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. The Frenchman delivered 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 and 2020. Geerts continued to deliver on his promise with a maiden Grand Prix race win at the MXGP of France in his second season and won a bronze medal as a top-three finisher in the 2019 FIM MX2 World Championship.
Last season, Geerts was a clear title challenger. The 20-year-old Belgian led 156 laps, won 14 races and celebrated 12 podium finishes, of which six were Grand Prix wins to claim MX2’s silver medal with 679-points.
The teams’ 2020 achievements were bolstered by Watson, who took an impressive step forward and led 37-laps on his way to two race wins, which were followed by two Grand Prix victories. Watson, who will move up to the premier class in 2021, claimed six podium finishes on his way to fifth overall in the final MX2 World Championship standings.
Utilizing a ‘works’ version of Yamaha’s proven YZ250F, the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2 team is the team to beat in 2021. The squad will consist of title threats Jago Geerts and Maxime Renaux and is strengthened by the addition of the 2020 EMX250 Champion Thibault Benistant.