Geerts Impresses at Home Grand Prix
A crazy yet special home Grand Prix for the Kemea Yamaha Official MX2 squad saw Belgium's own Jago Geerts shine as he pressed home a praise worthy second-place finish in the final race of the weekend, and fell a tantalizing 2-points short of the podium. Ben Watson's top-five finish in Race 2 put him eighth place in the final classification while Anthony Rodriguez was twentieth after a luckless weekend.
With his fan base growing by the minute, Jago Geerts had the crowd behind him as he danced his YZ250F gracefully through the sand of Lommel, Belgium at the fifteenth round of the FIM MX2 World Championship. The young Belg was in full attack mode as he stormed forward from outside of the top-ten and up into sixth where he was chipping away at a place inside the top-five before an enormous high-side robbed him of that opportunity. He managed to make a quick recovery and remarkably managed to salvage seventh place.
Watson is also renowned for his sand-riding ability and the way he surges through the pack after a bad start. Unfortunately, in Race 1, the Brit felt out of character and unwell due to the expectation he placed upon himself and after 30-minutes plus two-laps of riding stiff and battling the frustration inside his mind, the checkered flag waved him in, in eleventh place.
Anthony Rodriguez was strong at the start of the race and made some fantastic passes while surging forward. The Venezuelan had taken claim of fifteenth position and was closing in on the riders in front of him before he was ejected over the 'bars on a big 'table top' jump. The twenty-three year old crossed the 'line in seventeenth place.
Out for redemption in Race 2 and as one of the most technically gifted sand riders in the world, Geerts put in an awe-inspiring charge up into fourth place before bringing the fans to the feet on the final four laps.
The animated crowd erupted with excitement as he blitzed past some of the fastest MX2 riders in the class, and it was with an incredible pass on American star Thomas Covington that he managed finish the hair-raising race in second place.
Meanwhile, Watson was hard on the gas and late on the brakes going into turn-one, which worked in his favor as he emerged from corner inside the top-three. While that would usually work in his favor, the Brit struggled to come to grips with the track in the first twenty-minutes of the race, but as one of the fittest riders on the gate, his physical condition helped him to a strong fifth place finish.
Unfortunately, Rodriguez was forced out of the race on the opening lap after a small crash saw another rider run over his bike destroying parts that were vital to continue.
The next round of the FIM MX2 World Championship will take place in two-weeks time in Frauenfeld-Gachnang, Switzerland.
4th MX2 Grand Prix Overall, 7th MX2 Championship Standings
"It's really special to race at my home GP and in front the fans. I had a pretty good weekend but my starts were not that good, but still I managed to come back in both races. In the first race I could see fifth and fourth and then I had a pretty big crash but still finished seventh, and then in the second race, I could fight back to second, so it was fun."
8th MX2 Grand Prix Overall, 4th MX2 Championship Standings
"I was quite frustrated all weekend. I felt warm-up was good this morning, but after I came in, I struggled to eat food and I just felt weak, like jelly. I think I was putting too much pressure on myself. After the sighting lap, I didn't feel good and I didn't have any strength in me at all. I personally thing it was mentally. I am not that tired, I just think I went into this weekend with too much pressure on myself."