The Monster Energy Kemea Yamaha Team took a mediocre start at the FIM World Championship MX2. Both Watson and Geerts had their share of bad luck at the Grand Prix of Argentina. Ben finished sixth, teammate Jago came home in eighth position.
Geerts piloted his YZ250F to a fourth position in the start of the first moto, while teammate Watson started as tenth. Geerts tried to follow the pace of the top three riders, but also had to pay attention for some strong guys hunting him. In the third lap the Belgian – who struggled with his goggles – was first passed by Vlaanderen and later by Olsen. Meanwhile, Watson was stuck in ninth place, just behind his compatriot Sterry. It took Ben almost 20 minutes to find his rhythm. Once found, Watson moved up to sixth place after passing Sterry, Vialle and Geerts, who had a late crash and finished 11th.
Watson took a great start in the second moto, just behind Prado en Evans. But after a short trip off the track and a crash the Brit fell back to 11th place. Geerts went the other way around: from 11th at the start to 7th. The Belgian teenager could move up one more place and finished just in front of his teammate Watson, who came back strong at the end.
“To be honest, we expected more points”, said team owner Hans Corvers. “But we also saw positive things from our riders. They just didn’t have luck on their side this weekend. Jago had problems with his goggles and crashed in the first moto, Ben went down in the second moto. Luckily, they escaped without an injury. The season is very long, still a lot can happen. Up to the next one!”