Jago Geerts finished second in the international race in Balen, on home soil. The Monster Energy Yamaha Factory-rider was second behind world champion Vialle in both races. In the Superfinal, Geerts was the best MX2 rider in seventh place.
The race on the Keiheuvel in Balen is a real classic in Belgium. The race, traditionally on August 15, was back on the calendar after one year absence because of covid-19. To great joy of all the Belgian motocrossfans, that came in mass to the Keiheuvel.
The Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2 Team arrived in a ‘light’ version in Balen. Thibaut Benistant is still recovering from the collarbone injury, which he picked up in Latvia last week. Team mate Maxime Renaux stayed in France for private reasons. Thereby, Geerts – he lives five minutes from the track – was the sole rider of the blue crew.
In time practice it already became clear that in MX2 it would turn out to be a battle between Vialle and Geerts, the first and second of the FIM World Championship in 2020. The Frenchman – who also lives in Balen during the season – set the fastest time, followed by Geerts at one second. Those two showed their superiority right away in the first race. Vialle took the holeshot and was immediately followed by Geerts. Jago was putting pressure on the Frenchman for a long time, but Vialle kept a cool head.
A similar scenario in the second race, although Geerts now claimed the holeshot. Vialle took the lead in the first lap. Another duel followed. Geerts came very close a few times, but due to arm pump and lapped riders, he couldn’t implemnt that one successful attack.
In the Superfinal Geerts, on his 250cc machine, had to compete against the much more powerful 450cc engines. Still, Jago was able to secure – as best MX2 rider – a seventh place.
#93 Jago Geerts
“It was very nice to be able to ride in my own village again. It was nice to see how many people had come to the Keiheuvel. Although it was quite a busy day, signing autographs and taking selfies all the time. I was no longer used to that after all those races without spectators. I’m sorry I couldn’t treat my fans to a victory. I suffered from arm pump in both MX2 races, which prevented me from going all the way and from threatening Vialle.”
MX2 race 1
- 1. Tom Vialle (Fra/KTM)
- 2. JAGO GEERTS (Bel/Yam) +0:12.023
- 3. Liam Everts (Bel/KTM) +0:33.313
- 4. Rene Hofer (Aut/KTM) +0:38.063
- 5. Jed Beaton (Aus/Hus) +0:38.563
MX2 race 2
- 1. Tom Vialle (Fra/KTM)
- 2. JAGO GEERTS (Bel/Yam) +6.001
- 3. Jed Beaton (Aus/Hus) +38.247
- 4. Liam Everts (Bel/KTM) +0:41.184
- 5. Rick Elzinga (Ned/KTM) +0:59.895
- 1. Tom Vialle (Fra/KTM) 50
- 2. JAGO GEERTS (Bel/Yam) 44
- 3. Liam Everts (Bel/KTM) 38
- 4. Jed Beaton (Aus/Hus) 36
- 5. Rene Hofer (Aut/KTM) 33
- 1. Glen Coldenhoff (Ned/Yam)
- 2. Jeffrey Herlings (Ned/KTM)
- 3. Brian Bogers (Ned/Gas)
- 4. Kevin Strijbos (Bel/Yam)
- 5. Henry Jacobi (Ger/Hon)
- 7. JAGO GEERTS (Bel/Yam)
Next race: September 5, GP8 Afyonkarahisar (Tur)
Image by Photographic Art