent and reported a problem to the gear lever that strongly slowed him down towards the end – he was relegated to 13th position. He, therefore, closed the German GP 4th overall.
It was a difficult race for Alberto Forato, who lost his red table of the EMX250 class due to two third places that weren’t enough to counter the competitiveness of Stephen Rubini. Rubini is now the leader of the Championship with 10 points ahead of Forato. However, Forato tested the Maxxis prototype - MaxxCross MX-SI rear - designed to optimize performance on very hard terrains, from which his feedback was incredibly positive.
"We have developed the MaxxCross MX-SI rear model to offer even more accurate performance on more consistent terrain and, despite his initial prototype status, the response was more than positive according to Alberto Forato. Now we are continuing in development and we will probably use it again in the Swedish Grand Prix at Uddevalla” - Sjoerd Fokkens, Maxxis Technician.
In the MX2 class, the KTM Marchetti rider Iker Larranaga (equipped with MaxxCross MX-ST front and rear), closed 12th overall after finishing both races in 13th position.
MXGP of Latvia: 16th June 2019
After an unlucky race in Russia where he lost the title from Stephen Rubini, Alberto Forato rediscovered his grit and determination and returned to the top of the EMX250 at the Latvian Grand Prix, riding for team Maddii Racing Husqvarna and equipped with Maxxis tyres.
Team-mate Mattia Guadagnini also raced in Kegums. He showed off his potential crossing the finish line in 2nd and thus closing his EMX250 race in 6th position overall.
Spanish rider Iker Larranaga also had a promising performance in the competitive MX2 class, who finished 14th overall with his Marchetti KTM equipped with MaxxCross MX-ST front and rear.
"Forato today made a masterpiece, because recovering in both starts from the last positions in such terrain was not easy, but thanks to his willpower, he gained the red leader’s plate of the championship. It was a great satisfaction for us at Maxxis. MaxxCross performance quality was also confirmed by the surprising result of Guadagnini, who demonstrated to be ready to compete in the 250 class as well”. - Sjoerd Fokkens, Maxxis Technicia
MXGP of Russia: 9 June 2019
Following a very hot weekend in Russia at the Orlyonok track in the Tuapse region of South-Western Russia, the Maxxcross MX-ST has received more high praise despite a less-than-ideal weekend of racing.
Races this weekend included the EMX250 and the EMX2t, putting plenty of Maxxis tyres to the track. Larranaga of Marchetti KTM made for interesting racing, from a crash in Race 1 to a P12 finish in Race 2.
Alberto Forato, Championship leader of EMX250 (until this weekend) struggled through Race 1, crossing the line in P14, and clawing it back in Race 2 despite suffering contact early on, to finish the race in P4, which unfortunately placed him 8th in the weekend results dropping his Championship position to second place; a two-point difference between Forato and his French competitor.
“Even though the race terrain was one of the most feared of the season, the MaxxCross performed very well according to the riders, who reported excellent grip and traction.” – Sjoerd Fokkens, Maxxis Technician
MXGP of France: 26 May 2019
The MXGP of France proved to be an exciting weekend, featuring EMX125 as a supporting championship meaning that Mattia Guadagnini was back! Equipping his Husqvarna with MX-ST front and rear for the mid-soft terrain of the Saint Jean d’Angely circuit, Guadagnini demonstrated the bite of the tyres by climbing from an initial P9 to cross the Monster finish line in third place, and in Race 2 managed to finish a place higher again, in P2.
Forato also chose to equip his Husqvarna with the MX-ST front and rear, earning him a P4 finish in Race 1 and, despite a stunted start in 19th place, a 3rd place finish in Race 2.
MXGP of Portugal: 19 May 2019
After Trentino, the Agueda circuit in Portugal provided a difficult weekend for the riders on Maxxis tyres. Iker Larranaga of Marchetti KTM in the MX2 opted for the MX-ST front tyre for agility and precision, with the MX-SM to carve through the clay-based track. Unfortunately there was not much time to confirm whether this was the right choice as, after qualifying 13th, Larranaga injured his hand in Race 1 and was unable to participate in the rest of the weekend.
Meanwhile, Andrea Gorini of Mr Mandrile Racing, a Yamaha team in the EMX2t, put up a good fight, finishing Race 2 in P11, but unable to replicate his podium of the British round. The team anxiously await the next round for a chance to experience the true grip of the MX-SM and the MX-ST.
MXGP of Lombardia: 12 May 2019
The hard sand track of Mantova, Lombardia, presented another opportunity for the Maxxis riders to mix and match their front and rear tyres. Guadagnini dominated yet again equipped with the MX-ST front and rear on the Saturday’s dry ground, and the MX-SM (sand tyre) rear with MX-ST (soft terrain) front on the Sunday. The switch paid off, with Guadagnini owning the Championship consistently throughout the weekend.
Iker Larranaga of the Marchetti KTM team managed to qualify 13th in the MX2 before finishing Race 1 in an impressive 7th place, dropping by only a couple of places for Race 2 to P9.