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Geerts Asserts His Authority in Arnhem

Geerts Asserts His Authority in Arnhem

The Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2 team is optimistic for the MX2 World Championship restart in Kegums, Latvia, on August 9th, following another powerful victory from Jago Geerts and a solid show of speed and stamina from Ben Watson, at a Dutch International Motocross race in Arnhem, The Netherlands, yesterday, July 26th.

Up against some tough competition, which included the current MX2 Championship leader, Geerts put in two compelling rides to go unbeaten in both races for the overall victory. 

After a fall in the opening race where he set the fastest lap of the race while racing to ninth position, Watson proved his true potential by pushing his teammate, Geerts, to the flag in the second and final race. The Brit finished within 1-second of the young Belgian and was 20-seconds clear of the rider in third position which was Hutten Metaal Yamaha EMX250’s Thibault Benistant. His 9-2 scorecard put him fifth overall for the day. 

Benistant was ninth in the final classification after a spectacular crash in the opening race where he landed side-ways off a ski-jump and was thrown over the ‘bars. He managed to claw his way back to 15th after a hearty recovery and made up for his error in the final race with an impressive third-place finish. 

Geerts, alongside Hutten Metaal Yamaha Official EMX250’s trio of Benistant, Gianluca Facchetti and Dave Kooiker, will line-up for one more ‘warm-up’ race this weekend, August 2nd, in Axel, The Netherlands, while Watson will have a weekend off before heading out to Latvia for the reboot of the 2020 MX2 and EMX250 Championships’. 

Jago Geerts

1st Position, MX2, 50-points

“It was a good day, on a nice track. In the morning the circuit was still a bit too fast and too easy. But in the afternoon it got difficult and demanding. Just the way I like it. Ben made it very difficult for me in the second race. It was a nice fight. It was good to have a race like this under my belt before the restart of the world championship. I’m ready for the Grand Prix, that’s for sure.”

Ben Watson

5th Position, MX2, 34-points

“I’m really happy with my riding today. Especially the second race: great start, good pace, nice feeling on the bike and a good battle. That as really fun. It’s a pity that I crashed in the first race. I just passed Olsen, but lost my front wheel. I came back strong afterwards, but got a stone on my goggles and had to throw them away. Anyway, I’m glad to go home with a good feeling. I’m ready for Latvia!”