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Geerts & Benistant Celebrate Phenomenal 1-2 in Czech Republic

Geerts & Benistant Celebrate Phenomenal 1-2 in Czech Republic

Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2’s Jago Geerts reclaimed the MX2 Championship Lead at the 13th round of the FIM Motocross World Championship in Loket, Czech Republic. After finishing third in Race 1, the 22-year-old Belgian bounced back with a thrilling win in Race 2 to secure his fourth Grand Prix win of the season. The ‘93’ was joined on the podium by his budding teammate Thibault Benistant who finished second overall after a sensational race win and a hard-fought fourth place. As a result, Yamaha has reclaimed the lead in the Manufacturer's Championship.

The Czech Grand Prix got off to an incredible start for Benistant, who sailed to his second Qualifying Race win of the season, while Geerts finished third after edging the series leader Tom Vialle on the final lap. 
In the opening race, Benistant picked up right where he left off. The young super-talent powered his YZ250FM to an incredible holeshot and was flawless in his charge to a stunning race win – his third of the season. Geerts made inroads in the points battle at the top of the table after capitalizing on the errors of his closest championship rival with a third-place finish.
 
Loket is an “old-school” track that embodies many steep up-hills and daunting down-hills. The surface is clay, which emphasizes throttle control and is often described as “tricky” to ride. Geerts took the holeshot in the final race of the day but was edged back to second as he took his time finding his rhythm. 
 
Benistant fought back from a mid-pack start to finish fourth as Geerts withstood insane pressure to secure a thrilling and pivotal race win – his ninth of the season. 
 
After celebrating his 11th podium finish of the season on the top step, Geerts now carries the red plate with an 8-point advantage into his and the team's home Grand Prix next weekend. The event will take place in Lommel, Belgium, just 10-minutes’ drive from Geerts’ hometown and 35-minutes from the teams’ base in Genk. 

For full results from the MXGP of Czech Republic, click here.

Jago Geerts

MX2 Grand Prix of Czech Republic Winner, 45-points

“I’m really happy with today. In the first race I struggled a little bit on the track, so before the second heat we made a small change on the bike, and I took the holeshot. I did make a small mistake on the first lap and Tom (Vialle) passed me, but after that I felt strong on the bike and good on the track. After 15-minutes I passed Tom back and pushed hard to win the moto. I also got the Championship Lead back, so it’s going to be nice to ride in Lommel at my home GP with the red plate next weekend.”

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Thibault Benistant

2nd MX2 Grand Prix of Czech Republic, 43-points

“I’m a bit disappointed because of the second race because my start was not bad, but I touched with the other guys in the first corner, so I had to start from a bit behind. I tried to push but on this track is not easier to make a comeback. I managed to fight back to fourth but for sure I wanted to win the second one to make it happen, the double race victory. But it wasn’t meant to be this weekend, so I will continue to work to be better in the next few races.”

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