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Podium Celebrations for Geerts & Benistant in Sardinia

Podium Celebrations for Geerts & Benistant in Sardinia

Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2’s Jago Geerts maintains the MX2 Championship Lead after a thrilling Grand Prix in which he tied on points with the eventual Grand Prix winner, Tom Vialle. With both riders celebrating a win and a second-place finish, the Grand Prix victory at the eighth round of the FIM Motocross World Championship in Riola, Sardinia, was awarded to the winner of the final race, which was Vialle. Geerts was satisfied with second-overall and has retained the championship leaders’ red plate. Teammate Thibault Benistant celebrated his first podium finish of 2022 after two third-place finishes for third overall.

The MXGP of Sardinia got off to the perfect start for the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2 team, with both riders powering their YZ250FMs to the front of the field in the MX2 Qualifying Race. Benistant took the holeshot and the early race lead but was quickly shuffled back to second by his hard-charging teammate, Geerts, who stormed to his fifth Qualifying Race win of the season. With temperatures rising above 30 degrees Celsius, Benistant remained calm and finished an unrivaled second. 
Similar to the qualifying heat, Benistant got off to another incredible start and took the holeshot ahead of his teammate Geerts and the former World Champion, Tom Vialle. Geerts quickly took the lead and resisted a relentless attack from Vialle, who also passed Benistant, to secure his eighth race win of the season. At the same time, Benistant let the front runners go but was easily the third fastest rider around the testing sand circuit this weekend, which is where he finished. 
After starting eighth, Geerts had more work to do in Race 2 but wasted no time in charging forward to take second position from his hot-starting teammate, Benistant, on lap two. From there, the Belgian had to shave down a 2.5-second lead to Vialle. Using his best sand-riding prowess, the ‘93’ managed to catch Vialle and challenged the leader to the flag but eventually lost out by 0.3. 
Taking full advantage of a good gate pick, Benistant took another holeshot and charged to another smooth-sailing third-place finish for his first podium finish of 2022 – and second-ever podium finish of his MX2 career. 
After an incredible weekend in the sand of Sardinia, Geerts remains at the top of the Championship Standings with a 6-point advantage over Vialle. At the same time, Benistant has moved up to 11th in the points. As a result, Yamaha continues to lead the Manufacturers’ Championship by 8-points over KTM. 
The Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2 Team now looks forward to a weekend off before heading to Madrid, Spain, for the ninth round of the series, which will take place on the weekend of May 29th. 
For full results from the MX2 Grand Prix of Sardinia, click here.

Jago Geerts

2nd MX2 Grand Prix of Sardinia, 47-points

“It was a tough GP with a really rough track, and the hot weather didn’t make it any easier. I put together two good motos today. In the first, I took the lead on the first or second lap and just kept a good pace until the end. Tom (Vialle) was also pushing me, so I knew the second race would also be tough. Tom had a better start in the second heat, which made it easier for him and harder for me as I tried to follow him. I ended up second overall, but with no big mistakes, and the same points and the winner, so it was a good day.”

Thibault Benistant

3rd MX2 Grand Prix of Sardinia, 40-points

“My weekend was good in the end with a podium. I had a good Qualifying Race and two holeshots today, which is a really positive point and something I am really happy about. I felt pretty good; I managed my race and my energy well because this track is really tough, maybe one of the toughest of the year. I wanted this podium so bad because I have come close a couple times this year, but I got it done and I am really happy about that.”