Ben Watson
News Report 25 March 2018
Spain

2018 GP of La Comunitat Valenciana

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La Comunitat de Valencia
03 / 25 / 2018
17:10 Local time

Testing Times in Spain for Kemea Yamaha Official MX2

Race

The Kemea Yamaha Official MX2 Team sets their sights on the next round of the FIM MX2 Motocross World Championship following a difficult third round of the series, at the Red Sand MX & Enduro facility in Spain, where Ben Watson finished ninth overall, while Vsevolod Brylyakov and Jago Geerts had to settle for the fourteenth and twenty-first positions.

Red Sand MX park provided the best MX2 riders in the world with the type of track most riders could only dream of. Located in Valencia district of Spain, the track was wide and flowing yet curiously technical and challenging. It was also very fast paced with a firm base and sandy top-soil, which was heavily watered ahead of the third round of the FIM MX2 World Championship - that took place earlier today.

Starts were topical for the Kemea Yamaha Official MX2 trio with all three riders buried deep in the pack in both races. In Race 1, Jago Geerts was the best-placed Yamaha rider, in 15th, before a small crash dropped him back to thirtieth. Meanwhile Ben Watson and Vsevelod Brylyakov started well outside of the top-20 and had to frantically charge forward in attempt to salvage valuable championship points. The duo went bar-to-bar with each other for the first half of the race before Watson broke-free. 


With every passing lap, Watson's lap-times improved and the gritty Briton managed to cross the line in fourteenth. Brylyakov could only muster twentieth place while Geerts recovered from his early mistake for twenty-fourth.

In Race 2, Watson got off to a mid-pack start, in fourteenth place, while Brylyakov hovered around twentieth. Geerts was also off to another mediocre start before a collision with a fallen rider forced him to start from last place. 

Fully focused on the task at hand, Watson had the throttle on his YZ250F twisted as he rushed for a top-10 finish. After a series of tactical passes, he managed to snag and finish in eighth place as his teammates, Brylyakov and Geerts did their best to dice their way through the pack.

At the halfway mark, Brylyakov caught his second wind and joined his teammate inside the top-10, while Geerts put in an honorable ride for seventeenth place.

The next round of the FIM MX2 World Championship will take place on the rock-hard clay of Pietramurata, in the Trentino district of Italy, April 7th and 8th.

Ben Watson

9th MX2 Grand Prix Overall, 6th MX2 Championship Standings

"Again my starts let me down. I had a good start in the Qualifying Race yesterday and finished in sixth place. I was happy with that, but two bad starts in the races today and I gave myself so much work to do. This track was almost impossible to pass everyone, even in the MXGP class it seemed like a game of follow the leader with everyone sitting on similar times. I just need better starts because I am still feeling good on the bike and that my lap-times and speed is good."

Vsevolod Brylyakov

14th MX2 Grand Prix Overall, 10th MX2 Championship Standings

"I struggled at the start of today. I felt like the first moto was one of the worst of my career. But in the second race, I regrouped and felt better on the bike and managed to battle through to the tenth position in the second race, which was much better than in the first race. We will head back, and keep working to get better."

Jago Geerts

21st MX2 Grand Prix Overall, 11th MX2 Championship Standings

"It was a really difficult weekend. I didn't have a bad start in the first race but I crashed and ended up quite far back and in the second race, I had a bad start and then someone fell in front of me and I crashed, but I got back to seventeenth, so I feel like my riding was going better at the end of the day."