Geerts Sensational in Second Race at Indonesian Grand Prix
Proving he has the spirit of a true champion, Monster Energy Kemea Yamaha MX2's Jago Geerts bounced back from an enormous crash in Race 1 with an incredible performance for fourth in the final race at the 11thround of the MX2 World Championship in Palembang, Indonesia. After bravely qualifying inside the top-ten, teammate Ben Watson withdrew from the Grand Prix after the pre-race warm-up due to an increased amount of pain and swelling in his broken right hand.
Spearheading the challenge for the team, Jago Geerts had to work hard to charge through the pack from the blunt end of the top-ten. As one of the most talented riders on the track, the youngster looked in complete control and was sensational as he forced his way into the top-five in the first six-minutes of the race. After making a great pass on Iker Larranager for fourth position where he held a tighter line without sacrificing any speed, the '193' went after Calvin Vlaanderen to challenge for third.
Determined to catch the front runners, Geerts stormed up the inside of Vlaanderen and carried more momentum into the wave section but unfortunately caught an edge on the sixth wave and high-sided at speed into the face of another jump. He suffered an enormous impact to his body that left him out of breath and unable to finish the race.
Despite feeling second-hand, Geerts bounced back in classic 'Geerts' style in the second and final race where he passed the championship leader Jorge Prado and Tom Vialle to take the lead on Lap-2. The promising youngster was flawless for 25-minutes thereafter, where led every lap until he washed the front-end on the entry of the wave section with 5-minutes left on the clock. He fell to fifth position, but his true champion spirit saw him fight back to finish fourth.
Despite scoring no points in the first race this weekend, Geerts still managed to round out the top-ten in the overall classification and has maintained third in the MX2 Championship Standings.
The next round of the FIM MX2 World Championship will take place in the Central Java district of Indonesia at the circuit of Semarang in five days' time.
10th MX2 Grand Prix Overall, 3rd MX2 Championship Standings
"Now I am feeling really good. I had good speed all weekend, I felt good on the track here. I didn't get the best start in race weekend, but I moved quickly up into third and then I had a big crash and hurt myself a little bit. In the second race I was third out of the first corner and I was feeling really good on the bike and on the track. I moved quickly into the lead and led 25 minutes of the race before I crashed. I finished fourth. It was a really good day despite the crashes."