Watson Fourth Again

Ben Watsons collection of fourth places is growing every weekend. For the sixth time this season the Kemea Yamaha Official MX2-rider finished fourth overall. This time in round 13 of the MX2 World Championship, in Semarang, Indonesia. Anthony Rodriguez finished sixth overall – his best ever – after two solid races. Jago Geerts sustained an ankle injury and had to withdraw from the second moto.

The world championship traveled from one Indonesian island to another. One week after the Grand Prix in Pangkal Pinang (on the island of Bangka) the paddock shifted to Semarang (on the island of Java), on a brand new circuit. A hard pack track on a red clay base, fast and slick, with a lot of jumps. Beside a completely new track the riders also had to face a burning heat, with temperatures close to 40 degrees.

Ben Watson had a convincing start in the first moto, behind Jonass and Prado. The Briton couldn’t keep up the pace of the two leaders and rode a lonesome but very solid race in third position. Anthony Rodriguez took a great start on his YZ250F, in fifth position, but dropped to seventh in the first lap. The Venezuelan kept cool and fought back. After he passed Vaesen and Sterry A Rod was involved in an intense battle with Cervellin for fourth position. The Kemea rider was clearly faster and tried everything in his power to pass, but the Italian countered every attack. Rodriguez kept pushing and finally got his reward: a pass and a fantastic fourth place. Jago Geerts started in eighth position an dropped two more places, after a small crash at the end of the moto.

Watson didn’t start that well in the second moto (seventh), but moved up to fourth position after only two laps. The Briton came under big pressure from Olsen. He withstood the first attacks, but couldn’t hold on to his fourth place and had to settle for fifth. Rodriguez got a good start again in fifth and even moved up to fourth place in the first lap. The Venezuelan rode a very consistent race, with only Watson, Olsen and Jonass able to pass him. No Geerts at the start of the second moto. The Belgian teenager crashed in the sighting lap and twisted his ankle again. Geerts could barely walk and was forced to withdraw from the second moto.

Watson gained eight points on Olsen, who is third in the world championship standings. The Briton is now only ten points behind the Dane. Geerts remains seventh, white Rodriguez has moved up four positions and is now nineteenth.