Geerts Nears the Podium in France
Kemea Yamaha Official MX2's Jago Geerts is renowned for his speed and ability in the sand, which made his incredible second place finish in Race 2 and near podium performance here at the tenth round of the FIM Motocross World Championship on the hard-packed and rutty hills of Saint Jean d'Angely, France, an exciting display of talent, and promise of a bright future. He finished fourth, 12-points clear of fellow Kemea Yamaha rider Ben Watson in sixth.
Ben Watson's run at the top-three in the MX2 Championship Standings didn't get off to the best start. The Briton was lightening fast in the practice sessions, but a sprocket change ahead of the Qualifying Race didn't work in his favor, and poor drive up the start straight saw him tangle with the mid-pack riders at turn one.
Jago Geerts maintained his top-ten start for 13-laps and was tenth at the flag while Watson put in an epic ride from dead last, to Qualify for the French Grand Prix in twelfth place.
Anthony Rodriguez' weekend was cut short when he caught his foot on a rut and tore some ligaments in his right ankle. The Venezuelan decided to rest the injury with hopes of it healing in time for the MXGP of Lombardia, which will take place in Ottobiano, Italy, next weekend, June 16th and 17th.
Overnight thunderstorms hammered the fast-paced, clay based hills of Saint Jean d'Angely, creating a very rutty and technical circuit for the points-paying races today. Enjoying a rougher and more challenging circuit, Geerts charged past some of the most acclaimed MX2 riders in the world on his way from a tenth place start and up into fifth place in the opening race of the day.
In Race two the talented young Belgian ripped a near holeshot on his YZ250F and held his composure as he chased the eventual Grand Prix winner, Jorge Prado, home for a mind-blowing second place finish.
As Geerts impressed, Watson had to bounce back from a massive crash down the start-straight in the first race of the weekend, which happened as a result of another rider getting out of shape and clipping his front wheel at speed. It is difficult to gain momentum from the back of the pack, particularly on a track that has developed only one dry line after being hit by rain, but Watson has become accustomed to that challenge this season and managed to wow his team once again with a solid storm through the field for ninth place.
Another rusty start in Race 2 forced Watson to get creative with his line selection. A rider fell in front of him on the opening lap, which cost him time and ten positions. Frustrated, he did his best to close the gap on the front runners where he would salvage valuable championship points, but when he had found his rhythm, time was up and he had to settle for seventh.
Jago Geerts only needed two more points to uncork a second bottle of champagne this season. He was fourth overall, while Watson wrapped up the Grand Prix in sixth.
4th MX2 Grand Prix Overall, 6th MX2 Championship Standings
"It was an awesome weekend for me. I worked my way up into fifth in the first race and then in the second race I was able to stay in second place for the whole race. That was an amazing feeling, and I am really looking forward to getting back in the sand next weekend, especially at Ottobiano, because I like the track, so I have high hopes of doing well there."
6th MX2 Overall, 4th MX2 Championship Standings
"I feel like I rode really well this weekend but didn't get any reward for it. I had a really good jump off the start in the second race, and I'm not sure if I had a wet line or something, but everyone just went around me and then I was unlucky with someone crashing in front of me. It was really frustrating. Overall, I am happy with my riding, just not the result."