With Kegums hosting three back-to-back races, Infront Moto Racing – the promoters of the FIM Motocross World Championship - made some minor changes to the track for the third and final round of the Latvian tripleheader. The changes added a tight and twisty section behind pit-lane and slowed the lap times by approximately 10 seconds.
Because a hot and sunny day was forecasted, a lot of water was placed on the circuit ahead of Timed Practice with the idea of combatting dust. Geerts posted a top-five lap time, which gave him a decent gate-pick while Watson did not favour the conditions and finished up the session in 13th.
A good start can be the difference between winning and losing in motocross. After making changes to his YZ250FM ahead of racing today, Watson was able to rocket out of the gate for his first-ever MX2 holeshot in Race 1. Thriving on the adrenalin of a good start, the tall Brit ran a fierce pace and was able to post a season-best third-place result.
Geerts made a strong recovery after a mid-pack start and was able to pass his teammate, Watson, for second position on Lap-5 before hunting down the race leader, Tom Vialle. After impressively shaving down Vialle’s 8-second lead, the young Belgian’s hopes of a race win were ruined by a last-lap crash that was caused by a lapped rider. The determined youngster made a quick remount and managed to hold onto second position.
A better start in Race 2 allowed Geerts to flaunt his impressive speed. The 20-year-old Belgian was kept honest by Vialle for the first 30-minutes but remained calm and collected as he charged to a fifth race win of the season.
Watson missed a good start in the final race and suffered from heat fatigue as he brawled his way from ninth position to finish fifth. The 23-year-old narrowly missed the podium by 2-points.
Geerts remains second in the MX2 World Championship classification after his victory today. He is still 8-points off of the championship leader Vialle. Watson has moved up to seventh position.
The next round of the FIM Motocross World Championship is scheduled to take place on September 6th in Turkey.