The Grand Prix of Flanders, in Lommel, was a big success for the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2 Team. Jago Geerts won his home GP for the first time in his career. Maxime Renaux finished third and extended his championship lead to 26 points. And Thibault Benistant was fourth overall.

The Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2 Team has its headquarter in Genk, only 40 kilometers from the track in Lommel. All three riders reside in Belgium, no more than half an hour drive from the famous sand tack. No need to say that they were eager to get a great result in Lommel.

The day started well for the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2 Team, with Jago Geerts (2nd), Maxime Renaux (3rd) and Thibault Benistant (7th) in the top seven of the time practice, giving them a good spot on the grid.

Renaux and Geerts were able to convert their good results in time practice into a great start. In the first turn, they were right behind Vialle, who took the holeshot. Benistant didn’t have a good start and faced a lot of work in 15th place.

Renaux immediately took the lead, closely followed by Geerts. The teammates clearly felt good in the deep sand and pulled away from the rest of the field. Geerts was putting a lot of pressure on Renaux, but the Frenchman seemed to be in full control. Until lap 10. Renaux was hindered by a lapped rider, lost the front and went down. Geerts didn’t hesitate to take the lead. The Belgian kept a cool head, made a nice gap and controlled ’till the end. His third moto win of the season. Ten seconds later, Renaux crossed the line in second position.

Meanwhile, Benistant got better and better towards the end. While his competitors were fading away, the teenager – he turned 19 on Saturday – raged through the pack. After an impressive catch up race, Benistant just missed out on fourth place by one tenth of a second.

Kay De Wolf claimed the holeshot in the second race, but was followed by a Monster Energy Yamaha Factory freight train consisting of Benistant, Geerts and Renaux. Geerts quickly passed Benistant for second place. The Belgian was putting pressure on the Dutch leader, but wasn’t able to get close enough to attack the first place. Until three laps from the end. Jago found some new lines, came back on De Wolf but couldn’t make a final pass.

Behind those two, Renaux went by Benistant on lap 5 to take third place. De Wolf and Geerts were already gone, so Maxime wisely decided not to take any unnecessary risks and to settle for third. Benistant finished fourth.

With Geerts and Renaux the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2 Team – again – had two riders on the box. Moreover, Renaux extended his lead in the FIM world championship to 26 points on Guadagnini. Extra bonus: Yamaha took the lead in the manufacturers classification.

#93 Jago Geerts
1st overall
“A lot of people expected me to win one of the three GP’s in Lommel last year, but I didn’t. Today I finally managed to win my home GP. A great feeling. It was so nice to race in front of the fans again. They were loud, they even had fireworks. Completely different from last year, when the public was not allowed. I really wanted to win the second race too, but I just run out of time to catch De Wolf. Next up is the Grand Prix of Latvia, in Kegums. Also a track I really like. I’m aiming for the podium again.”

#198 Thibault Benistant
4th overall
“Fourth overall in Lommel. Not a bad result at all. I got hit by another rider at the start of the first race. My front brake was damaged, I had to race without that brake the entire race. I struggled in the first 15 minutes. Towards the end I finally found a nice rhythm and good speed and could gain some more positions. I had a good start in the second moto, but didn’t feel great. I wasn’t able to push, without making mistakes. So, I decided to race smart.”

#959 Maxime Renaux
3rd overall
“A very consistent day. Third in time practice, second in race 1, third in race 2 and third overall. I’m pretty happy with that, because consistency is the key to success this year. I’m only a little bit disappointed with the first race, crashing with a lapped rider. I was forced to take another line, wanted to get back in the main line, but it was too tight. I cross rutted and lost the front. A pity. In race 2 De Wolf and Geerts were already too far gone, when I came in third place. I rode an intelligent race.”


Race 1

  1. JAGO GEERTS (Bel/Yam)
  2. MAXIME RENAUX (Fra/Yam) +0:10.529
  3. Kay de Wolf (Ned/Hus) +0:20.279
  4. Tom Vialle (Fra/KTM) +0:32.334
  5. THIBAULT BENISTANT (Fra/Yam) +0:32.414

Race 2

  1. Kay de Wolf (Ned/Hus)
  2. JAGO GEERTS (Bel/Yam) +0:02.744
  3. MAXIME RENAUX (Fra/Yam) +0:59.764
  4. THIBAULT BENISTANT (Fra/Yam) +1:19.564
  5. Jed Beaton (Aus/Hus) +1:24.645


  1. JAGO GEERTS (Bel/Yam) 47
  2. Kay de Wolf (Ned/Hus) 45
  3. MAXIME RENAUX (Fra/Yam) 42
  5. Jed Beaton (Aus/Hus) 29

Championship classification (6/18)

  1. MAXIME RENAUX (Fra/Yam) 221
  2. Mattia Guadagnini (Ita/KTM) 195
  3. Ruben Fernandez (Esp/Hon) 194
  4. JAGO GEERTS (Bel/Yam) 193
  5. Matthys Boisrame (Fra/Kaw) 176

Next race: August 8, GP7 Kegums (Lat)

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