Watson & Geerts Incredible in Indonesia
Excitement continues to build for the Kemea Yamaha Official MX2 team following the spectacular performances of Ben Watson and Jago Geerts for fourth and sixth overall at the twelfth round of the FIM MX2 World Championship on the island of Pangkal Pinang, Indonesia.
After a hotly contested weekend on the island of Pangkal Pinang, Indonesia, for the twelfth round of the FIM MX2 World Championship, Kemea Yamaha Official MX2's Ben Watson came extremely close to finishing on the podium. He narrowly missed out by 1-point, while teammate Jago Geerts crossed the finish line in sixth place in the final race for sixth overall.
Dark clouds gathered ominously above the rough and rutty Pangkal Pinang circuit ahead of the opening MX2 race. When the gates fell, Jago Geerts and Ben Watson were quick off the line, but lost drive immediately with the wheels of their YZ250F machines getting swallowed by the wet and spongy clay. Remarkably, the duo managed to emerge from turn-one inside the top nine.
The wet, rutty and tricky conditions made passing difficult. Watson fell from eighth place as he searched for new lines, which allowed his teammate to capitalize and mount an attack on fellow Yamaha rider Michele Cervellin for sixth place.
With 8 minutes to go, Geerts twisted the throttle on his YZ250F and perfectly railed an inside rut to take sixth-place from Cervellin as Watson took no prisoners on his charge back through the pack.
Frustrated with the deep and sticky clay, Watson eventually threw all caution to the wind and hit a jump pinned to launch past Cervellin and Geerts to finish sixth-place, while Geerts held on for seventh.
The final race of the weekend was a hard-fought spectacle as Watson charged to a thrilling second place finish, passing the championship front-runners on the way. While Watson made the most of his top-six start for a season best race finish, Geerts also impressed as he bounced back from an off-track excursion for sixth-place and sixth overall.
Watson came tantalizingly close to landing on the podium. He fell 1-point short but gained 9-points on the rider that is third-place in the MX2 Championship Standings.
Kemea Yamaha Official MX2's newest recruit Anthony Rodriguez did not line up for the Qualifying Race yesterday, but managed to ride through the pain barrier for the thirteenth and fourteenth places in the points paying races today. He was thirteenth overall.
The team now looks forward to the next round of the FIM MX2 World Championship, which will take place on the mainland of Indonesia, in Semarang on the weekend of July 8th.
4th MX2 Overall, 4th MX2 Championship Standings
A little bit of a mixed weekend, I have to be happy because I achieved my best ever world championship race finish. I felt I was too patient in the first race, and then I decided to put on a bit of a spurt and I got panicked and crashed. I managed to come back to sixth, which I was happy with but I used too much energy. It was a really tough race, but I was happy with my riding. That is basically the story of my season. The second race was better, I felt I just rode my own race and managed to finish second place, which gave me fourth overall. I am quite pleased with that.
6th MX2 Grand Prix Overall, 7th MX2 Championship Standings
The weekend was pretty good for me. I had a good start in the first race but I went a little bit too wide in the first turn and lost some positions and then I messed up and went off the track but I managed to come back to eighth. In the second heat, I had a bad start but I made up for it at the first corner and managed to come out seventh and then moved up to sixth. I am happy with that.