After qualifying in second-position, Jago Geerts went from strength to strength in the opening race of the weekend as he stormed forward from a fifth place start to finish second-place after a thrilling last lap battle with Tom Vialle. The young Belgian's speed and style on the slick and technical clay track was incredible as he carried his momentum from Race 1 into the second and final race of the day where he passed the championship leader on his way to another second place finish for second overall.
With limited line choice at the tight and compact venue of Pietramurata, Watson's surge from outside of the top-15 up into sixth within the first 5-laps in Race 1 was a fine display of what the 21 year-old has to offer. A small mistake cost him three positions and forced him to get creative with his riding as he fought to recoup lost time. After 30 minutes of bar banging, the Brit eventually crossed the line in seventh-position.
The start is a crucial element of a good result. Another 15th place start was detrimental to Watson's result this weekend, although it did highlight his hunger as he put in a truly inspirational sprint through the pack and was consistently the second fastest rider on the track despite being in traffic. He eventually came home in a hard-fought third place.
Following the thrilling events of the last two weeks, there are only 4-points between the YZ250F mounted riders, Watson and Geerts, in the MX2 Championship Standings. Watson is fourth and Geerts is fifth.
Both riders head into the five-week break highly motivated to come out swinging in Mantova, Italy where the fifth round of the MX2 World Championship will take place, on May 12th