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Before the devastating outbreak of COVID-19 was fully realized, Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2’s Jago Geerts’ 2020 MX2 campaign was off to a sensational start. The 19-year-old Belgian won his first-ever Grand Prix and took the championship lead for the first time in his career at the opening round of the 20-round series in Matterley Basin, Great Britain. He was fit, ripe and ready.
With his Factory YZ250FM donning an exciting streak of red as the MX2 Championship leader, the ‘193’ continued to impress at the second round of the series just five-days later in Valkenswaard, The Netherlands. He won his first-ever Qualifying Race and then turned his Pole Position into a heat win in the opening race of the Grand Prix.
Unfortunately, two hours later, the youngster lined up for the second race where he suffered a heavy impact on his ribs after a high-speed crash at turn one. “I crashed by myself” he reflected, “I lost the front and just flew over the bike, landed on my ribs and needed a minute to really get some air again. When I re-started, I was already quite far behind the last rider.”
Despite starting more than a minute down on the leaders, Geerts eventually regained his breath, remounted his bike, and won the hearts of motocross fans from all over the world with his stunning ride back to seventh place, which was enough for the young Belgian to stand on the third step of the podium.
As a rider that was eager to line-up at round three with every intention of clawing back the 7-points he lost to the new championship leader Tom Vialle, we spoke to Geerts about the delay in the season due to the COVID-19 pandemic and how he is handling it.Read more »