01 2019 MXGP - Patagonia Argentina
Positive Points to Take Away From Argentina
Monster Energy Kemea Yamaha MX2's Ben Watson and Jago Geerts claim valuable points at the opening round of the FIM MX2 World Championship in Villa la Angostura, Argentina, finishing sixth and eighth respectively.
Jago Geerts took his time to settle in but made positive progress in every single session. By time the gates had dropped for the first MX2 race of the season, the young Belgian was raring to go. He got his YZ250F off to a great start and challenged the top-three for the first few laps of the race before an issue with his goggles forced him to slip back to fifth on lap-4.
As Geerts kept the front-runners in check, Watson had to work hard to push forward from a tenth place start. The tall Briton hung off the back of his YZ250F on the fast-paced circuit as he tried to keep his weight on the rear wheel for optimal traction.
With 5-minutes to go, Watson had a lucky escape as he watched his teammate crash on the 'dragon-back' section of the track. He narrowly jumped Geerts' and his bike to take home sixth place. Geerts remounted his bike and eventually came home in eleventh.
The second and final race of the weekend started off promising for Watson as he forced his way into the top-three on the opening lap before blowing through a berm and going off the track, a mistake that cost him two positions. Pushing too hard on the strange, dark and grainy volcanic soil of Neuquen can be detrimental. Watson learned the hard-way as many little mistakes and a small crash saw him drop back to tenth.
Watson eventually laboured his way back to seventh as his teammate, Geerts, impressively adapted to the conditions and finished sixth after a powerful surge from fourteenth place at the start of the race.
The next round of the FIM MX2 World Championship will take place on Watsons' home soil at the circuit of Matterley Basin, Winchester, England on the weekend of March 24th.
6th MX2 Grand Prix, 6th MX2 Championship Standings
"It's been a terrible weekend for me. Right from the start I didn't feel good on the track. Today I didn't have a good start in the first race and managed to fight back to sixth, but didn't feel happy with the way I was riding. In the second race I got a better start, I just made too many stupid mistakes and had a small crash in one corner. I gave myself too much work to do. It's not just about the results, I want to feel better with my riding."
8th MX2 Grand Prix, 8th MX2 Championship Standings
"Yesterday was a difficult day. I was not good in practice but I still got a decent start in the qualifying heat and was already riding better, but I had a small issue with my goggles which I had again in the first race, I don't know why, but I dropped back to sixth and then had a pretty big crash. Luckily I was OK and I could finish eleventh. I was happy with the second heat though. My riding was a lot better, so it ended positively."