The Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2 Team, owned by Hans Corvers and managed by one of the most successful motocross riders of all time, Marnicq Bervoets, has made a name for itself as a slick developer of savvy young riders in the FIM MX2 World Championship.
The team guided French talent Benoit Paturel to a bronze medal in the 2016 FIM Motocross MX2 World Championship with the Frenchman delivering the team its first ever race Qualifying Race win, Grand Prix race win and overall Grand Prix victory in 2017.
In 2018 the outfit had a reshuffle and introduced three new riders; Ben Watson, Vsevolod Brylyakov and Jago Geerts. Watson and Geerts were breakout stars in their ‘Paddock Blue’ debut seasons. Watson consistently challenged the top-three and eventually ended the year on the cusp of the podium, in fourth, while Geerts finished eighth in his rookie season despite missing three rounds due to injury. After some incredible rides that convinced the world of his enormous capabilities, Jago was awarded the Jan de Groot prize at the FIM Awards as the ‘most promising young rider’ of 2018.
With a huge amount of talent under one awning, Watson and Geerts remained with the formerly-named Monster Energy Kemea Yamaha MX2 Team in 2019. Geerts continued to deliver on his promise with a maiden Grand Prix race win at the MXGP of France, and won a bronze medal as a top-three finisher in the 2019 FIM MX2 World Championship.
Following an impressive year from Geerts and as a result of Yamaha’s upgraded racing strategy, the Monster Energy Kemea Yamaha MX2 Team was promoted to Factory status at the end of 2019, and will line up in 2020 as the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2 Team with Geerts and Watson.