2018 Grand Prix of Europe
Positive Points for the Kemea MX2 Trio in Valkenswaard
The second round of the FIM MX2 World Championship, in Valkenswaard, The Netherlands, was as much a battle against the elements, as it was each other, with the naturally rough and draining sand circuit being battered by wind and snowfall throughout the weekend. Embracing the challenge, Kemea Yamaha Official MX2's trio of Jago Geerts, Ben Watson and Vsevolod Brylyakov were able to take away some positive points.
When the gates dropped for Race 1, Kemea Yamaha Official MX2's lightweight Jago Geerts was a rocket ship onboard his YZ250F and emerged from turn-two in seventh place. Belgian riders are notorious for their ability to ride sand and the 17-year-old talent, Geerts, justified that stereotype as he challenged the fastest MX2 riders in the world for a podium place.
Ben Watson was not as fortunate off the start but had a strong sense of urgency as he stormed his way forward from outside the top-20. After passing his teammate Vsevolod Brylyakov for thirteenth place on lap four, the Brit moved into the top-10 before a crash dropped him back to fourteenth.
As Geerts' bar-to-bar battle for third place raged on for the entire 30-minute plus 2 lap duration of the race, Watson regrouped and still managed to finish in a respectable tenth position. Geerts was forced to be content with fourth place, which is a remarkable achievement for a rider that is one of the youngest in the class, while Brylyakov picked off two riders to cross the line in twelfth place.
In the final race of the day, Jago Geerts got off to another outstanding start before a mind-boggling crash deflated his hopes of a podium finish. The rookie recovered and battled his way back, from dead last, up into thirteenth place. In the meantime, Watson looked strong on his YZ250F as he bounced back from a mediocre start to finish seventh place.
The young Belgian Jago Geerts was the star of the weekend after a staggering charge from last place saw him cross the finish line in thirteenth in Race 2 for seventh overall. A tenth place in the opening race paired with seventh in the final, left Ben Watson in eighth overall, while Vsevolod Brylyakov was frustrated with his pair of twelfths for eleventh overall, but was happy to have achieved the main goal of keeping his YZ250F rubber side down.
The next round of the FIM MX2 World Championship, round three, will take place on the weekend of March 25th at the Red Sand circuit of Valencia, Spain.
7th MX2 Grand Prix Overall, 7th MX2 Grand Prix Championship Standings
I am happy with how today went. Yesterday was a tough Qualifying Race, but I finished fourth in the first race, which is really good but I crashed and hit another rider in the second race but still came back to thirteenth and I am happy with that.
8th MX2 Grand Prix Overall, 5th MX2 Grand Prix Championship Standings
This weekend was not as good as Argentina, but it's only Round 2 of a really long series so it has been really positive. I had two top-10 scores and I am coming away fit and healthy and I am pretty happy with my riding. I am feeling quite positive but I still know I can do better, I just need to work with the team, and myself, on getting better starts and actually put myself at the front at the beginning of the race because in both races today I made it hard for myself with poor starts, but my riding was good, so I am feeling really positive.
11th MX2 Grand Prix Overall, 10th MX2 Grand Prix Championship Standings
It was a tough weekend for me. I am quite frustrated but I also feel that there are some positive things to take away. I made it through this weekend and I am happy to be safe and to have put some points in my pocket. Two times twelfth is far from good, but it is what it is and we will move forward from here.