The Italian clay circuit had been softened by overnight rain, which made for perfect conditions, with the clay surface providing a lot of traction and plenty of line choice throughout the day. Demonstrating some great skill and sensational throttle control, Renaux stormed to his first Pole Position of 2021. The Frenchman posted the fastest time with a 1:46.455. He was 1.2 quicker than his young compatriot Benistant, who finished the session in fifth. Geerts posted a 1:48.473 to qualify 10th.
The Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2 team has been working hard to improve the YZ250FM off the start, and today, their efforts were rewarded. Benistant used his finely honed launch control, quick reactions, and the undeniable power of the YZ250FM to take an impressive holeshot in the opening race of the day. Nothing short of impressive, the 18-year-old MX2 rookie led every single lap on his run to a remarkable maiden MX2 race victory.
Geerts also got off to a good start and sat comfortably in third until he was relegated to fourth by the championship leader, Ruben Fernandez, with two laps to go.
The Poleman Renaux was unable to capitalize on his start position and emerged from turn-one on the cusp of the top-15. The Frenchman pushed hard to fight forward to fifth position but fell while chasing fourth. Fortunately, the ‘959’ made a quick remount and managed to charge back to sixth.
With ominous skies clouding over the magnificent Maggiora venue, a better start in Race 2 allowed Renaux to flaunt his impressive speed. The budding 20-year-old had the potential to challenge the eventual race winner, but with the championship in mind, he decided to take a risk-free approach and secure the 22-points for second.
Geerts powered his YZ250FM to another top-three start. From there, the 21-year-old Belgian did his best to keep his position but had to hand over two positions in the last two laps due to a slight lack of ‘race fitness’. He still managed to finish fifth.
In contrast to Race 1, Benistant was taken out by another rider on the exit of turn-one. The ‘198’ hobbled to his damaged bike and was able to make a brave recovery for 14th.
After an eventful Italian Grand Prix, Renaux has moved within 2-points of the MX2 Championship lead. Complemented by the 25-points scored for a race win, Benistant has moved up to sixth in the championship chase, while a welcomed return to the podium sees Geerts move up to ninth.
The next round of the FIM Motocross World Championship will take place in Oss, The Netherlands, on July 18th.
For full results from the MX2 Grand Prix of Italy, click here.