Geerts Gains Momentum in MX2 World Championship With Second Consecutive Podium
Monster Energy Kemea Yamaha MX2's Jago Geerts was a protagonist in an exciting fourth round of the MX2 World Championship where he landed on the podium for the second consecutive time this season. Teammate Ben Watson rallied back from two poor starts to finish the Grand Prix on a high, 1-point shy of the podium. He was fourth overall.
After qualifying in second-position, Jago Geerts went from strength to strength in the opening race of the weekend as he stormed forward from a fifth place start to finish second-place after a thrilling last lap battle with Tom Vialle. The young Belgian's speed and style on the slick and technical clay track was incredible as he carried his momentum from Race 1 into the second and final race of the day where he passed the championship leader on his way to another second place finish for second overall.
With limited line choice at the tight and compact venue of Pietramurata, Watson's surge from outside of the top-15 up into sixth within the first 5-laps in Race 1 was a fine display of what the 21 year-old has to offer. A small mistake cost him three positions and forced him to get creative with his riding as he fought to recoup lost time. After 30 minutes of bar banging, the Brit eventually crossed the line in seventh-position.
The start is a crucial element of a good result. Another 15th place start was detrimental to Watson's result this weekend, although it did highlight his hunger as he put in a truly inspirational sprint through the pack and was consistently the second fastest rider on the track despite being in traffic. He eventually came home in a hard-fought third place.
Following the thrilling events of the last two weeks, there are only 4-points between the YZ250F mounted riders, Watson and Geerts, in the MX2 Championship Standings. Watson is fourth and Geerts is fifth.
Both riders head into the five-week break highly motivated to come out swinging in Mantova, Italy where the fifth round of the MX2 World Championship will take place, on May 12th
2nd MX2 Grand Prix Overall, 5th MX2 Championship Standings
"It was a really good weekend for me, even yesterday was really good with second place in the Qualifying Race. Today went the same. I had two good starts and moved to second place and finished second place. I had really good speed and really enjoyed the track this year as it was really rough, especially in the second heat and I like that. Now I just want to work hard in this small break that we have, and try to be on the box again in Mantova."
4th MX2 Grand Prix Overall, 4th MX2 Championship Standings
"I am happy with my riding. I've been working hard the last few weeks and I am happy with where I am at, there are just a few small things that are stopping me from achieving the results I know I am capable of. My main issue is the start. I have to come from so far behind, but I was content with the way I rode. I had consistently fast laps in the second race and managed to get back to third position, which is finally a result that I am somewhat happy with. We still have a lot to work on to get to where I want to be."