Intense battles as Geerts win MX2 at Matterley Basin

Intense battles as Geerts win MX2 at Matterley Basin

02.03.2020: While everyone expected the battles to be intense in the MXGP class, it was clear that the fans were pleasantly surprised as the MX2 riders delivered that and much more.

While everyone expected the battles to be intense in the MXGP class, it was clear that the fans were pleasantly surprised as the MX2 riders delivered that and much more.

In the opening race, it was the Red Bull KTM Factory rider Tom Vialle starting the race with the FOX Holeshot. Straight away the young Frenchman pulled a gap on his competitors and rode comfortably in 1st for the majority of the race.
F&H Kawasaki Racing’s Mathys Boisrame also got off to a great start as he followed Vialle until lap 5, when Red Bull KTM Factory’s newest recruit Rene Hofer made a successful pass for second position. The Hitachi fuelled by Milwaukee rider Conrad Mewse also pushed for third.

The race action was impressive, as 3 riders battled for 2nd, with Monster Energy Yamaha Factory’s Jago Geerts moving up from 4th to 2nd on lap 6, when he passed Mewse and F&H Kawasaki Racing rider Mikkel Haarup.

That very same lap saw big changes to the top 5, with Boisrame fading allowing Geerts, Mewse, Haarup and Jed Beaton of Rockstar Energy Husqvarna to move up a position. In the next two laps, Beaton made some swift moves on Mewse and Haarup.

On lap 8 Vialle made a mistake and crashed out of the lead. This handed Geerts his first race win of the season, with Beaton finishing 2nd and Haarup making a fantastic debut to his MX2 season with a 3rd. In the end Vialle crossed the line in 6th position.

In race two, it was another FOX Holeshot from Red Bull KTM Factory but this time by Rene Hofer. Geerts was right there in P2 and Vialle in 4th place. SM Action M.C Migliori – J1 Racing’s Maxime Renaux also got off to a great start in 6th position, followed by Beaton and Boisrame.

The championship favourite, Thomas Kjer Olsen of Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Team got off to a much better start in the second race, as he crossed the line 5th on the opening lap.

By the second lap, Hofer continued to lead from his team-mate Vialle, while Olsen moved into 3rd followed by Renaux and Beaton. Meanwhile race 1 winner, Jago Geerts crashed out of 2nd and was back down in 8th place, putting his chances of an overall at risk.

The top 5 remained the same until lap 8 when Haarup, Geerts and Boisrame moved up to 4th, 5th and 6th.
Hofer led the majority of the second race, keeping his team-mate at bay, before Vialle was able to pass the young Austrian, with 3 laps to go. At the same time, Haarup made a move on fellow Dane, Thomas Kjer Olsen of Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory, for 3rd.

With 2 laps remaining, Geerts was also able to pass Olsen for fourth, which handed him the overall victory here at Matterley Basin, the first of his career.

Jago Geerts:
“It’s really a good feeling to pick my first overall win here in Matterley Basin, At the first heat I had a small gift from Tom (Vialle). I’m really looking forward to Valkenswaard next weekend, it’s like my own GP. I had a really good start in second heat and I just battled for the lead, I had a crash and beat my shoulder a bit so I came back to fourth, but I’m super happy, I feel like my riding is really good now”

Tom Vialle:
“I started the season really good, during the first race I felt really comfortable in first but then I made a mistake on a jump, while in the second race I was leading and I managed to win the race. I’m already looking forward to next GP”

Mikkel Haarup:
I’m just happy. I did not come here to contend for the race but at the end I managed to finish with a third overall which is amazing. I had two decent races, good riding I wish to thank F&H Kawasaki and everybody who supports me.”

MX2 - Race 1 Results: 1. Jago Geerts (BEL, Yamaha), 36:43.110; 2. Jed Beaton (AUS, Husqvarna), +0:04.920; 3. Mikkel Haarup (DEN, Kawasaki), +0:08.010; 4. Conrad Mewse (GBR, KTM), +0:09.481; 5. Alberto Forato (ITA, Husqvarna), +0:13.963; 6. Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), +0:24.521; 7. Ben Watson (GBR, Yamaha), +0:25.937; 8. Rene Hofer (AUT, KTM), +0:28.707; 9. Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, Kawasaki), +0:31.644; 10. Ruben Fernandez (ESP, Yamaha), +0:34.181;

MX2 – Race 2 Results: 1. Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), 36:05.077; 2. Rene Hofer (AUT, KTM), +0:01.963; 3. Mikkel Haarup (DEN, Kawasaki), +0:03.508; 4. Jago Geerts (BEL, Yamaha), +0:07.568; 5. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, Husqvarna), +0:10.936; 6. Jed Beaton (AUS, Husqvarna), +0:17.277; 7. Mathys Boisrame (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:19.310; 8. Maxime Renaux (FRA, Yamaha), +0:30.016; 9. Alberto Forato (ITA, Husqvarna), +0:31.897; 10. Nathan Crawford (AUS, Honda), +0:44.728;

MX2 - GP Classification: 1. Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 43 points; 2. Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), 40 p.; 3. Mikkel Haarup (DEN, KAW), 40 p.; 4. Jed Beaton (AUS, HUS), 37 p.; 5. Rene Hofer (AUT, KTM), 35 p.; 6. Alberto Forato (ITA, HUS), 28 p.; 7. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 26 p.; 8. Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, KAW), 22 p.; 9. Conrad Mewse (GBR, KTM), 22 p.; 10. Mathys Boisrame (FRA, KAW), 21 p.;

MX2 - Manufacturers Classification: 1. KTM, 43 points; 2. Yamaha, 43 p.; 3. Kawasaki, 40 p.; 4. Husqvarna, 38 p.; 5. Honda, 15 p.; 6. GASGAS, 15 p.


Circuit length: 1950m
Type of ground: Hard Pack
Temperature: 10°
Weather conditions: sunny with some showers
Weekend Crowd attendance: 34,500

Next up, the FIM Motocross World Championship moves on to the MXGP of the Netherlands, as we return to the popular Valkenswaard venue on the 7th – 8th of March.

Infront Moto Racing photos


02.03.2020 / MaP

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