Season Best Top-5 Finish for Rodriguez, Sixth For Watson in Switzerland
Kemea Yamaha Official MX2's Anthony Rodriguez achieved a season-best result at the sixteenth round of the FIM MX2 World Championship in Frauenfeld, Switzerland, by rounding out the top-five ahead of teammate Ben Watson, who was sixth. Unfortunately, Jago Geerts' weekend was brought to an abrupt end following a heavy fall yesterday.
A rough start to the Grand Prix had two Kemea Yamaha Official MX2 riders on the deck in the Qualifying Race with Geerts being pitched over the handlebars on a big jump, and Rodriguez connecting with another rider at the end of a high-speed straight. Rodriguez was able to remount and managed to salvage eleventh place, while Geerts was less fortunate and had his weekend cut short with the medical staff confirming a broken left collarbone.
Turning his luck around, Rodriguez was the man of the moment in the opening race of the weekend as he took his YZ250F to a near holeshot. From that point, the Venezuelan had the opportunity to prove what a good start can do, and he ran with it as his Kemea Yamaha Official MX2 teammate Ben Watson attempted to find his flow on the rough and rutty, technically challenging Swiss circuit.
After impressively maintaining third position for 30-minutes, Rodriguez eventually finished fourth-place after losing one spot to one of this seasons only MX2 Grand Prix winners, Thomas Covington. Watson gradually found his rhythm and was sixth-place at the checkered flag after starting tenth.
In the final race of the weekend, roles were reversed. Watson fronted the field and was third for a few laps, but felt out of sorts on the track this weekend and eventually dropped back to seventh-place. Rodriguez, on the other hand, started outside of the top-ten and managed to put in an incredible charge forward to finish on the heels of his teammate, in eighth place.
Rodriguez rounded out the top-five in the MX2 Grand Prix Classification, and was 2-points clear of his teammate Watson who was sixth.
Geerts returned to Belgium yesterday evening and underwent a successful operation on his left collarbone earlier this morning. An update on his return will be published when more information is available.
5th MX2 Grand Prix Overall, 17th MX2 Championship Standings
"It was really good. I learned that if I get a good start, I can go really fast. I like that, but at the same time it hurts because I wish I could go that speed when I am coming through the pack, like in the second race I was outside of the top-ten and only managed to come back to eighth. Of course, if I could ride like I did in the first race regardless of where I started, I could have come back to fifth or sixth. I need to learn how to go that fast even when I don't get a good start. I will take this weekend as a learning experience, take some notes and improve where I can for next weekend."
6th MX2 Grand Prix Overall, 4th MX2 Championship Standings
"I feel like I have had quite a bad weekend. From the first session out on track to the checkered flag in the last race I have not felt good on the track at all. I don't feel myself and I don't feel that my preparation has been great coming into this race and it's just frustrating. I am missing something, I need to figure it out."