The talented Jago Geerts showed his abilities again in front of his home crowd at the Grand Prix of Belgium, in Lommel. The 18-year-old rookie put in a hair-raising performance in the second moto, finishing second. Unfortunately, it was just not enough for a spot on the overall podium after his seventh place in the first moto. Ben Watson didn’t meet his expectations and finished eighth (11+5), Anthony Rodriguez came home in 20th position (17+DNF).
Sand. A lot of sand. Deep sand. Round 15 of the FIM world championship took place in Lommel, on probably the toughest track in the world. One advantage: Jago Geerts loves riding in the sand. The more difficult the conditions, the better.
The Kemea Yamaha-riders all missed their start in the first moto: Geerts (12th), Watson (14th) and Rodriguez (19th) had a lot of work to do. While Geerts moved up to eight position very quickly, his teammates were struggling. The Belgian teenager kept on pushing and could close the gap on Vlaanderen, who was riding in fifth place. Geerts was ready to attack, but made a small mistake, crashed and finished seventh instead of fifth. Watson was making too many mistakes and came home in 11th place, Rodriguez had a late crash and crossed the line in 17th position.
Watson had a great start in the second heat, just behind Prado and Olsen. But the Briton couldn’t keep up the pace in the beginning and dropped four places in only one lap. Geerts was going the opposite direction: from ninth in the first corner to fourth place in only five laps. Meanwhile, Rodriguez had a small crash. Unfortunately, his bike was hit by another rider and was badly damaged. Game over.
Geerts wasn’t satisfied with a fourth place and was hunting Olsen and Covington in front of him. The Belgian was flying over the circuit and had no mercy for the Huskies, also two good sand riders. Only GP-winner Prado remained out of range. “What a phenomenal second moto of Geerts”, said team owner Hans Corvers. “It’s such a shame that Jago wasn’t rewarded with an overall podium. He finished fourth. Fourth… Again. The eighth time already this season for a Kemea Yamaha rider.”