Courtesy of Infront Moto Racing
Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2 Team rider Jago Geerts will look forward to heading to the Grand Prix of Russia on June 7 as he tries to chase down the owner of the red plate in the MX2 class Tom Vialle, of the Red Bull KTM Factory team. Vialle leads Geerts by five points, 87 points to Vialle and 82 points to Geerts and the two teenagers will without question have some big battles in 2020.
The Belgian rider who has already won the opening round of the championship at Matterley Basin in England around a month ago, winning a race in England and also a race at round two in Valkenswaard looks like a different rider to the one from 2019, so consistency hasn’t been a problem.
“It felt really good in England,” Geerts said. “It was a nice weekend. It was a little bit difficult in the second race. I crashed and hurt my shoulder a little bit but still managed to come back and get my first GP win. I was really happy with that, and I got the red plate for the first time which is nice especially as it was at Valkenswaard, a track that is not far from my home.”
In Valkenswaard, riding with the red plate, Geerts suffered a bad start in the first race and still got the race win, then in race two a first corner crash saw him charge through the field to finish 7th.
“I didn’t have the best start in the first race, but I made some good passes on the first laps and after 15 minutes I was in second place and hunting Tom (Vialle). I managed to pass him and take the win, the track was really tough, but it was a good race for me. In the second heat, I had a really big crash in the first turn, and I hit my ribs and I couldn’t breathe. I started more than 1-minute down, but I got back to seventh, so I could still stand on the podium.”
With those two strong performances in rounds one and two, Geerts has now got to sit and wait for the season to resume in Russia in a little over two months’ time. Like many, he is taking time off the bike and remain at home.
“The Covid-19 virus is spreading very fast. In consultation with Yamaha and my team, we decided today not to train with the bike for 14 days. This is to avoid unnecessary risks and I totally support this choice.”
No doubt, once Geerts gets back on the bike, and starts to prepare for Russia, he will be more than focused to steal that red plate back from Vialle and hopefully gift Belgium their first World Champion since 2007, when the trainer of Geerts, Steve Ramon clinched the world title. Author: Geoff Meyer