Renaux Secures Top-Five Finish at Swedish Grand Prix
SM Action M.C. Migliori's Maxime Renaux continued his solid form at the 16th round of the MX2 World Championship in Uddevalla, Sweden where he finished fifth overall after two thrilling performances. Monster Energy Kemea Yamaha MX2's Jago Geerts came up short of his expectation at the Swedish Grand Prix. He finished 11th in the overall classification.
In the opening race of the weekend, Renaux impressed the crowd with his smooth yet aggressive riding style as he charged to a strong sixth place finish. Meanwhile Geerts had to get creative with his line selection after a poor start. The '193' tried hard to make passes but crashed in the process and ended up fighting back from outside of the points to finish 14th.
A better start in the second 30 minute plus 2 lap race made it easier for Geerts to chase the top-five, but the circuit proved extremely difficult to pass on. The 19-year-old pushed hard for fifth place before he lost traction on lap-5 and slid-out.
Faultless in his charge, Renaux stunned again. The Frenchman remained calm and masterful as he patiently awaited his cue to move. After some incredible passes throughout the race, the '959' crossed the finish line fifth which was enough for the 19-year-old to round out the top-five.
Geerts managed to fight back from 11th to eighth after a nail-biting last lap battle with Mitch Evans. His hard charge awarded him enough points to retain third in the MX2 Championship Standings.
Eager to put the Swedish Grand Prix behind him, Geerts is looking forward to the penultimate round of the series which will take place in Afyon, Turkey on the weekend of September 8th.
11th MX2 Grand Prix Overall, 3rd MX2 Championship Standings
"It was a difficult weekend for me. I had a bad start in the first race and crashed as well. I didn't feel like I was riding very good either. In the second race, I had a better start and was riding better, but I crashed again. I had to work hard to come back from 11thto 8th, but I felt my riding was a lot better. I am really looking forward to Turkey and I'm looking forward to not crashing."