MX2 heads to Valkenswaard for the MXGP of the Netherlands

MX2 heads to Valkenswaard for the MXGP of the Netherlands

05.03.2020: Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2 rider Jago Geerts heads into the Dutch Grand Prix with confidence as the championship leader. Last year the Belgian rider finished 3rd overall and

Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2 rider Jago Geerts heads into the Dutch Grand Prix with confidence as the championship leader. Last year the Belgian rider finished 3rd overall and has always been impressive in the sand – prime example: the MXGP of Belgium, where he rode from dead last to within the top 3, so even if his starts don’t go to plan this weekend, we can still expect him to make his way through the field and challenge for race wins.

His team-mate Ben Watson didn’t have the best home GP last weekend and will, without a doubt, arrive in Valkenswaard with a fresh mind and a clean slate, ready to go again. In 2019, he placed 6th overall at the MXGP of the Netherlands, just 4 points shy of the podium. He is another rider who is capable in the sand and could be one of the riders mixing it up in the top end of the pack.

MX2 title favourite, Thomas Kjer Olsen of Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory MX2 didn’t have the best start to the season in Great Britain, as he struggled with a combination of his hand injury and bad luck. But coming into this weekend knowing that this is a track he has been successful at in the past, could be the confidence boost that he needs. He finished second overall in 2019, behind Prado who has now moved up into the MXGP class, meaning that the door is open for Olsen to claim that victory.

Fellow Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory’s Jed Beaton has a chance at a podium in Valkenswaard, as he was very close to doing so in Great Britain. He finished 4th at Matterley Basin, just 3 points shy of the podium and this weekend will without a doubt be pushing to get closer to his first MX2 podium of 2020.

Two riders that we can expect to in the lead at some point during the weekend are Red Bull KTM Factory’s Tom Vialle and Rene Hofer. Both riders were flying out of the starts all weekend with both Vialle and Hofer getting a taste of what it means to lead an MX2 race. Vialle being a little bit more experienced than Hofer, may find it easier around the Dutch circuit, but either way, these two young riders are definitely strong contenders for the podium.

Let’s not forget F&H Kawasaki Racing’s Mikke Haarup, Roan Van De Moosdijk and Mathys Boisrame who were all impressive in GB. There is no arguing that F&H Racing are doing something right, as they are among the top teams in MX2. Haarup secured his career first MX2 podium as he finished third overall last weekend in Matterley Basin and is more than capable of repeating it again. Also, we could see Van De Moosdijk make a podium appearance during his home GP knowing his sand skills.

It is worth mentioning that Alberto Forato of Team Maddii Racing Husqvarna finished 6th overall last weekend in Great Britain and 7th overall last season in Valkenswaard, so it is safe to say that he will once again battle within the top 10. Hitachi KTM fuelled by Milwaukee rider Conrad Mewse is also another rider who fought at the forefront last weekend and could easily do the same again in Valkenswaard.

MX2 Championship Classification Top 10
: 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.

2019 MXGP of The Netherlands MX2 Top 3:

1. Jorge Prado
2. Thomas Kjer Olsen
3. Jago Geerts

See the action unfold this weekend and make sure you tune-in and watch the MXGP of the Netherlands LIVE on!

TIMETABLE in Local Time (GMT/UTC+1)

SATURDAY: 07:50 WMX Free Practice, 08:15 EMX250 Group 1 Free Practice, 08:40 EMX125 Group 2 Free Practice, 09:05 WMX Qualifying Practice, 09:50 MX2 Free Practice, 10:20 MXGP Free Practice, 11:10 EMX250 Qualifying Practice, 11:45 EMX250 Qualifying Practice, 12:25 MX2 Time Practice, 13:00 MXGP Time Practice, 13:45 WMX Race 1, 14:30 EMX250 Race 1, 15:15 MX2 Qualifying Race, 16:00 MXGP Qualifying Race.

SUNDAY: 08:45 WMX Race 2, 09:25 MX Warm-up, 09:45 MXGP Warm-up, 10:30 EMX250 Race 2, 12:15 MX2 Race 1, 13:15 MXGP Race 1, 15:10 MX2 Race 2, 16:10 MXGP Race 2.

- Samanta Gelli,  photosInfront Moto Racing


05.03.2020 / MaP

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