Round 16 of the FIM world championship – in Frauenfeld, Switzerland – was one with mixed feelings for Kemea Yamaha. The Belgian MX2 team was happy with the fifth place of Anthony Rodriguez (his best result ever), but also a bit disappointed with the sixth place of Ben Watson. And finally they were sad because of the injury of Jago Geerts, who already had surgery on Sunday to fix his broken collarbone.
No Jago Geerts at the start of the first moto in Frauenfeld. The 18-year-old Belgian crashed out in the opening lap of the qualifying race on Saturday and broke his collarbone. Geerts immediately returned to his doctor in Belgian and had surgery on Sunday. The Belgian, currently seventh in the world championship, will miss the Grand Prix of Bulgaria (August 26) and Turkey (September 2). The teenager hopes to be back at the Grand Prix in Assen, on September 16.
Rodriguez got a blistering start in the first moto and was just behind world championship leader Jorge Prado, who took the holeshot. A Rod was passed by Pauls Jonass in the first lap, but was following both KTM’s from short distance. Watson – who made his debut on the all-new 2019 YZ250F – also had a good start but dropped to tenth position in only one lap. Ben struggled on the rutty and gnarly track. The Briton needed 15 minutes to find a good rhythm and started to pass some guys in the second part of the moto, finishing in sixth place. In front, Rodriguez felt good on the technical track and was battling with Covington for the third spot. The Venezuelan was fighting like a brave, but was passed by the American with only three laps to go. With a fourth place Rodriguez equalled his season best result. Earlier this season, he also finished fourth in the first moto in Semarang, Indonesia.
In the second moto, again a great start from a Kemea Yamaha rider, this time from Watson. The Briton was right behind Prado, but didn’t feel at ease on the difficult Swiss circuit and couldn’t keep up with the front guys. Watson was losing a few places and finished seventh. Rodriguez had a poor start (around 15th place), but managed to gain some positions, finishing just behind his teammate. Good for a fifth place overall, his best ever result in a Grand Prix.