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 moved up to the premier class in 2021, claimed six podium finishes on his way to fifth overall in the final MX2 World Championship standings.
2021 was one for the history books for the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2 team, as they enter their 25th year in blue this season. The team won their first-ever MX2 World Championship with Maxime Renaux and became the first-ever Yamaha team to secure the gold and silver medals inside the MX2 World Championship in the same season. As a result, Yamaha also successfully defended the Manufacturers' world title.
Back for more in 2022, the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2 team has retained its young stars Geerts and Benistant.
Geerts remains a title favourite as one of the most decorated riders in the lower capacity class, MX2, with 53 top-three race finishes, 20 races wins and 27 podiums to his credit. The now 21-year-old enters his fifth season with Yamaha and the team determined to achieve the goal of winning the World Championship.
Completing the two-man line up in 2022, 19-year-old Benistant is all set to enter his second full-season in MX2 where he hopes to collect as many pieces of podium silverware as he can.
Utilizing a ‘works’ version of Yamaha’s proven YZ250F, the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2 team is the team to beat.