Watson Almost Back on the Podium in Teutschenthal
Kemea Yamaha Official MX2's Ben Watson was on the pace at the eighth round of the FIM MX2 World Championship in Teutschenthal, Germany, where he came tantalizingly close to standing on the podium for the second time in his career.
In Race 1, a top-three start saw Watson engage in an enthralling battle with Calvin Vlaanderen for third-place. The duo went bar-to-bar and interchanged the position a few times before the checkered flag was waved with the talented Briton crossing the line in fourth-place despite being the second-fastest rider on track.
Replicating his fourth-place finish in the first race, the 20-year-old felt his riding was much better in Race 2 where he put some impressive passes on his rivals as he rallied his way up into fourth-place to finish fourth overall.
Jago Geerts retired from the Qualifying Race yesterday after a low-drama crash saw him tear a ligament in his right ankle. Regardless of the fact he was last on the grid for gate-pick, and the pain in his ankle, the gritty youngster still managed to run a fierce pace and finished inside the top-10 with a 12-10 scorecard.
Fresh off a Supercross season in the United States, Kemea Yamaha Official MX2's new recruit Anthony Rodriguez took this weekend as an opportunity to gain some experience inside the MX2 class while searching for a set-up on the bike. He was eighteenth in the Qualifying Race and managed to improve on that result in every single outing.
Getting faster with every passing lap, Rodriguez showed a glimpse of his potential and adaptability as he surged forward from outside the top-20 in both races to finish sixteenth in Race 1 and thirteenth in Race 2 for fourteenth overall.
Ben Watson remains in fourth-place in the MX2 Championship Standings and Jago Geerts remains seventh.
The next round will take place in 2-weeks time at the spectacular Matterley Basin circuit in Winchester, England on the weekend of June 3rd.
4th MX2 Overall, 4th MX2 Championship Standings
"I am pretty happy with how today went. If it wasn't the goal to stand on the podium, or the podium didn't exist, I would be ecstatic with today. I say that because I finished fourth, and was once again so close to standing on the box. It was another consistent day, and I showed some good speed in every session this weekend and I feel like I made a big improvement, personally, in Race 2. It was a good day for the championship and overall I am happy with where I am at."
10th MX2 Overall, 7th MX2 Championship Standings
"My right foot hurt a lot, especially the right one, but the races were still pretty good, and the riding was OK. A top ten finish is not too bad. I look forward to going to Matterley Basin, I like the track, there is a lot of nice jumps, so I hope I can do well there."
14th MX2 Overall, 28th MX2 Championship Standings
"This weekend was quite a learning curve. Each time I went out on the track I got better. I am really happy that it did get better with every ride because the first few times I didn't know who it was on the bike. I, myself, felt like Harry Potter with no powers. I was disappointed with how I was riding on Saturday, but I did a lot of thinking and realized it's been more than 1-year since I raced motocross, so I lined up for the races today in a better frame of mind. I have only been on the bike 3 times before today, so I just had to think that this weekend is not a matter of winning, it is just a matter of constantly improving. I took it easier on myself and gave it my best shot, or at least did the best that I could do this weekend."