Thrilling Grand Prix of Trentino for the Kemea Yamaha Official MX2 Team
A thrilling day for the Kemea Yamaha Official MX2 Team at the fourth round of the FIM MX2 World Championship in Pietramurata, Italy where all three riders finished inside the top-10 for the second time this year.
In contrast to the first three rounds of the series that were held on much softer surfaces, this weekend the Kemea Yamaha Official MX2 team was tested on the rock-hard clay of Trentino with the circuit of Pietramurata being firmer, more compact with plenty of elevation.
Following his success at the Dutch Masters last weekend, where he won the MX2 class in the sand of Holland, Kemea Yamaha Official MX2's Jago Geerts was out to prove how broad his skill set is with a solid ride on the rock-hard clay of Pietramurata. The 17-year-old talent didn't disappoint as he demonstrated race-smarts far beyond his years by turning a 7th place start into a 7th place finish in the opening race of the weekend.
After an incredible 4th place finish in the Qualifying Race yesterday, Watson's hard work came undone when he miss-timed the start and hit the gate at a rate of knots. The Briton had to waste a few seconds trying to break free, and had to start from dead-last.
With starts being a key factor in the results, both Watson and Vsevolod Brylyakov had their work cut out. Brylyakov was clocked in 16th place at the first timing split, while Watson was back in 27th. The dynamic duo had to battle hard for positions with Brylyakov salvaging 9th place, while Watson was impressive on his charge up into 11th.
In the final race of the weekend the spot-light was on Vsevolod Brylyakov as he burst out of the gate and finally put his YZ250F in a prime position to show what he is capable of. The 22-year-old Russian lost a place on the first lap, but quickly responded and took in back a few turns later. As the race went on, the 'beast from the east' came to life and made solid statement with his thrilling passes on Calvin Vlaanderen and Henri Jacobi for 3rd place. Meanwhile, teammates Ben Watson and Jago Geerts' 13th and 21st place starts meant they needed to be smooth yet aggressive in their hunt for the top-10. Watson made some good passes on his way to 7th, while Geerts battled hard on the one-lined circuit for 13th place. Brylyakov remained strong all the way to the flag for his best race finish since the Mexican Grand Prix back in 2016, 3rd, which put him in 4th overall for the Grand Prix. Watson and Geerts rounded out the top-10, in that order.
The next round of the FIM MX2 World Championship will take place on the weekend of April 15th in Agueda, Portugal.
4th MX2 Grand Prix Overall, 9th MX2 Championship Standings, 86-points
"It was a great day. I knew I have the speed to achieve results like this, it has just been a struggle to put it all together in a race. I cannot be happier than what I am with my third place finish in the final race of the day. It means everything to me to achieve that, from the injury I have come back from over the last two years, to this. It's crazy. I was in tears after the race, I couldn't be more happy and I am just incredibly thankful to the team, Kemea Yamaha Official MX2, and the people I have around me."
9th MX2 Grand Prix Overall, 4th MX2 Championship Standings, 105-points
"Quite a frustrating result. My speed was good all weekend, which was already a positive as I don't really like this track, I would much prefer to be in Lommel in the deep sand than here. It doesn't affect me, but I came to grips with it here and actually surprised myself. I was confident after having a good day yesterday, but I hit the gate in the first race. I was happy with my riding and the pace I was running, so I am satisfied with that even if the result isn't there. I just need to get up front of the start and not give myself so much work to do."
10th MX2 Grand Prix Overall, 12th MX2 Championship Standings, 72-points
"The first race I had a pretty good start and just rode my own race for 7th. I didn't get a good start in the second race but I got back to 13th. My riding was not bad, but I just need to get better starts if I want to finish inside the top 10."