Geerts Takes First Ever Grand Prix Race Win in France
The seventh round of the FIM MX2 World Championship at Saint Jean d'Angely in France will be one to remember for Monster Energy Kemea Yamaha MX2's Jago Geerts. The 19-year-old hit a career milestone with his first ever Grand Prix race win and has moved up to third in the Championship Standings after celebrating his third podium success of the season. He was second overall.
Geerts is MX2's 'man of the moment' as the only rider to defeat the championship leader, Jorge Prado, this season. The feat came as the teenager's first Grand Prix race win, and he did it in emphatic style in the opening MX2 race of the weekend as he charged past some of the quickest 250cc riders on the planet, and passed Prado with 2-laps remaining.
The second and final race of the weekend was equally as exciting. Both Monster Energy Kemea Yamaha MX2 riders, Geerts and teammate Ben Watson, got off to fantastic starts. After finishing 12th in Race 1 after tangling with another rider on the opening lap, Watson was out for redemption and forced his way past three riders in the first three turns to take hold of second position.
After an enthralling battle with Adam Sterry for third, Geerts took the position and set his sights on his teammate, Watson, who was doing his best to tail the championship leader, Prado. Geerts' corner speed through the rock-hard clay ruts was mind-blowing, and it was that skill that allowed him to rail around Watson for second position.
The '193' of Geerts set the fastest lap in MX2 this weekend, and it was that incredible pace that saw him reel in the leader by half a second every lap until a small crash in the final throws of the race ruined the chance of a maiden Grand Prix win.
Geerts made a quick remount and held onto second, while Watson came home in third.
Geerts finished on the same points as the eventual Grand Prix winner but was demoted to the second step of the podium as the advantage is given to the rider with the best result in the final race of the day, which in this case was Prado who won Race 2.
Watson fell 1-point short of finishing inside the top-five this weekend. He was sixth and is currently sixth overall in the MX2 championship. He needs 3-points on Mitchell Evans to move up to fifth at the next Grand Prix, which will take place on the weekend of June 9th in Orlyonok, Russia.
2nd MX2 Grand Prix Overall, 3rd MX2 Championship Standings
"It was a really good weekend for me. I didn't actually get a great start in the first heat but managed to win a couple of places in the first few corners. On the third lap I got into second and managed to get closer to Prado, made a pass and won the race. Of course, I was really happy with that. In the second race, it was almost the same as the first, but I made a small mistake and lost some time, but still finished second for second overall."
6th MX2 Grand Prix Overall, 6th MX2 Championship Standings
"Until the second race today, it felt like my weekend was turning out to be the same story as the past few weeks; I have been struggling with starts. I keep finding myself in the mix with guys I don't want to be riding with, like one rider crashed on the down ramp of the jump and I could not go anywhere but into him. I lost a lot of time and had to salvage as many points as I could. I finally got a good jump in race two and ran second for the first part of the race until Jago passed me. I found I rode quite tight because I haven't run up front in a while, so it felt new for me, but it was good to have the experience again."