Geerts Reclaims Third in MX2 Championship Standings as Renaux Celebrates Maiden Podium
Monster Energy Kemea Yamaha MX2's Jago Geerts reestablished his place inside the top-three in the MX2 Championship Standings following two solid performances at the fifteenth round of the FIM Motocross World Championship in Imola, Italy, where he finished fourth overall. SM Action M.C. Migliori's Maxime Renaux made a maiden appearance on the Grand Prix podium as a result of a 3-4 scorecard for third overall.
The motocross track at the iconic Enzo e Dino Ferrari circuit has been built specifically for the Italian Grand Prix. It is a tight, compact clay track that said to be a difficult venue to navigate with the man-made surface deteriorating in a manner that is hard for the riders to read.
Determined to reclaim third position in the MX2 Championship Standings, Geerts fought back from a stagnant 16thplace start to cross the 'line hot on the heels of the YZ250F mounted Renaux in the opening race of the day.
In the final race of the weekend, Geerts made a huge statement with a massive holeshot over the championship leader Jorge Prado and the rest of MX2's elite 250cc riders. Prado was quick to take over the lead, which forced Geerts back to second position. While trying to find his lines out on the technically challenging circuit, Geerts got cross-rutted and fell on Lap-3, which allowed the highly motivated Renaux to move up into fourth.
The 19-year-old Belgian made a fast remount and managed to claw back four positions for a stunning fifth place finish, while Renaux' performance was nothing short of incredible as he kept Geerts at bay.
Renaux' has moved up to seventh in the MX2 Championship Standings, while Geerts captilized on Tom Vialle's luckless weekend to reclaim third with a 25-point buffer.
After falling in warm-up, Monster Energy Kemea Yamaha MX2's Ben Watson suffered a broken arm. He will also miss the next round of the MX2 World Championship which will take place in Uddevalla, Sweden on the weekend of August 26th.
4th MX2 Grand Prix Overall, 3rd MX2 Championship Standings
"It was a pretty good weekend for me with two solid moto's. I got my first holeshot in the second moto, which was really nice. I made a mistake and crashed after a few laps but I managed to fight back to fifth. The most important thing is that I took back third position in the championship, and now my goal will be to defend that."