- GP18, SHANGHAI, CHINA - REPORT - GEERTS CLINCHES BRONZE MEDAL -

Monster Energy Kemea Yamaha rider Jago Geerts took the bronze medal in the FIM World Championship MX2, after finishing fourth in the final round in Shanghai, China. It was the teams second bronze medal in MX2, after Benoit Paturel in 2016.

Geerts arrived in Shanghai with an advantage of ten points on Tom Vialle, the only rider who could keep him from the bronze medal.
The Belgian got a good start in the opening race, but dropped to seventh place after the first turn. Geerts didn't panic. Instead, he immediately started attacking and quickly moved up into fourth place, right behind Vialle. Geerts lost one position halfway the race to Thomas Kjer Olsen, but responded well and reclaimed fourth place a few laps later.
Eight points: that was the small difference between Geerts and Vialle, just before the final moto. Jago got a blistering start and was right behind world champion Prado and Vialle in turn one. Geerts quickly made a gap on Olsen, in fourth place, and rode a mature and comfortable race in third position. Good for fourth overall, which was more than enough to secure his third position in the MX2 championship. A great result after a fantastic season with six podium finishes and one race victory.

#193 Jago Geerts
4th overall, 3rd in championship
"A bronze medal, this really feels great. I didn't have a specific strategy for this race. I just wanted to ride my own race, without focusing too much on Vialle. Although, I have to admit that I got a bit nervous at the end. Those laps seemed to last forever. Third in the championship and six times on the podium: not bad at all. Now I have one goal left for 2019: getting on the podium with Belgium at the Nations in Assen."

Marnicq Bervoets
Team manager
"I'm so proud of Jago. He acted so cool today. He did exactly what he had to do: take a good start, put pressure on Vialle, create a gap and control the race. This was a very mature performance. A bronze medal! That's great. And he derserves it. Halfway the season we knew that top three would be possible. We had a difficult period - with bike problems and a few crashes - but Jago and the whole team responded well."

Hans Corvers
Team owner
"This season was a rollercoaster of results and emotions. But what an end, with that bronze medal. Our riders finished seven times on the podium (6x Geerts, 1x Watson) and had one race win (Geerts). One negative point: Bens injury. Otherwise we would have had two riders inside the top five of the championship. We must enjoy this bronze medal, but also have to look forward. We will be a full factory team in 2020. A team with ambition! Top three is a must and we must go for the title."

RESULTS

Race 1
1. Jorge Prado (Esp/KTM)
2. Calvin Vlaanderen (Ned/Hon)
3. Tom Vialle (Fra/KTM)
4. JAGO GEERTS (BEL/YAM)
5. Thomas Kjer Olsen (Den/Hus)

Race 2
1. Jorge Prado (Esp/KTM)
2. Tom Vialle (Fra/KTM)
3. JAGO GEERTS (BEL/YAM)
4. Calvin Vlaanderen (Ned/Hon)
5. Thomas Kjer Olsen (Den/Hus)

Overall
1. Jorge Prado (Esp/KTM) 50
2. Tom Vialle (Fra/KTM) 42
3. Calvin Vlaanderen (Ned/Hon) 40
4. JAGO GEERTS (BEL/YAM) 38
5. Thomas Kjer Olsen (Den/Hus) 32

World championship classification (18/18)
1. Jorge Prado (Esp/KTM) 837
2. Thomas Kjer Olsen (Den/Hus) 624
3. JAGO GEERTS (BEL/YAM) 543
4. Tom Vialle (Fra/KTM) 537
5. Henry Jacobi (Ger/Kaw) 442
10. BEN WATSON (GBR/YAM) 282

Next race: September 28, Motocross of Nations, Assen (Ned)

Images by Yamaha Racing/@shotbybavo

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