Solid Points Scored at the Penultimate Round in Assen for Watson & Geerts
Kemea Yamaha Official MX2's duo of Ben Watson and Jago Geerts managed to put some solid points on the board this weekend with their fifth and tenth place finishes at the nineteenth round of the FIM MX2 World Championship in Assen, The Netherlands, while Anthony Rodriguez was unable to race after he dislocated his shoulder in a small crash on the fourth lap of the opening race.
Ben Watson put in two strong performances onboard the all-new 2019 YZ250F this weekend. After a strong start in the opening race, the Briton strung together 19 consistently fast laps to finish in fourth position and hot on the heels of the rider in third-place.
Making a 'comeback' from a broken collarbone that was surgically repaired three-weeks ago, Jago Geerts was looking to rediscover the speed he carried pre-injury. The young Belgian had a sub-par start in Race 1 but was able to make some quick passes to move up into thirteenth, which is where he finished.
Starting tenth in the final race of the weekend, Watson's speed and style on the rough and rugged Assen circuit allowed the 21 year-old to dash past a handful of talented MX2 riders for a place inside the top-five. After losing one position to the defending world champion Pauls Jonass in the final throws, Watson fought back and managed repass the number '1' for fifth in Race 2, to lock down a fourteenth top-five finish this season.
After making some changes to the bike ahead of the second race, Geerts got off to a better start as he chased the top-five around turn-one. The 18 year-old Belgian missed some 'race intensity' after his month off, but felt more comfortable in the final race as he pressured Adam Sterry for eighth. He eventually finished ninth, and rounded out the top-ten in the Grand Prix classification.
The twentieth and final round of the FIM MX2 World Championship will take place in Imola, Italy on the weekend of September 30th.
5th MX2 Grand Prix Overall, 4th MX2 Championship Standings
"I am quite satisfied with how this weekend went. It is nice to be running with the top guys again, and showing my speed and where I should be. It's been another positive weekend after a small tough spell recently. I didn't make too many mistakes this weekend, and I was happy with my riding. We have things to take away and we keep learning each weekend, so it is very positive."
10th MX2 Grand Prix Overall, 7th MX2 Championship Standings
"The first race I had a bad start and I came back to thirteenth, but actually I feel like my riding was not that good. I made some changes to the bike for the second race and that was much better, and with a good start I felt more comfortable but dropped back to ninth. Tenth overall at my first GP back is not so bad though."