The MX2 riders faced a gruelling test in Sumbawa, with sweltering heat and humidity adding to the challenge of navigating a fast-paced, loamy, and bumpy circuit. Geerts, despite feeling under the weather and racing with a fever, managed to secure an impressive holeshot in Race One but fell from the lead on lap two. The Belgian rider remounted in seventh and battled his way to a fifth-place finish.
At the same time, Elzinga followed Geerts closely around turn one and held third place for six laps before fading back to 12th. Benistant, meanwhile, fought back from a mid-pack start to finish sixth.
Race Two kicked off with a chaotic start, as Geerts and Benistant went bar-to-bar with some fierce competition and ultimately gave their all to finish third and fourth, respectively.
Feeling the effects of the weather, Elzinga did his best to secure 13th place, and was classified 12th overall.
After an intense round of racing in challenging conditions, Benistant has narrowed the gap in the MX2 title fight to 5-points, while Geerts has climbed to fourth in the standings. Elzinga remains 12th.
The next round of the FIM Motocross World Championship will take place in Lombok, Indonesia, on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd of July.