Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2 rider Jago Geerts captured his tenth moto victory of the season, finishing second overall at round 12 of the FIM World Championship. Ben Watson finished 7th overall in Arroyomolinos, after bad luck in the opening race.

Time practice didn’t go as planned for the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory riders. Both riders struggled on the brand new circuit in Arroyomolinos, 30 kilometers southwest of Madrid. Geerts ended up 8th in qualifying, Watson 18th.

Nevertheless, both riders got off to a great start in the opening race: Watson was third in the first turn, Geerts fourth. Bad luck hit Watson when Boisramé crashed in front of him. The Brit had nowhere to go and had to restart in 20th position.

It was difficult to make up time on the hard pack and rutted track, but Geerts managed – after setting the fastest lap – to come closer to the top three riders. Unfortunately, Jago made a costly mistake when he joined the leaders, lost a place and a lot of time. He tried to recapture the fourth place, but to no avail.

Meanwhile, team mate Watson made his way through the pack. The Brit was one of the only riders that could make a lot of passes on this technical and difficult track. Watson’s catch up race brought him from 20th to 9th place.


The Monster Energy Yamaha Factory riders took a blistering start on their YZ250FM in race 2, with Geerts first and Watson second in the first turn. They couldn’t enjoy the lead for long, as they were both passed by Vialle in the first lap. Geerts kept putting pressure on the Frenchman the entire race. The Belgian bridged the gap a few times, but couldn’t come close enough to make the pass. Geerts got a little bit of help in the final lap, when Vialle stalled his bike. The Belgian accepted the gift and won his tenth moto of 2020.

Watson had a difficult first lap, dropping from second to sixth, on the freshly watered track. The Brit was in a battle with Maxime Renaux for the fifth spot, but wasn’t able to make the pass and finished sixth in race 2 and seventh overall.

Geerts remains second in the world championship classification, but lost six more points on Vialle. He’s now 52 points behind the Frenchman. Watson is still seventh in the world championship standings.

#193 Jago Geerts

2nd overall

“I had a good start in the first race, but someone crashed in front of us and I lost some time. I came back to the top three, but it was difficult to overtake on this track. I was looking for new lines, but made a small mistake and lost a position. We changed the rear sprocket before the start of race 2. A good choice. I took the holeshot, but got passed by Vialle in the first lap. I chased him the entire lap and got a little gift when Tom stalled his bike. Vialle leads by 52 points now. That’s a lot, but it’s not over yet. I will keep on fighting until the end.”

#919 Ben Watson

7nd overall

“Two great starts, but not the results I hoped for. I was third in the first turn of the first race, but when we came down from the first hill Boisramé crashed in front of me. I was stuck behind him. It was really difficult to pass on this track, but I managed to move up from 20th to 9th place. Not bad at all. I had another great start in the second race, in second place, but I didn’t feel safe and comfortable on the freshly watered track and lost four places. Not a great result, but sometimes it’s like that. I’m looking forward to Lommel, where I have some good memories.”

Marnicq Bervoets

Team manager

“Both Jago and Ben got off to a good start in the first race, but were unlucky when someone crashed in front of them. Ben was stuck behind that guy and had to start a catch up race. A very difficult job on this track, but he managed to come back to 9th place. A strong performance. Jago made a small mistake when looking for new lines and had to settle for fifth. Again, two great starts in the second race. Ben didn’t feel comfortable on the wet track and lost a few places. Geerts was passed by Vialle but go a gift in the end. He’s now 52 points behind Vialle. We are looking forward to Lommel. We have nothing to lose.”


Race 1

1. Tom Vialle (Fra/KTM)

2. Thomas Kjer Olsen (Den/Hus) +0:01.273

3. Jed Beaton (Aus/Hus) +0:03.830

4. Conrad Mewse (GBr/KTM) +0:14.347

5. JAGO GEERTS (Bel/Yam) +0:18.546

9. BEN WATSON (GBr/Yam) +0:48.114

Race 2

1. JAGO GEERTS (Bel/Yam)

2. Tom Vialle (Fra/KTM) +0:08.515

3. Roan Van De Moosdijk (Ned/Kaw) +0:15.395

4. Ruben Fernandez (Spa/Yam) +0:19.349

5. Maxime Renaux (Fra/Yam) +0:23.613

6. BEN WATSON (GBr/Yam) +0:24.625


1. Tom Vialle (Fra/KTM) 47

2. JAGO GEERTS (Bel/Yam) 41

3. Thomas Kjer Olsen (Den/Hus) 36

4. Roan Van De Moosdijk (Ned/Kaw) 33

5. Maxime Renaux (Fra/Yam) 31

7. BEN WATSON (GBr/Yam) 27

World Championship classification (12/18)

1. Tom Vialle (Fra/KTM) 525

2. JAGO GEERTS (Bel/Yam) 473

3. Jed Beaton (Aus/Hus) 379

4. Maxime Renaux (Fra/Yam) 372

5. Thomas Kjer Olsen (Den/Hus) 347

7. BEN WATSON (GBr/Yam) 314

Next race: October 18, GP13 Lommel 1 (Bel)

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